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The University of Miami is a private research university established in 1925. Research plays an important role within the university, and is therefore incorporated into every academic program – expenditure in this field is about $339 million each year. The majority of the expenditure budget is being utilized by the Miller School of Medicine, but a great number of studies are also carried out in areas like engineering, education, marine science, and psychology.

Another distinctive feature of the university is its library system with over 3.1 million volumes and exceptional holdings in Cuban heritage and music.  As far as rankings are concerned, in 2010, the U.S.News & World Report named UM as the No.1 school in Florida, ranking it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges”. The Academic Ranking of World Universities rates UM one of the world's top 150 academic institutions, while in Forbes Magazine's 2010 rankings of 600 undergraduate institutions, UM ranked 293rd. Furthermore, in the 2009 edition of Best 371 Colleges, The Princeton Review ranks UM one of the 141 "Best Southeastern Colleges", while also ranking it first in the nation in its "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" category.

As a final point, notable alumni of the university include the former Mayor of Miami, CEOs of various companies, and many scientists. Notable names from the institution’s faculty are philosopher Colin McGinn, jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and geologist Cesare Emiliani.

The University of Miami is a private research university established in 1925. Research plays an important role within the university, and is therefore incorporated into every academic program – expenditure in this field is about $339 million each year. The majority of the expenditure budget is being utilized by the Miller School of Medicine, but a great number of studies are also carried out in areas like engineering, education, marine science, and psychology.

Another distinctive feature of the university is its library system with over 3.1 million volumes and exceptional holdings in Cuban heritage and music.  As far as rankings are concerned, in 2010, the U.S.News & World Report named UM as the No.1 school in Florida, ranking it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges”. The Academic Ranking of World Universities rates UM one of the world's top 150 academic institutions, while in Forbes Magazine's 2010 rankings of 600 undergraduate institutions, UM ranked 293rd. Furthermore, in the 2009 edition of Best 371 Colleges, The Princeton Review ranks UM one of the 141 "Best Southeastern Colleges", while also ranking it first in the nation in its "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" category.

As a final point, notable alumni of the university include the former Mayor of Miami, CEOs of various companies, and many scientists. Notable names from the institution’s faculty are philosopher Colin McGinn, jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and geologist Cesare Emiliani.

The university does not pride any exceptional classroom buildings, although the inside of the study spaces is decent. What students perceive as the best facility on campus is the Wellness Center; this is a gym located next to the residence buildings for freshmen. It is very convenient that the center stays open until midnight during weekdays and many students take this opportunity for late-night games of basketball, squash, or racquetball. The University Center is another useful facility, where students spend a considerable amount of their time. It is located in the middle of campus, and has a lounge with TVs, an information desk, food court, offices, and a convenience store, while it is also attached to the bookstore and campus post office.

Furthermore, students can visit a movie theatre free of charge, located in one corner of the campus, showing relatively new movies; except for that, there is an art-house fare, and constantly improving facilities. Examples are a new nursing school facility, lecture and gallery spaces at the School of Architecture, a music library and technology center, and student center for the School of Communication on its Coral Gables campus. Finally, a 15-story Clinical Research Institute and Wellness Center at the medical school are to be constructed.

Coral Gables is the university’s main campus, which is spread over 260 acres, and is located south of the city of Miami. Most of the academic programs of the university are located there – seven schools and two colleges are placed in Coral Gables, including the School of Law. Some of the things worth mentioning on this main campus are the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, where students’ plays and musicals are performed. Moreover, there is the John C. Gifford Arboretum, a campus arboretum and botanical garden, placed in the northwest corner of the campus. On the other hand, The Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center is the gallery of the School of Architecture that displays exhibitions focusing on architecture and design.

All health-related programs of the university are housed at The Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine campus, which is located near Downtown Miami in the Civic Center. The medical center includes three UM-owned hospitals: University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital.  What is perceived to be the heart of this campus is "The Alamo" – this is the original City of Miami Hospital, which opened in 1918, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Other important facts about this campus are that in 2009, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, nine-story Biomedical Research Building was opened, which actually serves the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute and the Miami Institute for Human Genomics. There is also a Life Science Park, which is being built adjacent to the medical campus.

