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5 College Junior

Facilities: The big shiny SAC (student activities center) = the best place on campus! Not only is it new and filled with almost all of the student orgs, it overlooks Lake Osceola so that even when you are inside dying because you just studied for 12 hours straight, you have a beautiful scenic view reminding you how lucky you are to be in Miami and how blessed you are to be a Cane.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The University of Miami has a beautiful and very modern campus. There are plenty of places for students to go to study, hang out with friends, or just to relax.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The school does a pretty good job of making sure students are safe and having a good time.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Homecoming events are awesome, especially the boat burning. Students get pretty stupid around thirsty thursdays, but generally we have a good crowd. And free movies every saturday night at the cosford is pretty swell

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gym at UM is the best place in the world. I feel so great when I go because everyone is in the zone and nobody judges you. The equipment is brand new and is even customized with UMiami logos. The juice bar inside the gym is also a hidden gem, great shakes and paninis.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 92nd
    Best Library
  • 204th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 229th
    Best Student Centers
  • 333rd
    Greenest Campuses

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Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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Although most of the classroom buildings around UM are hideously ugly, the insides are generally decent and the newer buildings are very nice. The highlight of UM's facilities is, by far, the Wellness Center-a huge gym located next to the dorms where most freshmen live. The building stays open until midnight on weeknights, allowing for late-night games of basketball, squash, or racquetball, which can provide a great study break. The multi-level gym has pretty much anything a student could want, and this is definitely something to look forward to when coming to UM. The other place where students spend a lot of time is the University Center, aptly located in the center of campus. The UC has a lounge with televisions, an information desk, food court, offices, and a convenience store, and it's attached to the bookstore and campus post office.

