Palm trees blow gently in the breeze while macaws perch curiously on the branches of giant banyan trees. A manatee, astray from its home, sunbathes in the canal while mischievous ducks chase an ibis looking for food. Inside the buildings nestled in this lush, tropical setting, the serenity disappears into a bustling hotbed of activity. World-renowned geneticists are researching a cure for cancer. Budding journalists are learning to ask the right questions, and musical protégés take advice from Broadway masters including Jerry Herman and Barry Brown. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the University of Miami offers the quaint atmosphere of a city rich in history while positioned just ten minutes from a booming metropolis.
Approximately 10,500 undergraduate students call University of Miami (UM) home. Coming from 49 states and over one hundred foreign countries, the university boasts a diverse student population, and a stroll through the Whitten University Center (UC), the hub of student activity, displays this tapestry of cultural pride. On any given day, the UC patio is transformed into a stage for Cuban cuisine, Asian spoken-word poetry, or vibrant hip-hop dancers.
Ethnic heritage isn’t the only thing that UM students take pride in. With a tradition rich in athletics, Hurricane sports bond students both on the field and off. “The U,” as sports fans fondly call UM, is a powerhouse. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students alike, joined by the whole community, rally for the Hurricanes during baseball and football games, and bleed orange and green when the basketball team takes to the hoops. The university had the unique opportunity to see athletics play out under different stadium lights when UM’s on-campus Lowe Art Museum, hosted “Game Face: What a Female Athlete Looks Like.” This photographic exhibit was a portrait of women in sports, exemplifying the importance of Title IX and praising the strong, athletic woman.
The university’s ability to blend academics with culture provides an environment that breeds higher learning and intellectual growth. With the launch of “UM Presents,” an online portal highlighting all the cultural offerings on campus, the university community, as well as UM’s neighbors, have a cultural smorgasbord at their fingertips. Promoting events including lectures from UM’s renowned faculty to the Frost School of Music’s annual extravaganza, Festival Miami, the variety of programs appeals to every taste.
Giving students the opportunity to learn and grow outside of the classroom is one of UM’s best attributes, and it clearly enhances the academic experience. It is not unusual for faculty to offer a Thanksgiving dinner to students not traveling home for the holiday. Creating a home away from home, resident faculty in each of the residential colleges will often provide an oven to bake cookies in or simply help students adjust to life on campus. As seniors, students have created lasting relationships with their professors. At a school like the University of Miami in a city like Miami, in one day students can learn about DNA or Shakespeare and parasail over Biscayne Bay or snorkel in coral reefs. Learning branches out far beyond the classroom as students explore the city and reach higher.
“The U” by Numbers
- 10 Lessons Learned from the Dalai Lama
- 9 National Football and Baseball Championships—1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2001
- 8 Top States UM Students Hail from: Florida, California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania
- 7 Residential Colleges—Mahoney, Pearson, Stanford, Hecht, Eaton, Apartments, University Village
- 6 Rockin’ Concerts—Coldplay, Green Day, All American Rejects, John Mayer, Kanye West, Audioslave and more all have played at the BankUnited Center
- 5 Presidents in UM History—Ashe, Pearson, King, Foote, Shalala
- 4 Recent visits from Presidential Candidates—George W. Bush, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Ralph Nader
- 3 Literary Lectures—Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Eli Wiesel
- 2 Supreme Court Justice Appearances—Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Edward Breyer
- 1 Billion Dollars—Raised during UM’s Momentum Fundraising Campaign
At the University of Miami, students will receive an educational experience that lets students dip their feet into political debates, cultural festivals, intellectual lectures, and athletic events, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean. Its dynamic, tropical location, worldrenowned faculty, and the exceptional programs designed to enhance student life make UM a place where a high school student grows and matures into an adult ready to enter the professional world with sophistication and creative spark. The unique mix of tradition and innovation instills pride in students and inspires them to leave their own mark the moment they step on campus. When you graduate from UM, you don’t become a statistic, you become part of the legacy, part of the UM family that bonds people from every walk of life. Ask any alumni of UM how this university bonds each student who crosses its campus in an indescribable way, and they’re sure to say “You wouldn’t understand; it’s a Canes Thing.”