Miami as a whole tends to lack diversity. We have Asian American groups and fraternities for black brothers, but it still feels that you see a sea of white. Athletes from different backbgrounds obviously mix together really well and frats or sororities do bring everyone together. But, at times there's still a sense that the blacks stick together or vice versa. Not to the point where there is racism, I think people as a whole are just naturally attracted to people similar to them. Students at this campus tend to get pretty dressed up for class. There are definitely those girls who to class wear a dress I would save for my birthday weekend. The boys can be seen in khakis and button ups just for a politics class. But there are still that group of us who rock the sweats or sweatshirts. To be honest tennis shoes are acceptable when it's apparent that you are going to the rec right after. A negative to student interaction is that due to technology taking over the world, between classes, if people aren't walking with a friend they normally have their headphones on or their cellphone attached to their ear. It's not that they aren't friendly, we just tend to live in our own "miami bubble." Different types of students interact. Obviously people with similar interests, whether it's arts, drinking, or sports are going to be closer but people don't always snub those who are different. Walk into a dining hall and you'll see your cliche groups. You have the athletes in sweats and matching hoodies just back from practice. There's the freshman with their lanyards on backwards around their neck traveling in a pack of 20, there's the lone eater engrossed in the T.V., there's a few studiers who people are eyeing, wondering how the heck they get studying done with that noise. There's the frat buddies, dressed up from chapter they have their coats off and ties loose. Then there's jsut the bunch. Dressed up, dressed down, laughing over last nights T.V. episode or whispering the latest drama. A lot of Miami students come from Ohio. It's a reputable school and paying in state tuition is great. There's people from an hour away and there's Clevelander's who have to drive as far as Chicago people to get home. Within my own friend group I have a friend from Boston, from Chicago, from Atlanta and from small town Ohio. There's definitely people from all realms. It's no lie that the majority of Miami is wealthy. You see few beat up junk cars, beside my own, in the parking lot. People obviously could be here on scholarship, but they probably don't let on. We really are an upperclass society kind of school. When it comes to students talking about how much money they will earn one day, the continual joke between me, a journalism major, and my friend, a business major, is everytime he says "at least I'll make money," I say, "At least I'll be doing what I love."
The students at Miami University are very diverse, and becoming increasingly more so as the years progress. I plan on addressing as many of these suggestions as possible. - I've had limited experience with any specific "group" on campus. I'm hesitant to label any of these groups when I've had no contact with them, as I don't feel that will do them justice as the unique human beings that they are. However, I've met people from each of these stereotypes because, on a campus so large and so diverse as Miami, it's impossible to not come into contact with different races, different religions, different sexualities, and different socio-economic means. As a student who studied for a year at a branch campus, the transition to Miami was a little bit different for me. I was overwhelmed by all of the different types of people that actually attend, though it was an eye-opening experience. - The type of clothes that people wear to class is a question that is so unimportant, part of me doesn't even want to spend time answering it. I was under the impression that college is about obtaining an education, not the latest fashion trend, however that does not appear to be the case at Miami. Fulfilling the stereotype as a "rich school," the majority of the students play into this by wearing the latest name brands--Sperrys, Uggs, Coach, you name it and some girl walking down Spring Street is wearing it. And the boys aren't much better--boat shoes and polos even when the weather doesn't call for it. However, fashion choices shouldn't be a main focus when reviewing ones college. - A university as diverse as Miami makes it rather difficult to not interact with different types of students. All different groups interact, though the sorority girls tend to remain with girls from their own circle, as is the same with the fraternity boys. - The wonderful thing about Miami is that there is no way of saying where the majority of students come from. There are a number of different backgrounds from a number of different countries. Likewise financially--there are scholarship students, those on financial aid, and those blessed with the income to not have to worry about their college tuition as much as the next person. Political views are also hard to determine as well. One would assume that most students veer towards the right, but political views are not something that most people casually talk about at dinner...unless they're a political science major, and then maybe they do.
