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Reviews 2735 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: parking is difficult, and permits are expensive

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe and I thought the admin/campus security were outstanding.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are very nice and many of them have excellent dining halls.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: All of the sports are fun to watch but not highly competitive.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The rumors you've heard are true: Miami is a preppy school. If you're not preppy, keep an open mind and you'll find a group of friends with whom you're comfortable. If you're on this website, you'll have seen the reviews on Greek life. Yeah, it's important, and it's true that fraternity men and sorority women choose to spend time mainly with each other. Everyone jokes that the girls here are much more attractive than the guys, but I think that everyone is equally beautiful. Miami is a place where it's easy to feel intimidated by your fellow students' looks. It's also a place where looking nice is imperative. Nobody shows up to class in sweats, not even most guys. There are definitely more single people at Miami than those in relationships, and a "hook-up culture" is prevalent. That being said, Miami University has an unusual rate of students that marry other Miami students (known as "Miami mergers"). Some people hypothesize that this is because Miami students are all fairly like-minded, sharing the same values and interests.

34 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Area: You should know going into your admission decision that with Miami University comes Oxford. This sounds obvious, but the City of Oxford and its surroundings have a huge influence on student life at Miami. There's not much to do here if you don't have a car and you're not into partying all your weekend (and some weekday) nights. High Street has some good restaurants, and there are some specialty boutiques that are cool to walk through, but don't expect the business district to keep you occupied. Luckily, Miami has an absolutely gorgeous campus in all seasons, and there are plenty of trails to explore around here. Many students head up to Hueston Woods (which is a nearby state park) for all sorts of outdoor activities. Just note that you'd need a car to access the park. All this being said, if you're a fun, friendly person and you make friends with other fun, friendly people, you'll have no trouble having a good time at Miami.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is a TON of fun at Miami. Joining a sorority or fraternity gives you access to a much smaller, more socially-oriented section of the university. If you think you're having fun and making a lot of friends before you rush, you'll be shocked by how different life is after you join. If you think to yourself, "I don't think I want to go Greek" because you buy into all the stupid stereotypes like "People in sororities and fraternities buy their friends" or "All you do in Greek life is party and sleep around," you're actually just talking yourself out of one of the best experiences you could have in your life.

If you're thinking, "I don't want to go Greek" because you prefer to spend time with a smaller group of friends and a set circle of people that you hang out with over and over again, or you have a really demanding major that you LOVE and you never want to do anything but schoolwork, then yeah, maybe you shouldn't rush. Greek life isn't for everyone.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: compared to living in the big city that i did before, miami has much less diversity. although it is present in some instances the majority of the students are white and well off.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I have not been to any games yet but from what i have seen the football team is pretty average seeing as how we have lost the past games we have played. although football might be our weakness i look forward to watching the hockey team play because they are said to be really good.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Although it is extremely easy to find a good parking place, it is a hassle because the only two parking lots that students are allowed to use are a 20-30 minute walk from most dorms.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge on this campus, although the sororities are all in dorms they seem to make the best of what they have and enjoy being a part of this community.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman housing options are pretty limited. The only thing we got to pick was what Living Learning Community we lived it. I'm in the Farmer School of Business LLC. You don't have to pick an LLC based on what your area of study is. I know off campus housing is REALLY expensive for upperclassmen.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I am in the Farmer School of Business Scholar program. This program gives me direct admission into the Farmer School of Business also it gives me direct admission into the China Business Program, a competitive study abroad program. Miami also a great Accounting Masters Program. It is a concise 5 year program. They have several program that are based on your major. Miami has many programs that attract hardworking students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Miami campus. However, I don't like walking by myself because that is scary. I would never advise anyone to walk by themselves. Although Mimi is a beautiful campus, there are a lot of bushes and dark spaces everywhere. So, I usually take the bus home instead of walking by myself.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very bipolar! One second it is really nice and the next second its raining. Honestly, if you are going to any school in Ohio you are probably going to go through the same problem. I just usually have a lightweight jacket with me wherever I go. The weather is very unpredictable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities on campus are great! Our rec is huge and has every machine you can think of. Also, King Library is open for 24 hours. We have a program called Safe Ride, which allows you to call them for a ride where you are on campus and the will take you back to your dorm. This is a very useful service! I use it all the time after late nights of studying at the library.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was placed in an area of campus that was almost completely separate from everything, which was not convenient at all, but it really wasn't that bad.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many students that come from other countries to study here so it is extremely diverse in that aspect.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Everything I learn I know is relevant to what I will be doing later in life.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are two bars/clubs uptown for students 18 and up. There are lots of frat parties on the weekends to choose from but most are not very welcoming to underclassmen.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't really a big deal here but on the weekends almost everyone drinks.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I came to Miami for the graduate program, so that is all I can really base this response on. My department is full of wonderful professors that have had very prestigious careers as researchers and teachers. The program was competitive to get into and I like that.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Miami's campus is breath taking is all I can say. The beautiful brick buildings and gardens on campus make it one of a kind. The campus is well maintained and they continue expand the campus and help it grow as more and more students are accepted each year.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: There are buses that take you around the town and campus, however they have limited routes and times that do not make it very convenient.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Miami are beautiful, and some of the rooms can be quite spacious. The major downside, though, is that very few of the dorms are air-conditioned. You can rent an AC unit from the university, however. The walk to class from most dorms is typical, and the amenities are nice. The communal bathrooms in most dorms usually don't tend to be a problem. Most students use the bathrooms at different times, and I have never had to wait in line for a shower.

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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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