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1 College Senior

Parking: Always Difficult, Usually Unethical – I'll start by saying that, admittedly, Miami/Oxford is physically small, and is probably overburdened with its population. It also means that walking and biking is an easy option.

Still, the city and especially the university have made the most unreasonable choices when it comes to parking services. The only long-term parking is way off campus and is useful only for out of town trips. The only on campus garages are located at the edge of campus, away from most facilities. Parking lots allow few real students in, and street parking is limited.

People who work for parking services are vigilant and merciless. Generally, terrible people. You cannot leave your vehicle, ever, with the mentality that you will "luck out" and not get written up. Almost without exception, you will.

Tickets are expensive. Three tickets results in getting your car booted, and the boots cost $200+ to remove. Tickets are occasionally written inconsistently and with unethical justification.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Not Bad – Financial Aid Counselors have been very helpful, answered questions with authority and haste.
Haven't had any paperwork-type mishaps

Financial Aid is modest for most students.
For poorer students, Miami is making efforts to bring them in (some can even attend on full ride!)
For middle-rich students, look to your individual department. It's about the only place you'll find money.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Depends on Your Type – The majority of the campus lives up to our moniker, J-Crew U. Bros and 'Miami Girls' flood the place. Fairly shallow, party types. They like to go Uptown, drink at the frats and annexes, and do Greek things. Many business and communication majors. Still, they're all very attractive, and alright people one one one, it's the scene that's obnoxious, and gives the general university atmosphere a bad vibe.

If that's not your thing, there's enough niche groups and subcultures to be found, tiny but close-knit. A more interesting collection of geeks, liberals, atheists, artists, stoners, etc. Also, students from the Hamilton campus are normal excellent. Look hard enough, there's something for everyone.

3 College Senior

Technology: Quality Varies Significantly – The network is the shoddiest part of the computers on campus. Network problems happen frequently and certain sections have trouble connecting. Network speed is average.
The university's deal with Cisco means that all computers running Windows have to use Cisco's terribly cumbersome security client.
Most computer labs are running brand new iMacs. Not sure about the PC situation.
There is a main Print Center on campus, which is usually pretty helpful. Self-serve station printing is a bit more difficult, and takes some getting used to.
Having a personal computer is highly recommended for its convenience, as is a personal printer. Still, if absolutely necessary, you can do without and use the public computers.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Not Very Efficient – To its credit, Miami is a small campus in a small town, it probably doesn't need public transport that bad. The time it takes to walk somewhere on campus is probably the time it takes you to wait for a bus to come and transport you. Still, it makes that difference look even worse.

There is a bus that runs off campus to the local Kroger, and some special bus services that take occasional trips to Walmart (farther away), as well as some nighttime services, which can be picky about who they pick up. There are also emergency phones located across campus for emergency pickups.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most dorms are gendered by floor, which is pretty outdated
air conditioning is in only a few halls
Cheaper options can be found off campus
Rooms are usually average sized for a dorm (so, small)
Every hall seems to have a piano (neat) and some lounge/study space
Kitchen/laundry convenience varies wildly
Recent rule requires all students to stay on campus for two years (unless you live in with a fraternity, lame)
Sororities take up an entire quad because they can't be located off campus (another outdated law)


