Students Say

Located in Coral Gables, the University of Miami offers “the best balance between social life and academics.” The school boasts a “beautiful campus, many research opportunities, [and] helpful resources throughout campus available to students,” and the curriculum mirrors the diversity of the school’s location by “catering to the students with a multitude of student-oriented classes and organizations.”

Overview

Applicants
31,607
Acceptance Rate
38%
Average HS GPA
4.30

GPA Breakdown

81%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 690
SAT Math
620 - 730
ACT Composite
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Located in Coral Gables, the University of Miami offers “the best balance between social life and academics.” The school boasts a “beautiful campus, many research opportunities, [and] helpful resources throughout campus available to students,” and the curriculum mirrors the diversity of the school’s location by “catering to the students with a multitude of student-oriented classes and organizations.” Tons of extracurricular activities, events happening “constantly,” and the “ability to bring in amazing world-class guests” help flesh out the experience at UM. “Miami is the type of school where you can go to the beach in the morning, class in the afternoon, a club meeting in the evening, and then still hit the gym and the library before you ever think about going to bed,” says a student.

The “caring and renowned faculty” at UM are “insightful and have years of professional experience in the fields they teach.” They are “very willing to meet during office hours and exceptionally helpful during that time,” are “engaging and force students to think critically when learning,” and “get very involved in helping the students with advising and internships/job opportunities.” The networking opportunities also happen to be “second-to-none.” “You are more than confident that you are going to get a job in your desired field when you graduate,” says a senior broadcast journalism major.

The marine science and pre-med programs are standouts at University of Miami, but a “strong undergraduate focus” means that no matter the major, “career development is great” and has “amazing opportunities that are not available anywhere else.” While the atmosphere at the school is “very positive” overall, some admit that the infrastructure could use some updates (“some buildings seem old and need work”); red tape can also be a problem for those who experience the “Miami shuffle,” where “you’ll ask one person for something who will send you somewhere else who will send you somewhere else and so on.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
1,542
with Terminal Degree
1,246

918
Men
624
Women
512
Minority
56
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dwayne Johnson, BGS ’95
Actor, Producer, and Professional Wrestler

William Koenigsberg, BBA ’77
President, CEO, and Founder, Horizon Media, Inc.

Bruce E. Toll, BBA ’65
Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Toll Brothers, Inc.

Laurie Silvers, AB ’74, JD ’77
President, Hollywood Media Corporation

Jerry Herman, AB ’53
Multi-Tony-Award-Winning Composer, Lyricist/Lifetime Achvmnt. Recipient

Gloria Estefan, AB ’78
Singer, Songwriter, Actress and Entrepreneur; 7-time Grammy Award Winner

Robert Sanchez, BSEE ’87
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ryder System, Inc.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
81
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

A University of Miami tuition comes with a price tag. The cost of tuition for the 2014–15 year is $43,040 and fees are $1,310. Students who live on campus pay an additional $12,684 dollars, for a total of just over $57,000. The university estimates another $5,700 in expected expenses such as a personal computer, transportation, and books. As noted above, the bill can be substantially or wholly offset by need-based and merit-based aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Many students come to UM for the “availability of merit-based scholarships.” The university estimates that $420 million in financial aid was provided to students in the 2013–14 academic year. The cost of tuition is the same for Florida and non-Florida residents, but the state of Florida provides extra financial assistance to students from the state. UM has several premier scholarships for academically competitive students that can cover $8,000–$30,000 annually, full tuition, or the entire cost of attendance plus a stipend. Although there are many means of getting aid at UM, students must maintain “Satisfactory Academic Progress” to keep their awards and scholarships.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,028

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,950

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,770

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,793

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,325

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The typical UM student is “relatively wealthy,” “takes pride in their appearance,” and is “very hardworking but also extremely involved in social activities.” While there are a good deal of international students and students on scholarship, the availability of organizations and activities help unite the population into “a big friendly family who always has your back.” Miami being Miami, many students are “Greek life types,” and there is “a lot of importance placed on dress and material possessions.” One student jokes, “The gym is mandatory for full-time students.” Thanks to the location in “a tropical paradise with a million things to do,” people “are really easy to get along with.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
11,273
Out of State
55%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
102

Demographics

51% female
49% male
55% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students are pretty blunt about their love of the University of Miami: “It quite literally is a paradise.” Palm trees surrounding a vast lake at the heart of campus, an amazing wellness center, and a brand new student activities center are just a few of the school’s beloved attributes, and “students proudly wear green and orange and participate in many school events.” Greek life doesn’t run the campus, but “it’s apparent,” and most students head to the beach during the day and clubs (South Beach, Brickell and Coconut Grove) at night. If you’re not interested in partying constantly—and there are “quite a few”—relaxing around campus or near campus is “still really enjoyable.” Concerts are also very popular, and “involvement in club and intramural sports is significant.”

Though the temptations are plentiful, when it comes down to it (“the location is conducive to limitless activities”), “students at University of Miami get their work done.” “Going to school in one of Miami’s most affluent neighborhoods certainly makes you think about success and your career goals,” says a junior electronic media major. Students “are generally happy all the time because the warm weather positively influences their lives.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
85

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
285
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
12

16% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

67% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hurricanes)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Hurricanes)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Florida International University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

With a team name like the Hurricanes, the University of Miami has no choice but to take sustainability seriously! In addition to signing the ACU President Climate Commitment, President Donna E. Shalala has become a member of the Risky Business Project Committee, a renowned group of national leaders that focuses on quantifying and publicizing the economic risks from the impacts of a changing climate. UM has been part of the discussion about Sea Level Rise through its participation with the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a unique partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. UM has invested in LEED-certified buildings that are not only offsetting a good portion of the university’s carbon footprint, but also saved the institution a lot of money in operation costs: the university has already eight LEED buildings for a total of 1 million green square feet! More is on the way as UM inaugurated its first LEED Platinum building in January 2015. The facility features a 70-kilowatt photovoltaic system, and two rainwater harvesting cisterns that will help with storm water management and water conservation. Seventy-five percent of campus buildings have seen energy-related retrofits in the past three years, and close to three-quarters of cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal-certified. In October 2014, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science inaugurated its new Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Complex. A one-of-a-kind SUSTAIN (SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere INteraction) research facility is a major component of this complex. It is the only place in the world with a wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating Category 5 hurricane-force winds in a 3D test environment. Designed by the world’s leading aquarium architects, the new seawater tank will provide scientists and engineers with access to critical observations within a realistic, but scaled and controlled environment. SUSTAIN enables the development and testing of building envelopes to protect critical structures during hazardous conditions, and will also be used to create advanced sensor technologies, including remote and optical imaging systems that can be deployed in hurricanes.

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
18

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple; Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
PO Box 248025
Coral Gables, FL 33124

Phone
305-284-4323


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center Complex (student union)
Herbert Wellness Center
Starbucks at Richter Library
Foote Green at Richter Library
Intramural fields outside Hecht/Stanford Residential Colleges

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Coconut Grove
Miracle Mile (Downtown Coral Gables)
Sunset Place
South Beach
The Florida Keys

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F at 10am and 1pm, Sat. 10:30 am, Summer M-F only.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F at 11:30am and Sat. at 9:30am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.hurricanesports.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Miami International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from campus. Supershuttle (located on the downstairs level outside of baggage claim) and taxis are available for transportation from the airport to campus.
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Key Stats

31,607
Applicants
11,273
Size
38%
Acceptance Rate
1320
SAT Scores

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