Location
Coral Gables, FL
Undergrads
9,979
Tuition
$41,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Weather: One second it'll be sunshine and humidity, the next it'll be pouring rain.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive. You have to pay monthly so unless you're earning a consistent income or your parents can pay for it, you're not going to be able to afford it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of guys and girls on campus are attractive, I mean, it's Miami.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Never park in an area that's not meant for the parking permit you got. You will get a ticket and it's expensive. Aside from that, they are very lenient with most things.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The only reason that I would think twice about choosing UM again is because I am unable to live on campus (too expensive) and the commute from my house to campus is too long, making it difficult to be part of many activities.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many places to eat, but I think meals are overpriced. Late night options on campus are limited, but dining halls do remain open at late hours.

3 College Senior

Computers: updated, run well, no problems usually, but computer lab hours are limited

3 College Senior

Academics: Job fairs are regularly held. Classes are mostly manageable. The curriculum is nothing too spectacular, but definitely challenging at times.

3 College Senior

Academics: Professors are ok. Libraries and computer labs are not open 24 hours and actually this can impede with studies. Also, during finals times, there availability of study space is very limited.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I felt like my education was what I made of it. I didn't feel like I had top-notch professors, and I definitely didn't feel like I was among like-minded individuals. People here were too much into football games, partying, and drinking. Many were rich beneficiaries who bummed off their parents' riches. Overall, UM offers the potential for a great educational experience as well as a great social atmosphere. I personally just didn't feel fulfilled.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of fast food places nearby, including frozen yogurt places, pizza places, and burger places. Cuban restaurants are plentiful and nearby as well. However, organic foods are lacking, but there is a Whole foods nearby at Sunset Place near campus

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People here are attractive and very much into partying. However, those that are more concentrated on their studies can feel ostracized.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's college, so it is expected that many students drink and experiment with drugs. I think most policies are not strictly reinforced, and sometimes students can get out of control. However, I have never personally felt pressured to engage in any activities that I felt uncomfortable with.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I was not involved in Greek life and therefore don't have much to say.

5 College Senior

Weather: Although hot and humid for many months out of the year, the weather is definitely a selling point for Miami. We don't face having to defrost the car or having to wear multiple layers in the winter. Most days out of the year, it is really convenient to be able to wear t-shirts and shorts everyday.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is definitely pricey, but it is still convenient. Our campus is relatively small, so it's better for the students' health and the environment to encourage walking whenever possible. Of course, inclement weather can complicate the matter.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Miami is definitely a melting pot of cultures. Diversity is a true unique attribute here.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: It's Miami, the best party city in the US in my opinion. However, the scene in Miami can definitely distracting to those trying to pursue academic excellence.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are abysmal, old, and cramped. However, other housing options such as University Village can be more live-able but are also farther from classes.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There is always something to do. The Wellness Center or gym is a great place to work out. The newly built student center is beautiful and a great place for students to hang out. There are many student organizations to get involved in, including intramural sports, salsa dancing, or volunteering.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Once again, it's Miami. You don't have to go to South Beach to have a good time. Frat parties and Coconut Grove are a great alternative.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will see a new girl of your dreams every day.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation via metro rail is the best way to go. For $5 you can ride for the whole day and get everything you need done. Long-distance will usually require a cab which can get pricey as expected.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's nothing special, but they sure know how to make chicken taste 100 different ways! Flex dollars can be used at the food court which has a wide selection of vendors.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Miami. They have everything. Sushi, Cuban, Mexican, Steak, you name it. I've found that Cuban food is the best bang for buck portion to price. Versailles on Calle Ocho is a must. Akashi and Ra sushi are a must.

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Sana Khan
Hometown
Lauderhill, FL
Major
Biochemistry/Mathematics
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Despite daily griping about tuition costs, parking, thunderstorms, and hard classes, most students really seem to enjoy UM. Excellent attributes like the nightlife, weather, and culture seem to cancel out some of the bad things about being in Miami. For some students, these bad things include the unapproachable "hot" girls and guys on campus, while others find life in the dorms to be a challenge. The complaints about college are basically what you'd expect to hear anywhere. It appears that the bad things at UM really aren't that bad, but the good things are very good. Miami is one of the coolest cities in the world for a college student, and that goes deeper than just the superficial bar and club scene.

Students who are unhappy generally figure it out within a semester and transfer out of UM, usually to somewhere closer to home. College is tough, especially the first couple weeks if you come without knowing anyone. Making a whole new group of friends for the first time since kindergarten is one of the hardest and most stressful things you may ever have to do. But the end result of this process is friendships that you'll likely maintain for the rest of your life. Whether it's your roommate, classmates, fraternity brother, or sorority sister, college is a time when you should make friends and have fun. Despite the initial challenges of coming to college, there are few cities in the world that are as fun as Miami.

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