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Reviews 1996 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied and was offered a merit scholarship and a grant. Then I submitted my FAFSA and received two loans. I have had to supplement with a private loan this year. Next year, I hope to be a resident assistant, which will cover my room and board.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is okay, but one can get tired of it easily. There a number of other good places to eat on campus and off-campus as well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are very important at the U, but not so important to me so I don't have much to say about them!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The are a number of options within walking distance of the campus. In addition, many other options can be accessed by metro.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like my school's location in a vibrant and diverse city. I enjoy the feeling of being immersed in an interesting cultural area.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students at Miami are known for being attractive. There are quite a number of students into athletics. However, quite a number of students are also very studious.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I haven't had a lot of experience yet. However, I do know that two roommates on my hall were taken off by local police because of drugs/alcohol in their room.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorm rooms and very small. The walls are concrete as the freshman dorms are also hurricane shelters.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: University of Miami has a state of the art new student center. The campus is aesthetically beautiful. The student body is very diverse. There are number of options for eating in addition to the dining halls.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is not great. There needs to be more but there is nowhere to put it. As such, permit costs are high and convenient spots are low. Ticketing is strictly enforced - don't mess with the parking police! Fortunately you don't have to have a car on campus - just find a friend who does!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you're in Greek life, it's huge - if you're not, you don't really notice them. There's no overwhelming pressure to go Greek and if you're a girl, parties will be open if you're Greek or not. Greek students don't have much of a stigma attached to them, and I personally have a social circle including GDIs and Greeks that all get along great. There are a few frat houses, but no sorority housing.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The curriculum is average, but where we learn is not. Much of the campus is being renovated and it looks better than ever! There's the new SAC, which is beautiful and houses many student orgs; the Wellness Center, which is state-of-the-art and never too full; and the library, which caters to every studying type (whether it's social, semi-quiet, or dead silent). The layout of campus is also conducive to socializing, as central hubs bring all students together - I can always count on seeing someone I know walking through campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Miami experience is incredible. It is also what you make of it, so be open to everything. I was never a die-hard sports fan, but when I came here, I became one of the people in the front row of every game. There are so many orgs you can join and places you can be involved with that it's impossible to come out of here having contributed nothing to the campus. I would definitely choose it again, because even though the primary reason I came here (marine science major) isn't what I stuck with, the school became far more than the academics I thought would dictate my future.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: As a girl, I can say the guys are pretty attractive. The most noticeable ones are the frat boys, but there are definitely decent, mature guys around too if you look. As a whole, most people put a little effort into their appearance, girls moreso than guys. The hook up culture is not as huge as I thought it would be, but again, it depends on who you surround yourself with.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Miami is not a college town. Coral Gables is a little more insular so there is support for UM, but as a whole it's not like Boston where everyone's a student and the town is designed for students. That said, it's MIAMI! There's roughly a million things to do and see, and the school helps connect students to the city via cultural events and trips.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: You need to bring your own computer for sure, but there is an abundance of computers on campus - labs in every dorm, and in the library. You get a set amount of printing dollars at the beginning of the semester that I have never used up. Wireless is everywhere and fast.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The metro/metrobuses used to be the best option, it goes anywhere you want to go (just got to plan ahead, it can be a long ride). The fares hiked though, so having a car would be more convenient nowadays. But basic living needs (grocery stores, mall, pharmacy) are all within walking distance. MIA is close by and accessible by metro, which is pretty convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you can't find a party on a Friday in Miami, you're doing something wrong. Beyond the frats, there's the Grove, which caters more to freshmen (lots of 18+ clubs) and has a school-sponsored shuttle that runes during the weekend. SoBe is of course the best club scene around, but it's 45 minutes away so make friends with someone with a car ASAP!

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's obviously there if you look for it, and if you aren't looking then the most contact you'll have with drugs is the lingering scent of weed in the stairwells. No one pressures you to do drugs, and in the dorms anything visible is immediately confiscated. Alcohol is pretty abundant, but again, no one cares if you don't drink.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls aren't terrible, just remember you're not going into a cafeteria and getting 5-star cuisine. The food court isn't bad, there Chinese food, sushi, Wendy's, and a salad bar. Other on-campus options are pretty good, such as Lime and the Rat (a student-run sports bar, huge hang-out spot).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's not terribly strict, there's the usual room inspections and parking patrols but nothing overtly stifling. They are genuinely looking out for you, and I've never had a problem with any policies (except for the no candles one, that is a little ridiculous in a concrete building!).

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is relatively simple, you are considered for financial aid the moment you apply. Keeping grants is a little trickier though, I lost one my second year for a still unknown reason and am working to get it back.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is fairly open its is a spring rush for freshman which means it is tough to get into parties early on unless you know people in the frats or able to bring 5 girls to 1 guy ratio, you can always buy your way in for the most part

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Miami is awesome, there's always something going on.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm pretty sure UM is one of the most diverse schools in the US. Everyone is pretty accepting. There's organizations for literally everything. I haven't seen discrimination.

4 people found this useful Report

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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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