Skip over navigation
A Month-by-Month Guide to Your Freshman Year of College: March

Happy March, Sparklefrosh! You know what March means—Pi Day, the... More

Never Been Kissed in Michigan: THE THRILLING CONCLUSION (Part 1)

Many, many moons ago I was one of SparkLife’s More

A Month-by-Month Guide to Your Freshman Year of College: January

Okay, show of hands—who’s currently wearing all the socks they... More

A Month-by-Month Guide to Your Freshman Year of College: December

Hey! Over here! Remember me? I’m your ever-present trusty guide,... More

What Your Breakfast Says About Your Study Habits

Your personality—the very essence of your being—is really just a... More

7 Great Cocurricular Opportunites for Meeting New People

Making new friends isn't easy. Wouldn't life be simpler if... More

A Month-by-Month Guide to Your Freshman Year of College: November

Since last we spoke, Sparkler freshmen, I trapped... More

Quiz: Is your college roommate trying to take over your life?

Whether you hand-picked each other or were randomly matched, living... More

A Month-by-Month Guide to Your Freshman Year of College: October

Well, here we are, Sparkler freshmen. You did it. You... More

Search colleges:

University of Miami

the basics
PO Box 248025
Coral Gables FL 33124
Undergrad Enrollment
$ 34,000
Room & Board
$ 10,000
5 reasons it’s cool
  • UM has an embarrassment of academic riches: Students choose from 180 majors, 250 student organizations, and $270 million in sponsored research projects.
  • Future entrepreneurs and corporate types learn the ropes at the first-rate School of Business Administration.
  • Future oceanographers get their feet wet at the renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
  • Students’ passions for Hurricanes sports teams often reach Category Five.
  • It’s in Miami. OK, technically it’s right outside of Miami. But you get the idea.

Head down to Hurricane central!

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.

Secret Agent Orange

UM’s campus may appear to be the very picture of the relaxed south Florida lifestyle, but there’s actually much more to it than meets the eye. A certain building on the university’s south campus, about twelve miles away from the main campus, once served as an important CIA base for covert operations to overthrow Fidel Castro’s administration. The station was the largest employer of agents outside of CIA headquarters in Virginia.

Tropical Matters

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.

Miami Vices

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.