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Reviews 2576 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy being in sociology at Miami University. It is a great program and a lot of the professors are really detailed and informative.

1 College Senior

Administration: Miami is fairly strict about their rules. Also, since it is in a small town, we have both city cops and campus cops, and there are tons of them. Underage drinking is really hard to do, especially if you live in the dorms. If you get caught, there are really heavy fines, and twice could mean getting kicked out of the University. Despite all this, people do it all the time and don't get caught. So just don't be an idiot, and you should be fine!

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The People Here – Miami students are known for who they are, a very East coast group. Guys in Sperry's, and girls in tights. However we have lots of different types of people here, you just have to know where to find them. And the girls have often been rated as some of the best-looking in the country, just another plus.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Miami has some of the best dining halls I've seen. We have really good food, and actual restaurants within some of them. They are student run, and go through Miami, but most of them have actual chefs cooking in them. I would say that something to look at, in order to save money, is to go to the buffets. You pay a flat rate, and can eat as much as you want. All the dining halls have internet access, so treat them like a place to do work and grab a snack, as well. One last thing, do not overload your meal plan if you do not need to. It is nonrefundable at the end of the year, so you either use it or lose it.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Do your research. Don't just take everything that they give you. Know the difference between Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. And most of all, don't be afraid to look for outside scholarships! The earlier you start applying for them in high school, the better. Miami wants you to go solely through them, but you don't have to.

3 College Senior

Majors: I am in the English Department here at Miami. We have a lot of really passionate professors, and they know their stuff! Miami tends to use a lot of Grad students working of their Master's for entry level English courses, but this makes it easier for students, I think. Those Professors are closer in age to students, and having just got out of undergrad themselves, they know what it's like to be in college. That being said, the English Department usually consists of a lot of hard work, most of it reading. The professors here are hard graders, but only because they expect a lot from you. In regards to jobs after college, we have some very capable advisors that send you emails all the time about opportunities. And not just with typical means of employment: they really do look for everything, so an English major doesn't tie you down!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I usually feel very safe on campus. Obviously, everything has its slip-ups, but on the whole I feel safe walking around at school. Even in the dark, I feel safe! I'm afraid of my own shadow, so that's saying a lot!

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Everyone loves it! Everyone is always happy and loving Oxford. We're all there because we love our school and there is such a sense of community that all students share.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Uptown Oxford has GREAT restaurants and a lot to choose from! Most of them are reasonably priced and very accommodating. There are chains like Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings, and there are nice, local places like La Bodega and Bar 45! Really good food anywhere you go, and it's always fun to go Uptown because there's always something going on!

5 College Junior

Party Scene: With more bars than allowed in our county you never have to worry about a boring night. We are split between house parties and bars, and most tend to fill around midnight. There are 4 18+ plus bars and fakes work well at all of them. Drinks are cheap, everyone is good looking so no matter what your night should be great. Saturdays are known for beat the clock and broken clock ($1 pitchers at 1, $2 at 2 etc.). Most people I know go out at least 3 times a week.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: If you are a different race other than white it's because you are an athlete or are an exchange student

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police are a presence, and are pretty lenient as long as one isn't belligerent. A lot of personal decisions will contribute to being in dangerous situations.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is way more popular. Drug use tends to be mostly weed if anything.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls and the guys at a reputation of being very preppy at Miami. Most come from an economically strong background and some show it more then others. We have the nickname of "J-Crew U" which I think accurately portrays most people's attire. We also have a reputation of having the most attractive girls and guys on campus which I have to say is 100% true

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options for juniors and seniors for off campus housing. My favorite aspect of it is the tradition of naming the houses. Every student can live in a house with a name or it doesn't have one they can name it themselves. Some of the named house have been around for many generations which I think is pretty cool. Nothing is super far away from campus either

4 College Junior

Majors: With my major I have had very little problems. It was easy to get in which was very nice. They also plan out your four years so you have an idea of what classes you should take when.( I'm Early Childhood Education by the way) The only aspect about my major that I don't like is that I can't have a minor because I have too many required courses for my major, which I was kind of sad about because I wanted to explore outside education but in the end it's not a big deal because I absolutely love my major!

