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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life definitely has a big presence at my university; however, as an older transfer student I rarely come in contact with Greek life.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As a transfer student, I have never lived in campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is one neighborhood nearby that brings a lot of crime.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: With the exception of the occasional hurricane, South Florida's weather stays beautiful and warm all year round.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most off campus housing options near my university are over-priced and aren't well maintained.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Miami is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, if not, the world. It's a huge reason as to why I decided to come here. Of course, there are those few students that like to make life difficult, but running into them is very rare.

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5 College Junior

Weather: With the amazing sun, warm weather year-round long and sky blue skies, you gotta love Miami. The random rain showers can be a pain though, just make sure to carry an umbrella with you wherever you go.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greeks at the school overall really do exhibit philanthropic efforts as well as community service efforts at the school, and the institution really appreciates it. One thing that I really want to emphasize to incoming freshmen as well as to any unaware current students is that there is a Greek Organization for everyone. The four councils are the IFC (Interfraternity Council), the Panhellenic Council, the NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council), and the MGC (Multicultural Greek Council). Although Greek life has a huge party reputation, the councils really do perform extraordinary work for the campus and for humanity in general. Many members of Greek Life are on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to grades due to the requirement of achievement presented to us by the University. As a member of the NPHC, which is the historically African-American Greek Council, I do personally feel that Greek life really enhanced my experience at the University and it's only getting better as the councils start to fully become aware of the differences in the cultures between each of them. Overall, you do not by any means have to join Greek Life if you decide not to, but it will always be there if you so desire to join.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The students rally behind the sports teams at the school, especially the football team. Everyone seems to be working out at any time of the day and the Wellness Center is amazing!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are multiple single family homes and apartment complexes for rent walking distance from campus. Affordable public transportation is available to school from these locations as well.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food is delicious

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Computers: Up to date computers everywhere

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Campus Strictness: They aren't too strict, it's awesome.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Academics: So many options and the teachers are great. Especially in PRISM

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5 College Student

Diversity: Very Diverse, people are from everywhere and lots of internationals.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From a student who applied to Miami as a safety last minute, I can say I made no better choice than coming here. Starting from the fantastic scholarship they gave me for academics, this school has given me a phenomenal education full of intelligent professors and challenging work. Furthermore, I have met so many amazing people, from the perky stereotypical Miami blondes to hard-core frat guys, to people so dedicated to their academics, admiration is an understatement. Of course, college is what you make of it, but it's hard to be depressed when you live in a city full of culture, that's always sunny, and beaming with energy. I cannot wait to continue my years here, with the great opportunities for work and research, and a great career center and alumni network to help the process. It's true, its great to be a Miami Hurricane!

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is definitely not great but there's so many options you don't have to eat at the dining halls (and really probably shouldn't).

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a member of the Greek community but by no means do I think it's the best most distinguishable thing about the Miami experience. I joined because I wanted a group of sisters and as a way to meet tons of new people and get involved. However I have lots of friends who aren't in Greek life and they still love their life and friends. We are all still friends, even after rushing, but some other people do not agree and believe Greek life is too exclusive and snobby. Sororities don't have houses but some frats do and regardless, everyone finds ways to live together off-campus anyway. Overall, Greek life has just been another thing for me to get involved in and get involved with the community.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's Miami so if you want to party, whether it be a frat party or a club in South Beach, there is literally no better place in the country.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms for freshman (Hecht/Stanford) sort of suck but like most universities it's freshman year so you just want a place to fall asleep drunk and sleep. The floor system really brings groups of people together and is a great way to make friends from the very first day.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UMPD is definitely around campus but not fantastic about responding to crimes in the area that might have occurred involving students. It's Miami, which is a big city so it's logical to exercise caution but the campus itself is relatively safe.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's great to be a Miami Hurricane! Football games are really fun but not quite as spirited as some big state schools, understandably.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school is strict on a lot of policies but not to the point where it's noticeable. If you aren't making a huge scene or obviously doing something illegal theres a good chance you can get away with all the fun of college. However UMPD does drive around fairly frequently and does report any crimes reported by students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: I love everything about Miami and I hadn't even planned on coming here when applying to colleges. Although it was a random application for me, the school not only gave me a fantastic scholarship, but I have had one of the best years of my life. The school is beautiful, the people are generally friendly (and also beautiful), the work is challenging but in a good way, and you'll find something you love no matter what it is.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you're a freshman without a car getting around sucks but is doable. There are some shopping places and other areas you can walk to, as well as all the frat houses and nearby areas. If you have a car the only problem is dealing with Miami traffic.


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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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