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Reviews 2601 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen have to park about a half mile away from campus, and there is not too much parking within the campus for the upperclassmen. However, busses run to and from all of the lots and parking should not be a problem if planned accordingly. Finding spots on weekends is never a problem.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Good Service – Computers are almost always available in the many labs and printing is relatively cheap at the libraries and print centers around campus. Internet is good overall-- a super high speed internet connection is now available for a fee as well.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely Love It Here – Miami is an amazing place to learn, have fun, and hang out. Dorm life is vibrant, people are generally accepting and kind, and there is so much to do! As a freshman, I was able to get involved in many clubs and try out many things unavailable to me in high school. On the weekends, there are always plenty of people to hang out with in the dorms, but there are a ton of parties and clubs to go to uptown as well. Meeting new friends was easier than expected and a good experience.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Walking in the cold, and sometimes windy conditions can be annoying. However, there are busses that run all the time and Miami does a good job of clearing the sidewalks (many are heated). When the weather is decent, which is usually most of the first semester and the latter half of the second, a lot of people go outside and partake in a variety of outdoor events.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's okay actually. Miami University has a huge Greek population but mostly are intertwined with non-Greeks.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Everything including tuition and total cost of attendance is very expensive!

1 College Junior

Parking: Don't Even Try It – Attempting to park on campus is akin to herding cats. The very limited parking is quickly filled at the beginning of each day and meter times and pass restrictions are enforced by the fastest and most effective parking enforcement officers on the planet.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Somewhat Diverse – Miami University has a large Chinese population due to its reputation as a business school. However, besides the Chinese population, the university is overwhelmingly white. While this isn't a bad thing, it could use a LOT more diversity!

4 College Junior

Local Area: Excellent Atmosphere – Situated in a town of less than 6,000 local residents, Miami University's 12,000 students have the luxury of a town catered specifically to them. The vast majority of students are friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you. With excellent bus services and great sidewalks, you can get anywhere in town within 45 minutes by foot or 10 minutes by bus.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: On campus there are a lot of different types of people. After being here I see most racial and ethnic groups get along with others in their same group instead of intermixing with each other.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The availability of off campus housing is very good. There are a lot of off campus houses for students, but if you want to find a house you need to sign the lease for it way ahead of time, almost a year. It is also more expensive to live off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Dorms are very nice at MU, if anything goes wrong the maintenance staff is only an email or phone call away and they usually get to it pretty quick. The dorms are also a decent size, they're not extremely small like a lot of places but they're not big.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are plenty of choices of what and where to eat. Dining halls, pay as you go, and restaurants all give plenty of variety in what to choose. Meal plan money can be used at markets as well as the obvious dining halls and pay as you go places.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Sub Par – The top scholarship for full tuition is very competitive and few are given out, but it does not cover any room or board. The next best is only half tuition.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its Ohio – It can be absolutely beautiful, but that can change by the minute. Expect sunshine followed by cold rain.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is the Drug of Choice – Everyone drinks. Other drugs are a lot bigger than they it seems but people aren't too blatant about it.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Obviously, academic dishonesty is help to a very high standard, just like any other college.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a ton of bars and clubs to go to off campus. 18+ are permitted in the majority of the bars with a cover fee. Green beer day is major for Miami. The frats have parties but not that often. but overall very good.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am perusing a major is psychology at Miami University. I am very satisfied with my education so far. I love all of the classes that I am taking at the moment. All of the classes are very challenging, but beneficial. I have no major complaints. I can't wait to decide on a discipline and begin thinking about my future outside of college and even possibly furthering my education even more.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging but Worth It – Business school is hard, but it is a great degree for getting jobs after school.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Is Very Safe – Campus almost has no crime other than little college things that every campus has.

2 College Senior

Weather: ...It's Ohio – If you know Ohio, you know the weather in Oxford. If not, be prepared for frequently shifting weather patterns, with plenty of rain, and bad snows (melting-then-refreezing, sleet, tiny coverage)

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.


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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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