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3 College Senior

Academics: Although UM is pretty good in helping their students getting film gigs around Miami, there are hardly any "filmic" opportunities down here in the first place that are not in the Latin American television division (Telemundo, Univision, etc). UM is probably not the best film school geographically speaking.

However, the program is pretty small so you'll have some of the same professors several times which can be good because you get to know them well and make those deep connections, but bad because there's only so much you could learn from one person.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The School of Business is a great program with a lot of resources and opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: For me I have a lot on my plate with full time student and then trying to work to pay the bills. I have a heavy load but im sure for those students who love on campus its not too bad.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: being a double major in finance and accounting is pretty tough but the faculty help a lot in leading you to the right road and the school is also great in providing many internship opportunities.

5 College Student

Academics: Miami loves it's academic rank, and wishes to keep it very high!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 124th
    Best Course Variety
  • 154th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 393rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 444th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 504th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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Back in the 1970s, the University of Miami was known as “Suntan U.” Fun-loving hippies flocked from around the country to party on their parents’ money for four years. Since that era ended, UM has done a great job in climbing its way into the top tier of American colleges. Although Miami is still a great party town, most of UM’s students are here with academics in mind, as well as nightlife and beaches. As a school becomes more prestigious, it builds a strong faculty, and that’s exactly what UM has done. Students seem to like their professors, even if they complain regularly about homework and exams. Although complaints about the amount of work and grading are common, it’s rare to hear anyone claim that a professor does not know the subject he or she is teaching.

In recent years, the University of Miami has risen its standards of admission considerably. Now more than 40 percent of freshmen were in the top 5 percent of their graduating high school class and two-thirds of all freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Competition has gotten rigorous. It seems as if every third student at UM is pre-med. Despite this, UM has a long way to go to be able to measure up to the academic tier of Ivy League schools. Nonetheless, Miami is building a great university by combining academics with other aspects of college life. It is safe to say that while the academics are not the toughest in the nation, they are getting there. The professors are mostly good, and there are a few great ones, but overall it feels sometimes as if you are better off reading the textbook than just going to lectures.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 52%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 43%
  • 50 or More Students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Music
  • Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Law: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm study lounges
  • Library
  • Outside
  • University Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't get too involved in campus activities unless you're confident in your grades and ability to study.
  • Enjoy your major, or you'll hate it here.
  • Find people on your floor that have the same classes or major as you and share notes.
  • Free tutoring is offered at the Academic Development center for those students who need it.
  • Get used to using a computer for everything. There are plenty of classes that are very research based, and hand-written assignments are rarely accepted anymore.
  • Go to your classes!
  • Look up student evaluations of professors on my UM or check out before you choose your classes.
  • Party responsibly and exhibit self control. Do not stay up partying all night, all of the time limit it to the weekends.
  • Pay attention to your advisers during orientation, especially when they talk about student life.
  • Pick an academic adviser early and make sure he or she knows who you are and what your interests are.
  • Sit in the front of the class and make sure the professor knows your name if you actually want to get something out of the course.
  • Stay on top of deadlines.
  • Study rooms in the library can be reserved in advance
  • Talk to your professors. This is the number one piece of advice.
Did You Know?
  • Feel trapped in your dorm room? Many students, equipped with wireless Internet on their laptops, head outside to study by the lake or under a tree.
  • At the end of every semester, students receive surveys asking them to rank each of their professors in various categories. The results are tallied and posted on the school network to help students select their courses.
  • Teaching assistants are rare in most courses at UM. Even freshmen lecture classes are almost always taught by full-time faculty members.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 35% Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - pro wrestler/actor
  • 25% Sylvester Stallone - Oscar-nominated writer/actor
  • 25% Gloria Estefan - singer/entertainer
  • 10% Jerry Herman - Emmy-nominated musician, composer
  • 5% Bruce Hornsby - singer/musician
  • 0% Roy Firestone - TV personality, former ESPN host
  • 0% Al Rosen - former president, Houston Astros
  • 0% Suzy Kolber - sideline reporter for ESPN
  • 0% Patricia Ireland - former NOW president
  • 0% Rick Berry - basketball hall of famer

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 87 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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