MU Ohio Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

  • Nightlife: 4
  • Housing: 3.5
  • Greek Life: 3.5
  • Diversity: 2.5
  • Off Campus Dining: 4
  • On Campus Dining: 4
  • Local Atmosphere: 4.5
  • Campus Facilities: 4
  • College Life: 4
  • Academics: 4
  • Safety & Security: 4
  • Athletics: 3.5
  • Job/Career Placement: 4

Reviews for Miami University, Oxford

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 3
  • Housing 3
  • Greek Life 3
  • Diversity 3
  • Off Campus Dining 4
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 4
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 4
  • Safety & Security 3
  • Athletics 4
  • Job/Career Placement 3

Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 4
  • Housing 4
  • Greek Life 5
  • Diversity 3
  • Off Campus Dining 3
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 4
  • College Life 5
  • Academics 3
  • Safety & Security 3
  • Athletics 2
  • Job/Career Placement n/a
Overall

I think all schools, outside of their categorization, are alike. They each have those professors who love their jobs and care for their students (which makes students love that particular professor and class.) I think of Howard Blanning, Linda Conaway, Mike Griffith, Dr. Bill Doan and Dr. Paul Jackson from the Department of Theatre. I loved them all. In their own way, they nurtured my talents as an actor; encouraged my amateur make-up artistry skills and challenged me to care about the work I did. And with the good comes the bad, right? Each school also has professors who are incompetent jerks who forget their students are young adults most likely either: away from home for the first time, are preparing to be incorporated into ‘the real world,’ or anything and everything in between. These professors are overcome by their false sense of authority and make it their life’s goal to make each impressionable young student who crosses their path as miserable as possible. Miami wasn’t any different in that aspect. My overall experience at Miami University was okay. I think I had the average experience. I went far away from home; stayed out late partying; stayed up all night cramming; and I event went on a trip for Spring Break once. I’m a little bitter now though. Not because of any particular situation I encountered at Miami but because I never should have gone. I simply could not afford to attend a private University. Financing your education is probably the single most important detail when it comes to your education. I would tell any student looking to go to school- MAKE SURE YOU ARE ABLE TO FUND YOUR EDUCATION!!!!!!!! I had a great time while I was there: I have fond memories, lots of pictures and I even still keep in contact with my fellow alumni. But was it worth the massive debt that I now owe? Absolutely not! I could have had the same, if not better experience attending a public school right here in California…STUDENT LOANS are evil! Stay away!!!!!!

Academics

I started as a Pre-Physical Therapy major. I have no idea what I was thinking!! The classes were challenging but not impossible to pass I just wasn’t happy with my major. After 2 years I switched to the Department of Theatre and never looked back. Howard Blanning, Linda Conaway, Mike Griffith, Dr. Bill Doan and Dr. Paul Jackson were the best faculty members of all time and I am happy to see that they’re still there. It was under Lin’s tutelage that I discovered my love for stage makeup design; Mike pretty much helped me take make up to the next level; Howard taught me that even I can write a play..or 2 (lol) and captivated me with Shakespeare’s historical plays; Dr. Jackson is a phenomenal intellectual whose lectures always, without fail made me challenge what society, the world and the media taught me was acceptable. And I can’t forget Doc (Dr. Doan) who helped me put my 5 year experience at Miami into words in the form of a one woman show!! Best time of my life!

College Life

Miami University had so many clubs, organizations and programs to join there was no excuse not to get out and become part of the community. Beginning my freshman year I became involved, not only in student life on campus, but in the Oxford community. I started getting involved within my first month as a college student when I allowed my friends to talk me into participating in a pageant sponsored by one of the NPCH fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Needless to say I had a lot of fun and met this random guy who later became my mentor and one of my best friends. Over the course of 5 years I attended parties, balls, fundraisers, football games and basketball games. I served in a local church, joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and participated in several community service events not just in Oxford but the surrounding towns as well. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta we started a scholarship for our peers, hosted dinners and over 150 discussion forums and programs. In the theatre department I was never cast in any main stage plays but I performed in several student run projects and attended theatre competitions. The most fun I had was when I took advantage of opportunities to travel. (I’ve been to New York, Pittsburgh, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Jackson, MS, Detroit, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and all over the state of Ohio. I even applied to study overseas.) There’s nothing like a road trip to bring people together! Of all the Student Life experiences at Miami, the one that had the most impact was in the fall of 2004. I was part of a very small group of 6 young ladies who boarded a bus and headed south to Jackson, MS. The trip was organized to teach us about and commemorate the students who gathered at Miami University to go down south to register African Americans to vote. (The 3 young men whose deaths inspired the 1998 movie Burning Mississippi had left Miami University where many young people met for training and deployment.) Our 4 day fall break weekend began with a stop in Nashville, TN to visit the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. (The hotel has since been turned into a museum.) In Jackson we visited many historical sites, met several people who were alive during that time and finally we visited the home of Medgar Evers, the civil rights leader who was assassinated outside his home. All photos from that weekend were mistakenly destroyed but it’s an experience I will never forget!!

Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 3
  • Housing 2
  • Greek Life 3
  • Diversity 2
  • Off Campus Dining 4
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 3
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 3
  • Safety & Security 4
  • Athletics 4
  • Job/Career Placement 2
Overall

Miami University is a good school. The academics provided to the students is really good. The school lacks in diversity but overall is a great place for any student looking for a good school in the midwest. It does need help with career placement and campus housing as well.

Academics

Miami University is a good school. The academics provided to the students is really good. The school lacks in diversity but overall is a great place for any student looking for a good school in the midwest. I would had love for more academic counseling.

College Life

It does need help with career placement and campus housing as well. When I attended the buildings were old and the quality of campus housing was substandard compared to other schools in the region. The extracurricular activities at Miami University were great.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 5
  • Housing 4
  • Greek Life n/a
  • Diversity 1
  • Off Campus Dining 4
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 5
  • Campus Facilities 5
  • College Life 5
  • Academics 5
  • Safety & Security 5
  • Athletics 3
  • Job/Career Placement 5
Overall

Miami Univ. is a great school from an academic standpoint, and Oxford (OH) is about as safe as a college town can get. Its nickname is "J Crew U" because everyone looks the same. It's actually the most homogenous student body in the country, so it's filled with preppy white guys and aspiring blonde trophy wives. Robert Frost once called Miami "the most beautiful campus that ever there was." You won't be shutting any doors by attending Miami Univ.

Academics

I earned a Master's degree in Economics from Miami, so the structure of my program was quite different than the typical undergrad program. Everyone in my program was required to take the same classes, which was a good thing as I really got to know everyone in the program.

College Life

Miami students run Oxford (if feels like 99 out of 100 people are students), so you don't have a lot of sketchy people wondering the campus. One of the things I like most about Miami is how pervasive theme parties are. It definitely sets the bar for 80's parties. To all junkfoodies: the cheeseburgers and chicken gyros are great at Skippers Pub (Main St)!

Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 4
  • Housing 3
  • Greek Life 4
  • Diversity 2
  • Off Campus Dining 3
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 4
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 4
  • Safety & Security 4
  • Athletics 3
  • Job/Career Placement 5
Overall

Miami University is a great public university with respect to its academics and overall campus experience. It is an affordable college being it is a public institution, but it has a reputation as the "public ivy" due to its reputation as one of the better public universities in the country academically. The undergraduate business school is often ranked in the top 30 in the country and many of the top companies recruit at Miami. The campus itself is stunning and its picturesque buildings and landscapes are a key draw to students. The university is in the small, rural town of Oxford, Ohio. The closest major cities are Dayton and Cincinnati (both about an hour away). Outside of acamedics, the greek life and social scenes are appealing to students. Fraternaties and sorrorites are about 30-35% of the student body. The uptown area is right outside of campus and has numerous bars, restaurants and shops. This is the center of the social scene and Miami "nightlife". There is also a good amount of off-campus housing where you'll run into some parties and other gatherings. I would rate the social scene at Miami an 8 out 10. The school has about 15,000 undergraduate students, so even though it is situated in a small town, there is enough people and establishments where there is still a number of things to do. Although it is a sizeable campus with 15,000 students, the education at Miami has the feeling of a smaller, private school. The class sizes (I was an Accounting major in the business school) were rarely above 50 people. It is usually about 35-40 students in most classes with some being larger lecture type classes. You don't feel like a "number" in class, there is good interaction and the teachers know you well within a few classes. The campus facilities include a number of libraries and study areas, dining halls and quad areas where you can relax, play sports, etc. I would recommend Miami to any prospective student, especially if you want to pursue a Business degree or want to get involved in Greek (Frat / Sorrority) life on campus. The price for an in-state student (my experience) is very reasonable for the level of education you get. The location of the school leaves a little to be desired, but the actual campus is very nice and has enough things going on that you don't need to venture away to enjoy yourself.

Academics

Miami University has a challenging academic program, offerring all kinds of majors. It is more well known for its school of Business (Richard T Farmer Business School) and its Western campus school of Art and Design (Architecture is a highly regarded major at Miami). There is a number of accredited, tenured professors in the business school. My personal experience is that the professors overall about a 7 out of 10. I had some great professors and others that were not spectacular. The classes as I mentioned above were normally 35-40 students 80% of the time. The attention you receive with the small class sizes definitely allows for better learning, which I found to be a key to my success as a student. I had some great relationships through working closely in these smaller class sizes. Although, I did have a few professors that I thought were poor and did not learn too much from in my experience. I think that is typical of any college student's career, so I won't knock the school too much for that. Overall, I would rank the academics as an 8 out of 10 and the career / recruiting as an 8.5 out of 10. Miami has a a career services office that is open year round where you can find out about who is recruiting at the campus and for what majors / specialties. Also, professors usually have companies / employers speak in the classroom. Finally, there is a fall and spring career day held in the school's main auditorium / hall where a large number of employers attend. You definitely get a lot of traffic from future employers who come to recruit at Miami, so the opportunities are there for you.

