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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: As a girl, I can say the guys are pretty attractive. The most noticeable ones are the frat boys, but there are definitely decent, mature guys around too if you look. As a whole, most people put a little effort into their appearance, girls moreso than guys. The hook up culture is not as huge as I thought it would be, but again, it depends on who you surround yourself with.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Miami is not a college town. Coral Gables is a little more insular so there is support for UM, but as a whole it's not like Boston where everyone's a student and the town is designed for students. That said, it's MIAMI! There's roughly a million things to do and see, and the school helps connect students to the city via cultural events and trips.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: You need to bring your own computer for sure, but there is an abundance of computers on campus - labs in every dorm, and in the library. You get a set amount of printing dollars at the beginning of the semester that I have never used up. Wireless is everywhere and fast.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The metro/metrobuses used to be the best option, it goes anywhere you want to go (just got to plan ahead, it can be a long ride). The fares hiked though, so having a car would be more convenient nowadays. But basic living needs (grocery stores, mall, pharmacy) are all within walking distance. MIA is close by and accessible by metro, which is pretty convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you can't find a party on a Friday in Miami, you're doing something wrong. Beyond the frats, there's the Grove, which caters more to freshmen (lots of 18+ clubs) and has a school-sponsored shuttle that runes during the weekend. SoBe is of course the best club scene around, but it's 45 minutes away so make friends with someone with a car ASAP!

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's obviously there if you look for it, and if you aren't looking then the most contact you'll have with drugs is the lingering scent of weed in the stairwells. No one pressures you to do drugs, and in the dorms anything visible is immediately confiscated. Alcohol is pretty abundant, but again, no one cares if you don't drink.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls aren't terrible, just remember you're not going into a cafeteria and getting 5-star cuisine. The food court isn't bad, there Chinese food, sushi, Wendy's, and a salad bar. Other on-campus options are pretty good, such as Lime and the Rat (a student-run sports bar, huge hang-out spot).

4 College Sophomore

Administration: It's not terribly strict, there's the usual room inspections and parking patrols but nothing overtly stifling. They are genuinely looking out for you, and I've never had a problem with any policies (except for the no candles one, that is a little ridiculous in a concrete building!).

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is relatively simple, you are considered for financial aid the moment you apply. Keeping grants is a little trickier though, I lost one my second year for a still unknown reason and am working to get it back.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is fairly open its is a spring rush for freshman which means it is tough to get into parties early on unless you know people in the frats or able to bring 5 girls to 1 guy ratio, you can always buy your way in for the most part

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Miami is awesome, there's always something going on.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm pretty sure UM is one of the most diverse schools in the US. Everyone is pretty accepting. There's organizations for literally everything. I haven't seen discrimination.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's ok, most people get decent financial aid. The school is expensive (I don't think I emphasize this enough) so be ready. -It's worth it though!

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything you could possibly need: shuttle buses to go around campus and off campus places, zip-cars if you need to rent a car for short term use, metro with-in walking distance and the shuttle leaves you in front of the stop.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: They recently made more late night options, but unless you have a meal plan or you want to go broke you cannot eat in the dining halls daily. The food is really good, though.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is ok, and there's variety off campus, all within a walkable distance.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw parties, that's about all I know about Greek life.

5 College Freshman

Technology: There are various computer labs around campus. However, they get crowded so it's best to bring your laptop just in case.

3 College Freshman

Weather: One second it'll be sunshine and humidity, the next it'll be pouring rain.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive. You have to pay monthly so unless you're earning a consistent income or your parents can pay for it, you're not going to be able to afford it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of guys and girls on campus are attractive, I mean, it's Miami.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Never park in an area that's not meant for the parking permit you got. You will get a ticket and it's expensive. Aside from that, they are very lenient with most things.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The only reason that I would think twice about choosing UM again is because I am unable to live on campus (too expensive) and the commute from my house to campus is too long, making it difficult to be part of many activities.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Many places to eat, but I think meals are overpriced. Late night options on campus are limited, but dining halls do remain open at late hours.

3 College Senior

Technology: updated, run well, no problems usually, but computer lab hours are limited

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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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