What I've learnt about the students at Miami University is that they are people. The same people that you will find in all places around the world. There are some truly religious people and then the people who are almost "religious" about their lack of faith. There are people who have high expectations and those with low expectations. My point is that there will always be some small percentage of every walk of life gathered in the same community. What amazed me was the unexpected camaraderie. Students ban together to voice their opinions and make sure that every walk of life retains the right to exist. Our school has had some difficult situations in the few years I've been here. My freshman year there was an issue with the annual LGBT Drag Show, one of the bars uptown ( and off campus) decided they no longer wanted to host the show simply because it was drawing the wrong crowd. Students were outraged and appalled when this news came out and as a result the Drag Show (now situated in a new home) had by far the largest turnout in it's existence. As for a more recent update, even with the camaraderie, arguments and comments can fester until they reach a boiling point. Miami offers a Religion program and they were discussing the Westboro Baptist Church. The small class of students were lucky enough to have a professor book and interview off campus so that the class could have the opportunity to discuss their beliefs and essentially break down their "culture", which is a good definition of the religion program. Well several things were misconstrued and led to a much larger issue. Students didn't want Westboro on campus and decided to rally against their presense. The professor cancelled the interview and then Westboro decided to boycott against Miami University since their presense was unwanted. What came about was one of the largest rally's I've ever attended and such compassion between all students. The students orchestrated a white out to "white out" the hate and there was half the school standing in an enormous white blob circling a group of 5 Westboro Baptist Members.
If the United States is the great mixing pot, so is Miami University. At a first, superficial glance, people assume that all the students are the same: white, middle or upper class. But in reality, Miami University has a surprisingly rich mix of diversity, particularly for an Ohio school. The undergraduate body is comprised of over eleven percent multicultural students, and foreign exchange students. These students come from all areas of the world, and bring with them their unique cultures and interests. Miami University supports cultural differences through a verity of social events and clubs, which are open to any student. It is difficult to take courses and not run into several students who come from different backgrounds and offer different perspectives. For classes, students dress differently as well. While many students do dress in sweats, an equally large number dress nicely. There are students who wear designer clothes and students who wear clothes from more modest origins. No matter how you dress, however, you are not considered much of an outcast, because the diversity guarantees the same type of diversity in manners, conduct, and personal preferences. No matter what type of person one considers themselves, rested assured he or she will find friends of like nature at Miami University. Still, Miami University is not a vision of equality in these concerns. While there are many international students, it is also true that there are many students from Ohio. And of these students, many are white and from upper or middle classes. Another point of contention is that, even though a student may easily find like students, there are many social cliques at Miami. Students tend to find groups and stick within side them. The fortunate news is that each quad on campus has a different personality, and with that, a student can feel welcome. Central and Western quads tend to be less involved in Greek life, and also more socially mobile, in concerns to who they interact with. North quads are more involved in Greek life, and thus the environment is very different.
The student body at Miami has a little bit of everything, but the majority of students at Miami are white, middle-upper class kids from the four Cs: Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland or Chicago. Obviously there are thousands of kids that do not fit the aforementioned description but they are not the majority. Miami is very upfront about having a diversity issue and is constantly trying to work to broaden the spectrum of students that choose to attend Miami. People may tell you that Greek life at Miami is everything but in reality only about 1/3 of students are involved in the Greek system. Miami has more than a dozen fraternities and sororities and each one is made up of a different group of people so chances are you would find one you like. It is a great way to meet people, get involved in student life and party. If it's not for you, don't worry about it — you'll be with about 10,000 students that feel the same way. Make sure not to completely write it off, though, just because of the stereotypes. In addition to Greek life, Miami also has a strong religious community that meets regularly and hosts events around campus. This provides a nice alternative to drinking on weekends and most are nondenominational. This said, there is also pretty much one of every church in Oxford. But in keeping with the vast array of students that attend Miami, there are also atheist clubs for those interested. The people that may feel intimidated about being a minority at Miami can rest assured that there are groups and organizations to help them thrive, feel safe and most importantly welcome at Miami. LGBTs are supported on campus and host events such as drag shows Uptown. They are also members of religious groups and Greek organizations. This said, it is only fair to say that Miami does tend to be more conservative in nature and mind.