College Life

As mentioned above, greek life is huge on campus at Miami. One of the streets off-campus (Tallawanda Blvd) is known unofficially as "frat row" as the one side of the street is all lined with huge fraternity houses. This is a big part of the social scene at Miami. However, from my experience as a non-Greek member, there is a still a good social scene with all the off-campus life, uptown area, school activities, clubs, etc. Miami has business fraternities, which including marketing, accounting / finance specific and a general business fraternity for all majors. For athletics, Miami is in the mid-American conference (MaCC). The hockey team is probably our best squad, often ranking in the top 25. The football and basketball games can be fun to attend as well. For participating in sports, Miami has intramural sports including softball, dodgeball, flag football and broomball among others. Overall, there are a number of things to do around campus. I give the student / campus life a 7.5 out of 10 overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1996

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 5
  • Housing 5
  • Greek Life 5
  • Diversity 4
  • Off Campus Dining 5
  • On Campus Dining 5
  • Local Atmosphere 5
  • Campus Facilities 5
  • College Life 5
  • Academics 5
  • Safety & Security 5
  • Athletics 5
  • Job/Career Placement 5
Overall

Best school ever! The classes are advanced, preparing students for an easy transition into the workforce. The social life is second to none. The housing is extremely nice and affordable. The restaurants and entertainment are all that you need being in a small town.

Academics

Top notch academics! The classes are nearly all walking distance. The classes are of moderate to small sized and the teachers know what they are doing. The work is challenging, but not too much if you were able to get accepted in the first place.

College Life

Totally fun atmosphere! The restaurants are excellent. The bars and entertainment are prevalent and fun. The larger neighboring cities are within 45 minutes, so everything is available to the students to get to for social fun.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 4
  • Housing 4
  • Greek Life 5
  • Diversity 1
  • Off Campus Dining 5
  • On Campus Dining 5
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 5
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 5
  • Safety & Security 4
  • Athletics 4
  • Job/Career Placement 5
Overall

Great school, especially for undergrad. The business program is really focused on preparing students for the real world and I felt that Miami did a much better job than other State universities at placing students at good jobs right out of college. Highly recommend this school.

Academics

Strong academics - it is known for being a very good "teaching school" rather than only focused on "research". The accounting and finance program are both known to be particularly strong. Class sizes are typically around 30 students for most of the business classes.

College Life

In addition to good academics, there were plenty of activities for all types of students. Uptown is a good spot for bars. Lots of club sports and Miami is known for being a heavy "greek scene". Not a ton of diversity though compared to other schools, but I didn't find that to be a big problem.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1982

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 4
  • Housing 3
  • Greek Life n/a
  • Diversity 1
  • Off Campus Dining 5
  • On Campus Dining 3
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 4
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 4
  • Safety & Security 4
  • Athletics 3
  • Job/Career Placement 4

Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 4
  • Housing 4
  • Greek Life n/a
  • Diversity 4
  • Off Campus Dining 5
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 5
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 5
  • Safety & Security 5
  • Athletics 3
  • Job/Career Placement 3

Former Student - Last Attended 2006

Detailed Ratings
  • Nightlife 5
  • Housing 3
  • Greek Life 1
  • Diversity 2
  • Off Campus Dining 3
  • On Campus Dining 4
  • Local Atmosphere 4
  • Campus Facilities 3
  • College Life 4
  • Academics 4
  • Safety & Security 4
  • Athletics 4
  • Job/Career Placement 4
Overall

Miami University is a relatively large school with a small scool feel. I really enjoyed the scenery on campus and its location - it was pretty much a college town. The professors are typically nice, and I enjoyed the fact that the school was focused more on undergraduate teaching as opposed to graduate research like many other large institutions.

Academics

The general lectures typically included 75-125 or so people in each section, but the electives were typically around 20-35. The profeffors are great, but at least in the Economics department, the faculty is quite top heavy. Therefore, there will be a lot of change in faculty in the coming years. You can make yourself busy as you want, but there are lots of opportunities to get involved in just about anything if you do a little searching.

College Life

Student life was fun. Although not as diverse as you would hope, Miami Unversity offers a lot for its students. Greek life is fairly big on campus, which was not a big appeal for me. There are many clubs and organizations, and campus safety is realitive good. The school accounts for 2/3 of the town, which creates the feeling of a student-only environment. There are lots of bars on High St., which will provide for some good weekend (and weekend) fun.

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