Location
Coral Gables, FL
Undergrads
9,979
Tuition
$41,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but when family has come to visit me, parking has been bad. My grandparents are old, and they need to be close to where they are going because walking is hard, but there are no spots near my dorm that they can park in, because a permit is required at almost every parking spot with expensive costs, and visitor parking is nowhere near where we want to be, so we couldn't spend much time on campus, because we had nowhere good to park. It was horrendous.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's very fun, and there are a lot of things to do on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are some old buildings on campus, but there are also a lot of new buildings, and they are doing a lot of construction to build new buildings or renovate/replace older buildings.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't really do nightlife. My nightlife is strolling around on campus with my friends, and then having late night dining. Also includes movies and games.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I really like my major. It is fun, the teachers are nice, and it gives me a good workload.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: Miami, Florida! Coming from cold Chicago, I love the warm! It does rain a lot during the earlier part of the year, though. It is rainy season, and that can be bad. Bring an umbrella and jacket, despite it being the sunshine state.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't really do off campus dining much, but I like it when I do.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a music major is fun, and I really like it here! Being a physics major (I'm a double major in Music Composition and Physics) is good, too, but some of the big lectures aren't fun. (PHY 205….ew….)

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: They're still working out bugs with their new technological system for registration and stuff like that. The workload is a lot, but it isn't horrible. It also depends on what major you're taking.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me good merit scholarships. Yay! No need based aid, though, which was a headache to apply for.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no interest in greek life. My views are looking at greek life from an outsider.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: They have printers and computer labs on campus, and some IT support, but their IT support hasn't been very good at helping me when it comes to the internet, which, by the way, the internet sucks on campus. It is supposed to be fast and everywhere, but I always lose my connection. It's bad.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health system is good, and Although I don't see much police on campus (although they are visible, especially in cases of emergency), the campus is safe, and there is a lot of security on campus. I feel safe and fine on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere is wonderful! The buildings aren't great, and the food isn't wonderful, but the food is decent, and the people are wonderful! Also, it's close to my classes.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: Although UM is predominantly "white," there are tons of cultural diversity clubs on campus and LOTS of international students.

Miami itself is largely multinational so diversity was never a problem.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is almost a 100% guarantee that if you are female and walking alone, you WILL be followed - no matter where you are, no matter the time of day.
This is a Miami thing, not a UM thing. The bad part is, most girls are already used to being followed, and that is NOT okay.

The safety weighs down how "fun" living in Miami can be.

It's not that there aren't enough cops in the area, because they lurk on every street, but the criminality is outrageous.
Also, cops will hit on you too if you look lost enough. Heads up!

5 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Athletics: The University of Miami probably has the most school-spirited student body in the whole country. Academics, not so much? Let's go Canes.

3 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Weather: I've lived in Miami my entire life, so I'm used to the weather. Doesn't affect me.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Computers: Finally got new Macs in the labs - this whole time we'd been operating on systems that were highly outdated and couldn't be upgraded unless you had a tech around to put in the administrative password.

THIS is annoying.

2 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Transportation: Never in my four years have I used a shuttle or zip car! No opinion.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Health & Safety: My first week as a freshman I parked in one of the lots. When I got to my car, a huge monster of a gash ran alongside my car. It must have been a pickup truck or a tall vehicle because the damage was ridiculous.
They said they couldnt do anything about it because there were no cameras in the area...

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Facilities: As a commuter, it's hard to attend many of the events because I don't live anywhere near campus and I work full-time. I am not as engaged as I'd like to be, but at the same time, I'm not huge on school spirit or attending all the pride parades.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Facilities: I really like the Toppel Career Center because despite the fact that they bombard you with emails, (I receive about 5 emails from them a day!) I usually do skim through them because they have important job interview tips and/or internship opportunities.

2 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Campus Housing: I never lived in the dorms, but this is my experience from visiting my friends who did live in them.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Dining: We just got a new "Student Center" that revamped our existing (and rather famous) Ratskeller restaurant, and added a grand variety of other dining options.

Our campus itself is rather small so food is never too far away.

4 people found this useful Report
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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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