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Reviews 2042 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Overall the student body is very diverse. There is people from different countries around the world. Clubs and organizations exist for most of the countries, political beliefs and religion that anybody can join no matter their background (and they also can join more than one). There are very few challenges to confront in regard to racial diversity or economic background. The idea is to make friends and learn from each other.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for dinning. You have sunset really close by with nice restaurants as well as cocowalk. If you are willing to go to a little farther Miami Beach has many great restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Miami, it has students but also a great social life. It also has culture with art basel and many gardens to visit.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't receive too much financial aid, but the service of the Financial Assistance office is A+! The staff is great and very friendly; always there to answer questions and help out.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Coral Gables is a small city within Miami-Dade County; Aesthetically it's a great city, but the transportation in the county is not very good. Freshman students from out-of-state don't really leave the immediate area. But otherwise Miami offers great international relations and an opportunity for global jobs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Coral Gables is a beautiful area with a true range of dining options. No matter what you are in the mood for, you can certainly find it. The campus is in a great general location for easy access to everything from dive bars, to fine dining.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I filled out the wrong form to get a Stafford loan, so it was delayed. I still got the loan with a check.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It is nearly impossible to get a parking permit near your classes, so you need to allot at least 15 minutes to park and shuttle. Parking permits can be expensive, and all of them at more than $200 per year.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a biology major and I love it. The courseload is hard, but it is preparing me for medical school. The teachers are tough and grade on a bell curve, which means that most of the class gets C's. The premed program is pretty extensive but great.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus, however, I am familiar with the dorms. There is only one option for freshmen and those dorms are horrible. It has a communal bathroom for 40 people. The buildings are pretty old and look like a jail from the outside. The social atmosphere is great though. And the scenery is amazing because you can see all of campus and parts of beautiful Coral Gables.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Biology Majors Take Notice – There is an immense workload at Miami -no matter the science major-but each has amazing classes taught by professors in to the top of their field. All classes are professor-taught, not (administered by TA's. In addition, all students abide by an Honor Code, which gives us immense academic freedom.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The gym facilities at the University of Miami is outstanding. It has everything you would want, from machines to weights to an indoor track and a pool. They offer great classes and the hours are very accommodating.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports are a big thing on the University of Miami campus. It's a really fun scene and a great way to meet other students while feeling like you are doing something interesting. Most popular sports are football and baseball but there are other sports too.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is not healthy and the working hours are very inconvenient. There is a food court where you can find fast food, but the same thing, unhealthy food.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The dining in the University of Miami is not good. The food is not healthy and working hours are very inconvenient. However, dining facilities off-campus are tremendous. Miami city has tons of restaurants on every corner, especially in Downtown. You can find any type of cuisine and the prices are not very high.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are: tennis, football, women soccer, track and field, and diving. There are plenty of intramural sport clubs. I am in University of Miami boxing team. It is really good and the coach is very much experienced.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Can't beat Miami heat. It's humid for the first few weeks or so, but after that the weather is gorgeous - perfect for sending pics of you on the beach to your freezing friends back home ;)

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: UM provides shuttles to the Grove and Sunset, but unless you are trying to get from one part of campus to the other the shuttles are generally unreliable and very late. The metro is a slightly better option, though not advisable late at night. Taxis are also a primary mode of transportation for those without a car, though they overcharge like crazy.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you aren't falling over drunk and/or too obviously high, you generally won't be stopped by RA's or security. Dorm parties happen all the time and are rarely busted, so long as you keep it quiet.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are definitely people who enjoy the 24/7 party atmosphere here, and the school makes it easy (at least Thursday-Sunday) to safely get to the Grove (a college student hotspot). Other options include South Beach (if you have the time, money, and if under 21 the fake ID), downtown Miami, and house parties.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Haha when I moved in it was ridiculous, it was like everyone was required to be attractive to be here. Guys-wise, there isn't just one 'type' - you can find any type of guy you are into here, and maybe discover other types too!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms aren't too bad. The rooms are plenty big and the atmosphere is the most important part - your floor will become your family, and it's so easy to meet new people.


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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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