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4 College Freshman

Administration: As long as you're responsible and respectful of the school, the school will respect you.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a RSMAS student. I am double majoring in Marine Science and Biology and double minoring in Chem and Math. The school makes this very doable for me and my advisor makes sure I am on track. Despite all the academic obligations I have because of all the majors and minors, I am still required to take a bunch of humanities and writing courses which I like. As a freshman, i got to do research with faculty members which is pretty unique to the school. There are also a lot of presentations, clubs, guest lecturers, seminars and events related to my major regularly occurring on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A good amount if alcohol, weed, adderall, and Ritalin around campus. Harder drugs like cocaine and mali (MDMA) available in South beach at clubs. Overall, there is absolutely no pressure to do any of these drugs, however, their whereabouts are known.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The library, health center, and food court are my favorite facilities. They are great, clean and very comfortable settings to be in. On the flip side, the dining halls and dorms are pretty disgusting and I am moving off campus next year.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of types of guys and girls. Miami attracts people from around the world so you see city boys, country boys, preppy boys, etc. Same goes for the girls. There is someone for everyone at Miami.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall food is terrible and students get sick of it very quickly. The food court has a lot of variety including Wendy's, a burrito place, and sandwhich place. However the university doesn't give enough money to eat there enough.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of campus. Everyone goes to the football games and a lot of the basketball games this season. There is always school spirit and people are upset when we lose.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Miami is a very up beat down. There is always a lot to do. A lot of people go down town and go to clubs and bars. It is expensive and therefore it's hard to go a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: As a commuter, my experience with on-campus transportation is slim. The shuttles are frequent, but I do not know if they run on a tight schedule. Every time I look at a shuttle stop, there always many people waiting. The shuttles not only operate within the school, but in the surrounding Coral Gables areas. But many residents eventually bring cars because the shuttles are cumbersome.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UM is known for its diverse student body. It has been ranked for having one of the most international communities. Many people from all over the globe come to UM. A freshman class consists of more than U.S. high school graduates. I have met students from Lebanon, Haiti, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Venezuela, etc.

1 College Senior

Administration: They do not let you park anywhere close by the buildings. Visitors have to park so far away from the buildings that it is sometimes a 30 minute walk from that point.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial adviser was extremely unhelpful. Every question I asked he just referred me to the website

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a big push for PanHellenic love and cooperation among the sororities. The sororities and fraternities work together for philantropies and during Greek Week, which is a week long competition to raise money for Cerebral Palsy. There are a lot of mixers and parties too. It doesn't dominate campus life - there's plenty more to do. Their motto is "Not what you expected, but everything you were looking for"

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with the program! I would choose the same program if I had to do it all over again! My career goals are to go into the human services or health fields. The human and social development program leads right into a counseling position and provides me with good background/life skills if I continue on to medical school. I don't think finding a job will be a problem, because both career fields are growing.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As an education major, the program I'm in has a internship type class since experience in the field is so important. It's unpaid, but counts as credit hours toward your degree and is required. Additional internships for summer, at home, etc. can be found through the Toppel Career Center on campus and through the corresponding online program - HireACane.com

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into the Human and Social Development program at my school was relatively easy. I had to apply to enter the school of education by filling out a change school form from the office and it only required basic information and GPA. Then I was matched with an advisor, who is also the dean of the school, who is very knowledgable who was able to help me declare my major and discuss a four year plna.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I love the nightlife at UM. It's not that hard to find out about parties on the weekends, whether it be a frat party or a sports team party. They are usually really fun. Also, it's awesome to go out to South Beach (although a lot of the times it's 21+ unless it's a special event) and Coconut Grove can be pretty fun too. Taxis usually don't take that long to pick you up. At the most, I have waited about 15-20 minutes.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Except for early fall and spring, the weather is nice, and sunny.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartments and off campus housing, but its not cheap.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are diverse population in University of Miami. However, it is hard to see ethnic groups interacting with each other. Of course there are many who doesn't care about others' ethnicity nor religion. However, first impresson that new students come to UM is that every man is for himself.
Regarding religion, almost none of the student body in UM has problm with others intervening their religion. I believe UM students know how to respect other people's religions.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer system in University of Miami is excellent. The students of UM always have access to computer anywhere around the campus. There are at least 200 computers on the first floor of library. Along with them, there are computer labs in each dormitories which stays open until 2am everyday. Also, since some of the students are more familar with Mac system than Windows system, there are Mac desktops present in library as well.

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1 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in University of Miami currently and I am very unsatisfied with my education until now. The reason is that the program requires transffer students to retake most of the basic courses again because they cover almost double of other colleges teach for basic chemistry courses. The faculties are very hard to reach. The reason is that there are far too many students and not enough proffesors. Therefore, there are always long line infront of offices and 30 minute wait is usual. Also, during chemistry labs, undergraduate TAs are conducting the course. They tend not to announce needed information properly since they don't have enough exprience of conducting a class.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It is not too hard to get into Chemistry program in UM. However, UM has broad General Chemistry course. If any of you are transffering from comunity college or any other college, the credits for General Chemstry that you already took in previous college will not be transferred. The reason is that UM General Chemistry covers a lot of subjects that many other colleges teach in second level of Chemistry. Therefore, students will have to take one more semester( 2nd semester usually) of General Chemitry. To avoid this money wasting ad time consuming process, I advise other transffer students to talk to Chemistry department head Dr. Lewis before deciding to apply to UM.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Chemestry major currently and the program of the school dosn't help students much. There are always shortage of faculty compared to amount of students who needs to take Chemistry. The labs are conducted with lab manuals specifically printed for UM. However, even this is not yet complete because the school wants to switch PC with ipads. Why do students need iPad for chemistry lab? It sounds absurd. Many of the chemistry department heads are very uncoorperative. They say they are too old to use PCs and can't use emails. The world have changed now. Almost all of the business is processed through emails. Because they can't use emails, students have to waste their time walking over to their office all over the campus.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The UM campus is beautiful it looks like something you would see on a post card. The grounds are very well kept the lake is always clean and there are decorative fountains everywhere. The atmosphere of Miami is very similar south beach, coral gables and key biscayne are beautiful. There is always something going on around here and when you want to slow down the beach is never far away.

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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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