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3 College Sophomore

Administration: UM has a very strict drug and alcohol policy; however that only applies if you get caught. If you keep things discreet, you'll be fine. Just don't be advertising your nightly activities so to speak. All room checks are notified in advance so that you can hide/dispose of things. First offense of minor things results in a BS disciplinary hearing. Don't get caught with a fake ID though. You'll be put into a obnoxiously long program involving community service and a jail visit.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You're near a big city, so off campus transportation is super easy with the metro rail and taxis, though taxis are not cheap. On campus, there is a shuttle that runs pretty often. It's free. Small campus size means it's easy and quick to walk anywhere as well.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid freshman year is pretty decent but they pull grants sophomore year. Merit aid was fairly easy to receive if you did well in high school. Due to the school's cost I would recommend seeking out scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The on campus dining options are mainly between two cafeteria style dining halls, and a food court. However, the majority of the meal plan is only valid at the dining halls. The dining halls are great if you love unhealthy foods like burgers, fries, and anything soaked in butter, but the healthy options are more than lacking. Though a salad bar is offered, it is full of nutrient-less unappetizing veggies.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking permit prices are very high ($500/yr). Freshmen can't have cars, everyone else can. It shouldn't be hard to find a parking place in your color zone since they only sell so many permits per color parking zone.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are escort services available if you don't feel comfortable walking at night. The biggest campus crime is theft when the owner is not present. I myself have never experienced a problem with this.

4 College Junior

Academics: My major is Neuroscience. The advising department is one of the best and they are always there to assist me. The workload for this major is heavy, especially since it includes all the pre-med class requirements. This program is limited to a certain number of students and there are test score prerequisites to declaring the major.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are always knowledgeable of their subject area and willing to help students. Most students care a lot about academics. There are several places to get free tutoring or extra help if needed. Workload depends on the major. Science and architecture majors usually have a heavier workload outside of the classroom, but it is manageable.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The University of Miami campus is straddled by the very ritzy and high-income suburban neighborhoods of Coral Gables to the north and west, a very nice shopping district to the east, and I suppose what you would call a few 'nice-but-less-than-savory' neighborhoods to the south. Every semester there are perhaps one or two crime reports communicated to students, where a student walking ALONE at an UNREASONABLE TIME of the early morning near campus became the victim of petty theft. But the University does more than its fair share to protect its students. 99% of the campus is well lit at all times. The UMPD patrols the perimeter of campus at night. There is an emergency pick up service that students can call if thy find themselves in a situation where they would rather not walk alone across campus late at night. If you exercise basic prudence, and take advantage of the resources the University provides, you will be more than safe.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The majority of 'Canes do not really consider Greek Life an important or necessary aspect of the UM experience, and are just as happy not rushing to any greek organization. I personally think this is due to the extremely diverse student body. I have found that students that are more internationally minded, or have had living or working experiences outside of the United States-ahem* like yours truly-don't naturally gravitate to the Greek Life. We have a lot of those students here at UM. Outside of being a primary source of parties and meeting your fellow 'Canes in your freshman and sophomore years, Greek Life here is completely optional. However I will say that very few of those who go Greek in their time here at UM end up not enjoying it, or not benefitting from the expanded social sphere.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Miami is on top of drug safety. They will handle any cases that they need to. However drugs are always around, you just have to be careful. It is Miami and it is abut city with a reputation (especially during the time of ultra).

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is good to meet people, but you don't have to get involved to have a good time. It is very time consuming and not everyone will be your best friend like you may believe. However it is nice to mix with frats and get to know them by participating in their philanthropies.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Very little public tansportation. On campus shuttles are ok

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus which can be a bit of a pain but it's manageable. The metro rail is located across the street from campus and is the best mode of transportation for getting to the mall, Downtown Miami, or South Beach. The Hurry Cane shuttle is pretty reliable and runs to nearby restaurants and shopping on the weekends. Parking is pretty expensive and sparse though.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at UM are pretty good. I have never had any problems logging on, printing, or finding an available computer.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at Miami are very popular. Many people are involved in varsity sports but there isn't an overwhelming amount of athletes on campus. Coach Al Golden is currently working to revive the football program and it is slowly, but surely improving every year. Games are held at Sun Life Stadium and there is a free bus that takes students to and from games. The men's basketball team is the current ACC Champion and students have a ton of school spirit. Intramural sports are also very popular, including lacrosse, soccer, and even Quidditch.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: University of Miami's social scene is one of the best. Being in Miami, you are never far away from a fun time. The facilities are all top notch and the research opportunities are endless. Campus life is never boring. Our Toppel Career Center has helped me in my career exploration through various placement tests and through the help of advisors. This is a facility that I highly valued at my university.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is always something going on on campus, whether it is the farmer's market outside of the green on Wednesdays, or the dance group Storm performing at the Rock on a Friday night, there is never a dull moment at UM. The Wellness Center is a wonderful fitness facility that hosts numerous classes from yoga and pilates to cooking classes. The student center is a great place to do group projects and learn about what upcoming events are happening on campus and there are plenty of outdoor space to enjoy Miami's warm weather.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities at Miami are top notch! The campus is a beautiful tropical paradise and every inch of the campus is always clean and inviting. There are numerous palm trees and fountains all over campus that make it feel more like a resort than a college campus which can come in handy when it's finals week. The beautiful lake located in front of the freshmen dorms really sets UM apart from other schools.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is quite expensive- $400 for a permit on average. There are a good amount of spaces however. There are always parking enforcement cars going around giving tickets so make sure to pay if you are parking at a meter and don't park in the wrong zones. As a commuter I greatly need my car to get around from home to school to work.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful, always bright and full of energy. There are various organizations always hosting events and fundraisers. There are plenty of locations to sit, as well as many restaurants. There are gorgeous green grass and enormous trees everywhere you turn. The gym is absolutely gorgeous with three floors of spaceous rooms to work out in. Our Richter library is enormous as well and always creating new convenient ways to access information.

4 College Senior

Majors: It was really easy to get into the program. I was originally a pre-pharmacy major and when I decided that it wasn't right for me, I was able to switch really easily into it. I just needed an advisors signature and I was ready to go!

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3 College Senior

Majors: I really enjoy being in the International Studies program at my school. They provide a wide variety of courses in which you can have a specific focus area inside the department. Most of the professors are extremely helpful, especially McGuinn. The advisor for the department is amazing. He is extraordinarily helpful and wants to see you succeed. There are many devoted students inside the program who are willing to help out and are starters of some amazing organizations.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: They have some healthier options, but most of the food is all just calories and junk. Most of the food tastes good, but its gets old pretty quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes here are somewhat hard, but that is expected seeing as how the U is a research and private school. You will definitely have your work cut out for you, but teachers have office hours if you ever need help understanding something. I found most of the classes in my freshman year very interesting and I am glad I took them.

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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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