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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Worse Than Drugs – I have never seen anyone high or doing drugs other than just smoking. But people are frequently drinking or drunk -- and mostly underage students. Since there isn't much else to do in Oxford, it's understanding why drinking is so popular, but I don't approve of it, nor do I partake in it.

2 College Junior

Parking: If you're an upper classmen and have the right parking pass, you can get the best spots, if no one has gotten there before you. There really aren't many easy places to park on campus and with the convenient buses, cars aren't really needed anyway. Only if you live off campus would I say you need a car. Or if you live close enough to home to head home for the weekend, then you might want a car. Other than that, leave lots of time to find a spot or don't bring a car.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are Very Convenient – I don't think there has ever been a far place I've had to go that a bus couldn't take me. There is a Kroger about a mile away from my dorm, but a bus goes right to it. It is very convenient and most buses run every fifteen minutes and run until one in the morning on weekdays and three on weekends. I usually walk because the campus is so beautiful and there are convenient sidewalks everywhere as well, but taking the bus is very easy. There is even a special bus you can call if you need a ride late at night.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm life really depends on who lives in the dorms with you, a fantastic building such as Hamilton Hall may seem terrible when noisy sorority girls are your neighbors. But besides that, Hamilton hall has a dining hall and mini-market on the first floor, so that's a big plus. I lived in Morris the year before which was very far from everything on campus and although Shriver was only a few minutes away, it was not nearly as convenient as having food in my dorm this year.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of different races at Miami University but I still feel like the diversity isn't as open as it should be. It even shows when people eat at the diner halls. There are still groups of all white people and groups of all black people. The minority at the school are African Americans and the majority are whites and Asians. So less diversity isn't much of a surprise at Miami

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus as a whole is fairly reasonable in terms of strictness. As long as you're smart about things and use discretion, you'll be fine. However if you walk into shriver at 10:30pm already completely smashed, you will get arrested and likely be facing punishment (university and in certain cases, state)

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus Life! Big enough for you not to feel like you're back in high school. Small enough to not be overwhelming. You will definitely see familiar faces, but you'll also see and possibly meet new people every day. And the campus and Oxford as a whole is so homely feeling; there's definitely a comfortable community feeling living there. I really love it and can't wait for summer to hurry up and end!

5 College Junior

Majors: International Studies! ITS is the best major for someone who doesn't have an exact life plan laid out (like the accounting majors). It combines Economics, Politics, Geography, History, and Sociology and provides many different areas of concentration to focus in on once you've got the base courses completed. Also, the professors area all experts in their various areas, and are usually very engaging and personable with the ITS majors because we're on the smaller side (at least compared to the Business majors).

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5 College Junior

Majors: Experienced and Engaging Professors – As an International Studies major, I have had the opportunity to interact and engage with instructors some of the top instructors in varying fields (i.e History, Political Science, Geography, Economics). The curriculum diversity and flexibility of an International Studies major at Miami has really increased my love of the broad subject matter, and is greatly preparing me for a post-Miami life in a related area, whether that be immediately in the workforce or in graduate school. The hardest part has been the decisions having to be made, as there are so many different areas of focus which one must choose by the end of their sophomore/start of their junior year. It's a good problem to have, though!

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: If You Like Hockey – Hockey is the saving grace. The team is nationally ranked year after year and came just shy of a championship a few years ago.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Easy Access – There are a lot of available computers to access though they tend to run slow

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its a small college town. Prices are higher in the area around campus because there is little short distance housing opportunities.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls and guys tend to dress and act alike. If you're not one of them it's hard to find a niche to fit into. A lot of them are more into partying and socializing than the academics. If you don't have or come from money that's another issue that will not help you to fit in.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus Buses – The Campus buses at Miami are extremely convenient. There are many stops around campus and they run late into the night. It is easy to find the schedules and it costs students nothing to ride these buses. Taxis are also available around campus for pretty cheap.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Psychology department offers countless opportunities to get involved and learn more about your major. The classes tend to have a great learning environment and most lectures are very informative. The professors in the department are well acquainted with the material and can provide assistance to any problem, in respect to psychology, that a student might have. They also offer large amounts of research experience opportunities with the professors conducting their own research and using both undergraduates and graduates as assistants in the lab environment. The psychology department is one full of possibilities.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: A Bad Experience – Often there are no available spaces for those who are trying to find them and the parking lots tend to be placed inconveniently. Parking passes are expensive and if you do not have one, then best to avoid campus entirely if at some point you need to park.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Widespread Drug Use – Drug use and alcohol use are widespread on campus. Often you will see many individuals that partake in alcoholic activities; either on or close to campus. Many outside activities, such as outdoor beer pong and intoxicated individuals traipsing through the college town. Most students partake in drugs, mostly stimulants, to help with "studying" as is often discussed by classmates.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Could Have Used More Clarification in Assistance. I required assistance in regard to understanding and applying for financial aid. The financial aid employees did not provide me with much of a basis to start with or at least what direction I could possibly go on. Maybe they should offer some clear and helpful service in regards to organizing financial aid information and packages.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you aren't in a greek organization, you are probably low on the social tier. This isn't always true, but greeks definitely run the campus.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Use Common Sense, You Won't Have Trouble – If you get caught breaking the rules, you will be penalized usually with fines and being stripped of privileges such as study abroad. However, you have to be rather stupid to get caught. As long as you use common sense and are somewhat sneaky people will ignore whatever rules youre breaking.

2 College Senior

Administration: The University is pretty strict to be honest! I have never cheated but I know someone who did and he got kicked out of the school know questions asked! Miami is really bad about ticketing too, so if you drive a car, make sure to get a pass and don't park any were your pass say not to because tickets are $75 dollars a pop. The cops uptown are pretty lax on the students even when there drunk.

4 College Senior

Academics: Miami Academics are great. It is also what has give Miami University its nick name the "public Ivy- league" school. Miami gives you a well rounded education making you not only more marketability but more educated in bigger picture ideas. In my experiences Miami places education above all else and puts your future on the path to success. Miami is know for this too, that is what the job placement scores are always so high at Miami. Employers know this about Miami University. Most of the professors have there doctors degree and are usually from a great school. The professors are usually working on there own research too, making them critical for the development of your own work or research.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: To be honest Miami is kinda known as J-Crew U... And it holds up for the most part. If you like greek life you will fit right in. Every one here is thin and attractive for the most part and pretty smart. Most of the students come from money too, hints the J-Crew U part. But not everyone is like that there are a lot of different groups too but they are not the majority of people. You can fine some really cool people here too.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Hidden Gem – Miami is a public university with a private school atmosphere. There are a fair amount of student's from out of state, including a large group from the east coast. The Business School is rated as one of the best undergraduate programs in the country. Honors programs, study abroad and a variety of majors are offered. The Business school not only offers numerous job fairs it also grooms it's students to succeed. Alumni are helpful and excited to assist undergrads.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The Place to Be – Miami is hot . The off campus bars are fun even if you are not 21. Most students go Greek and there are events, fundraisers and parties year round. We study hard and play hard. The town is a college town and the locals are friendly. Uptown offers shopping, restaurants and taverns. Cincinnati is a half hour away and there is a major outlet mall on the way. I love Miami .

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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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