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Reviews 1776 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing options around campus, including many apartment complexes and houses for rent. Being Miami, prices can be high however, for what you are getting.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most people have their own computers, but there are good computers available to use in the library/labs.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are always parties going on in Miami and the scene is very good. Some of the best clubs in the world are in Miami, such as LIV and Mansion. If you're into frat parties or just house parties, there are always one going on. Many students go to Coconut Grove to party and the University of Miami has a shuttle system called The Ibis Ride that transports students from the Coral Gables campus to the grove and back on Thursday and Friday. The party scene is definitely very good at the U.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity at The U is one of the main reasons I chose to go there. There are people from all around the world and from all sorts of backgrounds. There are many foreigners, especially from South America and China. From what I've seen there are many very conservative Republicans but also just as many liberal Democrats. The University of Miami also has many organizations that support the diversity on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do in Miami. There is a very good social scene and something for everyone. There are lots of sports events, clubs, and many other things to go to. The Brickell area is less than 10 minutes away by metro and there is always something happening down there. If you want to go sunbathe, South Beach is also very close. There are many shopping areas. The closest mall is Dadeland Mall, which takes less than 5 minutes to get to by metro. I haven't had any locals give me a bad attitude for being a University of Miami student. Probably the only con about Miami is that some of the areas around Coral Gables, such as Coconut Grove can be a little unsafe.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love the atmosphere. You meet so many interesting people and spirits are always high. There are so many cool things for young adults to do.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It was really fun from the very beginning. My first day as a broadcast journalism major I was creating stories and editing. It was very hands on.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's Miami, it's expensive, and if you don't know where to go, you're going to end up in the wrong neighborhood. Do your research on the off campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Miami has revamped their educational system with cognates. It's a little hard to adjust at first, but the counselors and professors are really helpful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you're responsible and respectful of the school, the school will respect you.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a RSMAS student. I am double majoring in Marine Science and Biology and double minoring in Chem and Math. The school makes this very doable for me and my advisor makes sure I am on track. Despite all the academic obligations I have because of all the majors and minors, I am still required to take a bunch of humanities and writing courses which I like. As a freshman, i got to do research with faculty members which is pretty unique to the school. There are also a lot of presentations, clubs, guest lecturers, seminars and events related to my major regularly occurring on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A good amount if alcohol, weed, adderall, and Ritalin around campus. Harder drugs like cocaine and mali (MDMA) available in South beach at clubs. Overall, there is absolutely no pressure to do any of these drugs, however, their whereabouts are known.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library, health center, and food court are my favorite facilities. They are great, clean and very comfortable settings to be in. On the flip side, the dining halls and dorms are pretty disgusting and I am moving off campus next year.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of types of guys and girls. Miami attracts people from around the world so you see city boys, country boys, preppy boys, etc. Same goes for the girls. There is someone for everyone at Miami.

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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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