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

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The U has a very eclectic racial diversity, many countries represented as well as a council just for international students called COISO. However the socio-economic diversity is very limited, most students have money and flaunt it with the help of their cars, clothes or electronics.

4 College Senior

Academics: The department is relatively small and there is not a large variety of courses. However, most professors are extremely good and know what they are talking about.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Court – I am a commuter so only eat at the food court not at the dining hall and there is a lot of variety there.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It Works – The metro station is right across from campus. You can take it to the airports, South Beach, target, the mall, and a few other places. In general, the Miami transportation really isn't great, but it is doable. The school offers a shuttle that takes you down to the grove on Thursday and Fridays, Sunset mall,and the grocery store for free.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Whatever You Want – Most people drink and smoke weed. If you want to stay away from it, it is very possible. If you are looking for something more, you can find it too. I go to plenty of parties and do not drink and I feel comfortable. Most people say it, but it is true, it is really what you want to make of it.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is suppppper expensive, but they give many scholarships and the financial aid office is helpful.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The community is very diverse and it is very fun to be around other people. Every body is very accepting and there's guys for every taste :p

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Coral Gables Housing – It's expensive, but if price is not an object it is really good because the CG area is very nice.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's a Cap on How Much Aid the School Will Give You – UM will only provide enough to cover tuition, and they will check any outside scholarships you receive to verify what exactly the scholarship is meant to cover. UM covers all of my tuition, but housing and the meal plan is another 13,000 a year. I'm still figuring out to how fund this in some other way than loans, and it's an ongoing commitment to keep applying for scholarships.
If you know you want to go here, I highly recommend you start racking up scholarships in high school and dual-enroll or do AP/IB so you can opt-out of classes and save money.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Student Opportunities – The University of Miami is high cost academic institution, but the sacrifice pays off incredibly. That money that students is received back tenfold in value if you take advantage of the events and activities availables to students. The school budgets provides so many leadership, social, cultural, and volunteer opportunites, with free transportation included.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Many freshman students I've encountered do not seem to notice that diversity at the University of Miami is a lot more subtle than just skin color and ethnic background. Everyone points to the racial/ethnic diversity on campus, but I find that the diversity in religion, in character, and in past experiences are more valuable. If you are trying to fit in with a particular crowd, you are going to have a hard time being accepted, but if you are whatever you feel like being, you will find a variety of people along the way who you can click with. As a first-year, I recommend getting involved with the First Year U Program, the IMPACT Retreat, and STRIVE, a volunteer organization. You get to meet and interact with people on a level way past just the introductory "Where are you from" and "What's your major" questions.

There are many people from a high-income background, but half of the class of 2014 is on a merit-based scholarship. Most of the people you meet will care about their grades, even if they lack the discipline to obtain those grades. You can see people running up high costs to support their social life, but there are many free events on campus, and the front desks in the residence halls are always offering free tickets to something every weekend.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not That I Know of – I haven't seen any punishment because of how Peaceful it is.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Best Football Team – The university of Miami has great spirit toward the powerful football team Hurricane

4 College Freshman

Transportation: ZIP Cars – Public transportation is near by. They also have shuttle buses to take you to the mall and cinemas. The Zip cars are the best. You pay a yearly charge than you can rent by the hour or day at a resonable charge.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Campus Life – The students at UA are from all over the country. Easy to mingle. Great football team and special events.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Very Good – Dining options are very good, there is a good amount of things to choose from.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: On Your Own – Definitely consult with Miami natives before moving off campus. public transportation is iffy at best in MIami, and you do not want to end up living in a bad part of town.

3 College Senior

Computers: wireless access can be spotty at times. Computers in library however work perfectly fine.

5 College Senior

Academics: The professors at UM are generally very good compared to other schools. Additionally, because of the (generally) small class sizes, they get to know you on a personal level, and are very willing to work with you.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: The few frats there are have houses but there are no sorority houses. The most i see of sororities is them wearing shirts around campus. What is nice about them is that rush is in 2nd semester so you can wait and see how things work out before you commit to a sorority.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You must have a really good fake to go anywhere really. The house parties are always off campus so you have to take a cab to get anywhere in miami which is annoying and pricey. If you are into the club scene this is the school for you but if not it does not offer much. There is always something going on but usually the house parties get busted by 2 and they are too crowded to really do anything if you get it. Boys will find it really difficult to get into frats

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rains a Lot – The University is a very opened-air campus. When it rains in Miami, it rains hard. This makes going to classes during raining season quite a challenge.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Hurry Cane – Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars, but there are a few available spots if you are able to spend a lot of money. Otherwise parking is pretty easy to come by. Cars aren't necessary though, there is a good shuttle.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus=Safe, Surrouding=Not So Much – Campus is beautiful, and you never feel unsafe. The campus police aren't as willing to help you as they make it seems. As safe as you are on campus you must remeber you are in Miami. Campus in a good area of town, but there are some dangerous areas surrounding it.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Close to Food – Living on campus lets you be close to the dining halls. Easy yum.

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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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