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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

4 College Junior

Computers: Reliable Computer Labs – The computers at UM are pretty good they only get crowded during finals and midterms besides that you have a pretty good chance of getting a computer. The computers are fast and the printers are good as well. Computers at the U are pretty reliable.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are HUGE – Sports are big at UM especially when it comes to football. Students get hype, crazy, and super-excited when it comes to football games. Other sports are big too but nothing trumps football at the U.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local Flavor – Can you say multi-cultural? That is what Miami is. Lots of people from hispanic countries as well as from around the USA. UM is in affluent area. There are lots of local shopping opportunities and there is always something going on in the area.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Super Sports – The atheltics here are pretty huge here. Good facilites, fan support and school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many to Choose from – The lobby of the residential buildings always have a bunch of menus to pick from of places that deliver. If you want to go out to eat, Sunset or the Grove have some neat places, but expect to drop $15-25.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot Nice Rainy – It's sweltering hot until about September when it finally gets drier and the first coldfront rolls through. From about October to February, The weather is perfect and it's great just to sit outside on the gliders and in the grass. About March is when it starts pouring rain for days on end and I would suggest in investing in a good umbrella, raincoat and non-slip shoes/rainboots.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation in Miami allows a student to get to any place they want whether its by metro, bus, taxi or zipcar. Buses are little inconvenient if you are going anywhere off campus; the UMiami shuttle buses are definitely helpful in getting from one side of campus to another or to the popular Sunset Place or Coconut Grove. Taxi and zipcar are definitely the quickest route to take if going to the beach or somewhere not reached by the metro or the university's shuttles. The metro is just off campus and brings you for a great rate to the major Target/Bed Bath & Beyond or the Dadeland Mall.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have met a great many people while staying at the University of Miami that it could actually be one of their mottoes. Each month, there is some event going on, organized by one of the many diverse clubs. They even have a cultural week, where each day celebrates a certain region in Asia, and you are able to meet people of many different backgrounds. There is an great population of African-American, Asian, white and Hispanic students.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Nice and Easy – It was very simple to go from undecided to Classics major. There's a form that the advisor fills out and it may take a while to show up in the system, but nothing complicated. You do change advisors (to someone in your department).
I was surprised to be accepted with an undecided major, but it turned out for the best. I would second the advice not to go in as a biology or chemistry major for premed students. The biology advising sector is so big they have upper classmen advise others and the actual professor just signs off on the forms.
The Classics department is currently small, but very personal and close. I would highly recommend it to premed students looking to be well rounded and not just another biology major.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Middle Class? Don't Expect Much – I got a merit scholarship that helped me decide to go to Miami and at the time needed little aid (loans, etc.) from the school. I used my credit union for student loans. Then my dad lost his job. It took multiple attempts for the financial aid office to realize we needed a re-evaluation. They kept asking for proof of employment or tax information we didn't have, sent repeats of some forms and forgot others. All new aid I got was in loans--no grants or scholarships. My payments will be $1000 a month if everything stays on its present course.
Also, do not expect work-study or on-campus jobs. Even the dining halls employ non-students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strict Rules, No Enforcement – There are long lists of crimes and punishments that are shoved at the freshmen at every opportunity, but very few people are ever punished. On my floor at least, quiet hours and gender separation was complete ignored (there would be a guy in the bathroom if you got up later at night). School organization sponsored concerts were the worst offended for the quiet hours. Visitors were supposed to fill out a form if they stay mor than five hours and no one was supposed to spend the night. I doubt anyone followed that rule.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: More Hype Than Action – With South Beach so close, people get very excited. The $140 cab ride ends that quickly so people move to drinking and bragging. Exam times are when the beer bottle and vomit start showing up in the stairways, but other than that people drink socially or in their rooms.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Miami is great! Students love to hang out and interact and meet new people. The sporting events and Frost School of Music performances bring everyone together. Most students have a lot of school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls are okay, and sometimes the food has no variety. However, most of the time I find great meals that are very filling and the breakfast is outstanding!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – Stanford and Hecht are the two freshmen dorms at UM. They are both pretty much what you'd expect and the hall bathrooms can get old at times, but it is definitely livable. The rooms have air conditioning and hurricane shutters for safety. It's easy to get a good sleep, as the shutters let not light in from outside.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lot of White Students – There seems to be quite a large amount of white students that are accepted into the university. Being in Miami, technically White's are considered the minority, but once you step on campus, hispanics and every other ethnic group is the minority.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Generally Associate With Greeks – The Greek life on campus is very well-known to everyone. However, the Greek system is well-known, not exactly the members themselves. Greek members usually tend to affiliate only with other Greeks, unless they know them from before rushing into the Greek system. They do a lot of activities and attempt to be open towards the rest of campus, however, it is difficult to attend any events if you are not Greek. It can be fun if you do know Greeks, because then you get invited to those parties/events.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: From my perspective, the University of Miami has great Academics and it is steadily rising among all of colleges of the US. The teachers and classes are interesting, so long as you know what it is you want to study. Though I'm a Freshmen going onto Sophomore it has proved to be a good experience for me.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Studying at the U! The academics here are manageable. At first you may feel overwhelmed but once you find your rhythm there not so bad.
The teachers I've had so far are awesome and know what there talking about. :)

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Miami Housing. The off-campus housing surrounding the University of Miami is specifically designed to cater to a Miami student. The housing are relatively expensive, but since the average University of Miami student is usually more well-off than the average college student, landlords find this to be no big deal. The safety of the area has improved drastically in recent years, but still carries the stigma and stereotype of crime from years past. Overall, it is no more unsafe than the average big city. The housing quality is pretty average, nothing exceptionally special but it definetly has all needed qualities for well functioning home. Every, and I mean EVERY, form of housing is near campus. University of Miami has a slow yet extremely thorough process for assisting their studnets with off campus housing that indicates that they truly care about their students's wellfare.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's Acceptable and Tastes Good! I don't eat at the dining halls much, rather I go to the food court. There is a variety of places like Wendy's, Jamba Juice, Panda, Salsaritas, Sushi, Gyros, etc. It may seem like it gets repetitive, but honestly it stays fresh with all the different meals available at each of the restaurants. The dining halls get the usual college complaints, however, I like the food and the variety there.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Get Crowded, but Always Available. The computer labs are always available even when it seems busy. Sometimes during finals you may have to look for a computer, but it will be found. During the semester, it is a great atmosphere in any of the labs you are in and many students use them even when they have laptops.


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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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