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Coral Gables, FL
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Tuition
$41,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1776 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A Breeze! The processing took little time and seeing someone regarding financial aid was amazingly easy. It wasn't even crowded and it didn't take long to hand everything in. The staff are very knowledgeable and are good at what they do.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The beach is a decent drive away. In Coral Gables, there's always something to do. It's very metropolitan. The metro rail is always fun to ride and you can take the bus to the beach or downtown to Bayside. University of Miami is also conveniently located by Dadeland Mall and Sunset Mall. Nice restaurants are all around, like Shorty's BBQ. University of Miami also has it's own art museum called The Lowe Art Museum. It is a must!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Nice Staff and Easy Process – I am going to University of Miami for their Political Science program. The advisors are very friendly and helped me register easily. Any questions I had, I had the flexibility to contact via e-mail, phone or even drop-by. The campus is clean and people are decent. UM has it's medical school, law school, and engineering programs. The quality of education seems great.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Sunshine State – The weather is really nice here. Sometimes it's hot but the campus has little hut houses in which you can relax in. It's very cool. It's nice and sunny most days. Sometimes it'll rain but the campus has plenty of shelter. The weather makes it looks like a really pretty park. People hang out on the grass, walk their dogs and even study under a shady tree.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Lots of Free Sports – All games for every sport are free for students. You usually don't need to apply for tickets to anything. The football games are far away but the school provides buses so it is easier to get there. Sports aren't our life but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. IM sports are easy, free and fun. They are centrally located on campus so its easy to get involved.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Don't Cheat or Drink Illegally – While you can have alcohol on campus (we have a bar at the UC) if you are caught underage drinking or doing drugs you will be quite miserable. You have to go in front of an entire council and end up on probation and having to take classes about drug and alcohol abuse. With drug possession , you may be arrested as well because we have security that is also sanctioned by the city police. But otherwise, the campus is pretty relaxed. Keep your door closed and don't make a scene and you will be fine.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Fantastic School With a Ton of Opportunities – UM was a great choice. Outdoor pool, lots of field trips, small classes, top notch gym, movie theater, intramurals, close to a lot of bars and clubs. Not just a college town. Beautiful beaches and great shopping. Warm weather year round. Flip flops and shorts are standard dress all year. You won't skate through your classes but they aren't impossible. Frat and sorority life is not necessary here.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Older Freshman Dorms – They are a lot of fun and a great way to meet people but they are small and some aren't remodeled yet. You can't have a car on campus as a freshman but there are plenty of shuttles to get you where you want to be. And they are right next to the gym and cafeteria so its easy.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not South Beach, but Pretty Great – The off-campus sites are good for a dinner date, a night out on the town with friends, bar night with friends or even karaoke night at the bar. There are a wide variety of places to go for a relatively low price. Bars and diners such as Titanic, Buffalo Wild Wings, and plenty of ethnic restaurants such as Los Ranchos and Diego's Restaurant. The best part is that some of the restaurants are within walking distance! As a matter of fact, the reason why I give it a B+ is because restaurants in South Beach are out of this world and I can't give out two A's.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Spirited, Fun, but Tough – Courses are usually challenging. But campus atmosphere is always spirited and fun. The Rat is a great place to eat and relax in between classes. I would still go to UM if I could do it all over again, despite having initial hesitations about staying in state.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: What can I say.. this is miami... there is always something to do. I went everywhere from Liv Nightclub in SoBe to Monty's Raw Bar in the Grove.. the beach, the keys... every teen's dream is in this city.

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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.

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Sana Khan
Hometown
Lauderhill, FL
Major
Biochemistry/Mathematics
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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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