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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Senior

Academics: I've only had one semester but so far I've been extremely disappointed. I feel like I'm paying 50K for community college.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Miami. It is a wonderful town full of very wonderful people. It has a great nightlife and great restaurants.

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5 College Senior

Computers: There is always access to a computer. The library is a great place for that.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Very great diversity! You're in a city with a lot of different people from different nationalities. You will get to experience all new cultures, religions, and languages. It's great!

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5 College Junior

Academics: With the exception of one professor, I have been very pleased with the value of my education at the U. The professors I've had have all simply loved both teaching and learning as apparent through their enthusiasm for both their subject and department at UM. All the classroom facilities are beautiful, and while the workload can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming, that input is reflected very clearly in positive test scores and overall understanding of course material and applications.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life brings philanthropy, fun, and community to the U and I appreciate its presence on campus although I am not a part of it.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The Chartwells dining service has an entire facade dedicated to healthy food options and using fresh ingredients, however it is simply untrue and much of the food is unhealthy in its fat and sodium content, preparation, and preservation. The meal plan prices are frighteningly high especially when you look at what you're being served for that price and its a shame that even in the upperclassmen dorms a meal plan is required.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We are always alerted immediately if there's an incident on campus--by text, email, and phone call.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The on-campus housing improves tremendously as you move up in rank from freshman dorms to upperclassman apartments. The only real issue I've had with on-campus housing is the ridiculous cost, however that trends with the U's overall ridiculous cost.

2 College Junior

Transportation: There are campus shuttles, which as a student living on campus I have not used, however I hear many complaints about the timeliness and frequency of these campus shuttles. Outside of campus, there is a shuttle which runs to the local Publix and the Sunset Place shopping center which are erratic in their timing and have very limited hours. Getting to Miami Beach is almost impossible without a car. The Metro is useful to get to Target and downtown Miami. The bus system isn't too difficult to navigate, but it can be difficult stringing bus-lines together to get where you want to go. Lastly as many students are coming to school from other states, particularly the Chicago/Philly/NY areas, each visit to and from school often costs a pricey plane ticket.

5 College Junior

Weather: Sunny South Florida has, as one can imagine, the most beautiful and paradisiacal weather--better than practically any other school's in the nation. The warmth and sun lift everyone's moods and make the outdoors inviting year-round.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Coral Gables is the relaxing getaway from South Beach and the city of Miami. The suburb is not only home to the U but also to many families, many of whom support the school and share pride in it with the student population. Coconut Grove, downtown Coral Gables, Miracle Mile, and Sunset Place are all within reach of the savvy user of public transportation.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Red Road, Merrick, the Grove, and Many Other Options – Housing in Miami is expensive. It's not much more to live on campus than to live off campus, and you definitely need a car or a bike to get to campus from the off-campus apartments and houses. Some houses near campus are older, but rent is manageable. Red Road Commons apartment complex is very popular, but pretty pricey. Merrick Park is even more expensive. Most students move off campus for the first time their sophomore or junior year.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life at UMiami grows stronger every year. There are over 33 different Greek chapters at The U. While 23% of the student body is Greek, Greeks hold 80% of the leadership positions available on campus. While it's true that you don't "have" to be Greek to have a social life, it's much easier to have a packed social calendar when you're in an organization. Sororities don't have housing due to local laws, but they have their own common room-type suites in the Panhellenic building on campus which offers space for chapter meetings and more. Some fraternities have houses, and some have suites, but the majority of Greek parties are held off-campus. Philanthropy is also extremely important to the UMiami greek community. There is always some sort of Greek-sponsored philanthropy event happening on campus. Greek life is very visible at UMiami, but it's an enhancement to your college experience instead of becoming your college experience.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Miami is a city known for its vanity, and the UMiami campus is no exception. People are very concerned with appearances, and it shows. UM is known for its diversity, so you'll find all sorts of people, but the majority of campus is very attractive. However, many people know how good-looking they are, and tend to be cocky or conceited about it. With females comprising 51% of the student body, guys have a slight edge over the girls for variety.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few restaurants in walking distance. They aren't bad. There's a few asian places, TGIF, McDonald's, Denny's, and Froyo places. They are available when you want to go grab something to eat late at night. Otherwise you can find more places by taking the metro or shuttle to places off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a lot of financial aid through UM. Mostly they were based on financial need and in-state residence-based. The school also offers good academic scholarships based on high school standing, GPA, and SAT/ACT with writing scores.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The University of Miami has a good athletics program with a lot of history. The football team and basketball team get most of the attention, as expected. Although some sports games might not have that many students in attendance, there is a lot of school spirit on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: As a commuter, I rarely use university transportation. I know that the university has a bus system that runs on schedules around the campus that is pretty convenient. There is also a bus system on the weekends that takes students to various popular locations closeby campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Miami is an awesome city to explore! The campus is close to the Metrorail, and it has shuttles to Coconut Grove (clubs and shopping), Sunset Place (movies and shopping), and Publix (grocery store). There are great beaches about an hour away with public transportation and 30 minutes by car. Clubs on campus will frequently carpool to events in the city. The only reason I gave it an A- is because, like any big city, there are some unsafe places and you need to be careful.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: the sports are good, students go for free and have free transport to the the football games

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are parking garages but kinda far from dorms

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms can have bugs and such. The social atmosphere is nice freshman year so many friends can be made on the floor.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very highly valued by both students and professors at UM

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Very good professors for the most part and very motivated student body. Academics are definitely highly valued to students.

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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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