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Workin’ Your Tan Off
Slackers and beach bums may be in for an unpleasant surprise: UM enjoys a reputation as a top-flight academic institution. The university offers 180 majors in its eight undergraduate colleges of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, architecture, music, communication, and engineering. Pre-professional tracks are very popular here, and the excellent undergraduate marine science program benefits from close proximity to the ocean. Dual undergraduate/graduate degree programs are offered in a number of areas, including medicine, law, business, physical therapy, and biomedical engineering. UM’s Music Department offers a quality jazz program and a unique music engineering major, and the business and communication schools have benefited from recent investments in facilities. Students can take advantage of a wide range of internships, study-abroad options, and other outside-of-the-classroom opportunities. UM professors come armed with awards from institutions like the National Science Foundation and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, although larger departments offer less personal attention.
UM’s student body is the picture of diversity. Hispanic enrollment hovers near 30 percent, while African Americans and Asians also make up sizeable percentages. The university also enjoys a considerable amount of geographic diversity, with nearly 50 percent of students coming from out of state. Designer labels and high-end beachwear are common sights on this always-sunny campus. Freshmen are assigned to one of five coed residential colleges, where they join senior faculty members for regular events and a monthly dinner. Upperclassmen may choose to live in the new University Village apartment complex. ‘Canes football reigns supreme when it comes to athletics, though baseball, basketball, tennis, and track and field are also popular. The state-of-the-art Wellness Center recently received a $14 million facelift, all the better to help students stay in beach-worthy shape.
UM is located in Coral Gables, a suburb that’s within easy reach of downtown Miami, club-hub South Beach, and the retail-mecca Coconut Grove. UM’s 230-acre campus is home to palm-lined walkways and attractive buildings including the Lowe Art Museum and Gusman Concert Hall. Nature lovers can explore the campus’s Ibis Nature Walk and Lake Osceola. Just a few blocks away lies Sunset Place, a popular dining and shopping strip. Nearby attractions include the Everglades National Park, a coral reef, and world-famous zoos and aquariums.