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University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

Learn about the University of Miami and its main campus in Coral Gables, FL. Read about its admission requirements, financial aid and certificate and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Miami

Located in South Florida, the University of Miami (UM) is a private, research-focused institution that's known for both its academics and its sports. The main campus is located in Coral Gables, a suburb that is just minutes from the heart of Miami, but four other locations exist in the Miami area. In its 2012 'Best Colleges' category, the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranked the University of Miami number 44 among national universities.


UM has 12 academic colleges and approximately 180 programs of study. USNWR reported that in 2011, the most popular majors were business, management and marketing; biological and biomedical services; communication and journalism; social sciences; and visual and performing arts. That same year, about half (51.7%) of UM's classes had fewer than 20 students, per the USNWR.

UM has an extensive study abroad program, with university partnerships in over 33 countries. In addition to a main library, the schools of business, marine and atmospheric science, music, medicine, architecture and law have their own libraries. Students also have access to more than 60 computer labs across the campus.


For admission to its fall 2012 semester, UM had 27,757 applicants, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Of those applicants, 40% were accepted and 18% enrolled. In order to apply to UM, freshmen need to submit their high school grades, an essay, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores, as well as mention of any involvement in extracurricular activities. The regular deadline to be considered for fall admissions is January 1. UM will notify applicants of their admissions standing by April 15. Enrollment at UM for fall 2012 consisted of 10,590 undergraduates and 5,582 graduates. Almost 95% of students attended full-time, per the NCES.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The NCES reported UM's yearly tuition and fees as $41,220 in 2012-2013. For the same year, books and supplies were estimated at $2,400. On-campus room and board was $11,882, as reported by the NCES. Non-local freshman are required to live in student housing.

All incoming freshman are considered for UM's scholarships when applying, so a separate application isn't necessary. Students can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for any needs-based grants or loans. The NCES noted that of all full-time beginning students in 2011-2012, 75% received financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 10,590 undergraduates and 5,582 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing Housing is guaranteed and required for non-local freshman for two semesters**
Schools and Programs 12 schools and colleges; more than 180 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (185)
Master's: Business Administration (272)
Doctorate: Law (460)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 69% in four years
81% in six years*
Admission Rate 40% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 2,012 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 91% for full-time and 85% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students (2011) Middle 50% SAT scores: 600-700 (critical reading), 630-720 (math), 590-690 (writing); Middle 50% ACT scores: 28-32*
Application Due Date January 1**
Decision Notification Date April 15**
Tuition (2012-2013) $41,220 (includes undergraduate tuition and fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (15%), state and local grants/scholarships (34%), institutional grants/scholarships (69%), federal loans (34%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Miami, ***IPEDS Data Center, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, P.O. Box 248025, Coral Gables, FL 33124
  • Phone: (305) 284-4323
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