Impressions Of
Miami University of Ohio

Academic Experience

Male Strategic Communications and Creative Writing Double Major C/O 2019

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
It’s a lot of case studies and presentations. Probably the most writing I’ve done with Strategic Communications is writing press releases.

What are your major graded assignments?
We have a final assignment, which is usually where we create a strategic plan for a company that provides their key audiences and the marketing and public relations they should go about with trying to connect with certain key audiences.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s more collaborative than competitive. Everyone’s just really trying to help each other out. It isn’t competitive until they put you up in a content against each other, and even then, you’re not trying to stab each other in the back, everybody’s still in the same boat.

Male Economics Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s competitive or collaborative?
It is collaborative. There is some group work. I’ve always thought the learning environment was kind of weird because Miami has a large Chinese population and a lot of them major in Economics. You end up doing group work or are in a classroom environment and there is a really difficult concept that you’re trying to work through with a bunch of people, but there’s a huge language barrier with a couple of the students because the class is so diverse. In it’s an interesting learning environment for me. I’ve treated it as an “I’m going to figure it out for myself” kind of thing. I don’t rely on group work or studying with other people just because it gets difficult. I wouldn’t say the classroom environment is competitive, but people who are Economics majors aren’t just doing that major to get a degree, they care and they want to do well. So, in that aspect, it is relatively competitive. [There are about 2,200 Chinese undergraduates and about 200 of them are Economics majors.]

Female Supply Chain Operations Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s competitive or collaborative?
I think it can be both competitive and collaborative. Supply Chain Operations is a smaller major compared to Marketing and Accounting, so I probably had around ten of the same people in my classes every single time. It was nice getting to study with them, but also sometimes compete against them. Especially in our Enterprise Systems class, we would compete a lot with different groups. But, a lot of the time it is collaborative, which is nice.

How accessible have your professors been?
Really accessible actually. Their office hours are very lenient and meeting with them outside of class is always helpful. They’re very accessible by email, they always answer right away, so that’s really nice.

Social Opportunities

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

What were some of your favorite times at Miami?
Joining a fraternity gave me a lot of cool experiences with a group of people I had met pretty recently. It’s a very unique thing to be a part of, especially at Miami because the culture there is very Greek life-centric. There were a lot of events involving that that were pretty special to me. Obviously, Miami has Green Beer Day, which was really cool. It’s the Thursday before spring break, so not necessarily St. Patrick’s Day.

I actually went to a couple of football games during my first semester. Among the people I know, people don’t get too excited about them, but I had a decent time. I also went to a couple of hockey games.

How happy are you with the nightlife at Miami? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I was pretty satisfied with it overall. It is very drinking centric at times. Miami sends out emails that provide alternatives for nightlife that are not involving alcohol. I never did them, but I recognize they are making the effort to provide non-alcoholic alternatives to fun. But, one common thought is that it is very drinking centric.

Male Economics Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I go out to bars and I go to our fraternity parties when we have those. I also study a lot. This past year I had a much more demanding course schedule, so I went out two to three times a week max. When I was a freshman and sophomore I was kind of an idiot with my friends and we went out a lot more. Usually, you’ll go to a fraternity-sponsored house and hang out with your friends and then make your way up to the bars eventually. It’s a pretty big bar school. There are 18+ lines, but it’s a big pain to wait in an 18+ line, and a lot of the times the 18+ lines take a lot longer or they stop letting people in.

Female Supply Chain Operations Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I like going uptown. I’m going to be a senior, so going to the bars is probably my favorite part of nightlife. There’s not really much to do in Oxford, so it’s mostly just bars. Thursdays are my favorite night, I’ll probably go to CJ’s and end up at Brick Street most nights. I’ll go to just CJ’s on Friday nights and then Saturday I’ll do whatever we do during the day and then either Brick Street or CJ’s after. For some of the bars, there is an 18+ line and a 21+ line to get in.

