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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Silly Appearance but Highly Modern Inside – The facilities of UM are really modern, especially the library and the Wellness center

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As Good as Can Be Expected. The dorms are comfortable enough, floors seem to have a strong sense of community (which is always a good thing.) Nothing particularly special about the freshmen dorms, except for the fact that Stanford is far more outdated than the well-designed Hecht. The differences are minor, like nicer elevators, better lighting and furniture in the lobby, and an ATM, but it still make a difference. Fortunately, Stanford is supposed to undergo some renovations next year. Unfortunately, it won't matter cause I won't be there.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Getting Better Every Year – Having made it into the top 40 U.S. universities, it is clearly evident that Miami is putting a greater focus on academics. The freshmen acceptance rate keeps getting lower and lower.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Simply the Best Place to Be! After having spent some time at other universities all over the U.S. I can still say that I am glad I chose to go to UM

5 College Freshman

Weather: ...It's Miami... Do I Need to Say More? The weather is great year round, the coldest it gets is "sweatshirt temperatures." It's sunny most of the time, and seeing people tanning on the IM fields, by the lake, and at the pool are not uncommon sights. My only complaint is that it is occasionally windy and rainy.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: I only use the Wellness Center and the Library, both of which are great by the way, but there are so many other facilities available to the students.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Keep up Appearances – Guys go to the gym a bunch, tan by the pool, and just eat well most of the time. Not a bad looking group at all. The girls generally keep up with their appearances as well

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Is What You'd Expect for College – Average food, many choices though. Always a vegetarian option as well as the usual food. Hours of the dining halls are pretty annoying though

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Really Safe – The dorms and access onto the University are extremely secured, to get into the dorms you generally have to swipe your cane card (ID Card that UM gives out freshman year). There are Blue lights for safety everywhere as well

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Bad, People Group Together – I see different races around, but generally they group together. Theres a lot more kids that are european versus asians

4 College Freshman

Computers: Everything Is Available – wifi all over campus, printing labs everywhere with easy access and long working hours.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Lot of Things to Do – There's the grove and south beach. A lot of good restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping...There's also a downtown area. Only thing is that there are some bad areas mixed in between these areas and the university

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't own a car, therefore I wouldn't be able to talk about parking.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not the best, but if you're hungry, it will get the job done.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UMiami definitely has one of the nicer campuses around. There's a state of the art gym that is always occupied, and the classrooms are definitely beginning to integrate more and more technology to help discussions. New buildings are being built on the campus, so its definitely an exciting time to be a Cane.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Although I do not participate in athletic events, most students at my school are very school spirited and attend various sporting events (i.e. football and basketball).

2 College Junior

Transportation: Hurry! Hurry Canes! The shuttles have the silly names Hurry Canes and I wish they would hurry less and just have longer schedules. They stop running before the last class and the one that runs to the shopping areas are often late and limited to the weekends. There is also only one bus trip to the mall during the weekend and the bus has a very small route

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not Fun for the Non-Party Goer – Many of the parties thrown or off campus at frat houses or people's apartments. Thursday nights and Weekend nights are known for the lines of taxis outside the residential halls. The nightlife are all centered off campus or in the "Grove", transportation via taxi. There's almost nothing to do on campus at night unless you go to parties. Clubs are expensive.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Cultural Events – Lots of events downtown can be accessed via metrorail, for example, the Miami International Book Fair, ballet and plays at the Arscht Center for Arts, Concerts and Miami heat games at the American Airlines Arena. There are also a lot of active cultural groups around miami throwing cultural fairs

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I got the highest offer of any school I applied to from UM (3/4th tuition). They are very generous with their scholarships. Additionally, they don't cut any corners or hit you with hidden things which I super appreciated. My sister's school dropped her scholarship because she didn't fill out a FAFSA on time even though it was merit-based aid, and the law school I'm at will do everything to cheat you into paying more. At UM, when my friends decided to stop school for personal reasons or whatever, UM froze their scholarship offers so they could return if they wanted and still have them. They also were completely helpful and reasonable about deadlines and such. So worth it!

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather at Miami was insane. so so so many beautiful sunny days between 70-75 degrees. perfection. As a student, you must most of the extreme summer heat, and you get to go to the beach in january. I kept looking out on the ridiculous green campus all year thinking, "One day I'm gonna take this for granted." but it never grew old, or tiring. It's just beautiful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Generous Miami Options – The computer situation was wonderful at UM. There are tons of computers at Richter, the wifi is good (though sometimes slow in the dorms), having free printing was GREAT and even when it was 'regulated' they were very generous in what they allowed students to print. The Com schools resources are over the top though, they are the best at UM.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Most of the facilities look average on the outside but are up-to-date on the inside.

3 College Senior

Computers: You Can Almost Always Find an Available Computer – Really though, it would be nice if they had just like printing centers set up in every building...

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone Is Friendly – This campus has students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Everyone is outgoing. The campus is beautiful with a lake in the center of it and lots of vegetation.

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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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