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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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!

2 College Freshman

Majors: At the University of Miami, everybody and there brother wants to do pre-Med because all they see are dollar signs. The pre-Med program is specifically designed to weed these students out and rush their spirits. The professors to you this, word for word, before the class is even under way to encourage you to leave and try another avenue. The most important criteria is to be ready to have the professors deliberatley stack the deck against you because they believe you are only there for money in your future. Unfortuantely, they are generally right, but that does not, by default, give them the right to try and punish the students with an actual love and passion for medicine by giving overly frivilous science work that just break souls and hurts feelings. The entire process of surving pre-Med for the actual med school is abnormal, despite the end results of those that survive are more then prepared for the medical world and still have to compete against students with inflated G. P. A.'s from other universities. My best tip to offer is that you be prepared for the long haul and pretend you are either a chmistry or biology major because it will be jammed down your throat for the better part of 4 years.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lax at Best. Strictness at the Uninversity of Miami is essentially a joke. The R A's will punish you if you're caught out of your room with a beer or other alchohol, but otherwise they ignore it even when they know it's going on in your room. They pretend that there is no stench of marijuana permeating throughout the entire campus, but only act upon it when's there's a complaint of some kind. They do enforce attendence policies and room visitation to the utmost degree, but students really couldn't care less about that aspect. The police on campus really swing the hammer when they are called, but they are actually called at about a 10% rate of instinces where they should be called. There's only so much you can enforce when a large portion of the student body is coming to the school based off the city's legendary nightlife and to cut that off would damage the stream of student coming to Miami.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: New Athens. The Greek life is both famous and infamous on the University of Miami campus. The are without a doubt the social gods on the campus where their parties break in the the new freshman and transfer students to give them the stereotypical view of college life. There is an entire street devoted to the multiple fraternities and soroities at the school with multiple forms of housing, truly making their presensce felt all week with their close proximity to daily acitivities. Most freshman strive to be accepted to Greek life por the parties and romantic life that is legendary. These factors drive all weekend party and social life decisions at the school with a familiar buzz every weekend. Most non-Greek students, however, view the Greek students as your typical modern day, "tool," and, "douche," that is just looking for their next beer and sexual encounter without a care about where their life's may be headed. They over embrace the college-is-one-big-party mantra to a fault that leaves most non-Greeks irritated and bitter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Suite Life. Housing on campus is pretty nice. Buildings are kept fairly clean (freshman dorms w/community bathrooms are cleaned daily). The room space is actually very decent, even for first year students. Residential staff are pretty awesome. The Resident Masters and their families really make each dorm feel more like home. The Apartments on campus are SPECTACULAR. The greatest part of being a junior. Cost of housing is slightly high, but they are of pretty good quality. Residential staff are always planning cool events and free dinners. Even dorm-wide study breaks during finals. Also, housing units are equipped with beds, desks and armoirs. And all have AC.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UM does a nice job in trying to provide us with decent dining options. The two dining halls are set up kind of buffet style... you have no limit on what you can eat. To-go plates would be nice...
Other than that, we have a food court, The Rathskeller (The Rat), and other dining options (including a pace in the gym) that all use our meal plan funds. Even the Bank United Center concession stands use our cane cards! Depending on the meal plan you get, you may not run out of Dining Dollars for the year (they do roll over!). There's almost always an option for food at anytime. And if you don't want to eat on campus, there is a plethora of choices off campus. Some deliver right to your dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Coral Gables is a nice city, very busy. Getting around the Miami-Dade (and campus) is fairly easy. Having a car isn't really all that necessary if you live on campus but it does give you more freedom. Beaches are pretty close and night life is always "popping"... Great place to be. The diversity is unreal... from food to exhibits, it's a pretty interesting and live place.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Good Luck – The parking is atrocious, especially after 10 AM. The permits are based by zones, with the most expensive ones being in prime-time parking lots. The school is very strict with tickets. Having a car isn't necessary, but it's nice to be able to get away from campus with a car.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Novelty Wears Off After Freshmen Year – The dorms on campus aren't bad, but the lifestyle eventually gets tiring after freshmen year. The walls of the upperclassmen dorms are very thin, so there can be a lot of noise. The best place to live on campus would be the University Village, which are apartments at the edge of campus for Juniors and Seniors, but those apartments are rather pricey. The housing process is based on credits as well, and normally there is some sort of lottery to get into housing. Freshmen housing is guaranteed.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Decent Variety Available – There are several options available for dining roughly 1 mile or less away from campus. There are a couple chains, like T.G.I. Fridays, Panera, and Buffalo Wild Wings, near the school. There are also some lesser known restaurants, like Stir Moon and Moon, located right next to the upperclassmen dorms. There are also numerous pizza places or frozen yogurt shops. There are no student discounts at most of the restaurants, but the cost is cheap.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Clubs Not Worth It – Living near Miami gives the idea that there is a lot to do at night, like hitting up the bars or clubs in downtown Miami. However, the clubs are typically overpriced and limited to 21 and up. Frat houses, when they happen, usually let more girls in than guys. The school gives free transportation Thursday and Friday to Coconut Grove, the town next to Coral Gables where there are some bars and clubs to go to.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Loving Football – The only sport that gets any kind of attention is the UM football team, due to the legacy and fame of the past teams. Most people attend the home football games and most of the athletic facilities are made for the football players. Many student organizations attempt to drum up attention for the women and men basketball teams, but those teams do not receive nearly as much attention as football.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not Bad – The diversity could be a lot worse. We have a lot of mainly white students but there are definitely other races present. We see a lot of different cultures, however, on campus due to the multiple ethnic clubs on campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bye Bye Money, Hello Cabs. You have the Hurry Cane, which is a bus system that can bus you around to the farther parts of campus, as well as to a grocery store, the outdoor mall, and a good weekend hang out. However, the Hurry Cane runs on its own schedule and is very hard to depend on. For the most part if you don't have a car, you spend a lot of your money on cabs, because if you want to go anywhere on the weekends, its at least a cab ride away. There is also the metro very close by, but it has limited places it goes to. Be prepared to spend money on cabs.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Well Dressed Functioning Alcoholics – If I can say one thing about the students of UM, it is that they dress very well. You will rarely see someone going to class in sweats, but if they are, no one really cares. However, for the most part, students are concerned with drinking, partying, and still maintaining good grades. If you aren't a drinker, it's harder to find people on campus. As well, you know the people on Jersey Shore who you're always like, "yeah, that can't exist in real life." Well, they do. At UM.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I love the Comm program at UM because it has a unique feature of forcing the students to pick not only a major in the Comm School, but also a second one in a different area of study. It helps ensure that instead of getting a narrow and specific learning, you have an opportunity to broaden your education, and have a more well rounded experience.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Help – Make sure fafsa is filled by February 1 and go back to office and check they got it in thei system, if you don't., your at risk of not getting the right aid awarded

