Academics

Location
Coral Gables, FL
Undergrads
9,979
Tuition
$41,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics are amazing here (what would you expect, it's UM). The professors all have a real passion for their subjects so it makes it easy to feel their passion and really learn the material. If you need any help in terms of curriculum, registration, and planning our your 4 years, especially as a freshman, your AF (academic fellow) lives with you in the freshman dorms and is there to help you, especially with those questions you are too embarrassed to ask an adult.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I LOVE MY MAJOR!!! I honestly cannot talk about it enough. The workload is hard, but doable and the technology you need is available to you (for free!!) by the university. My professors are so open and friendly and my advisor is the sweetest most helpful woman on this earth. I cannot tell you how many times I go to her office crying because I don't know what to do with my life and she calms me down and helps me through my dilemma and I leave her office feeling like I can conquer the world. Because UM is so small, I can literally walk into her office without an appointment anytime and have a meeting with her. I LOVE MY MAJOR!??

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3 College Junior

Academics: work load can be tough, some teachers are very helpful but some teachers that you have in the large lecture halls aren't very helpful

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great, you get to marine science classes early and work with the faculty

4 College Junior

Academics: The Psych department isn't very inviting but they do their jobs. And the Anthro teachers are phenomenal professionals, they really know their stuff. The workload can get a bit much though. Oh, and there's plenty of fun random classes too (Handdrumming :D)

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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
Hometown
Lauderhill, FL
Major
Biochemistry/Mathematics
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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
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,044
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
383
Total FT Faculty
3,481
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,010
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
85%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
146
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 ratemyprofessor.com 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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 34% Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - pro wrestler/actor
  • 24% Sylvester Stallone - Oscar-nominated writer/actor
  • 24% Gloria Estefan - singer/entertainer
  • 7% Jerry Herman - Emmy-nominated musician, composer
  • 3% Bruce Hornsby - singer/musician
  • 3% Brandon Marshall - pro football player
  • 3% Daniel Tosh - comedian
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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