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University of Miami: Narrative Description


University of Miami Branch
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Tel: (305)284-2211; Admissions: (305)284-4323; Fax: (305)284-2507; Web Site:

Description: Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1925. Setting: 260-acre suburban campus with easy access to Miami. Endowment: $413.8 million. Research spending 2002-03: $146.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $18,921 per student. Total enrollment: 15,235. Faculty: 1,194 (853 full-time, 341 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 16,851 applied, 44% were admitted. 60% from top 10% of their high school class, 87% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 74 valedictorians. Full-time: 9,184 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 812 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 99 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 10% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 7% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 87% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, counselor evaluation form, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview, SAT II: Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early decision, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/15, 12/15 for early decision, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $35,045 includes full-time tuition ($26,280), mandatory fees ($442), and college room and board ($8323). College room only: $4858. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 175 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, international student organizations, sports and recreation clubs, Association of Commuter Students, United Black Students. Major annual events: Sports Fest, Homecoming, International Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention and safety workshops, residential college crime watch. College housing designed to accommodate 4,107 students; 4,136 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Otto G. Richter Library plus 7 others with 1.4 million books, 3.5 million microform titles, 16,305 serials, 109,900 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $12.4 million. 1,800 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A part of the metropolitan Miami area, Coral Gables is known as "City Beautiful" with the mildest climate in the United States. The Miami International Airport is nearby. The city offers a distinguished retail shopping district, the opera, theatre, ballet, concerts, the Vizcaya Museum, and Lowe Art Gallery. Recreational activities are numerous including swimming, golf, tennis, boating, sport fishing, and snorkeling and scuba diving among the only coral reefs in the continental United States, in the Florida Keys. The Everglades National Park is 1 hour away.

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