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Reviews 2042 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Junior

Parking: The parking situation and UM could not be worse. We pay almost $500 per year just to park out car on campus. We already pay a high tuition cost and parking is only free at certain hours and certain lots. There are only a handful of spots outside the main library which are only free after 6 and no parking permit includes these spots. On top of everything the parking permits you have to buy are in zones and the zones are first come first serve. The yellow zone is the largest and most expensive zone however no classes are close to this and a minimal 10 min walk is needed to get to class. The zones should be sold depending on people's classes Ana where they need to be the most.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can find apartments in the slums that are close to campus or in millionaires estates close to campus. Brickell, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Coconut Grove would definitely be the best areas to live, however they're more pricey.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is in downtown Miami. The metro rail stops at the campus and can take you to most destinations. Miami is virtually another Las Vegas with less gambling. The local Miami Heat are virtually unbeatable, and the rum festival is a must go event.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is challenging to be a chemistry, but I enjoy it. It's rewarding to put hard work in. TAs and professors are very helpful because they know about the rigor of work.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: School does a good job contacting you regarding necessary steps that students need to take in the financial aid process. School doesn't meet every need of the student but they are reasonable.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus isn't too strict. As long as you can control yourself when you come back and night and don't act stupid you should be fine. There is a lot of underage drinking and not that many people get caught.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is confusing but the academics at this school are very good. Classes are interesting and you can make good relationships with your professors. The library is a good place to study but you'll find students outside studying. Everyone takes their studies seriously and people work very hard.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at my school are friendly and committed to work hard.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It requires a strong personality to not become distracted and consume by the "college life"

3 College Freshman

Parking: Always arrive early in case you can't find parking at all

5 College Freshman

Diversity: UM is incredibly diverse. It's almost ridiculous how few people speak English as their first language. Since the university is private and super expensive, you end up with a mix of full scholarship broke students and trust fund babies. Most of the school appears pretty liberal and there is a very fair mix of sexualities, presumably because this is south florida and so everything goes.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: For some reason, guys received great ratings at UM. There are far and few attractive ones and even fewer attractive ones who are smart and nice.
As for girls, I had an easy time finding a group that suits me.
There's all kinds of people here and anyone can easily find a group that they fit into, but I'm pretty sure that's any college.
Though there are many nice students, you also run into a very large portion of trust fund babies, but you get used to it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A lot of Miami revolves around the nightlife. But if you're less of a night owl, there are plenty of fun things to do such as Jungle Island (where you can hold monkeys and pet kangaroos), the art district, airboating in the everglades, etc. If you love music, anyone and everyone who tours usually stops in Miami, so that's a bonus. Lots of latin culture in the area. Great restaurants to check out.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Miami has a great variety of food options. You can get anything from Cuban to thai usually within walking distance. Price depends on place and can range from low to ridiculously expensive. Student discounts are rare, but get a groupon and you'll be in foodie heaven. I'd recommend Perricone's in Brickell. They have 10 dollar pasta Fridays to die for.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a full tuition scholarship to attend UM. There is a lot of aid available to students, you just have to ask. The awards packages given upon acceptance are usually pretty decent as well. Supplemental scholarships are always going to help because I cannot lie, UM is a very expensive school.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are liveable but they are really old. The freshman dorms are especially bad. They just need to be updated is the real issue.

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3 College Student

Nightlife: Nightlife at Miami is abundant, yet costly. Getting to the grove is usually no problem, as there are buses form the school, but boys have to pay annoying cover charges anyways. Going to SoBe is extremely expensive, besides on the rare occasion when there are events and one can buy a bus ticket to a club. Frat parties are generally OK and within walking distance, but there are plenty more house parties than frat parties, or off-campus frat parties that will cost you ridiculous amounts in cab fees to attend. If you can swing a cab every night, you'll have no problem and Miami will be outrageously fun for you as there is always something going on!

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's extremely safe on campus. There are always people that are alert and report everything. If you suspect anything there is 24 hour police on campus and they are very quick to respond to everything. They send out mass emails when there is something to worry about and handle everything promptly.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I got financial aid from the state but nothing through the university of miami. They offer basically nothing to transfer students which isn't fair. Also, with the financial aid, UM will look into everything very carefully to make sure that you should be getting what you are. College is a business you have to think of it like that! Just make sure you fight for your aid!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's near a lot of shops and there are many restaurants nearby. There is even a restaurant/bar on campus called the Rathskeller. Check that out if you can. The local atmosphere in Coral Gables is laid back but if you venture about 10 miles to South Beach it is extremely flashy and there is always something going on. It is far more alive than the Gables.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The sport with the biggest following is football. But the baseball games are a lot of fun and basketball is also very popular. A lot of people play intramural and club sports, so there is something for everyone.

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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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