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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Not Difficult to Get in the Biz School, but You Gotta Work to Stay in! The process of getting into the Business school was very easy. I didn't have to do a special application process when applying to the school. You can choose your major before starting your freshman year and can tweak it as you learn more about what you like and don't like. To declare, you will write an essay detailing your plans over the next four years and turn it in to your adviser.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Business school at UM is very tailored to each student... if you are motivated, show interest, and make connections with your professors and advisors, you will be treated like GOLD within the school of business. I know I am going to learn so much and at UM because I have unlimited resources and opportunities to explore what I want to do after college. i can't say enough good things there are so many!

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Hookups, Not Much Actual Dating – Sure, there are a lot of clubs in Miami. If hookups are what you're looking for, UM is your place. BUT, there's a reason why we were ranked Top Party School WITH good grades - our students go to clubs but NOT at the risk of their grades. There are a lot of girls who are more focused on schoolwork than being distracted by guys. There are a LOT of guys who spend an awful lot of time with their frat brothers. I don't really see co-ed groups hanging out on campus. The LGBT scene is definitely there though, and I think they have a better chance at finding romance in Miami than most undergrads.

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4 College Senior

Majors: International Studies – International Studies majors are encouraged to study abroad. I did my study abroad program in Hong Kong, China. I do not regret that one bit. In fact, my first choice of major would have been East Asian studies, alas, UMiami hadn't offer it yet as a major.

The INS program itself is distinct from the Political Science field, except I have hear rumors of the College of Arts and Science combining the two under one umbrella. I hope this is not the case, because I had approached my course selection very differently than a PoliSci major - I focused on expanding my knowledge of Asia through taking courses such as Religions of Asia, Chinese and Indian History, and Mandarin and Japanese language. My INS electives ranged from European American Relations to International Human Rights Law Making in the Third World to International Environmental Science. PoliSci courses count towards my electives, so I had taken Terrorism and Chinese politics.

I believe the INS program has the best advisor in the school - He was the one who pointed me towards a History minor and is very helpful in the study abroad course credit equivalency process. But, I would not take this program if I was required to take political science classes. I had wanted to explore the International field before entering International Law or Immigration Law in Law School.

5 College Senior

Weather: If you can stand the humidity, you'll love Miami. It's rarely cold, and students are seen at the pool all year round. If you're lucky, you can convince the professor to hold classes outside on the expansive lawns. When it rains, it pours, but the locals have adapted to it by just running to class. Most of the school has covered walkways between the dorms and dining halls. Puddles might be a problem, so galoshes for the puddle jumpers.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Move Out to the UV When You Can – Our University Village, open to upperclassmen (jr+) are relatively new apartments. That said, out-of-town freshman are required to live on campus and our freshman dorms have been likend to prison cells by many. Old, dusty, and small; you share the gym styled bathroom with the whole floor. The upperclassmen dorms aren't any better. Only one building has kitchens, and the dorms are old with bugs. Unfortunately, there is a huge difference in price with the UV. The lottery system isn't doing anyone favors. Off campus is even more expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Many Move Out, but Not by Choice – Out of town first year students are locked in to live on-campus. But many quickly move out after their first year. Due to the lottery system, some were forced out, but others chose expensive off-campus housing over the really dirty and old on-campus buildings. Miami is a beautiful and safe city and there are plenty of apartments available, but rent is high, the public transportation is horrible, which means fronting that expensive parking decal, and there's no help on campus for finding apartments.

3 College Senior

Majors: Not Horrible, Not Great – Because there are so many students in my program getting good teachers is very difficult.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love Being a Hurricane – School of community service, leadership and oppurtunity

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Place for Everyone – Greek life is very present at Umiami however it does not make the entire population, there's a place for everyone. Greek housing is only for fraternities.

5 College Senior

Facilities: we have a state of the art athletic center and student center in the making.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Umiami is always arounf patrolling the campus day and night. When there are any alerts they provide us with immediate texts with updates and precautions until the problem has been resolved.

5 College Senior

Transportation: City Life Advantage – Where Umiami is located, it makes transportation very convenient for students. The metro station is located right out of campus and there are local buses that are constantly making rounds. Beside the local transportation, Umiami provides there own buses that transport student throughout the campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Not as Easy – Coming in as a transfer student there weren't as much options for financial help.

5 College Senior

Majors: Love Biology – As a biology major it opens so many doors into the medical world. Whether you want to be an assistant to the doctor or go back into school and become the doctor yourself. I will have the option whether i would want to do internal medicine or specialize. My goal however has always been to be a well known doctor for doing amazing things that others were incapable of when it comes to the eyes. If i could do it all over again, i wouldn't change my mind about what i want to do but how i want to go about doing it. I would have started at a younger age doing volunteer work in the field of optometry.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Needs Work – The dining halls need more variety and a good one too.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Parking Issues – The atmosphere is amazing for a college student. The only dilemma it carries is that where ever you go parking over $5 has to be paid, but besides that UM is located in a very convenient spot. A mall is located across the street, book stores around the corner, a starbucks in walking distance for late night studying, and even an LA fitness to stay in shape with all the midnight snacking.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities are nice, however you have places such as the library that makes you feels that you are walking into a place where you should be at. If you forget or misplace your student id then you will have no luck going into the library. The student center is a good place to study but there is always something more going on than that such as activities for sororities.

3 College Senior

Academics: The registration process takes longer than you trying to get your license at the dmv plus more and that is for everything. Whether it is to make an appointment to speak to someone about classes or asking for help on options for financial aid. The workload is to much for a student who has to pay out of pocket and having to work full time to do so.

4 College Senior

Academics: Anyone with money or intelligence is accepted for the Biology on the pre-med track, which makes things interesting with how things get done. What i mean is you could be 4.0 student and some how the one with the money seems to get the better student program. The curriculum is quite difficult but not hands on, and as a pre-med student it should be.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Duh! It's in Miami! Food options off of the UM campus are infinite. The sky's the limit! Seriously.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The girls at UM are beautiful, smart, and nice. Never seen a better looking bunch in south florida.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freezing Tiny Cubical Paradise – I stayed in the freshman dorm last year and I didn't like the room to be quite honest, for it's tiny and the fire alarm went on in the middle of the night several times out of the blue. However, I did love hanging out with my floor and getting to know other freshmen. The housing department also organizes different social activities quite often, which helps new students fit in quickly. Traffic is bad in Miami so living on campus saves tons of time - though it's costly as we all know.

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into my Sociology program was pretty easy. I didn't really face any difficulties with the program and there was no application process I simply declared my major and began to take sociology classes.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at UM is pretty good. There are tons of places to go. There's cocunut grove and south beach (favorites) and other awesome places to go.


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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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