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Reviews 2428 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Student

Diversity: Very Diverse, people are from everywhere and lots of internationals.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From a student who applied to Miami as a safety last minute, I can say I made no better choice than coming here. Starting from the fantastic scholarship they gave me for academics, this school has given me a phenomenal education full of intelligent professors and challenging work. Furthermore, I have met so many amazing people, from the perky stereotypical Miami blondes to hard-core frat guys, to people so dedicated to their academics, admiration is an understatement. Of course, college is what you make of it, but it's hard to be depressed when you live in a city full of culture, that's always sunny, and beaming with energy. I cannot wait to continue my years here, with the great opportunities for work and research, and a great career center and alumni network to help the process. It's true, its great to be a Miami Hurricane!

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is definitely not great but there's so many options you don't have to eat at the dining halls (and really probably shouldn't).

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a member of the Greek community but by no means do I think it's the best most distinguishable thing about the Miami experience. I joined because I wanted a group of sisters and as a way to meet tons of new people and get involved. However I have lots of friends who aren't in Greek life and they still love their life and friends. We are all still friends, even after rushing, but some other people do not agree and believe Greek life is too exclusive and snobby. Sororities don't have houses but some frats do and regardless, everyone finds ways to live together off-campus anyway. Overall, Greek life has just been another thing for me to get involved in and get involved with the community.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's Miami so if you want to party, whether it be a frat party or a club in South Beach, there is literally no better place in the country.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms for freshman (Hecht/Stanford) sort of suck but like most universities it's freshman year so you just want a place to fall asleep drunk and sleep. The floor system really brings groups of people together and is a great way to make friends from the very first day.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UMPD is definitely around campus but not fantastic about responding to crimes in the area that might have occurred involving students. It's Miami, which is a big city so it's logical to exercise caution but the campus itself is relatively safe.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's great to be a Miami Hurricane! Football games are really fun but not quite as spirited as some big state schools, understandably.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is strict on a lot of policies but not to the point where it's noticeable. If you aren't making a huge scene or obviously doing something illegal theres a good chance you can get away with all the fun of college. However UMPD does drive around fairly frequently and does report any crimes reported by students.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love everything about Miami and I hadn't even planned on coming here when applying to colleges. Although it was a random application for me, the school not only gave me a fantastic scholarship, but I have had one of the best years of my life. The school is beautiful, the people are generally friendly (and also beautiful), the work is challenging but in a good way, and you'll find something you love no matter what it is.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you're a freshman without a car getting around sucks but is doable. There are some shopping places and other areas you can walk to, as well as all the frat houses and nearby areas. If you have a car the only problem is dealing with Miami traffic.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: It's Miami, so again, it's the best weather you could possibly have. For example, I went to the pool today (we have that) and got a nice tan without sweating in the middle of May. You might wanna bring an umbrella though.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I think almost everyone here has their own computer but there are tons of computer labs and computers available in the library and around campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of options if you want to live off campus ranging from apartments to houses shared by a few roommates. Generally the school makes you live in the dorms if you're a freshman but after the first year people either move off campus or live in the dorms again.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Miami is in Coral Gables which is one of the nicest parts of Miami. It's generally a suburb but not far from other, less glamorous areas, but is near the Metro. People are pretty friendly, always doing outdoor activities, and there is always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The math and science program at the school is challenging but full of intelligent professors and ambitious students. There's the PRISM program, Foote Fellows, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute program if you want a challenge, and if not, you'll find plenty of academic opportunities for research and tough school work.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I did not have an internship.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Miami's drug scene is just as bad as any other school that has a slight reputation for being a party school. You go to college, you drink if you want. If not, there's no pressure at all and you will definitely find people who don't want to do it either. Alcohol is almost always around for everyone but the rules in the dorms are pretty strict if you're not of age.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a neuroscience major and also in the PRISM (advanced math and science) program and I love the academics. My teachers in particular are very knowledgable but really tough and that goes for mostly all the science and math classes here. Miami is a research university and has tons of great academic opportunities.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is not my thing. Don't really fit in/understand greek life too much.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: For the most part, I really like the weather on campus. It is usually sunny and warm, with clear blue skies and gentle winds. Sometimes, though, it can rain for several days in a row. Also, the heat can sometimes be too much for me to handle. But the weather is usually bearable.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a lot of computers on campus. Each residential college has its own computer lab with quality tech that meets students' needs. There are also many printers around campus, so if you need to print out anything, you won't have to look far for a place to do it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are ample opportunities for students to go shopping off campus. One particularly popular destination is Sunset Place, a local plaza with places such as Banana Republic, Barnes and Noble, an AMC theater, and more.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is very racially and ethnically diverse, with students from many different countries of the world in attendance and a lot of student organizations pertaining to various religions and nationalities.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have never made an attempt to be a part of Greek Life on campus. As such, I cannot comment on it.

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Despite daily griping about tuition costs, parking, thunderstorms, and hard classes, most students really seem to enjoy UM. Excellent attributes like the nightlife, weather, and culture seem to cancel out some of the bad things about being in Miami. For some students, these bad things include the unapproachable "hot" girls and guys on campus, while others find life in the dorms to be a challenge. The complaints about college are basically what you'd expect to hear anywhere. It appears that the bad things at UM really aren't that bad, but the good things are very good. Miami is one of the coolest cities in the world for a college student, and that goes deeper than just the superficial bar and club scene.

Students who are unhappy generally figure it out within a semester and transfer out of UM, usually to somewhere closer to home. College is tough, especially the first couple weeks if you come without knowing anyone. Making a whole new group of friends for the first time since kindergarten is one of the hardest and most stressful things you may ever have to do. But the end result of this process is friendships that you'll likely maintain for the rest of your life. Whether it's your roommate, classmates, fraternity brother, or sorority sister, college is a time when you should make friends and have fun. Despite the initial challenges of coming to college, there are few cities in the world that are as fun as Miami.

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