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Reviews 2312 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Depends on the season – The winter here is absolutely beautiful, but walking through snow in the early morning to get to an 8 a.m. class gets old fast. HOWEVER, the other seasons are amazing! Sunny days and warm weather make the campus really come alive, which makes it worth it to suffer through the winters.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Typical Dorms – I lived in Swing during a summer semester, but I have spent most of my time at Miami in Tappan, which is an honors dorm. Swing had bigger rooms and nicer floors (they were wood instead of white tile), but I definitely prefer Tappan overall. Honors LLC students get air conditioning and access to Tappan's amazing basement. Tappan is by far the best dorm I have been in, and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Amazing Food – When I go home, I miss the food at Miami. Every dining hall is divided into stations (Miami Traditions, Wok This Way, etc.), and a different combination of stations is offered at each location. This means that if you are in the mood for a burrito and your friends want pasta, for example, you will be able to find a dining hall that serves both. There are also salad and fruit bars at almost every dining hall.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Winters can be cold and wind, but it's not unbearable. In typical Ohio weather pattern, it might snow one day and be 50 and sunny the next. You never know.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is great, but it's not bad. The fees are not too expensive, but there are not that many parking options. Thankfully the campus is small enough that walking is not a problem.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Fun, Festive, and Small – Oxford is a very small college town, but there are several local attractions worth checking out. Kofenya is a five-star coffee shop that provides a great place to hangout or do homework, and live music is sometimes provided. There are also several nice dining options, such as my personal favorite Fiesta Charra, as well as 45 East and Kona Bistro.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Be Careful – Miami has a strict police force and there are always police teams uptown on the weekends. It is nothing to worry about but at the same time you need to be very careful.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its Awesome – Oxford has dozens of off-campus houses that are somewhat expensive but at the same time are very safe and well structured. In addition, there are tons of apartments above bars and restaurants that are very close to the university, only a street away.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Worth It – The financial process can sometimes be confusing and frustrating. But with a little perseverance and determination, you will get through and the money received from it is worth it. Bannerweb gives you a good resource to stay on top of your financial aid, as well.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus or Walk – The campus is small enough to get anywhere, including uptown at a reasonable time. I can pretty much get to any place on campus in 20 minutes or less. However, the buses are also a good option and are a popular choice during the cold winter months.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Overrated Night Life – The nightlife at Miami is overrated. A lot of people go Uptown to party on weekend nights, but it is often not worth it. People don't have as good of time as expected. There is way too much drama and nonsense to make it worth it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Money Toward Athletic Programs – In my personal opinion, too much money is being spent on athletic programs. I was recently notified of the master's program of religion being terminated so that money could be put toward the football program. Given, the Miami University football team has improved greatly in the past year, but terminating the oldest religion master's program in the United States is simply unacceptable.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are the Best Experience – Freshman dorms each have a different theme and are focused on creating an inclusive community. The "Living Learning Communities" range between focuses on health, history, language, culture, and music. I had a wonderful time getting to know my fellow students and resident life assistants, and I wouldn't have traded the experience for a different one.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: So Isolated – We're far away from a city.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Complete Lack of Diversity – You often hear about the lack of racial diversity on campus, and you're sure to hear about the "J.Crew U" stereotype before you attend Miami. However, from the campus visits alone, it was hard to tell just how true this stereotype was. Miami is a very homogeneous school, with a hefty majority of students being affluent, white, conservative students. That being said, Miami is great when it comes to academics and if the lack of diversity is not a problem to you, you can receive a wonderful education.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A Safe Campus – Although the campus doesn't go without incidents of crime, I feel safe on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining Halls – There are quite a few dining halls at Miami, and all of them have good food. Some of them are closed during certain times or only offer certain sections of the menu at different times of the day, and you might not know when those times would be. Miami has a great website for meal planning, showing what is open and served when, and it even allows you to watch the prices and nutritional value of what you plan to order.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The libraries at Miami are extensive! There are at least a dozen, and you can find most anything you could want!

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Every Building Wireless... If You Can Get on. Every building I spent any time in-the dorms, the classrooms, the food courts-all had wireless networks. They weren't bad, and were actually faster than what I was used to at home. But logging into the network was so difficult! I never did figure out how to get an account, so I had to log in as a guest every day and every nine hours, so almost every time I sat down to get online, I had to log in as a guest. And I was always careful never to turn off my computer! But I'd have to log in again. I'd turn on my laptop and go to get on the internet, and it would take 20 minutes to connect to the network. From there everything was fine, but that initial load up wasn't, and I had to do it every nine hours.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: MU Drugs – The drug use is really not seen at all at Miami. Alcohol is quite prominent though. It is not necessarily seen on campus, but you know that it is there, and it is very visible off campus. I would say the majority of students do drink on the weekends in Oxford. Peer pressure is not an issue at all. I do not drink, and there have been many situations where I went to parties and was offered but was never forced to drink, and people always respect that and never pressure you about it.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity at Miami is quite an issue. If you take a general look at campus, you will see mostly white, Christian, semi-conservative, heterosexual, financially well-off folks. But once you start taking a closer look, you will find just about anything under the sun. The problem is that you have to take another look to find it. At first, I felt like I didn't really fit in, but once you dig a little deeper, anyone can find their place on campus. The University recognizes this issue and tries quite hard to fix it, and they are doing a wonderful job at it. There are tons of international students, international living communities, international student organizations, and pretty much any other student organizations you can think of to suit anyone from any background whether politically, religiously, sexual orientation, ethnicity, anything.

2 College Freshman

Administration: There are several different police forces that patrol the campus, making it difficult for people to get away with breaking the rules, such as underage drinking. They are especially watchful on the weekends, so I suggest not being drunk in public. Other than that, you're golden.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't terrible, but the upperclassman dorms are certainly much better. I live in Peabody, which is far away from the center of campus. Although it is quite a walk, we have the largest dorms. The ceilings are high, and the building has an air of being a hotel. The walk is not as bad as it seems, due to the fact that the college scenery is breathtaking.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Undeclared Major – With an undeclared major, I have time to complete my basic courses that are necessary for graduation that may or may not have to do with a specific major. This allows me to explore my options in the fields of science, math, social studies, and language arts. It helps with deciding which major is right for me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything on Miami's campus is very nice and new. The dorms could, however, use a little bit of work. The gym, library, and MOST, certainly not all, of the classrooms are very nice.


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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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