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Reviews 2516 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on-campus or even in the surrounding area. There is a good emergency alert system that sends text messages when there is nearby crime, and a blue-light system with stations all over campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options from fast food, to your typical family sit down restaurants, to the high end restaurants located in South Beach. If you don't have a car the options are a bit limited to Denn'y, stir moon, Mcdonnalds and subway. However having a form of transportation opens up a limitless number of options that can be found at the Sunset mall, Coconut Grove, Miracle Mile, Bayside, little Havanna and South Beach. Prices pretty much depend on the location of the restaurant with South Beach and Miracle Mile being the most expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You will find a wide variety of people like at most colleges but UMiami is mainly dominated by white Jews from the northeast. Due to the nature of Miami, people are highly aware of their image (nice clothing, tan, fit, etc). There is a decent amount of international students from a number of different places. If you aren't from a big city, it may take a while to adjust to the culture of Miami.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is pretty good transportation at the U. If you want to go to the beach, airport, or the mall, you can take the metro rail, which is about $4 total round trip. You can also take a taxi to go clubbing or to go to other places around the area. The cost varies on those, depending on where you're going.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The U is a fantastic school for research, especially if you are a marine biology major. The labs are great too. They are very hands on and I like them a lot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I'm currently a freshman so I'm not allowed to have a car. However, from what I've heard its better than average. Its expensive to have a parking pass but there are always spots that are close to classes.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife for students is great for all students. Most of the parties are run by the fraternities and are open to freshman in the fall. Freshman are allowed to rush fraternities in the spring so parties become closed second semester. There are some bars/clubs 18+ which are reviewed as fun by everyone. Transportation is a little expensive with cabs, but the University provides free transportation for students to the grove which is the scene on Thursdays and Fridays.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life has a lot of involvement on campus. The greek community leads a lot of the community service projects that take place on campus. Those that are a part of greek life are seen as the ones more involved on campus and the ones that hold positions in student run organizations. You don't have to be in a fraternity but it helps in getting involved and having a better social life.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are good, but the apartments for upperclassmen are great!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are many options and opportunities for students with difference preferences.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Some labs have brand new, excellent Apple desktops while others have the average PCs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is a lot of drunken parties but the clubs do participate in academic and charity events.

3 College Junior

Administration: There is not much strictness regarding anything except academic integrity at UM. Even if you do not site the slightest idea from an outside source, you could be kicked out of school.

5 College Junior

Diversity: the university of miami is as diverse at it gets. at times i feel there are more international students than US residents! This is great, thought. There are so many opportunities to make new friends and to learn about new cultures. Many of these students are doing their semesters abroad here, and so it is so interesting to get to know these foreign students. The sexual orientation diversity is amazing- there is even a fraternity just for gay people. People are very accepting on our campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Sometimes the dining hall food can get tiring- many of the same options present themselves over and over again. I am a transfer student, however, and the UM dining hall food is exceptional compared to most other college dining hall foods I have tried and/or heard of.

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.


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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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