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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Sunshine U, sunny and currently in the upper 70s in February. Some people get mad at the occassional afternoon showers, but those are over quickly and leave everything refreshed. Many people study more outside than inside.

Non-natives worry about the hurricanes more than they should. We have several weeks notice and haven't been hit hard in a few decades. Campus will shut down for a day or two usually (so students should stock up on food, the dining facilities close) but we haven't lost power or had many trees down.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UM is small and located in a safe area of Coral Gables (not in Miami proper). There is little crime on campus, and what little there is seems to happen when someone leaves their laptop alone for a time.

There are blue lights on campus; the police make themselves visible but not overbearing; self-defense courses are offered at the Wellness Center for those who want to learn. The school sends out texts, emails and phone calls when something does happen (small fire in the parking garage is the only one I remember off the top of my head). If there's a suspect, there'll be a description.

Overall the campus is very safe, especially for the people who act responsibly.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a good number of computers in the residential colleges, at the library and in certain building (usually the bases for engineering, math, sciences, etc.). If you need to print, something is probably open and available, especially if you use wireless printing (UPrint). Most people have their own computer and many have a small printer for that last minute paper. Wifi is generally good and available in most buildings but can be hard to find outside if you want to work in the sun.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Can use some improvements with players. Don't be so short sighted with players who want to walk on.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are some many international students that study here. The university prides itself to accept a wide range of different ethnic and religious backgrounds

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never personally felt unsafe around campus although the surrounding neighborhood is not necessarily the best. Never walk around alone at night but during the day there is no need to feel unsafe. There are blue lights that mark emergency phone stations all over campus and the campus police can be found all over campus as well.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: This university has a student body with diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. It is common to meet classmates of different cultures. This is important because it provides an education that embraces a variety of beliefs and opinions.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Every professor I have been lucky enough to work with here has been very knowledgeable about his/her subject, and thus I have gleamed a plethora of knowledge from each class I have taken. The registration process for classes is simple and straightforward, in my opinion, and is supplemented by an easily accessible website. The workload here is intense, but not impossible; UM is a top-notch school so you must be ready to work hard here.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am so glad to be at UM. The academics are very strong. I am in the Musical Theatre Program here, so I study with a very select group of highly trained professors in the Theatre Arts Conservatory, but when I take classes outside of my program I am very pleased with my experience, as well. The workload and the curriculum are equally challenging, but not impossible. UM is a top-notch school, so get ready to work hard if you are thinking of attending.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Our transportation system at UMiami, the "Hurry Cane" Shuttle System, is very helpful. The shuttles run all across campus, to local malls, and to Coconut Grove, a local college party haven. There is also a metrorail system directly next to our campus. I do not always feel safe on the public transportation during night hours, but the Hurry Cane Shuttles only allow UM Students so I utilize those when I can.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: After reading previous reviews of the Diversity here, I'm pretty surprised. Yes, the school is mostly white, but so is any top school in the nation, so that should not come as a surprise. We happen to be one of the most diverse schools in terms of attracting international students. Two of my closest friends here are from Dubai and South Africa. They have lots of Hispanics and all of the races intermingle. people here are also very accepting. It's very diverse in my opinion and I love it.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: UM stresses real life experience prior to graduation. They want all there students to do research, and internship, study abroad, or all three. It really helps you stick out when you need a job in the future and UM recognizes that. Sometimes they pay, but they usually do not. And because UM is the top school in the Miami area (and the state), it is offered a lot of internships. Because it is also small in population relative to other state schools, there are often more internships than there are people. It's a great experience.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school lets everyone know from the beginning that they aren't very tolerable when it comes to drugs/drinking. However for such a seemingly strict school, I smell weed pretty often and see drunk people all the time. The thing about this school is that "it's full of people who are very smart that like to have a good time" so usually people are smart about getting caught. If you're not obvious, chances are trouble won't come your way.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They have good food, but it gets repetitive after awhile. There isn't much that they can do about this however. If you're a vegetarian, there are options though they are quite limited. They also have a kosher plan. The dining hours are pretty weird sometimes too, such as the fact that the dining halls close at 7 on Friday and Saturday and don't open again until 11.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is okay. I wish the shuttle run more.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Polisci program is very large and comprehensive at UM, and I'm very happy to be a part of it. Internships with local elected officials are highly recommended.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with my current major, and am thrilled to be attending UM.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food around campus is very good. You have a variety of different food to choose from and you also have the food court also to go to.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of choices to choose from. The cost is not that bad and some places do not have student discounts. The variety is nice and you have different selection to choose from. The best place to eat are Cheese Cake Factory, Dennys, Chills and Ruby Tuesday.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no drug scene at the school. The administration make sure that everyone adhere to the rule of the school. The rooms are checked ever month.

3 College Junior

Majors: I did everything last minute and online. I don't recomend that. Everyone was helpful just ask alot of question, visit the school and meet everyone. This way you can put a face with a name when you need to call and ask questions

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There a close fast food options like taco bell and mc donalds. Whole foods is in walking distance. I would like to see more healty affordable options that are close to campus. Not many of them here.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many people with so many different backgrounds here at Miami. I truly feel like I'm in a whole other country. I have friends who celebrate different religions and who are racially different as well, which is great because it's awesome to learn about how different people live their lives. Miami is a very open place and I haven't met anyone here who has ignored someone because they are different from them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Yes, the university is strict on underage students having alcohol, however, it's not that hard to hid it in a place where the RA's won't search. Also, they don't mind if you have people of the opposite sex in your room for a night, but they will start to suspect something after a few nights, so try not to have them in your room every night...

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of really cool restaurants close to campus. In fact my friends and I walk to a lot of them because it only takes 5-10 minutes to get to them. We have a McDonald's, Starbucks, Stir Moon, TGI Fridays, TCBY and Bagel Emporium all within walking distance. l


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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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