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse! It is one of the reason why I love university of Miami! Many cultures, many languages, many things to learn from other students.

College Sophomore

Computers: Library and Labs Crowded During Examinations – Library packed, not enough space to study and computers in used for other reasons except school related.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but getting parking is very difficult. If you don't have a pass for a certain zone (parking is broken up into color coordinated zones,) security will ticket you. If you live off campus, it's kind of necessary to have a car, though.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Dorm Punishments Are Strict – If you live in the dorms, you can get in a lot of trouble for underage drinking and drug use. If you get caught twice, you're forced out of the dorms. Most of the time, if you're quiet, you can get away with drinking in the dorms, just don't be loud and stupid. It really depends on the RA you get. Off-campus, it's pretty strict, but not too bad. It's a felony to possess a fake ID in Florida, but most of the time bouncers will just take your ID if it's fake, as long as you don't cause a scene.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: While UM is known for being a very diverse private institution, most racial/ethnic groups keep to their own. However, it's very easy to find anyone of a different race, gender, religion, belief system, etc on campus. I love that about Miami, that it's like a small piece of the world.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Coral Gables: a Stone's Throw Away from Miami – Coral Gables is a fantastic neighborhood. It's a metro ride to downtown Miami, a cab or bus ride to The Grove (Coconut Grove, a great area for shopping, dining, and nightlife,) or even South Beach! It's also close to Key Biscayne and Virginia Key, which are popular beach areas. But Coral Gables itself is a wealthy neighborhood with tons of restaurants, shopping, and fun located within walking or cab distance to campus.


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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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