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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Student

Greek Life: Here's the skinny: If you are in a frat you want to be in Pike (hot muscular assholes who know how to party), SAM (chill guys who know how to have fun), SAE (Who cares about intelligence when they're hot, am I right?), ZBT (great parties, not so great guys), and maybe Sig Chi (just because they're NOT Sig Ep) or Beta (because they are entertaining).. and one time I heard something about Pi Kap. Just don't join Sig Ep. Just don't do it. If you are in a sorority here is your social order, based on.. well.. coolness: DG (hottest, richest, and chillest), SDT (a bunch of Long Islanders and Jersey Girls who like to talk about their sex addictions, eating disorders and drinking problems), Zeta (welcome back to high school...), D Phi E (cute... and nothing to them), ADPi (smart overachievers who cut loose a little too hard).... Those are all I know. Which says something for the rest of them.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: While the girls at the U may be gorgeous and the guys oh-so muscular, if you are looking to make lasting friendships, I suggest you look elsewhere. I could liken the social scene of Miami to a game of Chutes'N'Ladders: one day you're at the top, the next day you are nothing. When it comes down to it, it's all about the money, so if you can't keep up with the taxi fare to SoBe and the expense of owning a pair of Lita's, you poor scholarship girl, you might as well forget about a serious social life. If you like guys who pay people to go to their classes and you like girls who are skillful at talking trash, the University of Miami is the place for you.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Could be better. Obviously it is not mama's home-cooked meals. But, there are gluten free and vegetarian options. And really it is not THAT bad. Come on now, stop complaining. There is a stir fry bar, a burger bar, and a sandwich bar ALWAYS. All of those are great choices (plus like 4 bars that interchange selections)

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge opportunity to partake in leadership opportunities. Although a small percentage of students join, they all are very active in the community. And actually, greeks have a higher average GPA than non-greeks. You will definitely find your place in whatever frat/sorority you end up in.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are there...they are very easy to get and are very easy to get cheap. You don't "HAVE" to do anything...

obviously drinking and smoking are huge. So huge that there is a "smoking" spot by the lake that everyone smokes weed at. Enjoy!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are guys from all over the country and world really. Barely anyone will actually be from Miami. That being said, there are plenty of good looking guys. Almost everyone is nice.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have amazing food choices surrounding the campus. There's a mix of Asian, Greek, American, and Italian places that are all excellent. You have to have a shake shack burger!

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At UM, Greek life is a big part of everything. It seems like everyone is part of one and it's almost a little difficult to then make friends because it's somewhat clique-ish. That being said I still love UM (I'm not in a sorority) and the people you meet are always nice.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: At UM the drug scene usually consists of smoking or using adderol for academic purposes. Drinking is much more popular at UM.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Drinking on campus is limited to one restaurant at which they even scan your ID to ensure it's valid. Otherwise, people are free to roam wherever whenever, enjoy the greens, etc. UM is very laid back.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The pre-med program here is excellent. Throughout your four years, you'll meet with countless advisers who can give loads of guidance. There are several opportunities to not only work or volunteer on campus but also finding job/volunteer opportunities off campus. There is Baptist Health really close to campus. The pre-med organizations (AMSA, AED, MAPS,etc) are always providing members with ways in which they can get involved. There is always opportunities for hands on learning through programs associated with the Miller School of Medicine.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you can afford all those club entry fees, taxi fares,, etc than go right ahead. The party scene is very active because well, its Miami. There are 18 and over clubs and some of the 21 and over clubs have nights for the underage people. House parties are a lot easier and cheaper and usually within relatively close distance to the campus that you can walk or maybe take a taxi. I've only gone to a few parties and they were pretty fun (one got shutdown by the cops).

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't that crazy if you hang with the right people.There are people who blatantly talk about selling or buying X- drug but others are more discrete. These are college students so the focus is more on alcohol and marijuana.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The school does a lot for the students. Laundry is free in the dorms. They provide shuttles to take students throughout the Coral Gables area.
The premed program is very popular and well-respected.
Living in Miami is always an adventure. So many things to do and places to go -- if you're bored, you just aren't looking hard enough.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a ton of diversity here. We have students from all around the world. Many students are from upper-middle class to upper class families, but not all. The school accommodates various religious needs (holidays, diets, etc.). The students are open to nearly all lifestyle choices (except, perhaps, the more extreme ones that infringe upon others' freedoms). Everyone is very "chill," to be honest.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Most people I know have gotten scholarships and financial aid.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: So many beautiful people everywhere. And everyone is so fashionable.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Coral Gables, Miami, Coconut Grove - everything is fantastic. Of course, there are bad parts of town (like any major city), but if you avoid those, there are endless opportunities for fun. Plus it's always sunny and gorgeous.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining halls are GROSS. Really, really bad. I'm a freshman and I eat there maybe once a month even though I was forced to get a ridiculous 14 meal/week dining plan. I got a job just so I could spend my money on other food. The food court is okay but the hours are inconvenient.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at the University of Miami are very good and are still improving in quality by the year. I am in the Exercise Physiology department, and the professors here are some of the best anywhere. The University of Miami is a great research institute, and a lot of professors have a lot to offer. The workload might be harder than most schools, but students have many resources available to them to succeed. Class sizes are usually around 20-40 people, so professors are available to answer questions and help students understand the material one-on-one. The professors at this school are not at all like the stereotype college professors who are too busy to invest themselves in their student body and make sure students keep up with their studies. A lot of the professors in the Exercise Physiology department want to see their students do well and understand the material.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a good amount of off-campus dining options around the school. American food, Japanese food, Pizza, Italian, Mexican, Burgers. The only complaint is that many of the restaurants around the school are high-end and very expensive.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is pretty good selection for on campus dining options. In the food court, there is a Jamba Juice, Wendy's, Sushi Maki, Salsarita's, Panda Express, Marketplace Salad Bar, Mango Manny's and Niko's Greek Grill. There is also a Starbuck's, Subway, Pizza Truck, College Bar, Kosher Cafe and Convenience store on campus. The two dining halls are not the best, and the hours are inconvenient on weekends, but they have enough selection that you should always be able to find something to eat. The prices of on campus dining is quite expensive though, and it is more cost effective to cook or pack meals.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The buildings are in decent condition. The community at the freshmen dorms is great, but not so much at the upperclassmen dorms. The freshmen dorms utilize a community bathroom, while the upperclassmen dorms are "suite style" and share a bathroom between two dorm rooms. However, the bathroom doors don't lock, so this can make for an awkward bathroom situation. The school doesn't have enough housing for upperclassmen, so many students end up having to move off campus. There are also student apartments available to juniors and seniors, but you need to be selected through a lottery system to get apartment housing, and you may not end up with roommates that you requested. On-campus housing is significantly more expensive than off-campus housing, but it is very close to classes.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation is okay at the University of Miami. The school shuttle system doesn't have a set schedule, and can sometimes end up taking longer than just walking. The Miami Metrorail goes right by the school and is a convenient way of getting around to certain parts of Miami. For the most part, the school isn't big enough that you need to utilize the shuttle system, except for during August and September when it's too hot to walk around outside.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Like the nightlife there a million great places to eat. Plenty of restaurants right across the street like Moon Thai and Starbucks. Take the metro over to a mall and check out more options like Bubble Tea. Downtown coral gables has amazing dining. For real authentic flavor check out some of the "hole-in-the-wall" places on Calle Ocho (aka 8th street or Tamiami Trail).


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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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