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Reviews 1776 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Academics: As a Biology major it is very rigorous. The work load can be very heavy and it requires very strict time management; however, when you focus on your goals and what lies ahead for you it gives you a push to keep on trying, work hard and smart and never give up.

4 College Junior

Academics: Challenging but worth it. The University of Miami has a strong alumni.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty safe. There are emergency phones around the campus which allow a student to call the police in case of an emergency and there is also a service available for students who need to be escorted by police to their dorm or car for safety.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: There are many scholarships available for the University of Miami; however, the school's highest paying scholarship is somewhere around $8,000 to $9,000 dollars. It is very competitive to get this particular scholarship at UM because you have to have a high GPA and strong academic performance.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers are fast and easy to access. The library is has many computers for students to use and there are always available computers, if not, wireless Internet connection is available everywhere on campus, which makes it convenient to bring your tablet or laptop to school and have lunch while surfing the net or doing homework.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Fin Aid Process – Its hard to reach the fin office by phone but when I go to the office they are helpful. The school is very expensive and I'm finding it hard to find money to attend but they have always been helpful to answer my questions but seem to quick to offer student loans as a solution to my balance.

4 College Senior

Academics: The couse load was fine. The professor are approachable and facility good. Remember it was you put into it that counts.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Cane Ride – Everything here seems easy... The campus buses are convient and drop off at the public transportation. The metro-rail is cheap & easy to use. Public busses are easy to use. If you need a ride to the airport its close and all forms of transportation goes there.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – I know college students drink & some probably do drugs. I don't do either and the friends I hang out with don't either. I feel no pressure to use either since I surround myself of like minded people. I'm sure if I did I either I'd be more aware of the drug scene.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking around campus (and this is coming from a girl who constantly walks back to her dorm at 5:30am). And if you don't feel safe, you can always use your cellphone or one of the safety phones around campus and call for an escort. Even off campus when I am walking from my job to the Metro station to go home, I usually always find a police officer or a security guard and they always escort me to the metro.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is AMAZING! The only reason I'm not giving it an A+ is because when the metro doesn't work and I needed to get to work I would have to leave one hour before in order to get there on time (but hey, I got there :D). When it works, the metro is amazing. Also, the school sponsored Hurricane Shuttle is amazing when it's running. If it's not, you can just walk to Whole Foods or Sunset Mall. Everything important is within walking distance. If you want get sick of the library like I do during finals, getting to and from South Beach is literally only $5 using public transportation (it's kind of complicated the first time, but once you get the hang of it, you will NEVER want to pay for parking again). And if you really REALLY crave a car, just rent a ZipCar. It's $10 I think to start and then you just pay as you go. I could be wrong about the exact price, but whenever it charges to my card, I never complain and I still usually have enough left over to do something or whatever in downtown. Overall, public transportation in the city of Miami is FANTASTIC :))

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not really a big thing at UM. If people do anything, they mostly just smoke and drink.

5 College Junior

Athletics: AWESOME TEAM SPIRIT! I play for a varsity team and it is very demanding and rewarding! GREAT ATHLETICS!

5 College Senior

Weather: the best if you are looking for warmth and sun all year round

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: like in any college or university, the access to alcohol is directly related to the group of people you associate with, although the university puts a big emphasis on students not drinking, it ultimately comes down to personal decisions made by the students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is an alert system that notifies every student in multiple ways every time there is any sort of incident on or near campus. It seems like too much sometimes when you get calls, texts, emails, and voicemails about "suspicious people," but it's also helpful.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Obviously, Miami is a huge beach area. People often take day or weekend trips to South Beach, Key Biscayne, or sometimes even the keys. People also travel to Brickell to see downtown Miami. In the immediate Coral Gables, there is a lot of shopping, and there are plenty of museums, restaurants, and festivals.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: All of the restaurants around UM are high quality with amazing food, but there's somewhat of a trend. Everywhere you look there are Sushi restaurants, but it's hard to find a variety. However, if you get to know the area you'll be able to find amazing restaurants that you wouldn't have expected.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority at Miami, rather I joined a business fraternity (delta sigma Pi) because I wanted to be in a co-Ed environment. Greek life provides a ton of activity in campus, much of which is open to the non-Greek public. You'll make friends who are Greek and they'll get you into most of the other closed events if you're not in a frat or sorority. It's very time consuming and expensive, so I chose to be part of an organization that offers professional benefits besides the obvious social ones (parties, new friends, tshirts

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: UM reflects the city of Miami in its diversity. Miami I'd known as the gateway to Latin America, and it's true that Spanish is a very popular second language on campus, but you'll also hear a good deal of Arabic, Chinese, Italian and many other languages. Some of my closest friends are from Venezuela, Kuwait, and Italy. UM is truly an international campus so if you don't like foreigners much, HU honestly may want to reconsider. We have regional fairs on campus all the time (as in any given week) with free food and dancing, etc. very fun place to learn about different backgrounds and become more exposed to global opinions!!

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Miami is a school known for its help it gives to students in need. I for one was one of these students and they did a great job meeting the need that I required. From many of my classmates I hear that they also received great scholarships not offered to them by other comparable schools. Donna Shalala is a great President and I believe has played a key role in offering this.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are available every weekend. Smaller house parties are always a favorite of UM students. The frats always offer the typical larger parties. Many times, a very small lot will host a very large number of people. If you wish to go out, Miami is the city with a nightlife not offered anywhere else in the world. It has everything from affordable bars to the most expensive and celebrity studded night clubs. If you don't like drinking Miami is also great because there are so many festivals and activities going on every weekend. In terms of partying, as we saw on Jersey shore, you leave a bunch of richer new york/new jersey young men and women loose in a city like this and you will get a crazy night life. I'm Smacked (FSU Week) does a good job of showing this.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life serves the purpose of a Greek life but is nothing special. It does not dominate the college life, which for me was a plus. They offer good service frats and sororities, and the ones that are for partying definitely play their role. For me, This is exactly how I like it.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not too many crazy drugs around. Theres a good amount of molly and coke but it's Miami, if you don't expect that, you're being naive. Marijuana is pretty prevelent and I hear it is quite cheap and potent. The cops are assholes about marijuana though so be careful. Alcohol is everywhere.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very diverse compared to other schools. This is definately a positive that drew me to this school over others. Many different kinds of hot girls and such.


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Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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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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