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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Good for the Mind and the Body – Miami has fantastic facilities for improving both your mind and your body. The library is very large and is part of an inter-library loan system where you can request books from other university libraries across the country. The gym facilities are fantastic. There are two large pools on campus, one indoor and one outdoor, that are open year round. The Wellness Center has all of the workout equipment you could ever need and space for just about every sport imaginable as well as a hot tub and a snack bar that serves smoothies.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: On-campus safety is a high priority at the University of Miami, but the measures that are made to keep the campus safe are not always successful. The center of campus is reasonably safe, but once or twice a year, there are reports of muggings or assaults in the areas bordering the campus. Usually the victim has been drinking heavily or is impaired in some way and is walking around very early in the morning, making themselves a more susceptible target for this kind of thing. Overall, the University of Miami is much safer than it was 30 some years ago and I nearly always felt safe. If you avoid being impaired and wandering around the edges of the campus at 3 o'clock in the morning, you have nothing to fear on Miami's campus.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Awesome, but Sometimes Expensive. House parties are awesome and there is always something going on. If you go out into the city or to South Beach, you can end up spending a lot more than you planned on spending.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Beautiful, but Costly – There are many opportunities to live off campus in beautiful housing situations. unfortunately, if you are not living with family, off-campus housing options are more expensive than room and board.

5 College Student

Campus Dining: Just Like Heaven – There are many different places to eat on campus and the food is awesome! There are always many options that appeal to all different crowds.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing department provides info for off-campus haousing. There are several options within walking distance to campus and many more withing driving distance (10-30 minutes drive). Prices are somewhat reasonable, better if rooming with others.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: "Club Richter" – Richter library is one of many on campus and probably the most popular. The stacks are the best places to study if you need peace and quiet. Right outside, on The Green, student orgs set up events and movie nights (Screen on the Green). The gym is great, full of machines and even group classes. The UC houses the other dining options as well as a small computer lab, the pool and study areas.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The U conveniently has computers/computer labs in just about all the dorms, at the UC and all throughout the libraries. Internet access in those places is pretty quick. You get about $100 to spend on printing, I think, per year. It can go by pretty quick depending on your needs and the courses you take. Wireless is available in just about any building and withing close proximity to one. Wireless in rooms, though... that can often suck. A personal computer is VERY convenient but if you don't have one, be prepared to spend time in the computer labs/libraries and plan it according to your schedule. The Richter library is open very late (2 am, 24-hours during finals)!
Labs and libraries (esp the latter) get very, very busy during finals. Libraries are usually packed then.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Taxis Are Expensive – Taxi's are pretty expensive, and as a Freshman that's your only option since you can't have cars on campus. Sometimes there are buses but that's it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Like Is Present – The Greeks are definitely present here. Lot of douche-y bros and stuck-up females walking around wearing their Greek Shirts. Need to be Greek to enjoy any parties that are decent at best. Greeks look down on you for being non-greek.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Not Bad – There are computer labs in each of the dorms, and they usually aren't crowded. Sometimes the printers are crowded or don't work, but that's not often. Internet is sometimes really shaky. It will randomly work and then not work. Speed is fast.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Ranking is merely an illusion – I think it's time for a realist point of view here. Don't get me wrong, UM is a decent school. But it's not Top 50 material, not by a long shot. Doing research on how USNews ranks their colleges, you'll notice that many of the categories that increase score are based off money. UM has high tuition costs, and therefore, lots of money to spend.

Faculty Resources (including Faculty Salary) - 20%
Financial Resources - 10%
Alumni Giving Rate - 5%

Retention also plays a big role - 20%
- Given that most people are from out-of-state areas that are cold, it's not surprising that they decide to remain within our amazing weather.

As you can see, UM's money plays a large role in all of this. The reason UM is rated so high is because it has an amazing Marine Biology program and an amazing Music program. Medical School is decent. Most students don't realize that UM Undergrad isn't what makes the school good, it's their graduate programs. Being accepted into UM Undergraduate =/= being accepted into UM Graduate school.
UM is still a decent school, but FIU has a better Business School, and both FIU and FSU have better law schools. UF's medical school is better than UM's as well.

Unfortunately, most of the students aren't willing to admit this because they are living in their own world.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Good nightlife if you have a fake ID. Very expensive to get in to places, and expensive to take a cab which most people usually do. House parties are absolutely horrible. Pay $5-10 to get in for one keg which everyone crowds around. Usually a sausage fest, and usually the cops come by midnight. The hosts of the parties call the cops on their own parties so that they can get everyone to leave after making $$. Frat parties have an exclusive "list," and, as a guy, you usually need to bring a lot of attractive girls to even be considered entry. Girls, like typical UM girls, get everything for free so they get into frat parties easily.
If you have the money, which most kids at this school do, you'll enjoy the Miami night life.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Welcome to Jersey Shore – School's an extension of the out-of-state, mainly New York and New Jersey. Students very stuck up, rich, and think they're on Jersey Shore.

