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4 College Freshman

Weather: The University of Miami holds the term of "Miami Weather". This means that it could be sunny and dry at one moment and then rainning and wet the next. There really has not been a hurricane to hit the university in a long time. It does not get very cold, and if it does then it mostly occurs when a cold front comes.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting to the airport, the mall, south beach is a quick walk across the street and 4 bucks round trip on the metro. If you have money to burn, taxis are readily available -see rich kid school-. We have buses running all the time and shuttles going to whatever big party thats going on. On the downside, freshmen can't have cars.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is always high, even though our washed-out football team could improve... THE GYM is incredible, and IM sports are always going on. Some clubs fall flat, like boxing, with its strict workout out-3 miles at 6 in the morning, or fencing with its lack of gear for newcomers. Soccer is very competitive and talent is overflowing all over the place. Best place to go if you got some skill, but not really newcomer friendly.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I like the fact that greeks and non-greeks get along perfectly fine and that snobbery is practically none existent. However, at UM, there are fraternity houses, but no sorority houses. I think sororities should have houses, too, and I have no idea why they don't.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People do have drugs, and if someone wanted, they could probably access some fairly easily. However, the vast majority of students don't do drugs, and there is no peer pressure to do them. In fact, most students frown upon drug usage.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus at UM, but the dorms are a bit small, and some occupants are very noisy. Also, last year, almost 1/5 sophomores was denied housing for junior year. This really worries me, many people I knew were panicking and scrambling to find a way to live close to the school. I don't know if that's normal, but it seems to me that the University should have as much housing as the students need, and that students shouldn't have to be anxious about finding a place to live.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I was surprised by the amount of international students here.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Its almost always sunny and over 75 degrees. But it does have its random rainy moments throughout the day

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you look hard enough, you can find a pretty cheap off-campus house, but its easy to spend a lot of money living at the apartments across the street.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Places other than dining halls on campus are really good and diverse. Unfortunately, they are priced higher than the average college student would like. It is probably realistic to eat at these places once or twice a week.

College Freshman

Parking: I'm not really sure about parking. As a freshman, I don't have a car on campus, and don't have to deal with parking on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at the University of Miami is characterized by the designation of various colored zones. On must purchase a permit in any zone of their choice. The more expensive zones, granted, are closer to the campus (these zones can range in the $400's per academic school year; 2 semesters). However, UM does offer more affordable parking The downside of the zones which are typically more econmically feasible is the distance between said parking zones and the actual campus. Nonetheless, UM offers shuttles which run from such zones to the campus. Also, campus employees do enforce the parking policies. I would recommend arrinving on campus at least 20 minutes before the start of one's class to allow adequate time for finding a good parking spot.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining facilities are pretty decent at the University of Miami. Being a commuter, I have not tried the food at the residential dining halls. Nonetheless, I frequently visit the campus food court (it offers a variety of dining options). For instance, one can choose to eat at any of the following: Wendy's, Jamba Juice, Mango and Manny's, Panda Express, Salsaritas, a sushi place, and a frozen yogurt place.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The University of Miami offers a fairly decent amount of financial aid to students. As to date, I have had no issues with the financial aid department at the University of Miami.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Freshmen students are not allowed to have cars on campus. But with the campus shuttles, the "Hurry Cane" shuttles, not having a car is not at all a big deal. After a certain time, the shuttles will even bring students to the mall, or to games. I do not know much of the taxi service, but we have a train and bus station that will take us to any part of Miami. The train cost $4 round trip and not too much more to use for the whole day, no matter how many times you get on. The bus only costs $2 and the shuttles are free.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Everyone has a designated area; it's your luck whether the area you get is near your classes or not.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school is relatively lenient when it comes to alcohol (which has its pros and cons), but very strict when it comes to drugs.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships at Miami are plentiful, but apply early so you get them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Chartwells is filling, if not the tastiest food ever.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in the Miami area isn't that cheap, with all the development going on. Better to stick to the dorms or University Village, even if they aren't as snazzy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at this school is pretty big, especially the football scene. There is a lot of school spirit, especially in the freshman class. During homecoming, there is orange and green everywhere! There are other sports that get overshadowed by the dominant ones, and fan participation is encouraged with this point system called Hurricane Force Points. It is further explained with this link: http://www.miami.edu/index.php/university_of_miami_student_government/category_5/Hurricane_Force_Points/

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: In regards to overall diversity, this school does a fantastic job in blending individuals from everywhere around the world. You can walk anywhere on campus and you're bound to walk into someone a different ethnicity or nationality than you. There are many international students on campus as well, increasing the overall diversity of the university. This university wasn't rated the most diverse school in the nation for no reason. As diverse as it is however, some of the minorities on campus only make up a very small portion of the population, and there are people that can be ignorant of the nature of other people and their background. However, that's what makes this University a great place, because these people are exposed to types of people they have never seen before and interacting with these people makes for a valuable learning experience for both parties. All in all, this University does do a good job of mixing different people of all backgrounds.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is a joke, especially for freshman. Taxi's are expensive as fu-- and the metro rail get's sketchy as soon as it hits 8 pm.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Honestly, horrible. Everyone leaves campus at around 11-12 pm and returns back to campus at 2 am. Parties are generally trashy (house parties), and it's harder to get into clubs/bars, etc considering most of them are 21+. Before coming here I thought that people at the U go hard, but it's not even close to that..

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are so many options for transportation! Directly outside of the school is a metro that basically takes you anywhere relevant. If you want to travel beyond the metro, there are buses and a metro mover (a downtown only transit) that will take you to your destination. During the week, the metro runs until 2 am, and on the weekends, it runs until midnight (a tad bit backwards). If you're not comfortable with public transportation, many students wind up splitting taxis. Also, there are zipcars on campus with an hourly rate. They are expensive but extremely convenient. The only thing is that you have to pay a yearly membership fee, and you have to book them before they're all taken up-which happens on the weekends. Nevertheless, if you want to travel near the campus, you can always walk to the nearby venues which many people do.


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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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