Peabody, Thompson, Mckee, and Clawson are awesome choices, but are also, a bit far away for many people.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Solid or Under Renovation – Good variety of libraries and well connected library system (art/arch, music, science, main)
Plenty of campus activities
One renovated athletic center, with solid, but not outstanding facilities (bit crowded sometimes)
Food is mediocre, but plans are under way for several new dining concepts
Student center is an ugly mess, but a new one is being built across the street.
We're known for our "Georgian Revival" architectural style, but it gets old, there's an obsessive focus on maintaining the image.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: J Crew U Central – The diversity here on campus is not the best, and neither is the dress code. There are two typical looks for males: Preppy and Fratty. Preppy being Sperry's, Pastel Shorts, a J. Crew shirt and some sunglasses on the side, and fratty being a backwards baseball cap plus all of the above. Girls dress mostly in the same, except replace the pastel shorts with form fitting black pants that basically show off everything. The social life consists mostly of greek life, and a typical Friday night consists of a lot of Frat House Parties and Uptown being swarmed with an army of drunks staggering into and out of bars and clubs. If this is the type of atmosphere you're into then by all means go for it, but I'm more committed to studying so I don't involve myself too much in these activities.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Cost of Living Outweighs the Benefits – I lived on campus my freshman year, and just the cost alone of room and board was almost enough to send both mine and my parents bank accounts into the negatives. If you have to money to pay for the dorms, then by all means live on campus because it is a great atmosphere and a lot of fun, but for my personal situation the price is just too great for me to consider it worth it to live on campus. Next year I will be living off campus and will be paying half the cost of what it costs to live on campus, so in my opinion it is a bad investment to live on campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Food at Every Corner – There are different types of dining options; buffet style or create your own type stuff. There are dining spots all over campus. dont get to big of a meal plan after freshman/sophomore year. youll be living off campus so its easier to eat uptown or in your house

3 College Freshman

Academics: Good Courses, Hard Process – Chemical Engineering major so its not very hard to get most of my requirements. Most people here are business majors. but the registration process can be a pain, getting closed out of a class happens alot

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Uptown Is Great – Lots of things to do uptown; bars, food, some shopping. always fun to meet friends uptown

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: What Makes the School Unique – It is a beautiful campus with many old buildings. New construction is made to look like the original. Everything is close and in walking distance.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not as active as at many other college campuses. Not as many choices.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Cultural Events – There are always different activities available on campus such as concerts & party in the park and also in the town.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Boredom Is Not an Option – There is ALWAYS something to do on campus and off. A majority of the bars/clubs are 18+ if that's your thing, but they are very mindful of those underagers who work the system and get a drink. House parties, movie theater, You're Fired pottery painting, Goggin ice center, rec center, restaurants, student organization sponsored events. You are only bored here if you choose to be.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Sooner the Better! Almost everyone signs leases for apartments by the end of October the year before they will actually live there. The saying "the early bird gets the worm" is definitely true here! And as expected, the best deals go quickly and the closer to campus or uptown you go the more it will cost.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No Worries – I have never felt unsafe on campus. There is a door to door service that runs pretty late (3am on weekends) for people who don't want to walk home alone at night. You need an ID card to gain access to your dorm room, so unless you lose that people should have a hard time getting in.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking spots on campus are rare and the majority require special permits. Tickets are given out very liberally. Students with a car who want to keep it on campus must park it at one of two very out-of-the-way parking lots.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I would rate the facilities at Miami highly. The Rec center is large, new, and has anything and everything you could want to do. The library is also nice, although it can get packed at times. The campus it self is very beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: MU Guys and Girls – The student body at Miami is generally affluent. Both guys and girls take good care of their appearance. The girls here are quite attractive for the most part.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have heard and witnessed, procuring an apartment at Miami can be a hectic and expensive process. The majority of students who live off campus live in houses, not apartments. A lot of the houses are quaint.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall food at Miami University is not that bad--its definitely better than what I have heard from other schools. The variety is mediocre. There are not really any good on-campus restaurants. There are a lot of different options in what dining hall to go to, but a lot of them serve the same food. Overall, its good but not great.

1 Recent Alumnus

Administration: rather discard a student than help – I'm a parent and alumni. Having been through in the last couple of years my young adult child getting in trouble with the university with alcohol, I'm very disappointed in how the university handles this. Students have fines and pay large fees for alcohol class which she never even rec'd a booklet from - class instructor was unprepared. Afer first offense, RA stalks. A second offense you're out and the university clearly would rather just get rid of the student then genuinely care to be helpful to their students. Very disappointed alumni.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Its College – Miami is a beautiful place. Although its in the middle of nowhere, one can focus on studies and meet great people here. The faculty members are nice and there aren't alot of people here so one can talk to a faculty member anytime. Its what I imagined college to be.. just like the movies. You can sense of opportunity and freedom. A sense that "I'm in college... My first step to MY life" you get the feeling that you are Doing something that is your own.

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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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