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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – There are many restaurants and hangout places nearby campus that will satisfy the need to go out without having to drive all the way to the beach. The metro stops right at campus and there's a university bus which will take you to Sunset Place, a shopping mall just 5 minutes from campus.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The University of Miami is currently ranked number 1 academically in the state of FL, and has one of the best football programs. The U invented swager. The weather is always beautiful - great choice for Undergrad. The Beach is 10 minutes away (btw, a great place to study). Students here know how to work hard and play hard. There's a big party scene, but we remember to keep GPA's high enough to keep scholarships. UM is one of the best choices I've made.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Camus Dining – Several restaurants, conveniently located within walking distance, just across US1, strive on student consumers. These include Denny's, TGI Friday's, Moon Japanies and Thi, Miami's Best Pizza, and many more. Within a ten mile radius of campus, there are more resurants than I can count. Some of my favorite are located in Sunset Plaza. The Big Cheese and Wall's Ice cream are a must.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: So Far – I just transferred here so all I can say is that the professors are great, the campus is beautiful and the students are very nice and sociable.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live with my parents ,cant get better than that. But I gave it B because of all the traffic there on on the way to UM. Its horrible.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I rains constantly in Miami. Every year around the beginning of the fall semester there is always worries about hurricanes. Every season is rainy season. We never have to deal with cold weather though. When it doesn't rain the weather is beautiful.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Run Miami – The Greeks are definitely present, but they aren't as big as they are at other schools. The Greek parties aren't as big due to the variety of things there are to do in Miami.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Friends Are Made – Living on campus provides a very interesting environment. I met most of my friends through on campus housing. Although the community bathroom was not ideal.

College Student

Academics: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences – So far I am very happy and excited about the curriculum, the faculty, and everything the program has to offer. The program seems to be geared to getting you up to speed and making you into the best scientist possible.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This college is extremely diverse. Miami is a melting pot of cultures. What a better place to show that than UM.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Welcome to Miami – From Coconut Grove to Miami Beach, the University of Miami offers its students a culturally diverse atmosphere with plenty of different scenes and events. There are festivals, concerts, Heat and Marlins games, clubs, bars, movies, bonfires, house parties, and so much more. The University of Miami even provides transportation to most of the events available! It's great to be a Miami Hurricane.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The Library Is Always Reliable – At the University of Miami, one can always count on the library. For one's addictive Facebook cravings or last minute cramming sessions, the library is always open for its culturally diverse student body. There are always aids available in case of those awful last minute printer jams or difficult book searches. This library is as reliable as this website.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: They're Great but Pricy – I guess I couldn't ask for something less considering the school choice. The meal plans are great, and we have a wide selection in our cafeteria. If you want to go off campus there is also a TGIF that stays open until 2am just for our school right across the street.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Lately... I Dont Know – Originally I would've given it an A or so. We recieve e-mails (thankfully) notifying us when a crime or the weather is bad. They tell us to stay in when something has happened on campus or around campus, which is awesome. Over the summer though, there were a couple, if not more, robberies right on campus! I don't know how bad I'd want to work on campus anymore if it is a main target around town. How do these people get in? My school is supposed to be private, maybe we need more security. I will definately feel unsafe this semester at night if I'm walking and there aren't too many people around to hear my scream.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Good Food Location – My school is dead center of many attractions. I can't complain, UNLESS I didnt have a vehicle. Our school buses, (free), take us just about anywhere when there is entertainment there. It just sucks when you don't have a friend with a car too and you want to stay longer... but the buses are shutting it down!

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Peer Pressure – not too much peer pressure. however depends on personality

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: expensive food choices around school. only cheap stuff is mcdonalds.

4 College Senior

Computers: Wireless Access – The wireless access is very efficient. Anyone can get access to the internet on the school campus. The internet is fast. However, if you live on one of the top floors of the dorms, it is slow.

2 College Senior

Parking: Sometimes a Nightmare – In order to find parking, one must arrive at least a half hour before class. Not to mention the permit costs....astronomical!

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: The city of Miami has terrible public transportation that is almost non-existent. The school however does provide their own shuttles to and from campus to places such as Coconut Grove, a place where young people go out to eat and shop. A car is very useful in Miami since everything is so far.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Every floor has an RA that checks the floor every night with another RA, in order to make sure that kids are not partying and drinking or doing other illegal things in their rooms. If caught underage drinking, fines could be up to $175 dollars and loss of housing and/or suspension. Although it's pretty strict, our campus would be a mess without the university's policies.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: At university of Miami, the sports are taken very seriously by the students and even faculty. Our sports teams are followed by almost everyone associated with the university, which gives a feeling of camaraderie throughout the entire town. Our facilities are open to every student and are top of the line as well. We fall short in that our basketball team does not get enough recognition and that we don't have a male varsity soccer team, but our club sports make up for that. It seems like a high percentage of our student body participates in some sort of club or intramural sport.

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5 College Senior

Weather: Sunny, Steamy and Beautiful. Obviously UM has earned the name 'The Suntan U' for a reason! The hottest months of the year are May, August and September, but from October to April it's perfect weather (aside from the occasional storm). There's tons of outdoor seating available and the campus is green and always in bloom. The beach is close and the water is warm and clear. It's so beautiful here-- I'm born and raised in Florida and wouldn't live anywhere else!

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Good Looking Campus. We're a diverse bunch at the University of Miami-- it's not all the superficial South Beach crowd. There are plenty of bronzed bodies with big brains to go around!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life Is Best Freshman Year, Dorm Quality Gets Better With Age. My first year I lived in Hecht, one of the Freshman towers, and it was insanely fun. It's a great opportunity to meet new friends and have the atypical first year experience in a safe environment, but the dorms are very small. I spent sophomore year in the Mahoney-Pearson dorms, which were certainly an upgrade, at least there were only 4 people to a bathroom as opposed to 60. Now, in my junior/senior year, I live in the University Village which is simply amazing. I could not imagine my college experience without dorm life, it's the best!


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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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