There are two other campuses – Virginia Key Campus and South Campus. The former houses the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, while the latter - the Global Public Health Research Group, Miami Institute for Human Genomics, Forensic Toxicology, as well as Microbiology and Immunology.

All Programs Available:
  • Architecture, Building and Landscape
    • Architecture
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Music
    • Theatre
    • Performing Arts
    • Graphic Design
    • Painting
    • Ceramics
    • Sculpture
    • Musical Theatre
    • Art Studio
    • Music Composition
    • Jazz Studies
  • Business
    • Business Administration
    • Advertising
    • Public Relations
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Media Management
    • Business Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Sports Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • International Marketing
  • Communications
    • Communications
    • Journalism
    • Multimedia
    • Film TV and video
    • Broadcast Journalism
    • Creative Writing
    • Music Postproduction
    • Music Industry Management
    • Music Performance (Instrumental)
    • Music Performance (Keyboard)
    • Music Performance (Vocal)
  • Computing
    • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
    • Economics
  • Education
    • Secondary Education
    • Elementary Education
  • Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Wireless Communication
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Audio Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Finance
    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • International Finance
  • Health
    • Nursing
    • Medicine
    • Health Occupations
    • Neuroscience
    • Microbiology
    • Immunology
    • Physical Therapy
    • Neurobiology
    • Pre-Forensics
  • Human Studies and Services
    • Human Development
  • Humanities
    • History
    • Art History
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • International Studies
  • Industries
    • Motion Pictures
  • Law
    • Law
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • French Language and Literature (in Universities)
    • German language and literature (in Universities)
    • Classics
    • Spanish Language and Literature (in Universities)
    • English Language and Literature (in Universities)
  • Pre-professional studies
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Veterinarian
    • Pre-Phisical Therapy
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Law
  • Sciences
    • Athletics and exercise science
    • Biology
    • Marine Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Criminology
    • Meteorology
    • Biochemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Ecosystem Science and Policy
    • Music Therapist
    • Psychobiology
  • Social and Cultural studies
    • African Studies
    • American Studies
    • Regional Studies
    • Latin American Studies
    • Women’s Studies
    • Jewish Studies
  • Technology
    • Electronic Technology
    • Printing Technology
    • Visual Communication Technology
    • Digital Photography
Language of instruction

English

Type of school

Private University

Telephone

305-284-2211

Location

Coral Gables, Miami , Florida, The United States, 33124

Accreditation

More information about Academic Programs

The University is represented by 12 schools and colleges, providing educational services to undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs:

  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies

Graduate only schools include:

  • The Graduate School
  • Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Miami School of Law

Additionally, the University of Miami has a Division of Continuing and International Education and a program in Executive Education as part of the School of Business Administration. Although The Graduate School does not have a separate faculty, it coordinates the faculties from the other schools and colleges, and there is a partnership formed with the nearby Florida International University. This gives an opportunity for students from both schools to take graduate classes at both institutions, which means graduate students can take a wider variety of courses. Finally, the Miller School of Medicine provides separate PhD and MD/PhD programs in several biomedical sciences.

Admission Requirements

The University of Miami is known to undertake a holistic approach in its admission process; this means that all parts of a student’s application are considered, and there is no minimum GPA or test score required for admission. The Admission Committee does not recalculate high school GPAs, but these provided by the school are going to be used. Each student’s application is carefully evaluated, while decisions are based both on academic strength and relative competitiveness of the student within the applicant pool.

All applicants have to submit The Common Application, which also includes an essay; and application supplement; an application fee; a Secondary School report; official high school transcripts, and official SAT/ACT scores. A letter of recommendation is required, too.

As far as international students are concerned, they are very welcome to the university. 10% of the student body is represented by international students.  Still, all students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Financial Aid

The University of Miami awards academic scholarships to all students, based on their academic achievements. Students are recommended to apply for admission so that the admission committee can review them for a possible academic scholarship award.c

For returning/currently enrolled UM students, there are additional scholarships for which students can apply; namely, athletic, music scholarships, etc.

