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Coral Gables, FL
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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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4 College Sophomore

Majors: So far I'm really enjoying all of my classes and extracurricular activities that are offered to me with my major.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms feel a little bit like jail cells because they are hurricane proof, but the atmosphere is fun and welcoming.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food court is quite small but the choices that are available are good. There is a restaurant thats serves alcohol thats pretty good as well. If you live in the dorms ive heard the food is alright

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: the boys on campus are generally chill and in my degree ive had many classes with good looking creative types. When it comes to girls some can be on the snobby side and many come from families with money. But i have met many sweet people

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5 College Senior

Diversity: there is a vast amount of ethnicities displayed on campus that is evident from the moment you step on the grounds

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food court has a variety of places to eat from wendy's to salad bars to mini restaurants. If you want more there are restaurants right outside of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is most of the time sunny and warm. Good time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air or have a peaceful run.

5 College Junior

Weather: Miami is the most beautiful place to go to school. The sunny weather never fails to put you in a wonderful mood. Students utilize the campus more because the weather is always warm. At any time you will find students sunbathing on the intramural fields, laying by the campus pool, or studying on The Green outside of the library.

5 College Junior

Majors: I was able to easily switch into the business school before even starting as a freshman. I was able to reach the dean of my school directly, discuss my options and then declare my major even before setting foot on campus. I believe as long as you have the grades and standardized test scores required, it is an easy process.

5 College Junior

Majors: I couldn't be happier being a Business Law major in the School of Business. Although the course load is difficult at time, since you are required to take a variety of business related courses (accounting, finance, statistics, etc), all the classes are applicable to life. After graduating I plan on attending Law School, and I feel that I will be prepared after studying Business Law at UM. I have been exposed to legal concepts that allowed me to decide whether or not the pre-law path was the right one for me.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UM is one of the top 50 schools in the country so yeah there academics are great. Some of the top people in their professions work there as professors.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had any problems but its only been a year. The campus is really safe and basic common sense makes it safer. Don't leave doors unlocked or room unattended for extended periods of time, lock away valuable,etc.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Since Miami is a city area it is pretty difficult to find off campus housing. UM's dorms and upperclassmen housing is very expensive, so it's better to find something off campus. But it's difficult to even find a place because Miami realty goes so fast and landlords are hesitant to rent to students. Plus parking in Miami is usually a nightmare, so finding parking for all roommates is also difficult. And most places in the area close to school are pretty expensive because its a residential area. But since it's residential it is pretty safe if you go into the nicer areas.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus at UM is pretty safe. There are campus police, security in the dorms, and emergency phones all over campus. But at night walking back from the library can sometimes make you uneasy if you live in the upperclassmen University Village (it's a far walk). Also, there seems to be security notices often about campus threats. The school does notify the students, but it's usually delayed and sometimes it can have the opposite effect than what was intended. Petty things are reported but then it makes it seem as though there is a higher amount of crime on the campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The school offer shuttles to local areas which can be convenient for going shopping etc. But the public transportation in Miami overall is pretty confusing and inconvenient. If you want to go out of the Coral Gables area, you take the metro which can be confusing and also pretty unsafe at night. You can take cabs but they are so expensive. The buses are also an option, but again kind of confusing. You can walk to close areas but at night it can also be dangerous.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Permit costs are very high, a normal permit is $450 for the year. And having a permit does not guarantee you a spot when you get to campus. The parking is very inconvenient , the spaces are limited, and the spots are way too small. You have to get to campus probably 30 minutes before your classes.Ticketing and fines are strictly enforced, if you even par a little over the line you will be ticketed. If you live on campus, you don't need a car but if you're not within walking distance you'll need one, especially with the Miami weather you don't want to have to walk far distances. And the school shuttles are unreliable as well, so if you park far away and need to take the shuttle allot another 20 minutes to get to class.

3 College Senior

Parking: The parking is very expensive and is not reserved so basically you are given a pass to hunt for parking.

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2 College Junior

Weather: Miami weather is super unpredictable. One minute it can be 87 degrees and the next it can be pouring down rain. Also it can rain on one side of the campus and not the other since the campus is so ig. I recommend to ALWAYS have an umbrella or a jacket & a change of shoes.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are many choices on campus to choose from, but just like anything else, the same thing gets old after a while. I dont suggest getting the biggest meal plan. However, there is a great variety when it comes to food.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UM has a very strict drug and alcohol policy; however that only applies if you get caught. If you keep things discreet, you'll be fine. Just don't be advertising your nightly activities so to speak. All room checks are notified in advance so that you can hide/dispose of things. First offense of minor things results in a BS disciplinary hearing. Don't get caught with a fake ID though. You'll be put into a obnoxiously long program involving community service and a jail visit.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You're near a big city, so off campus transportation is super easy with the metro rail and taxis, though taxis are not cheap. On campus, there is a shuttle that runs pretty often. It's free. Small campus size means it's easy and quick to walk anywhere as well.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid freshman year is pretty decent but they pull grants sophomore year. Merit aid was fairly easy to receive if you did well in high school. Due to the school's cost I would recommend seeking out scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The on campus dining options are mainly between two cafeteria style dining halls, and a food court. However, the majority of the meal plan is only valid at the dining halls. The dining halls are great if you love unhealthy foods like burgers, fries, and anything soaked in butter, but the healthy options are more than lacking. Though a salad bar is offered, it is full of nutrient-less unappetizing veggies.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permit prices are very high ($500/yr). Freshmen can't have cars, everyone else can. It shouldn't be hard to find a parking place in your color zone since they only sell so many permits per color parking zone.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are escort services available if you don't feel comfortable walking at night. The biggest campus crime is theft when the owner is not present. I myself have never experienced a problem with this.

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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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