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

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
It’s a tough major. A lot of my Economics classes are very exam oriented. Like, for a class I had last semester, there was a problem set every week that you could do but you didn’t have to turn it in. You just had to show up and take four exams and that was a lot of your grade. I have a lot of options to do work, but a lot of my grades are based on my performance on exams.

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

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
There are a lot of case studies. Group projects are huge. The coursework hasn’t been too, too bad. The last semester you had a final group project, two exams, and mini-assessments in between. I’m doing my capstone class next semester so we’ll see how that goes.

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

Female Black World Studies Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in?
If you’re not a person who likes to drink, there are programming and events you can go to. MAP has events like ice skating or seeing a movie on the weekend nights. If you do like to drink, there are 18+ bars. I do a mixture of everything. Tonight, I’m going to a skate and hip-hop event and then tomorrow I have an acapella concert then acapella group is going out to a bar to celebrate the hard work we put in. It really depends on what I’m feeling. I like that I know if I don’t feel like going out I can go to a MAP event or I can just sit around with my friends. I also sometimes go to Cincinnati and go bowling and get dinner.

What have been some of your favorite times at Miami?
I’m personally not a big bar person, but I do really like going to house parties at my friends’ houses because you’re in a more concentrated space and you’re around more people that you know rather than random strangers. When it interests me, there are some cool MAP events, like last semester I saw Black Panther.

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.

How happy are you with the nightlife? Is there anything you would change if you could?
There are probably a lot of things I would change. I like it, and I like going out. People at Miami just aren’t as chill as other schools. It’s all about seeing people and getting [really drunk]. Hanging out with a bunch of people at someone’s house isn’t really a thing. I’d like some more casual going out. Also, I think that with so many [negative events with Greek life] happening across the nation, police have cracked down on fraternity parties and stuff like that. That ultimately it does provide some security but it makes it a bummer. I think younger people tend to binge drink more because they know they might have to leave relatively quickly. Right now, it’s in a transition period, so I am interested to see where it plays out. [See current Greek life sanctions here.]

Campus Culture

Female Black World Studies Major C/O 2021

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
With Black culture, there is a different culture than the culture of the White students. The Black students have our own spaces to party and do stuff like that. I’ve grown up going to primarily White schools so I don’t have a very strong connection to the Black community here. They have their own house parties and off-campus parties they go to. There are also a couple of bars that Black students like to go to because there they have their own space. With Queer culture, the nightlife or social life within that is not very prominent. It’s intermingled with house parties and the bar scene.

How do you like the size of Miami in terms of undergraduate enrollment? How has that affected your experience? [Miami has about 17,350 students.]
I like that it’s still a big campus where you still don’t know anyone, but if you have different social circles it can feel close-knit. I’m very involved on campus so I know a lot of people and I know who I can turn to, but also, I can walk into a space where I don’t know anyone. That’s the beauty of a mid-sized university.

Male Information Systems and Analytics Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene at Miami?
I would say a lot of it is dependent upon Greek life. I hang out with people that aren’t in my fraternity, but for the most part, you are doing stuff with your fraternity just because there are so many [different fraternities]. [About 30% of students are involved in Greek life.]

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.]

What is the impact of Greek life on social life?
It does influence who your friends with. It is different for me because I waited until sophomore year to rush. I had a full year and a half to get to know people before I was first into Greek life and only hanging out with this group of guys for an entire semester pledging and things like that. I would say that for the most part it heavily influences who you hang out with.

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.

Oxford, OH

Pros of

  • “It’s your quintessential college town. It exists because of the college, so that’s kind of cool.”
  • “The area is pretty and scenic.”
  • “I feel there’s a much more connected community because everyone’s in one place rather than being spread out.”
  • “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.”
  • “There’s a Miami Bubble. You tend to forget or overlook things that are happening outside of Oxford.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Black World Studies Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Miami before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew about the ways I could get involved in different colleges or different areas that are not my own. I always wanted to be involved in the business school and gain those skills but not necessarily be in the business school, so I learned this year that I could be part of the business school’s organizations but not be in the business school. I’m going to join some of those because I think it’s really important to have those skills outside of college. In general, I wish I knew that you could be involved in anything you want and formulate a way in which it ties back to your major and what you want to do.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I love going to sporting events. I love going to hockey games. I never watched hockey before college, but last year I went to my first hockey game and loved it because the energy of the student body is really fun. If you want to experience the natural energy and sense of belonging of the students, go to the hockey games.

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.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
I think the whole Western Campus. I don’t know if they tour much on Western Campus, but there’s a nature park, an amphitheater, and an art museum. It’s a great place to go and unwind. It was one of my favorite parts of campus freshman year.

Female Supply Chain Operations Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Miami before entering as a freshman?
How Greek life is. I didn’t know anything about the community or how it is. I would have liked to know more about that. I know for freshman girls it’s a huge part of their experience, so I would have liked to know more about it. [30% of students are in Greek life.]

What is something a prospective student may have missed on a visit that is worth checking out?
I think if they could they should try to stay the night and go out with a friend. That’s a huge part of Miami, so it would be good to get a feel for the nightlife. Some people come and they just can’t handle it and they weren’t expecting it. If they don’t know if they want a lower key school or a higher key school, that would be nice.

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.”
  • “There’s a focus on undergraduate education. I’ve had a lot of one-on-one experience with professors. Being a minority, it’s nice to let the professor understand why you have a certain mindset or approach to things. I talk to my Black World Studies advisor on a weekly basis, and most of the time I’m just talking about my life.”

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.”
  • “We get a bad reputation for having a strong drinking culture and being in the middle of nowhere, but I think it’s so much more than that.”
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