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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Weather: We Are in South Florida – Enough said, University of Miami is in south florida, remember complaining about how cold it is in your hometown? forget about it! here in Miami the average temperature in mid january is 73 degrees. Every day could be beach day.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Is Not the Only Way of Having Fun – we have deferred rushing here at U miami. Students have the chance to enjoy their first semester without having to join greek life. Plenty of opportunities to party even outside of it and of course a great club scene

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is amazing. it has anything a student could ask for. here at University of Miami we have a beautiful outdoor pool where student can relax or study in between classes, they are also building a new student activities center that will be completed in 2013. our gym is huge and has anything you could wish for. the weather is amazing and the off campus activities are unlimited!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman Housing on-Campus – It is policy at the university that unless a freshman is a commuter, they must spend their first two semesters on-campus. I am a freshman and so I am living in the freshman towers. I have not thought about off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A Safe College Atmosphere – The University of Miami takes great lengths to ensure that the campus is safe for all students. There are emergency phones scattered around campus in case a student needs security help and does not have a phone. There is also an emergency system that sends voicemails and emails with information if there ever any breach in security on or around campus. It's very helpful. As at any campus, there was a few minor problems. There emergency phones are great but not as abundant as they should be. There are large expanses on campus where there is no phone and sight and that is worrisome. Also, additional lighting would be nice. There are a few places where the lighting is fine and others that are pitch black at the right time of night. In general, I feel very safe on campus.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Sunshine Days – I like Miami and its diversity from all over the world. I love the beaches. The city is pretty at night, but I'm not one for the local entertainment within it. It's a place of migration; so many new faces visiting and interesting people to meet. Everyday is a unique opportunity. The weather is perfect; it's always nice and warm despite the seasons and that alllows me to play watersports even in the winter.

Miami is a big city, and there are a ton of stores and malls. My schedule allows me to go out and shop (but my wallet doesn't.)Thus, I'm more of an 'emergency shopping' person. Books, food, etc. I'm an academic student so I tend to avoid the nightclubs and drinking, ergo my life is pretty safe.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Working Around Restrictions – I was able to choose all the classes I wanted, despite the Orientation rush. However, I'm upset that I was unable to take more classes. The 6-class restriction has limited my decisions and stretched out my workload.

Most professors in the humanities department are knowledgable and open to questions. However, my Macroeconomics teacher is a book-for-book instructor, and I believe I could learn just as much without her presence interferring. I hate it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Nocturnal Situations – I feel safe during the daytime, but at night I feel a little worried. Thus I don't take night school. The darkness makes it difficult both to see and I worry about the people at night. There are also parties and I'm concerned about the people at that time. Finally, the traffic around school picks up with the evening rush from work, and as a bicycle commuter, I worry about roadside dangers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Alright – The dorms at UM are pretty standard, cinderblock and rooms on the small side, what you'd expect. Upperclassmen have the option to live in on-campus apartments, and they're really nice. It's extremely competitive to get on-campus housing, so if you want to live on campus, put your deposit down as soon as you can. Otherwise, rent can be above $1000 a month, or you're stuck on a waiting list living in the Holiday Inn.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Really Pretty!!! The campus is absolutely gorgeous! There are five libraries, an amazing gym with everything you could ever need to work out, a recently renovated University Center, and multiple dining halls and places to eat. There's a lake for looking and a pool for swimming, wildlife all around, and it's a wonderful place to be.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe If You're Careful – I don't have a problem walking around campus by myself, even alone at night, but there's a significant amount of crime (date rape, theft, vandalism) that goes on, and the police don't or can't do very much about it. They respond when you have a problem or if you are in danger, but it often takes a lot of time and effort on your part to get to an acceptable level of safety. Bottom line, keep your doors locked and only go out with people you trust.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So Safe for Miami – I've always felt safe at on campus, even at night. There are police are driving around in golf carts at almost all times at night making sure everything is safe and there is no suspicious activity. You can call the police department with anything and they always answer immediately and can help you with whatever your question is. Just lock your door to prevent any unattended theft from other students which does happen occasionally.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Depends on the Crime – Three offenses involving alcohol get you kicked out of housing, but the first two are just slaps on the wrist. Its usually really easy to sneak around and not get caught, and the student security really doesn't care.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of people smoke, it is very common to see smokers around campus. Weed circulates throughout the student body, cocaine is a possibility at certain parties. Alcohol is unavoidable.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: All Types of People – There are many different types of people at UM. From just walking around campus you'll see whites, blacks, latinos, asians, europeans, and middle eastern students. And there's a club for just about every nationality!

4 College Senior

Transportation: Freshman are not allowed to have cars. However, there is a metro rail that runs from campus to the airport and a shopping center. It is inconvenient not to have a car but definitely manageable. Night life is not on campus, but luckily the school provides transportation to local night ares numerous times during the week.

4 College Senior

Computers: Each student it given $100 printing dollars for the semester, which is essentially more than you could ever need. The computer labs are located conveniently in the residential halls, libraries and often times individual colleges have a computer lab in them. The entire campus is wifi accessible making it easy to bring a laptop to class.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's Easy to Get Around – Traffic is pretty congested so if you wanna get around, there's always taxis. Getting a big group also helps with the taxi prices. Many off campus locations/houses are walking distance, so it is not hard to get there. It also helps if you know someone who drives to take you to South Beach. We also have a metro system which is right in front of the school that you can take to the mall or South Beach (with the aid of busses).

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are a Big Deal – We tailgate at every football game. Win or lose, we will still have fun afterwards! Every sport has enthusiasts. Physical health is emphasized at UM so we have lots of IM sports and it's not hard to get involved!

4 College Senior

Majors: Pre-Med, Takes Effort – The instructors are great. They expect a lot from you however, need to put an effort to get good grades. It's a highly respected program with plenty of opportunities to move you ahead of the crowd. take your time studying and making relationships with the professors as it will give you the opportunity for recommendation letters.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Simple and Easy – As simple as filling out the FAFSA on time and doing any supplementary forms they ask you to fill out! Also, if have any problems can always ask for an appointment at student services where they will help you.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: On Their Toes – Yes there will be incidents on campus, but the police and security do a great job to keep you in the know. Emails, calls and texts will all notify you of any crime or threats. Of course it is always important to keep all doors locked as you never know what can happen.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A Major Topic to Most Conversations – The variety in sports are great, ranging from crew to fencing to football and tennis. The nearby Health Fitness Center (literally across the street from the Freshman dorms) offers a gym, indoor pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts, indoor track, etc. so even if you are not active in any sports you can still get your game on any time you are not at classes or studying.

3 College Freshman

Academics: As an Undergraduate Freshman – As an Undergraduate Freshman in Biology, a very general major, it is difficult to receive a personalized education with one-on-ones with your professor or extended time with your adviser. With so many students that applied to the University, many do it for the benefit of the Biology Department causing overcrowding in the major to actually reap the full benefits of help needed to get into Graduate Medical school.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Becoming Involved in Miami's Culture – Miami's culture is a culmination of the many cultures brought here by foreigners. Living on campus, you are immersed in the different languages and customs of your peers. There are many museums that present the artifacts and lifestyles of your friends' ancestors and concert halls allow your ear to extend its experience.


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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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