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4 College Freshman

Diversity: In terms of ethnicities, it seems that African Americans may be somewhat underrepresented, but as a whole, there is a lot of diversity. I have learned a lot from friends from China, a teacher from Hawaii, and students from all over the US. There is actually more economic diversity than would be expected at UM. It isn't all rich kids; there are a lot of students receiving significant financial aid and thus come from all sorts of economic backgrounds. I feel that the political scene is mostly homogeneously liberal and Democratic, although I consider myself a conservative Republican. Religious beliefs are not common and not commonly discussed. I feel that my Christian faith has suffered in college due to a lack of discussion and support from other Christians because it feels like there are very few Christians on campus. Almost everyone is an agnostic or atheist, with a few Christians, Muslims, and Jews thrown in.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's unbelievable. This school is super diverse, and not in a "we're now only 75% white" like a lot of Big Ten schools seem to claim. We have an extremely high percentage of Hispanics thanks to the Cubans and South Americans in the Miami area, a stat that I don't think can be matched by any of the top 100 universities. We have a large Asian population, decent and growing black population, and a mainstay of white people. Politically it seems to be split down the middle between liberal and conservative which makes things interesting and definitely isn't your typical college environment. Acceptance is widespread.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The the diversity at UM is probably one of my favorite things about the university. Everyone is free to be themselves with no judgement

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5 College Junior

Diversity: When it comes to diversity UM is second to none.

3 College Junior

Diversity: there are definitely people from different backgrounds, economic backgrounds are not very diverse however

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Like most big cities, Miami has areas that are very cultural, and visiting these areas might feel like stepping into another world. Instead of Chinatown, Miami has Little Havana, the world's largest collection of Cubans outside of Cuba. The huge Hispanic population in Miami is not limited to one area. You'll overhear conversations spoken in Spanish almost everywhere in the city, and sometimes the accents are hard to understand and you end up with totally preposterous things in your McDonald's bag after an unsuccessful trip to the drive-thru. Most students get accustomed to Miami's Hispanic heritage pretty quickly and take advantage of the great atmosphere of Calle Ocho, the street that runs through the heart of Little Havana.

Miami has so many different ethnicities represented that students coming from non-diverse backgrounds may feel uncomfortable at first. As the numbers prove, only half of the students in most classes will be white. This is a great experience for students of any ethnicity. It basically forces you to understand different cultures and people from various backgrounds. It's especially interesting to hear what students from other countries write in English class when culture plays a major part. There are also various religions represented. Christian clubs are popular, as are other religious organizations like Hillel. Homosexual students will also feel right at home, especially in South Beach, a hotspot for gay culture. Don't come to Miami expecting to be surrounded by the same people you would at a school in Iowa. UM is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and some students find this to be the best thing about life in Miami.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 21%
25+: 21%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 21%
International: 12%
Native American: 0%
White: 53%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Miami is famous for its wide-spread homosexual culture, especially in the South Beach area. Citizens are very accepting of the gay community, and UM mirrors that tolerance with organizations like spectrUM.
Political Activity
The 2008 election invited a surge of political activity in the students at UM. Both President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain made a visit to Coral Gables, and much of the student population turned out to see them. While the political activity has wound down after the election, there are both Democratic and Republican student organizations on campus. For the most part, the political views are as diverse as the people here.
Economic Status
Given the high cost of attending UM and the fancy clothing seen around campus, many students seem to come from wealthy homes. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of students with modest backgrounds, but those really struggling with finances may want to take into consideration the high cost of living in Miami.
Most Common Religions
The religions found at the University of Miami are as diverse as the students studying here. The most common religions found include Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority students will feel right at home in the diverse atmosphere of Miami. Clubs like OASIS, Asian American Students Association, and African Students Union will help students meet others from their ethnic background.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 91% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 9% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 99 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 98 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 100 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 99 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 78% No
  • 9% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 13% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 23 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 43% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 13% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 24 responses

  • 79% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 8% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 8% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 4% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 74% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 22% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 23 responses

  • 9% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 17% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 43% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 30% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 99 responses

  • 77% Very accepting.
  • 16% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.



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