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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – I know college students drink & some probably do drugs. I don't do either and the friends I hang out with don't either. I feel no pressure to use either since I surround myself of like minded people. I'm sure if I did I either I'd be more aware of the drug scene.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking around campus (and this is coming from a girl who constantly walks back to her dorm at 5:30am). And if you don't feel safe, you can always use your cellphone or one of the safety phones around campus and call for an escort. Even off campus when I am walking from my job to the Metro station to go home, I usually always find a police officer or a security guard and they always escort me to the metro.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is AMAZING! The only reason I'm not giving it an A+ is because when the metro doesn't work and I needed to get to work I would have to leave one hour before in order to get there on time (but hey, I got there :D). When it works, the metro is amazing. Also, the school sponsored Hurricane Shuttle is amazing when it's running. If it's not, you can just walk to Whole Foods or Sunset Mall. Everything important is within walking distance. If you want get sick of the library like I do during finals, getting to and from South Beach is literally only $5 using public transportation (it's kind of complicated the first time, but once you get the hang of it, you will NEVER want to pay for parking again). And if you really REALLY crave a car, just rent a ZipCar. It's $10 I think to start and then you just pay as you go. I could be wrong about the exact price, but whenever it charges to my card, I never complain and I still usually have enough left over to do something or whatever in downtown. Overall, public transportation in the city of Miami is FANTASTIC :))

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not really a big thing at UM. If people do anything, they mostly just smoke and drink.

5 College Junior

Athletics: AWESOME TEAM SPIRIT! I play for a varsity team and it is very demanding and rewarding! GREAT ATHLETICS!

5 College Senior

Weather: the best if you are looking for warmth and sun all year round

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: like in any college or university, the access to alcohol is directly related to the group of people you associate with, although the university puts a big emphasis on students not drinking, it ultimately comes down to personal decisions made by the students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is an alert system that notifies every student in multiple ways every time there is any sort of incident on or near campus. It seems like too much sometimes when you get calls, texts, emails, and voicemails about "suspicious people," but it's also helpful.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Obviously, Miami is a huge beach area. People often take day or weekend trips to South Beach, Key Biscayne, or sometimes even the keys. People also travel to Brickell to see downtown Miami. In the immediate Coral Gables, there is a lot of shopping, and there are plenty of museums, restaurants, and festivals.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: All of the restaurants around UM are high quality with amazing food, but there's somewhat of a trend. Everywhere you look there are Sushi restaurants, but it's hard to find a variety. However, if you get to know the area you'll be able to find amazing restaurants that you wouldn't have expected.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority at Miami, rather I joined a business fraternity (delta sigma Pi) because I wanted to be in a co-Ed environment. Greek life provides a ton of activity in campus, much of which is open to the non-Greek public. You'll make friends who are Greek and they'll get you into most of the other closed events if you're not in a frat or sorority. It's very time consuming and expensive, so I chose to be part of an organization that offers professional benefits besides the obvious social ones (parties, new friends, tshirts

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: UM reflects the city of Miami in its diversity. Miami I'd known as the gateway to Latin America, and it's true that Spanish is a very popular second language on campus, but you'll also hear a good deal of Arabic, Chinese, Italian and many other languages. Some of my closest friends are from Venezuela, Kuwait, and Italy. UM is truly an international campus so if you don't like foreigners much, HU honestly may want to reconsider. We have regional fairs on campus all the time (as in any given week) with free food and dancing, etc. very fun place to learn about different backgrounds and become more exposed to global opinions!!

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Miami is a school known for its help it gives to students in need. I for one was one of these students and they did a great job meeting the need that I required. From many of my classmates I hear that they also received great scholarships not offered to them by other comparable schools. Donna Shalala is a great President and I believe has played a key role in offering this.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are available every weekend. Smaller house parties are always a favorite of UM students. The frats always offer the typical larger parties. Many times, a very small lot will host a very large number of people. If you wish to go out, Miami is the city with a nightlife not offered anywhere else in the world. It has everything from affordable bars to the most expensive and celebrity studded night clubs. If you don't like drinking Miami is also great because there are so many festivals and activities going on every weekend. In terms of partying, as we saw on Jersey shore, you leave a bunch of richer new york/new jersey young men and women loose in a city like this and you will get a crazy night life. I'm Smacked (FSU Week) does a good job of showing this.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life serves the purpose of a Greek life but is nothing special. It does not dominate the college life, which for me was a plus. They offer good service frats and sororities, and the ones that are for partying definitely play their role. For me, This is exactly how I like it.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not too many crazy drugs around. Theres a good amount of molly and coke but it's Miami, if you don't expect that, you're being naive. Marijuana is pretty prevelent and I hear it is quite cheap and potent. The cops are assholes about marijuana though so be careful. Alcohol is everywhere.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very diverse compared to other schools. This is definately a positive that drew me to this school over others. Many different kinds of hot girls and such.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants around and a huge variety as well.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a few scholarships at UM, but in order to keep them or get more you have to really make sure that your grades are on point.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: People have there own laptops, but there are a lot of computers in the library that are really easy to access and very easy to use.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Most of the time the weather is awesome! I love how warm and sunny it is. But I would suggest that if you want to see snow or even want to be in some cold weather that you not apply here, just because the coldest it's ever gotten is 50 degrees. That only lasted for a day though. Also, during August and September it is pretty humid, so beware of that.

4 College Junior

Computers: Many different computer labs for different types of projects and many technicians available to help-out, specially during finals.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's pretty chill, and with the right information and/guidance you can pretty much do anything is school and get support.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Again, It's Miami! There's always something to do or a place to be! Live music, movies, dancing, trivia, walking around, great dining!! And there are lots of students so locals love us and try to make our stay/visit a great one!

5 College Junior

Diversity: It's Miami! There's people from everywhere in the world, hence different cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

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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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