Girls: Stuck up, rich girls with a "LOL OMG MIAMIII" mentality. Very spoiled, so they expect the guys to spend exorbitant amounts of money on them, and expect everything for free. Conversations with them feel very fake.

Guys: Lot of douchebros who think they're hard and tough. At night, look out for cars full of UM kids looking out their windows as if they're tough guys since they think driving out late at night is "cool." LOL? If you go to the wellness center, you'll notice how widespread steroid-use is at this school. Willing to spend all their $$ on a girl just to get lucky that night. Unless you're a "bro," don't expect to fit in here as the same "BRO IM IN MIAMI!!!" mentality exists like the girls.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's All About the 'U' – Despite our slow football season, the University of Miami is top notch in school spirit, football games, insane tailgates and athletic facilities. Athletes blend in to the everyday academic environment and still manage to shine during game time. Hurricane Force, our fan support group, does a great job offering incentives and promoting athletic events going on throughout the week!

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Suprisingly Safe – The safety on campus is pretty great. There are always police cars in the area, there are emergency phones around every corner and the people are all very friendly and more than willing to help. Public safety and fire rescue arrive at the scene of a crime within 5 minutes. The only problem we seem to have is with theft and robberies in the dorms, and that can be prevented by keeping the doors locked and enforcing the rules security instructs students to.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: City Life and Football – The main thing that sets us apart is our social scene. We basically have a city night life rather than your typical "frat party" scene. Don't get me wrong there are frats and plenty of events put on by them but that is not the most talked about event of the year. Our football games are also really fun, usually the tailgate is more exciting than the game (well at least for a girl who could care less about who wins)

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Calculators Get Stolen Every Once in a While. The most crime on campus is theft. Basically if you don't leave your things laying around you will have no problem with crime. Leaving campus is another story because some places in Miami are not the safest. We do have the blue light system but I dont think it has ever been used.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There Is a Place for Everyone – There is a place where everyone can fit on campus, you just have to find it. You may feel at first that you are not accepted but you need to find people that you like to actually feel accepted. There is a lot of money here so some people feel intimidated by that but there are all different types of people here you just have to make an effort to find where you fit.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are many different places to eat on campus including the dining halls, Panda Express, Sushi Maki, Wendys, Subway, the Rathskeller, Jamba Juice, Salsaritas, Oasis, Starbucks and a few others. The food is excellent, but it's not cheap.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Party Atmosphere – There are plenty of events to go to weekly and plenty of things to do at night, even on weekdays. The community is very supportive of students. Many local shops and restaurant give 10% discount to all UM students. The only downside is that crossing the streets can sometimes be unsafe. Many drivers in the area do not give pedestrians the right of way and people have been hit before.

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2 College Freshman

Majors: Intramural Sports Referee – The only position on campus I have had so far was an intramural sports ref. It is the highest paid hourly salary on campus which is nice and it is a very laid-back type job. I gave it a C grade though because I have also participated in intramurals and I feel as though a lot of the referees are poorly trained and sometimes have a big affected on the games themselves. I did not want to find an intership or a job my freshman year, just so I could get acclamated, but hopefully next year, I can work at the on-campus restaurant.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Never Get Bored – Going to school at the University of Miami, you are surrounded by so many different cultures that you have such of an array of kids you meet. There are a lot of international students here who bring their culture with them, so it is interesting to see how to deal with American culture. Also, Miami is such a fun and exciting town that there is always something to do. You are never forced to do the same thing every weekend. The only thing I wish was different is the proximatey to shopping districts. Yes, there is a metra, but if you have a lot to carry, this can be difficult. Having a car down here would be ideal, but you can still get by just fine without one. Also, the athletics are awesome here! We are a Division I school, but since we are a private institution, only 10,000 students go here and non-athletes get a chance to be in the same environment as the Division I athletes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Good Variety – The food court has a variety of foods to eat including subs, Chinese, Latin, and other fast foods. There is also a Quick mart for snacks and other small foods. Additionally, on Wednesdays, the Fresh Market comes to campus and fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods are available. We also have a pizza food truck. And the infamous Rathskeller. However, the dining hall food does get repetitive!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs available for all students including in the libraries, dorms, and in some other buildings on campus (Ex: Merrick Bldg.). There is also UPrint, a system that allows you to print via your Cane Card, however, sometimes this encounters technical problems so make sure to print before your assignment is due!


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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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