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food at Miami is amazing! They have a number of dining halls to choose from with a wide selection of food. My personal favorite dining hall is Bell Tower because they have the most options. My favorite food is the stir fry--you pick your own veggies, what meat you want, what sauce, and they cook it in front of you. SO good!

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather at Miami is super bipolar--especially in the fall and spring. It can be 70 one day and 40 the next. became a frequently visited site for me because I never knew what to expect. But it shouldn't take away from the overall Miami experience.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life at Miami is AMAZING. I mean maybe I'm bias because I'm in one but it seriously made my college experience ten times better. I would encourage anyone and everyone to go Greek if they can. That being said Greek life at Miami is popular but not overwhelming. If you choose not to there are a number of student organizations that you can join so you can feel like you're a part of something!

4 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation has definitely improved over the last couple of years. The buses are arriving on time and they take you everywhere on and off campus. It's pretty easy to find a drop off place wherever you are

3 College Junior

Administration: They aren't incredibly strict when it comes to academics (or at least that's what I've seen in my experience. But it they are very strict when it comes to the social scene. Though it happens often the school has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking both on and off campus. So if you are under 21 I would be very very careful about drinking because it's easier then you think to get caught. Miami is a major party school and that's why they have become increasingly more strict

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are fairly good at Miami. However how much coursework you have is very dependent on your major. For example, I'm Early Childhood Education and I have a lot of work to do and it takes a lot of time, but it's definitely not as strenuous as what a Engineering student might have. The Gen Ed classes are typically not terrible--my suggestion would be to ask around about the class before signing up for it because some that seem easy are not and vice versa.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking is AWFUL! I love Miami but if I could change one thing it would be the parking. They have so many restrictions on where to park and it can get pretty expensive. Especially if you are at a meter for like 30 seconds extra because the parking patrol has no sympathy when it comes to that and they can hit you with a pretty expensive ticket. My suggestion is walk when you can and only drive if it's absolutely necessary--or take the Miami Metro!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants uptown are AMAZING! One thing I enjoy is that not many are chain so you are kind of forced to try something new! My suggestion would be to try Fiesta Charro--the best Mexican food I have ever eaten along with some super delicious Margaritas.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife at Miami is SO much fun! They have a number of bars to choose from and there are always parties going on at the off-campus housing so you will never be bored! But if going out is not your thing it's compeltly fine--Miami offers an After Dark movie program where they show movies that haven't even come out on DVD yet on certain weekend nights. And in every dorm there is a basement lounge complete with a TV, pool table, foozball, DVD player, kitchen,etc. But in my opinion you should definitely go out--even if you don't drink just do it. You'll be happy you did!


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There’s an old saying that goes, “You can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big.” The overall experience at Miami University is different for every student, but most seem to have enjoyed their time here, and most will agree that the former part of this statement is representative of Miami. Miami is not a huge school, but it is large enough to feel like a big university without being overwhelming. It is essential to find a niche when you arrive; otherwise, you may get lost in the shuffle. One of the best ways to determine if you will like Miami is to take into consideration what is important to you in a school and to really weigh your options. Visit the campus and ask questions—this is the next four or five years of your life. If Miami does not fulfill an important need you have, it probably isn’t the school for you, and there are people here who feel like they don’t belong.

Nobody enjoys school 100 percent of the time, but the students at Miami have a plethora of options, both social and academic, at their doorsteps. At Miami, you cannot be afraid to try new things, talk to new people, or grow as an individual. However, this is true no matter where you decide to attend college. Overall, the most important fact to take away from this guide is that most students feel that they made the right decision in attending Miami.

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