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Reviews 2233 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe If You're Careful – I don't have a problem walking around campus by myself, even alone at night, but there's a significant amount of crime (date rape, theft, vandalism) that goes on, and the police don't or can't do very much about it. They respond when you have a problem or if you are in danger, but it often takes a lot of time and effort on your part to get to an acceptable level of safety. Bottom line, keep your doors locked and only go out with people you trust.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So Safe for Miami – I've always felt safe at on campus, even at night. There are police are driving around in golf carts at almost all times at night making sure everything is safe and there is no suspicious activity. You can call the police department with anything and they always answer immediately and can help you with whatever your question is. Just lock your door to prevent any unattended theft from other students which does happen occasionally.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Depends on the Crime – Three offenses involving alcohol get you kicked out of housing, but the first two are just slaps on the wrist. Its usually really easy to sneak around and not get caught, and the student security really doesn't care.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of people smoke, it is very common to see smokers around campus. Weed circulates throughout the student body, cocaine is a possibility at certain parties. Alcohol is unavoidable.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: All Types of People – There are many different types of people at UM. From just walking around campus you'll see whites, blacks, latinos, asians, europeans, and middle eastern students. And there's a club for just about every nationality!

4 College Senior

Transportation: Freshman are not allowed to have cars. However, there is a metro rail that runs from campus to the airport and a shopping center. It is inconvenient not to have a car but definitely manageable. Night life is not on campus, but luckily the school provides transportation to local night ares numerous times during the week.

4 College Senior

Technology: Each student it given $100 printing dollars for the semester, which is essentially more than you could ever need. The computer labs are located conveniently in the residential halls, libraries and often times individual colleges have a computer lab in them. The entire campus is wifi accessible making it easy to bring a laptop to class.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's Easy to Get Around – Traffic is pretty congested so if you wanna get around, there's always taxis. Getting a big group also helps with the taxi prices. Many off campus locations/houses are walking distance, so it is not hard to get there. It also helps if you know someone who drives to take you to South Beach. We also have a metro system which is right in front of the school that you can take to the mall or South Beach (with the aid of busses).

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are a Big Deal – We tailgate at every football game. Win or lose, we will still have fun afterwards! Every sport has enthusiasts. Physical health is emphasized at UM so we have lots of IM sports and it's not hard to get involved!

4 College Senior

Majors: Pre-Med, Takes Effort – The instructors are great. They expect a lot from you however, need to put an effort to get good grades. It's a highly respected program with plenty of opportunities to move you ahead of the crowd. take your time studying and making relationships with the professors as it will give you the opportunity for recommendation letters.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Simple and Easy – As simple as filling out the FAFSA on time and doing any supplementary forms they ask you to fill out! Also, if have any problems can always ask for an appointment at student services where they will help you.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: On Their Toes – Yes there will be incidents on campus, but the police and security do a great job to keep you in the know. Emails, calls and texts will all notify you of any crime or threats. Of course it is always important to keep all doors locked as you never know what can happen.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A Major Topic to Most Conversations – The variety in sports are great, ranging from crew to fencing to football and tennis. The nearby Health Fitness Center (literally across the street from the Freshman dorms) offers a gym, indoor pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts, indoor track, etc. so even if you are not active in any sports you can still get your game on any time you are not at classes or studying.

3 College Freshman

Academics: As an Undergraduate Freshman – As an Undergraduate Freshman in Biology, a very general major, it is difficult to receive a personalized education with one-on-ones with your professor or extended time with your adviser. With so many students that applied to the University, many do it for the benefit of the Biology Department causing overcrowding in the major to actually reap the full benefits of help needed to get into Graduate Medical school.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Becoming Involved in Miami's Culture – Miami's culture is a culmination of the many cultures brought here by foreigners. Living on campus, you are immersed in the different languages and customs of your peers. There are many museums that present the artifacts and lifestyles of your friends' ancestors and concert halls allow your ear to extend its experience.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Miami gives out lots of scholarship money but financial aid is difficult.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Overall Good – The professors are knowledgable and helpful for the most part.. But, I was not prepared by my highschool for certain classes.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Unbeatable weather. It's sunny all year around, and the air is always fresh by suddenly heavy-and-fast rains.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Silly Appearance but Highly Modern Inside – The facilities of UM are really modern, especially the library and the Wellness center

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As Good as Can Be Expected. The dorms are comfortable enough, floors seem to have a strong sense of community (which is always a good thing.) Nothing particularly special about the freshmen dorms, except for the fact that Stanford is far more outdated than the well-designed Hecht. The differences are minor, like nicer elevators, better lighting and furniture in the lobby, and an ATM, but it still make a difference. Fortunately, Stanford is supposed to undergo some renovations next year. Unfortunately, it won't matter cause I won't be there.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Getting Better Every Year – Having made it into the top 40 U.S. universities, it is clearly evident that Miami is putting a greater focus on academics. The freshmen acceptance rate keeps getting lower and lower.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Simply the Best Place to Be! After having spent some time at other universities all over the U.S. I can still say that I am glad I chose to go to UM

5 College Freshman

Weather: ...It's Miami... Do I Need to Say More? The weather is great year round, the coldest it gets is "sweatshirt temperatures." It's sunny most of the time, and seeing people tanning on the IM fields, by the lake, and at the pool are not uncommon sights. My only complaint is that it is occasionally windy and rainy.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I only use the Wellness Center and the Library, both of which are great by the way, but there are so many other facilities available to the students.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Keep up Appearances – Guys go to the gym a bunch, tan by the pool, and just eat well most of the time. Not a bad looking group at all. The girls generally keep up with their appearances as well

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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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