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University of Miami is a private institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,590, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 239 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Miami's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 47. Its tuition and fees are $42,852 (2013-14).
Located in Southern Florida, the University of Miami has an ideal location for students who love the outdoors. With popular spots like South Beach, the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park nearby, students have plenty of opportunities for water sports, hiking and sunbathing. Downtown Miami, also near to the school, is a thriving sports and cultural center. On campus, more than 2,400 students are involved in more than 30 fraternities and sororities. Students can also choose from more than 250 clubs and organizations to join. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but many opt to live in the school’s five residential colleges. The communities, modeled after housing at England’s Oxford and Cambridge universities, combine living and learning with group meals, poetry readings, sports and more. For students who do not live in university housing, the Commuter Assistant Program pairs freshmen with an on-campus representative to help ease the transition into college. University of Miami Division I sports teams are known as the Hurricanes and compete in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school’s mascot is Sebastian the Ibis, a species of marsh bird that is known for weathering tropical storms.
The University of Miami is known as a research institution, and research opportunities begin at the undergraduate level. Annual campus events include the Canes Film Festival, which showcases student-produced movies, and Sportsfest, three days of competition between residence hall teams. Undergraduates are also known for upholding school spirit with traditions like the Boat Burning Ceremony held on Lake Osceola during homecoming. Notable alumni of the University of Miami include actor Sylvester Stallone and entertainer Gloria Estefan.
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The mission of the University of Miami encompasses two primary goals: empowering the discoveries that enhance civilization and preparing our students for success in their careers and in life. Accomplishing both requires faculty and administrators who are experts in their fields and passionate about sharing their knowledge and networks with students. Attracting internationally renowned teacher-scholars is a core tenet of our strategic mission. A brilliant faculty corps draws exceptional students, and the cumulative impact of the two has made the University one of the fastest-rising research universities in the nation. Our steadfast pursuit of excellence begins at the top, with University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. In the 2013 edition of the U.S.News annual Best Colleges issue, the University of Miami ranked number 44. For the fourth year in a row, UM has ranked in the top 50 and continues to be the highest ranked school in Florida. The University of Miami is a living, breathing example of the exponential power of great people doing ground-breaking work. What they accomplish at the University flows through global circuits to spark human progress on the grand scale. With nine undergraduate schools and colleges offering a broad range of pre-professional, professional, and liberal arts undergraduate programs, students have the freedom to cross disciplines and carve an educational path unique to their aptitudes and interests. And because of our geographical location, the University of Miami offers what most places cannot: a mosaic of cultures and traditions amid a beautiful subtropical environment. Classes are structured with an emphasis on the individual, enabling the student to build personal relationships with his or her professors and mentors. They ensure that hands-on research, leadership, and outreach opportunities are available to the student the moment he or she sets foot on campus. Our experiential approach nurtures curiosity and exploration of the world outside the classroom while also bringing the world to the University of Miami campus. The value of a University of Miami education is the ability to become part of this vast and renewable resource, gaining knowledge, inspiration, camaraderie, and connections that will prove invaluable for years to come.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to University of Miami, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at University of Miami is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 39.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 49 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||39.7%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Miami is 11:1, and the school has 53.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Miami include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||69%|
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University of Miami has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,590, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 39 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 61 percent of students live off campus. University of Miami is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of Miami offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Miami also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Miami, 63 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Miami.
|Students who have cars on campus||63%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of Miami, 47 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,812.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$42,852 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,314 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data