Coral Gables, FL
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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The overall performance of UM's teams has decreased over the last few years. As far as getting to games is concerned, UM has the best program I have heard of to accommodate students. There is no lottery and no ticketing, all students can attend games for free. Everyone is very school spirited, which is a fun environment to be in. Even in the large city of Miami, support for the team is widespread and very apparent.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is plenty, except the sizes of spots are tight. I often find small dents on the sides of my car.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is centered around a beautiful lake. Students are happy, ambiance is relaxing, activities are plenty, culture is diverse, and there are always police circling the school's campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Registration process is simple, workload is challenging, tutoring always available, library is a great resource.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Is Horrible With No Help – The school has a very small building for financial aid help and the people that they have working to help the students are just there for a paycheck. They are not there to make sure that you are helped in every way possible. They just show you what you already know from the access you had on the website. The process needs to be made with more explanation and assistance.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Only Know Greeks – Greek life is big for parties and some major events, but it doesn't dominate at Miami like football does. Most people wouldnt know about frats or sororitys if you are not apart of them. There is a variety of frats and sororitys which is good cause you can go to their parties, which can be fun.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Technology in a Canes Life – Wireless access is simple to use but to log into as a first time user was quite difficult to setup. The printing is made very easy being that each student receives points to print when a student. For the cost of the tuition you would think that the school would be updated on the computer life.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of houses in the Coral Gables area very close to school. A good resource for students interested in moving off campus is http://www.OffCampusCanes.com .

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Awesome School – The social scene, and the campus involvement at this school is amazing. There is a place for everyone. Also, classes are small and students receive a lot of attention.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not So Strict – The University can crack down occasionally, but nothing is unreasonable. First-Time offenders will usually get off with a warning.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen Apartments – The University Village Apartments at the University of Miami are great because they have spacious rooms and a good sized kitchen and living area.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Very Reasonable – The financial process is very good and quick. But to be able to get scholarship you need to have good grades or low income.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Weather: Weather is a little tricky because it rains out of nowhere but the best weather in the US.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Beyond American Dinning – Off campus eating at Miami is unique. Anything you desire is acquirable. If you want to fall in love, get your mind blown, visit another country, or just enjoy yourself. All you have to do is search the areas around the university and go to the best restaurants in all of Florida. The serving is incredible, food is exquisite, and the atmosphere is life awakening

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Miami is incredible. The campus alone is beautiful, along with the town of Coral Gables. There are a lot of places to go to eat and shop. The university of is big on sports and everyone has a lot of school spirit. As for nightlife, there is Coconut Grove and South Beach!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pretty Organized – Very good with keeping up with everything. They notify you when forms are received and when you are missing any. And there are always people who can answer your questions. The only problem comes when you have to pay something or pick up a check. There are so many offices that it's hard to keep track which one you have to go to to do what.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem on campus. The security always notifies you by email or other forms of communication if there is any problem, but generally I feel very safe around campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Process Could Be Better – Prior to coming to UM, I received an academic scholarship which was easily attainable. However, after I wanted a job for work study, I appealed and they denied; which I had to call to ask about because they "forgot" to call me about it. I haven't dealt with them much but my friends who have needed to deal with financial aid say that it is always a complete hassle.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife at University of Miami revolves around the Grove, South Beach, and Downtown Miami. There are so many venues, bars, and clubs you can experience. While the scene requires you to be 21 or get a hold of a fake ID, it is extremely fun and exciting. Getting to and from is a bit annoying. There is a shuttle from campus to the Grove on Thursday and Friday nights, but anywhere else you need a cab or car.

4 College Junior

Facilities: UC Is Okay – The University Center gets pretty busy during the day but is dead when classes aren't in session. There's a convenient food court, a nice outdoor patio, and a pool that's open year round. However, it's an older building that could use a few upgrades. It's great during the day though to go relax, meet up with friends, grab a bite to eat, or get a tan.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't Fret Over the Price – Everyone I know has some sort of scholarship. Because UM is private and hella expensive, financial aid is such a blessing. Over half of the cost WILL be provided guaranteed

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: We All Say GO CANES – There aren't many people that don't go to the games. Even people who have no idea about college football appreciate the Miami Hurricanes

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Turn Lesbian – The guys are nothing special at all...The girls are ok-looking but with the skimpy clothing they wear all the time, UM is a guy's fantasy

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pretty Good – You dont apply for scholarships the school gives you the scholarship if you meet the criteria. The school is quite generous with the grants given to students most of the time cutting the cost of school in half, this is still quite a bit because the school is private but the school will work with you as much as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Nothing Is Perfect – If you come to this school thinking that all the parties and social life activities will be on or near campus you will be disappointed. 98% of social life happens off campus, people go to the grove, south beach and off campus house parties to get their drink on. Because of this a car is almost a necessity, the public transportation is very pathetic only useful if you want to go to downtown but the metro rail stops at 12am and most people dont even leave for a club by then so it is useless at night. Also the name University of Miami is very misleading do to the fact that the actual city is about 15 mins away so it isnt quite city life but a more quite suburban atmosphere (on campus concerts must be shut down before 12am or else coral gables police will shut them down). Aside from those things the school is beautiful and has pull throughout the nation not just Florida and is ideal for almost any major. Also the weather is unbeatable, if you want a school that almost has it all, because lets face it every school has draw backs, you should really look into this school.


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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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