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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Life for Non-Greeks – for non-greeks, you can still go to all their parties. it doesn't dominate campus so you don't feel left out in any way. greek week is pretty big though. only frats can have houses though.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: they have those blue light things. and they have a service where you can call for an escort home from anywhere on campus. the campus is also very well lit.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Printing on Campus – there are printers in the library, res. halls, and in all computer labs in the colleges. plus they give you UPrint money ($100) to spend throughout the year. Each page is 5cents, 10cents for color.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I'm in Miami Trick – It's absolutely gorgeous! It's nice and sunny and if it rains it's only for a little while. Never underestimate a rain storm in Miami though...it has a tendency to rain sideways....but the gorgeous weather year round totally wins.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school provides shuttle service around the entirety of campus during classes so if you have to go to the opposite end of campus for your next class you don't have to sprint but don't bank on being on time with the shuttles if you're planning on going to Publix then coming back and meeting people because it is supposed to be every 15 minutes which it sometimes is but there sometimes is traffic I mean it is Miami.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Welcome to Miami – You won't get kicked out for your first offense or anything unless it's like a majoring criminal offense. But don't expect to get off scotch free either. You are fined, have to go through punitive actions (like more alcohol edu) and you go on probation for any formal citation which prevents you from getting on campus jobs too. In all though it's only for the students' best interests.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Because they dont allow freshman to bring cars with them there is a lot of parking available but its scattered out.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus – Miami is an expensive place. Across from campus is a Denny's and a TGI Friday's but most student seek off campus dining else where. There is also a McDonald's and all of these are within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The staff in Stanford-Hecht Dining are friendly but the food gets boring after a while. The other dining hall seems better but isnt really.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Those in the PHC are centered with alcohol and partying but they rarely come together to do a meaningful event. They fight good causes and put on balls/banquets together. Those in the NPHC are lacking mainly because of the small community of black people which is the basis of the Greeks. Here the line between Greek and nonGreek is almost invisible because mostly everyone is Greek and if you're not Greek, it doesnt matter.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Different on the Inside – The University of Miami portrays to be a place where you would be priviledged to get into and be able to attend but that is not so. You pay so much money to go to a place where the dorms are way too small, there is not enough help in difficult subjects and the food is way below the standards of a state school. The University of Miami instills hope in those with a dismal background only to take it away once they get on campus. School spirit is not uniform and student life is centered in doing illegal drugs (including underage drinking) and obtaining fake IDs to be able to join in on the party life in Miami and surrounding communities.

4 College Junior

Weather: great weather to sun tan, go to the pool, beach, or jsut play sports with friends.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Live Off Campus – Miami is a place where there are many off campus options and where everyone lives off campus. There are people who live on campus but it is not typical. You can only live in the dorms for so long! :)

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking Passes per semester are about $300 or more!! Plus, there are limited spots and you often park further away then you would want to when you are trying to head to class.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Haven't Had Any Run Ins – The police are pretty lax at Miami. There are no real problems that I have directly been involved in. I rarely hear of people having problems with cops on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not Bad at All! Anywhere you go you are going to hear people complaining about dining hall food...but no major complaints from this guy! They have subs, stir fry, and a burger station for every meal. Three other stations alternate every meal and bring something totally new to the table every time. Only complaint would be the dining hall closes too early, especially on weekends.

4 College Senior

Facilities: State of the Art – Everything is amazing. The new gym is great. Library is perfect. Campus activities couldn't be better. Always an opportunity to go out and enjoy campus activities. Campus is alwyas clean and landscaping is obviously a top priority. Cannot wait for the new student activities center to be completed as well. Mahoney pearson seems to be getting a little old but still in great condition and everything works great.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not Much for the Underage – Fake i.d.s are a felony buy plenty of students have them to get into the clubs which are mostly 21 and up. Frat parties cater to freshmen mostly. Most places require a cab. When you are 21, the school provides a bus to the Grove where it's really happening.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places to go, without needing a car. Walking distance or buses that take you. Plenty of seating and great hours. Great food for reasonable prices.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Spoiled Partiers – Girls are hot but very obnoxious. Tend to sound like idiots and get indecently drunk. Not a huge variety of guys. Not all that hot. Pretty much frat boys.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: So Safe – I feel like University of Miami's campus is probably one of the safer places to be at night in the Miami area. I walk home from the library by myself on a regular basis at 2 AM. I've never once felt unsafe. Every once in a while you will hear about a theft incident but it is never actually on campus. They're always in an area just off campus or on the edge of campus. But they're rare. Overall very safe campus!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cane Shuttle – the cane shuttle is free, but any other buses will cost you

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had great experiences so far at UM. The problem is that I live very far from the campus so I don't get to enjoy many of the activities. I wish I lived on campus or at least closer, which is what I am looking at for next semester. If there is one thing I regret is not living on campus.
Regardless, all the experiences I've had have been positive and encouraging for me to do more and more. I am very excited for next semester and I am thinking of rushing for a sorority.
If I could do it all over I would have rushed this semester because I would still be a freshman but I would not have chosen any other university. I know I made the right decision by becoming a "Cane! :D

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is what the university is about. UM was ranked number 1 in the country in diversity. There are people from all over the world and everyone is welcoming to everyone. It is an amazing place to socialize and make friends regardless of where you come from, how much money you have or anything else. The university students are very open to everyone and that's what makes UM such a great university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinks Yes, Drugs No – Alcohol use on campus and in general is a lot more apparent in the UM community than drug use. There is alcohol use in the dorms, at games, and out in the city and the administration is aware of it. The shuttle service offered by the school transports students to and from a variety of places where drinking occurs, which decreases the prevalence of drunk driving. This service is also seen as a negative however, as some think it just promotes the drinking scene. There is never an atmosphere of peer pressure, alcohol is just seen as a part of everyday life.


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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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