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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a huge focus in academics held by the university and professors.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I absolutely love the College of Engineering. It is nice and small so that you get to know everyone in your major as well as all of the professors. It is very easy to approach all professors and all want to help you. They are strict though and take courses very seriously. As perfectly said by a professor on campus "We all want to see you succeed. That is what we are here to help you do. BUT, we will make sure you will not pass unless you truly know the material".

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Miami is known for it's strong academics. However, I feel like it differs depending on the area of study. Some professors are amazing, but others are horrible. There are a few classes, which are required, that are a complete waste of time.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors know what they are doing, they are very experienced, and most importantly they are fair.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum for my major, or a major I might switch to seems really interesting, and the professors are nice in general. The workload seemed like the correct amount, however I was not signed up for the maximum number of credits. The registration process is all online, and while it could be made simpler and more accessible, I have not run into any issues in getting the classes I want/need.

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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
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Law: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 155 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 77 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 76 responses

  • 28% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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