University of Miami

University of Miami Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Coral Gables, FL, the University of Miami is a private research university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is University of Miami the School for You?

The University of Miami (UM) is located in Coral Gables, FL, roughly 8 miles from downtown Miami. This private, not-for-profit research university offers certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs within 7 schools and colleges. Weigh the pros and cons below to decide if you should attend UM.

Pros

  • Ranked among the top 50 national universities
  • Graduation rate is 26 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 11:1, which is lower than the national average
  • High number of academic programs

Cons

  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) is $18,541 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 27.5 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Miami #44 among national universities. Several of its graduate programs also had individual rankings, for instance the physical therapy and tax law programs both ranked #9. The school's 5 campuses include a main campus in Coral Gables, a school of marine studies near Biscayne Bay, and a medical campus that houses 3 university-owned hospitals. As a UM student, you'll be able to choose from more than 260 areas of study, including 112 bachelor's degree programs.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 91% of full-time and 100% of part-time students returned to the school after their first year. The university's overall graduation rate was 66%, which was much higher than the national average of 40%. However, UM's acceptance rate was only 38% in 2011, which is well below the national average of 65.5%. You can expect a student-faculty ratio of 11:1 though, which is lower than the 16:1 national average.

The total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 academic year (including room, board and all estimated expenses) was roughly $56,512, much higher than the national average of $37,971 for 4-year private universities during that period. However, the College Board reported that attendees graduated with an average of $26,786 in debt, which is on par with the national average, and only 2.7% defaulted on their student loans.

Getting In & Financial Aid at the University of Miami

According to the NCES, roughly 20% of accepted students choose to attend UM. After choosing a major to which to apply, you'll have to submit the common application and the UM supplement along with a high school transcript, standardized test scores, an essay and 1 or more letters of recommendation. Students applying to certain majors may be required to submit additional information or materials, such as a portfolio. The NCES reported that 52% of applicants submitted the SAT, while 39% sent in ACT scores. In 2011, the middle 50% of admitted students had a composite ACT score between 28 and 32 or a combined SAT score between 1830 and 2090. Test scores are due at the school by January 1.

The university has a higher-than-average tuition rate, with an additional cost for its undergraduate, medical and law programs. However, first-year students received an average financial aid package of $34,845 to defray expenses, the College Board reported in 2012. About 81% of freshmen received some type of aid, and 29% had their full need met. If you need help paying for school, you may qualify for scholarships based on need or achievement in academics, athletics, leadership, music and theatre. Students entering a graduate program might be eligible for research assistantships or fellowships.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) January 1***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) February 1***
Notification of Acceptance (2013) April 15***
Application Fee (2013) $70***
Acceptance Rate (2011) 38%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $56,512*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $34,845***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 29%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $26,786***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 2.7%*

Student Life at the University of Miami

For 2011, the NCES reported that 51% of undergraduate students were female, 37% were Florida residents and 8% came from other countries. You would be among a diverse student body; the largest ethnic/racial groups were white (43%), Hispanic/Latino (24%), black/African-American (7%) and Asian (6%). UM's campus housing includes 5 residential colleges, an apartment-style complex for upperclassmen and 15 special interest communities. Students with families can take advantage of on-site daycare facilities and weekend/evening courses.

If you want to get involved on campus, the university offers more than 250 student organizations and 33 Greek chapters. Students who like the outdoors will enjoy the campus' close proximity to South Beach, the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. Attendees also have access to 7 libraries, including ones for architecture, medical studies and music.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Suburban*
Student Population (2011) 10,509 undergraduates, 5,559 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 49% to 51%*
% of Full Time Students (2011) 94%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 37%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 91% for full-time students, 100% for part-time*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 39%***
Number of Libraries 7**
Extracurricular Activities Over 250**

Article Sources: *NCES, College Navigator, **University of Miami, ***The College Board

School Contact Information

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