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Miami's Reputation

rachel881rachel881 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited April 2007 in Miami University - Ohio
I've heard that Miami students have a reputation for being stuck up and wealthy. Is this true? I've visited miami and there doesnt seem like there is much to do in Oxford. What do people do on weekends? Also, what is Miami like compared to the University of Michigan?
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Replies to: Miami's Reputation

  • binxbinx Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    There is a reputation for being "J Crew U." My sister-in-law went there, and she sorta fits that stereotype. However, we didn't sense that at all when we visited. We definitely know of some snobbier schools, though, so I guess everything's relative.

    I agree that there isn't much to do in Oxford. A bar.... The campus seems to have plenty to do. Some of the housing communities seem to have regular activities. When we were there, there were posters everywhere advertising this or that. My sister-in-law said she went home a couple times per term (family holidays, 3-day weekends....), but that she spent most weekends on campus, so I take that to mean there's stuff to do (since her parents lived in Dayton, and it would have been easy to get home.)

    I haven't visited Michigan, so I can't help you there. I assume Michigan is a lot bigger! I've heard good things about Michigan, so if those are your two choices, sounds like you have two good ones!
  • aussiek517aussiek517 Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    Miami's reputation is incredibly frustrating. Sure, some of it is based on truth, but on a campus with 15,000 undergraduates, you can certainly find non-preppy people. Michigan has more things to do off-campus; Ann Arbor is much larger than Oxford. However, you can always find something to do in Oxford, or even on-campus. There are parties, bars, restaurants, coffeehouses, and cultural/musical events... a lot of people are involved with intramurals or club sports, and sometimes there are games on the weekends. There is also the AfterDark program on Friday nights that shows movies or has other planned activities.
  • mistermurph18mistermurph18 Registered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    how many schools arnt called "jcrew u"?
  • OhioGolferOhioGolfer Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    When I visited with my son, who will be attending in the Fall, I did not get the J Crew U impression at all. To the contrary, I chuckled at the fact that the students were dressed pretty much the way we dressed -- jeans or comparable, and a university logo T-Shirt/Sweatshirt.
  • Cash MomCash Mom Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    My son goes there and he is anything but "J Crew". He just wears what ever he finds on his dorm floor I think.
  • binxbinx Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    Most recently, folks around here have been mentioning to us that Miami is a "party school." Can anybody address that? Does some housing have more of a party reputation than others?
  • aussiek517aussiek517 Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    There will be drinking on every campus, so it's totally up to the individual student to determine how much partying will be part of his or her life. Even in Honors housing, there will be students who go to frat parties and get drunk. There is also the other extreme of students, such as myself, who don't drink at all. I have been to a frat house once in the past two years, and as embarrassing as it is to admit, it was to study for an ochem exam with some guy friends. There is a nice mixture of both drinkers and non-drinkers in Honors housing. I can't speak for other students, but most of my friends in my dorm do not drink.
  • irish200irish200 Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
    im a sophomore at miami and i wouldnt say miami is a party school, but rather a work hard, play hard school. The fraternity and bar scenes are both awesome, as well as a ton of house parties. Students here put their grades first, but still know how to have fun. You can certainly find someone to go out with Wednesday-Saturday, but you can also find someone to stay in with on the weekend. Unlike huge party schools, academics are a high priority at Miami. Some dorms probably do party more than others (South Quad/East Quad) but others probably less... North Quad, Western, Honors.
  • RodLoRodLo Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    The 'J Crew U' stereotype does hold true, but definitely not with everyone. Like at any other school, there are people who roll right out of bed in the morning and people who obviously take a little more time. If anything, I think the stereotype applies when it comes to going out at night. Based on what I've experienced at other colleges, Miami students tend to get a little more dressed up on the weekends. This is just based on my observations though, so maybe I'm completely wrong about other schools. :)

    As far as it being a party school, I can definitely see where that comes from. We don't live in a big city, so all there really is to do most nights is go to a house party or a bar. I think it's hard to really say that any college isn't a party school, except for a few exceptions. No matter where you go there are going to be those people who drink often, and those who choose not to. However, as mentioned before, Miami students definitely have a 'Work hard, play hard' mentality. We know how to have fun, but contrary to what some people think, we do care about our academics.
  • mocnoc26mocnoc26 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    How are the professors at Miami? Are the classes fairly small?
  • fminzefminze Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Miami professors are focused on teaching. They have extensive office hours and want students to interact with them. Most classes are taught by professors - not TA's. (My friends who went to other good schools regularly complained about the number of TA's they had to deal with.) Some 100-level first-year classes are large lectures, but they often have smaller break-outs of 20-30 students. Most other classes are 15-30 students. Unlike other universities, Miami's primary mission and focus is on undergraduate education.
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