The UC is a nice enough place and will most likely only improve. There is a movie theater in a corner of campus that shows relatively new movies free to students, as well as art-house fare. Construction is booming on all of UM's campuses, from a new nursing school facility, lecture and gallery spaces at the School of Architecture, a music library and technology center, and student center for the School of Communication on its Coral Gables campus, to a 15-story Clinical Research Institute and Wellness Center at its medical school.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
260 acres
Student Centers
The Whitten University Center (UC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Rat
  • The Rock
  • Storm Surge Cafe
  • The UC
  • UC Patio
Bar on Campus
The Rathskellar
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Hurricane Food Court
  • The Coffee Company
Movie Theater on Campus
Bill Cosford Cinema in the Memorial Building
School Slang
  • 8-Care: Dial this on your room phone whenever the power goes out, the air conditioning breaks, or anything else goes wrong with school equipment, and a UM employee will come fix it.
  • Book Horizons: The sketchy bookstore across the street from campus that sometimes gets books cheaper than its on-campus rival; also carries school supplies and UM merchandise.
  • Chartwells: The name of the two dining halls on campus, also known to disgruntled students as Chart-Hells.
  • The C-Store: The convenience store located in the UC, which stays open until the middle of the night and accepts dining dollars.
  • Dining Dollars: Money that comes with a student's meal plan, which can be used like a credit card at most of the restaurants on campus.
  • Hurricane Drive: The street that runs through campus, past the baseball field and the fraternity houses; connects Ponce to the back roads of the campus; also known as San Amaro Drive.
  • The IM Field: A giant field that is used for intramurals or just for fun.
  • The Lake: Lake Osceola, a huge body of water in the center of campus; a path around it connects the Towers to Eaton Residential College, the UC, and several campus buildings.
  • The LC: The Whitten Learning Center, a group of lecture-sized classrooms where many large classes are held.
  • Memorial: A long building that holds hundreds of classes per day, as well as the campus movie theater.
  • Metrorail: Miami's elevated train system
  • myUM: The name of the computer network where students can log in to retrieve their grades, professor rankings, course schedules, and most other student-related information.
  • The Pit: A large, mysterious hole in the ground behind Memorial where students study and hang out under the cover of thick trees.
  • Ponce: The smaller road running right past campus, which runs through downtown Coral Gables. Real name: Ponce de Leon Blvd.
  • The Rat: Refers to the Rathskellar, a popular bar on campus.
  • Resident Master: A member of the faculty who lives in an apartment in the lobby of every residential college; the teacher and his or her family act as a host for the students living in the building and often have students over for dinner or meetings.
  • The Rock: The main area outside of the UC where pep rallies, protests, and other campus events are held.
  • Sebastian the Ibis: The school's mascot, a common face around campus; the ibis is supposedly the last bird to leave before a hurricane and the first to return afterwards.
  • Stanford Circle: The driveway outside the UC where students get picked up and dropped off; the name refers to Stanford Drive, which is the main entrance to the campus.
  • The Towers: The dorms where most freshmen live, also known as Hecht and Stanford; there are actually two 12-story buildings in each dorm, making for four identical "towers" on one side of the lake.
  • U.S. 1: The main road running near campus that is almost always insanely crowded; this road runs from Key West up to Maine, where the traffic must ease up slightly.
  • The UC: The University Center, aptly located in the center of campus, which is home to the food court, a student lounge, the book store, a swimming pool, and assorted offices.
  • Unicco: The janitorial service on campus that cleans the floor bathrooms, halls, and study lounges; treat the Unicco staff nicely or they may not get to your floor's bathroom for a while.
  • Boat-Burning Ceremony: This tradition takes place during homecoming and involves burning a boat on Lake Osceola. Fireworks conclude this exciting event.
  • The Breezeway : This is a tunnel that splits the UC in half, and is the site of a frenzied stockmarket-like atmosphere on weekday afternoons. The short, narrow walkway is full of students coming to and from classes, and so organizations set up tables to try to sell stuff or promote themselves. This can be a good thing if you're looking for weird antiques or girl scout cookies, and it does allow for some groups to get their name out, but overall it seems like a nuisance to most students.
  • Homecoming : This is not an event exclusive to UM, but some of the events happening during the week are pretty unique. For example, the school always gets an old car and writes the name of the team we play in football that weekend. Students then line up to take out their aggression on the car, sledgehammer-style.
  • Hurricane Howl: The Hurricane Howl is a pep rally that starts the Homecoming festivities. After attending the sprit-filled pep rally, students can enjoy a concert on the UC patio.
  • Hurricanes Help the Hometown : This is one of many service-oriented events taking place every year. For this, students dedicate a Saturday morning and afternoon to volunteering at dozens of locations all through Miami. Many of the participants are there from fraternities and sororities, since the event is part of Homecoming, but others come out just to help the community in any way they can.
  • Iron Arrow : This is the University's oldest and most mysterious tradition. The true inner workings of this honor society are only available to its members, who are hand picked every semester. Membership is extremely limited and competitive, but members swear that this Seminole Indian-influenced organization has changed who they are.
  • Miss UM Pageant: This annual event showcases many beautiful women competing for the title and crown of Miss UM.
  • President's Picnic: Before the beginning of every fall semester, President Shalala invites all students to her house in Coral Gables for a lunch. Buses take students to the house, where they are able to mingle with the president and other administrators. This event includes fabulous food and a great deal of Cane Spirit.
  • Sportsfest : This is a yearly competition where residential colleges battle one another in various sporting events. The dorms, broken up by floor, field teams to compete in games ranging from football to rock, paper, scissors. The winner is declared Sportsfest champion and gets a trophy on display in the Wellness Center.
Urban Legends
  • A lone crocodile makes its home in the lake on campus, where it sometimes feeds on fish in front of awed students. There are also rumors that the crocodile was removed by wildlife officials.
  • A student drowned in the lake a couple years ago after taking a swim during a hurricane.
  • Football players and other athletes go to the dining halls for steaks and huge portions of food not available to regular students.
  • To the delight of the male student body, the Olsen twins were considering UM before settling on another school.
Favorite Things To Do
Some students gather in the Storm Surge Café at the UC to play pool, table tennis, foosball, backgammon, chess, and checkers, or watch TV. This area is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Others enjoy working out at the Wellness Center or playing sports on the massive IM Fields. Of course, there are also numerous Division 1A sporting events on and off campus, all of which are free to UM students with their ID cards. The Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art gym located near two of the residential colleges. Access is free to students, making it a great place for health-conscious students and those just looking to play some basketball or take a swim.

There are also free movies for students at the campus theater, comedians and musicians at the Rathskellar, and top touring bands at the Convocation Center, which doubles as a basketball arena. Every Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 pm a different band performs live on the UC Patio. This event is a free music series that showcases local, regional and national bands.

There is always some event being outside by the Whitten University Center, too, and the Bank United Center on the Coral Gables campus hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, lectures, and sporting events. During the 2008 election season, President Obama held a rally at the Bank United Center.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 78 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 8 responses

  • 24% Homecoming
  • 19% Football Pregame
  • 14% Boat-Burning Ceremony
  • 14% Sportsfest
  • 5% President's Picnic
  • 5% Hurricane Howl
  • 5% Miss UM Pageant
  • 5% The Breezeway
  • 5% Football games
  • 5% Shabbat Shalala
  • 0% Hurricanes Help the Hometown
  • 0% Iron Arrow

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 26% Chill on a glider
  • 22% Relax in the new SAC
  • 13% Relax in the Arboretum
  • 13% Sneak onto the roof of the music building
  • 9% Swim
  • 9% Go to the gym
  • 4% Chill at the Rat
  • 4% Lounge on the hammocks

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 28% The Rat
  • 22% The SAC
  • 17% UC Patio
  • 11% The UC
  • 11% The Gliders
  • 6% The Rock
  • 6% Dorm
  • 0% Storm Surge Cafe

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% There are alligators in the lake
  • 30% Someone fell through the garbage shoot in Hecht
  • 20% No one cares
  • 10% Ben Folds threw his drum set into Lake Osceola

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 101 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 15% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 36% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 43% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 76 responses

  • 7% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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