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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are computer labs in the dorms and plenty available in the library. Wifi kind of sucks, so if you really worry about needing it here and now, I recommend an Ethernet cable. Otherwise, you can plug in your laptop in all the classrooms. Basically everyone has a computer, but I guess you don't NEED one.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical Miami guy is hot -- but not as hot as he thinks he is. Most guys (especially the hot ones) are out for a random (or recurring) hook up, and most girls are willing to oblige. There are a few good guys out there, but they're definitely harder to find.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Basically everyone drinks. The majority of people smoke something or other. A lot of kids try more hardcore stuff. Even the kids on substance free floors do things sometimes. It's the campus culture, and it seems like a lot of people come here specifically because they were promised the ability to drink every night of the week -- and it's true, a lot of people do. Most people save it for Thursday and the weekends, but there are some people celebrating Funday Sunday and Grove Tuesdays. Don't be tricked into thinking it's a super academic school -- it's much more of a lifestyle school. And that lifestyle is PARTY.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: Everything's really pretty lenient. The police really only interfere if it seems like someone already is or is going to be hurt.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can't get more diverse than Miami. Everyone's from somewhere interesting that you've never heard anything about, or has a really interesting economic background, or has different beliefs than you do. It's absolutely spectacular and you'll learn something new about some culture (maybe a subculture within your own) every day.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus isn't REALLY bad, but it's definitely not good. A variety of options are available at each meal in the dining hall, but it really isn't such a variety once you spend more than a month there. The quality just isn't great and the options are very repetitive. Also, the desserts are really disappointing -- NEVER ANY COOKIES, ALWAYS THE SAME BLAND CAKE.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is really safe, in general. There's the occasional warning that goes out, but the authorities are very diligent in maintaining a safe campus. In regards to the students, police are mostly there to interfere if they are having some sort of issue that could be harmful to them -- passing out, girls in sketchy situations, hard drugs, etc. The medical center is really efficient and helpful and offers free flu shots out at stands around the fall season.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: You seriously can't beat the Miami weather. It's considered "cold" when the temperature goes below 85. Sure, the rain can pop up at surprising moments, but you'll be fine as long as you wait out the occasional pouring and keep an umbrella around.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UM is awesome! It's great to be in Miami!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Sororities are filled with girls that think they are better than non-Greek students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Cost, parking and safety varies between apartment and house rentals throughout the city. Most housing is conveniently located near campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: A car is necessary in a spread out city because public transportation is not dependable.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Does not offer as much financial aid for graduate students except for loans. Assistant postions and fellowships are primarily awarded to PhD candidates.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The type of computers on campus varies between computer labs. For example, the computers in the library are primarily PC's but the computers in the art school and communications school have Mac's and PC's.
Print on campus is super easy and affordable. Better than having to go to Kinko's or purchase a printer for home.
Network is always reliable and great speed with easy access and connection. However, there are certain classrooms that are hard to connect to the internet.
Personal computer is good for taking notes in the classroom but not necessary.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is one of Miami's strong points. However, there are, I feel, too many exchange students from China who don't socialize with other students except other exchange students from China.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Without a car, it's almost pretty impossible to get anywhere you'd want to actually go in Miami, aside from Brickell and the airport which you can get to via the metro.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I don't know myself, but I've heard it's pretty awful. Also, freshmen aren't allowed to have cars so they literally have nothing to do on the weekends because they can't go to south beach and such.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls here are relatively okay. There are some bombshells but those are mostly upperclassmen. Guys are okay I guess and on the whole, quite douchey and rude.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: They are very clean, but small. I love how open the dorms are though. They are coed with alternating boy and girl floors. We are allowed to go to each others rooms whenever we want and the freedom is wonderful. No one abuses this opportunity and it helps a lot with academic and personal activities.

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4 College Student

Athletics: I am not directly involved in the athletic program on campus but I do enjoy going to the football games. Everyone has a lot of school spirit and loves our athletic teams. Football, basketball and volleyball are the biggest varsity sports on campus. Club soccer and intramural soccer are very popular as well and I have been to many soccer games to support my friends on the teams.

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4 College Student

Weather: If you like sunny skies, then Miami is for you. It is almost always sunny and hot but it does rain at weird hours and inconsistently. I love the weather here and it is perfect for going to the beach and spending a lot of time outside. The occasional cold front keeps the area cool, which is quite refreshing.

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: I have met a wide range of different guys. Many are international and very attractive. Most of the guys and people in general that I have met are extremely smart. Although many guys come from a wealthy family and therefore are a bit arrogant and conceited. You just have to find the right people that you want to hang out with. Most freshman guys are not looking for a relationship though, only a hookup.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: I am currently trying to confirm how much money I owe. Because my parents filed for an extension, they could not turn in their taxes until recently. Records showed that they made more money this year and now a good chunk of my financial aid has been taken away. I am still not sure how this is going to turn out or if I will be able to attend the university next year or semester.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I have not eaten too much off campus because I have 19 meals a week in the dining hall. But I have eaten at two sushi restaurants and a few fast food places. I think that the food is good quality and very close to campus, making it convenient.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: I love how international this school is. It makes everything much more enjoyable and interesting. Also, because so many kids were coming from across the nation and other countries, many people did not know anyone and were then open to making friends. In addition, I like the smaller class sizes and the one on one time that I get to spend with all of my professors.

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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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