Housing

Campus housing is provided only on the main campus – Coral Gables. There are five residential colleges, combined with a University Village that is comprised of seven buildings and two parking garages. Each of the  residential colleges has been assigned faculty members (Masters and Associate Masters), student affairs professional staff members (Area Directors & Assistant Area Directors), and student staff who live there with the purpose to support and promote student well-being, safety, academic achievement, student learning, and development.

Both single and double rooms are available, but singles are assigned based on seniority living on campus, for which reason entering students are usually assigned double ones. All rooms and apartment bedrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, trash can, and window coverings. 72+-channel cable television and local telephone services are also provided.   The university aims to assign roommates of similar age, class standing, and smoking preference. Other requirements are that all non-local freshmen students have to live in the university’s premises for two academic semesters, with the only exception when freshmen students live with parents or legal guardians in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties.

As far as University Village is concerned – it is an apartment-style residential community with 12-month agreements, and is available both to juniors and seniors. These apartments are fully furnished, while also including in-apartment washers and dryers, a stove, refrigerator, microwave, & dishwasher, together with free reserved parking.

All housing facilities are co-educational with men and women living on alternate floors or alternating separate suites or apartments. Wireless internet is available throughout campus, too, while Special Interest Housing is also offered within the residential college system. Students are strongly recommended to apply for housing as soon as possible after paying the enrollment deposit.

The Coral Gables campus is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station. The Metro connects the institution to Downtown Miami, Brickell Coconut Grove, and other Miami neighborhoods. The main campus is about a 15-minute train ride from Downtown and Brickell.

The Medical campus is also connected to Coral Gables by the Miami Metrorail. To end with, there is a campus-wide free shuttle service, operating a route from the Coral Gables campus to the Virginia Key campus, which includes stops at the Vizcaya Metrorail station on weekdays.

Services and Activities

The University of Miami highly stresses the importance of activities pursued by students outside the classroom, for which reason their motto is ‘Live to learn, learn to live’. Starting with the residential halls, there are over 100 programs within each one, offering the opportunity to students to join various academic and cultural sessions. This makes it extremely comfortable for freshmen to meet new people and socialize with students with similar interests.

The over 200 students’ organizations on the other hand, provide students with the true feel of a big university. Because of the diversity of the student body, covering a great range of backgrounds and interests, there are 270 clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities overall. The areas they cover are academic, athletic, cultural/international, department, health and wellness, honorary, media, national, performance, professional, religious, programming board, social, and umbrella. Some of the more notable organizations include  service groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Amnesty International; the Ad Group and American Society for Civil Engineers – both professional ones; the Sailing Hurricanes and UM Film/Theater Club, which are hobby groups; the Ibis yearbook, WVUM-FM, and UMTV – all task groups.  Also, the Student Government is open to those wishing to develop their leadership skills while also supporting the interests of fellow students.

On top of that, there are regularly organized campus-wide events, run by student groups; there is the annual Canes Film Festival, showcasing 40 short films written and directed by university students. There are intellectual symposiums as well as events, concentrating on recreation, like Sportsfest; Finally, International Week is dedicated to music, traditions, and cuisine from around the world.

Miami definitely is a place most students would love to spend their university years at. There is the authentic Cuban culture, represented in Little Havana; there is South Beach, famous for its clubs and bars, while sports fans will not be disappointed with a great range of professional and collegiate athletics.

On top of that, there are many restaurants and hangout places nearby campus that allow students to go out without having to drive all the way to the beach. Students are also very pleased with local malls and shopping opportunities that the city provides.

To wrap it up, the atmosphere is busy, and often crowded by tourists, but student life is fun, and full of a great number of points of interest:  American Airlines Arena; Coconut Grove; Everglades; Lowe Art Museum; Metro Zoo; Nikki Beach; Pro Player; Stadium Space; Florida Keys; The Oasis; Vizcaya Mansion, and others.


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