Campus Culture

Male Information Systems and Analytics Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall student body?
For Miami, I would say it is what they call the Five C’s of Miami. It is Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago and then China. There is a lot of people from the big Ohio cities and Chicago. There is also a big group of exchange students from China. Most of the students are affluent. [There are a lot of guys and girls in Greek life]. Business majors stick together as well, but I’m not sure why that is. [There are about 2,200 undergraduates from China. About 65% of students are from Ohio.]

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

How did you meet your closest friends?
I got along really well with a couple of guys on my floor of my dorm. I’ve made friends through my club baseball team. Practicing with those guys three days a week and going out on our away tournament trips was a great time and I’ve made some good friends that way. Joining a fraternity increases your friend count at your college ten-fold.

What is the impact of Greek life on social life at Miami (OH)?
It gives you a wide network of people. It can only be a positive thing in my mind. I could see the difference because my roommate, who was a friend from high school, didn’t join a fraternity. I had a group of friends I could talk to any time, people who I could study with or play basketball with as far as the second semester went. He kind of stayed in our dorm room group chat and a lot of the time those people would be busy doing their things. Greek life gives you a network of people who are always there to help you out. That support system is pretty helpful.

Male Strategic Communications and Creative Writing Double Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene?
There is the athlete social scene, they all hang out together. Within Greek life, organizations tend to stick to each other, but if you’re a guy and have close friends in other organizations sometimes it mixes. I’m not sure about the girls. There’s no real artsy crowd that I’m aware of. There is the arts college and there are people who appreciate that, but you don’t see them going out that often with everyone at the same bars.

Do you think people are generally happy with their choice of Miami by the time they graduate?
Miami school pride is not really a thing. People don’t care too much about athletics because we have never had an emphasis on tailgating or going to games. People definitely really love Miami as far as friendships and all the other shenanigans that you do there that are part of the culture of the school.

Oxford, OH

Pros of

  • “It’s your quintessential college town. It exists because of the college, so that’s kind of cool.”
  • “It’s about 40 minutes away from Cincinnati.”

Cons of

  • “If you’re more of a city person and like a lot of life, you don’t get that.
  • Because of the location in rural Ohio, there’s not a lot of diversity with the townspeople.” [About 87% of the population of Oxford is White.]
  • “It’s in the middle of nowhere. It takes at least 30 minutes to get to the closest highway.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I would check out the King Library. It’s the 24-hour library. Understanding how useful that space is and how it’s a giant place of resources is would be a really cool thing for a prospective student to know.

Male Strategic Communications and Creative Writing Double Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
A student should walk around uptown where the social scene is, go around at like 9 o’clock and see what’s going on and get a perspective of what people are doing. Getting the view of what it’s going to be instead of jumping in with no clue is helpful.

Male Economics Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Miami before entering as a freshman?
There are a lot of really great clubs and organizations to get involved with. It’s really easy to get caught up in Greek life, partying, and thinking that’s what you need to be doing. If you take a minute and evaluate what you need to be doing, you’ll realize that Miami has a lot of great organizations that coexist with Greek life and you can do both. You shouldn’t hesitate to put yourself out there.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Miami University of Ohio

To Attend

  • “The education, which is one of the main reasons I went. There are really helpful teachers.”
  • “The campus feel. If you really want a campus vibe, this is the school.”
  • “The fact that is an old school and has all this tradition associated with it. One of the traditions is that I never heard of is that the nickname is “The Mother of Fraternities” because there are 35 different fraternities at Miami and there were three fraternities and one sorority that started there. There is also a lot of tradition around the football too, like the Cradle of the Coaches.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you want a school in the city, Miami is definitely not for you.”
  • “If you want to have a football team, you definitely do not want to go to Miami. We have a football team but no one really cares about it.”
  • “If you’re not into Greek life. It does tend to be pretty Greek life centric here.”
  • “If you don’t like being separated [from the life outside of Miami]. If you want to feel more connected to the outside world.”
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