As I said before, we have many stereotypes assigned to our student body, largely having to do with diversity (or lack thereof) and wealth. Many of the students here do come from some money, and they hail from the four "C's": Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. They wear Northfaces, Uggs and Seven jeans, and they pop their collars. Seriously, I had a definite issue with this when I first started going here. I mean, I still do at times. To be honest, people do look the same, and some people feel pressure to spend outside their means to fit in. Technically, 1/3 of the student body is in the Greek community--meaning sororities and fraternities, but it seems like the entire student body is in one or the other. I am not, and it was really difficult Freshman year, when all my friends joined, and I felt like the odd man out. But, if you're lucky, you find people who become your best friends, and in the end, it really does not matter what you do extracurricularly. I mean, sometimes, it probably does. Which sucks. But I lucked out, and yes, there are times when I am really just over the sorority stuff. Working at a Market where rude sorority girls come in all the time, it gets tiring. But I have definitely come down off of my high horse in the past two years and realized that just because someone is in a sorority, does NOT mean they are wealthy, stuck up broads. It's a give and take--there really are all different types of people here, if not racially diverse, we certainly do have our political and social diversity. Enough of it, anyway. It's certainly no OSU, but it's Miami, uniquely its own, and I have learned to love the good and the bad.
The students at my school are mostly white, with the exception of the small multi-cultural community. Miami has made strides in expanding diversity, with our current freshman class being the largest amount of diverse student in the history of admission. My experiences dealing with other students on campus, have ranged from horrible to positive. You have some ignorant student and even residents of Oxford, who don't accept equality, but it's minimally shown, unless blatantly displayed. One time I walked from getting something to eat, and a students in a passing car squirted me with a water gun, calling me a N*. It was devastating, but it was reported to the police and responded by the faculty with a town hall meeting that ended positively. It's hard to gap the multi-cultural barrier for many students, which is Miami lacks a lot. Students from lower-income backgrounds and diverse population will feel out of place, because of the type of students that typical attend Miami. You have your preppy kid, with J. Crew, North Face, Uggs and Sperrys' in classes with you, almost making you feel that everyone is plastic. Miami students are usually in cliques, whether it's organizational, Greek, or just friend-wise. Different types of students usually interact in classrooms, and through events, but it usually requires a bigger person to step up and take up the challenge to do so. Miami does represent mostly a bigger demographic of wealthy, white students, but gradually this is changing through diversity initiatives.
Miami is not known for their diversity racially, but I have met so many different types of people while at Miami that I do not feel like I have missed out on much. Students have different backgrounds, personalities, and experience, building a unique and strong student body. I personally do not care how much money people come from or what their political views are, so I cannot answer that for Miami, but I do not think that it is important to know that either. I think that if you feel like you belong and are comfortable around the other students, than that is all that matters. There are people at Miami that are interested in getting a high paying job and then there are some that are just interested in getting married,but it is not fair to stereotype everyone. With all of the opportunities that Miami offers for students to get involved, it is not difficult to find a group of friends that you belong with. As far as dress goes, most people believe that all Miami students dress up for class, that is not entirely true. You will see your fair share of North Faces, Uggs, JCrew, leggings, and designer clothes galore, but students do go to class in sweats although not the norm. The Miami look is pretty preppy, but styles come and go, so everyone finds something they like, and they adapt the prep look to their own fashion likes.
There is a stereotype of the students at Miami University, and for the most part it is a truthful one. There students at Miami mostly come from rich families and like to go out and party. However, there are regular students who study and work hard, and then are also the types of students that someone would think "weird." While the majority are Miami girls, anyone would be able to find a group of people to feel comfortable with, even if it is a small group, because there is a diversity of students here at Miami. There are definitely different groups for different religions, races, and LGBT supporters. To the extent of my knowledge, all of these clubs and groups are easy to find and to join. They host various different things as well. For example, Spectrum, the LGBT club, often hosts drag shows Uptown, and things like that to raise awareness and support. Students at Miami also show some political interest. Several times there have been organized events to show support for various different causes, such at the Occupy wall Street movement and a protest organized to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from coming and speaking. The political interest seems to be varied, with students being both left and right.
Miami University is very open to all racial, religious, LGBT, socio-economic, and other groups beliefs on campus. There is a diverse student body and there are student groups created on campus to celebrate everyone's differences. Most students are from the midwest and east coast but there is a good number of international and west coast students as well. The financial backgrounds at Miami are mostly middle to upper class. Students at Miami are politically active and there always seems to be discussion about politics in some way, shape, or form. The are where the school is located is predominantly right but there is a number of students on campus who are predominantly left. Students often discuss what kind of job they would like to have after college but not so much a target salary. Student's outfits vary when going to class. Some wear jeans, button down shirts, and top-siders (boat shoes). There are also students who wear sweats and more comfortable and relaxed clothing. Students at Miami are very accepting to all beliefs and try not to go out of their way to make any one student or group feel unwelcome or unsafe.