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Reviews 2151 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs are prevalent on campus only if you are searching for them. For the most part, a student can go their whole undergraduate career without any exposure to drugs on campus. There are certain times when drug use increases though. During finals, adderall is very prevalent in the library and students cram to learn a semester's worth of information. Also during Ultra Music Festival drugs are prevalent within the Miami community in general, which trickles to campus as many students attend this festival. Other than that, if you don't go looking for it, you won't find it.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: The athletic culture at the University of Miami is unlike any other. Students pack football games decked in their orange but are the first to taunt the team if they should make a mistake. Also, if the team is not winning, they will not attend the game in full force. The fact that a bus must be taken to the stadium, which is 30 minutes away in good traffic is also a down side. However, as the UM basketball team was just crowned ACC Champions and have won the ACC Tournament, the UM pride is back in full stride on campus. Basically, if we're winning, students will be present at games. If not, the students will be in the Grove or on South Beach.

4 College Senior

Weather: During the school year, there is mostly sunshine at the University of Miami. However, during the Fall, the weather is highly unpredictable and can go from beautiful and sunny to a torrential downpour. Besides that however, the weather is amazing! The sun is always shining and the beach or campus pool are always student hangouts.

4 College Student

Majors: Getting into my business major was very easy; I just had to put it in my initial application, and also I was able to edit it to marketing online BEFORE attending. Although, it is harder to switch the schools of majors when at Miami than switching majors within a school, and for business we had a couple freshman classes that wouldn't cross-credit for another schools majors (such as MGT100) and that other majors couldn't take.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: The campus itself is very safe, however it's true what they say about it being in a bad area. Anytime at night right outside of campus is scary, and last year we had several emergency texts and lockdowns due to crime around or on campus.

2 College Student

Transportation: They have busses that will take you to a local mall, and the grove but they only run on weekends, which isn't too practical. There's a metrorail right next to campus but its only useful for Target and ocassionally the beach and airport. No parties are ever on campus, so although there are taxis available it becomes expensive extremely quickly, especially if someone wants to go into downtown Miami.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at UM are incredibly diverse. You will see and meet people from all walks of life. We also have a large international population as well. Most people are social and friendly. Both guys and girls enjoy going out to parties and functions. You can find people that have the same interests as you, whatever they may be.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: I am a former student athlete and I can attest that sports at UM are awesome. We have a legendary football program and our basketball team won the ACC championship game this year. The school accommodates students well with transportation to games and always offers incentives to attend games. We have a wide variety of sports to watch and intramural sports if you want to get in on the action.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: No bars, no greek life. Your only option is south beach.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police everywhere, and a good emergency response system.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The games are always a ton of fun and it is nice to be a part of a school that is nationally competitive. There is a lot of school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is easy to find, but the prices may be a little steep.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are a ton of options to get involved and to have fun while doing so. There is always someone with a similar interest as you and if there isn't a club that you like, you can always start one.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The bathrooms in the freshman dorms could be cleaned a little better. The small living conditions are a hassel sometimes, but overall it is a nice place to live.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are numerous of public computers and labs around campus. If you are in need of a computer, there is definitely no shortage of them. You are giving printing dollars ($100) for the year. Most people do not use close to this and you use your cane ID to print from campus computers. It is usually pretty reliable and there are printers located throughout campus that you can send your document to the printer from your personal computer as well. Most people do have personal computers for class.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The workload is tough. A lot of people do not realize how science based the program is. You will learn things in your classes that if you were to take Biochemistry at the same time you would be learning the same topics. I felt as though the teachers in the program readily prepared you for the tests and information and taught it really well. They did not just teach so they can complete their own research at the University. They teach to better the students and really want you to know the material. It is a fun but challenging major.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: In the Kinesiology program at the University of Miami you have to have an internships for your graduation requirement. Everyone has different experiences and it can be whatever you want. Some students interned at Doctor offices, some did research on campus or at the medical campus, others worked for businesses and other various activities. It really is a chance to experience something you may be interested in and see how you feel about it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I entered college knowing that I wanted to eventually go on to be a doctor of medicine one day. I thought that Biology would be the best major based on the overlap of requirements for the pre-requisites. I found myself switching majors my Junior year to Kinesiology and I would do it all over again. The professors in the program are amazing and really care about the students. The information I learned I was able to apply it right on to my MCAT exam for medical school and I actually was learning and understanding everything rather just memorizing the information for the exams. The professors take the time to explain and re-explain everything and being a smaller major are able to have more time to spend with students to get to know them, answer questions, or just be available for guidance.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Here's the skinny: If you are in a frat you want to be in Pike (hot muscular assholes who know how to party), SAM (chill guys who know how to have fun), SAE (Who cares about intelligence when they're hot, am I right?), ZBT (great parties, not so great guys), and maybe Sig Chi (just because they're NOT Sig Ep) or Beta (because they are entertaining).. and one time I heard something about Pi Kap. Just don't join Sig Ep. Just don't do it. If you are in a sorority here is your social order, based on.. well.. coolness: DG (hottest, richest, and chillest), SDT (a bunch of Long Islanders and Jersey Girls who like to talk about their sex addictions, eating disorders and drinking problems), Zeta (welcome back to high school...), D Phi E (cute... and nothing to them), ADPi (smart overachievers who cut loose a little too hard).... Those are all I know. Which says something for the rest of them.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: While the girls at the U may be gorgeous and the guys oh-so muscular, if you are looking to make lasting friendships, I suggest you look elsewhere. I could liken the social scene of Miami to a game of Chutes'N'Ladders: one day you're at the top, the next day you are nothing. When it comes down to it, it's all about the money, so if you can't keep up with the taxi fare to SoBe and the expense of owning a pair of Lita's, you poor scholarship girl, you might as well forget about a serious social life. If you like guys who pay people to go to their classes and you like girls who are skillful at talking trash, the University of Miami is the place for you.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Could be better. Obviously it is not mama's home-cooked meals. But, there are gluten free and vegetarian options. And really it is not THAT bad. Come on now, stop complaining. There is a stir fry bar, a burger bar, and a sandwich bar ALWAYS. All of those are great choices (plus like 4 bars that interchange selections)

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge opportunity to partake in leadership opportunities. Although a small percentage of students join, they all are very active in the community. And actually, greeks have a higher average GPA than non-greeks. You will definitely find your place in whatever frat/sorority you end up in.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are there...they are very easy to get and are very easy to get cheap. You don't "HAVE" to do anything...

obviously drinking and smoking are huge. So huge that there is a "smoking" spot by the lake that everyone smokes weed at. Enjoy!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are guys from all over the country and world really. Barely anyone will actually be from Miami. That being said, there are plenty of good looking guys. Almost everyone is nice.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have amazing food choices surrounding the campus. There's a mix of Asian, Greek, American, and Italian places that are all excellent. You have to have a shake shack burger!


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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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