|Latin: Universitas Miamiensis|
|Motto||Magna est veritas (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"Great is the truth"|
|Type||Private research university|
|Established||April 8, 1925|
|Endowment||$1.39 billion (2021)|
|Budget||$3.9 billion (2020)|
|Campus||Small City, 453 acres (1.83 km2) (total)|
|Newspaper||The Miami Hurricane|
|Colors|| UM Orange|
|NCAA Division I FBS – ACC|
|Mascot||Sebastian the Ibis|
The University of Miami (informally referred to as UM, Miami, U of M, UMiami and The U) is a private research university in Coral Gables, Florida. As of 2020[update], the university enrolled 17,811 students in 12 separate colleges and schools across nearly 350 academic academic majors and programs, including the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami's Health District, a law school on the main campus, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key with research facilities in southern Miami-Dade County.
The University of Miami offers 134 undergraduate, 148 master's, and 67 doctoral degree programs. Since its founding, the university has attracted students from all 50 states and nearly 150 foreign countries. With 16,479 faculty and staff as of 2021, UM is the third largest employer in Miami-Dade County. UM's main campus in Coral Gables has 239 acres (0.97 km2) and over 5.7 million square feet of buildings.
UM's doctorate programs are Carnegie classified at the highest research level, "Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity". UM research expenditures in 2019 were $358.9 million. UM's library system holds over 3.9 million volumes and exceptional holdings in Cuban heritage and music.
The intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Miami are collectively known as the Miami Hurricanes and compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. UM's football team has won five national championships since 1983 and its baseball team has won four national championships since 1982.
In 1925, the University of Miami was chartered by a group of citizens who sought to offer "unique opportunities to develop inter-American studies, to further creative work in the arts and letters, and to conduct teaching and research programs in tropical studies". They believed that a local university would benefit their community. They were overly optimistic about future financial support for UM because the South Florida land boom was at its peak. During the Jim Crow era, there were three large state-funded universities in Florida for white males, white females, and black coeds (UF, FSU, and FAMU, respectively); in this accord, UM was founded as a white, coeducational institution.
The university began in earnest in 1925 when George E. Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables, gave 160 acres (0.6 km2) and nearly $5 million ($77.3 million, adjusted for current inflation) to the effort. These contributions were land contracts and mortgages on real estate that had been sold in the city. The university was chartered on April 8, 1925 by the Circuit Court for Dade County. By the fall of 1926, when the first class of 372 students enrolled at UM, the land boom had collapsed, and hopes for a speedy recovery were dashed by a major hurricane. For the next 15 years the university struggled to remain solvent. The first building on campus, now known as the Merrick Building, was left half built for over two decades due to economic difficulties. In the meantime, classes were held at the nearby Anastasia Hotel in Coral Gables, with partitions separating classrooms, giving the university the early nickname of "Cardboard College."
In 1929, founding member William E. Walsh and other members of the board of regents resigned in the wake of the collapse of the Florida economy. The University of Miami's plight was so severe that students went door to door in Coral Gables collecting funds to keep it open. A reconstituted ten-member board was chaired by UM's first president Bowman Foster Ashe (1926–1952). The new board included Merrick, Theodore Dickinson, E.B. Douglas, David Fairchild, James H. Gilman, Richardson Saunders, Frank B. Shutts, Joseph H. Adams, and J. C. Penney. In 1930, several faculty members and more than 60 students came to UM when the University of Havana closed due to political unrest. UM filed for bankruptcy in 1932. In July 1934, the University of Miami was reincorporated and a board of trustees replaced the board of regents. By 1940, community leaders were replacing faculty and administration as trustees. The university survived this early turmoil. During Ashe's presidency, the university added the School of Law (1928), the Business School (1929), the School of Education (1929), the Graduate School (1941), the Marine Laboratory (1943, renamed in 1969 as the Rosenstiel School), the School of Engineering (1947), and the School of Medicine (1952).
During World War II, UM was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, which offered students a path to a Navy commission.
One of Ashe's longtime assistants, Jay F. W. Pearson, assumed the presidency in 1952. A charter faculty member and a marine biologist by trade, Pearson retained the position until 1962. During his presidency, the University of Miami awarded its first doctorate degrees and saw an increase in enrollment of more than 4,000.
The social changes of the 1960s and 1970s were reflected at UM. In 1961, UM dropped its policy of racial segregation and began to admit black students. African Americans were also allowed full participation in student activities and sports teams. After Stanford pressed for minority athletes, UM signed Ray Bellamy an African American football player, in 1966. With Bellamy, UM became the first major college in the Deep South with a Black football player on scholarship. UM established an Office of Minority Affairs to promote diversity in both undergraduate and professional school admissions. With the start of the 1968 football season, President Henry Stanford barred the playing of "Dixie" by the university's band.
Historically, UM regulated female student conduct more than men's conduct with a staff under the Dean of Women watching over the women. Under Pearson, UM combined the separate Dean of Men and Dean of Women positions in 1971. In 1971, UM formed a Women's Commission, which issued a 1974 report on the status of women on campus. The result was UM's first female commencement speaker, day care, and the launch of a Women's Study minor. Following the enactment of Title IX in 1972 and decades of litigation, all UM organizations, including honorary societies, were opened to women's participation and inclusion. The Women's Commission also sought more equitable funding for women's sports. In 1973, Terry Williams Munz became the first woman in America awarded an athletic scholarship when she accepted a golf scholarship from UM.
From 1961 to 1968, UM leased buildings on its south campus to serve as the covert headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency's JMWAVE operation against Fidel Castro's government in Cuba. The university no longer owns land at the south campus.
Henry King Stanford became the University of Miami's third president in 1962. The Stanford presidency saw increased emphasis on research, reorganization of administrative structure and construction of new facilities. Among the new research centers established were the Center for Advanced International Studies (1964), the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Evolution (1964), the Center for Theoretical Studies (1965), and the Institute for the Study of Aging (1975). Under Stanford, in 1965, UM also began to recruit international students.
In 1981, Edward T. Foote II became the University of Miami's fourth president. Under Foote's leadership, on-campus student housing was converted into a system of residential colleges. Foote also initiated a five-year $400 million fundraising campaign that began in 1984 and raised $517.5 million. Under Foote, UM's endowment expanded from $47.4 million in 1981 to $465.2 million in 2000.
Foote was succeeded by Donna Shalala, who was named president of the University of Miami in November 2000. Under Shalala, UM built new libraries, dormitories, symphony rehearsal halls, and classroom buildings. The university's academic quality and student quality also improved. Under During Shalala's leadership, UM also hosted one of three nationally televised U.S. presidential debates of the 2004 presidential election.
Starting in 2002, UM launched a new fundraising campaign titled "Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami" that ultimately raised $1.37 billion, the most money raised by any college in Florida as of February 8, 2008[update]. Of that amount, $854 million went to construction of the medical campus. On November 30, 2007, UM acquired the Cedars Medical Center and renamed it University of Miami Hospital, giving the Miller School of Medicine an in-house teaching hospital rather than having to rely on affiliations with area hospitals.
On September 30, 2004, the University of Miami hosted the first of three presidential debates in the 2004 presidential election featuring presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry. The debate, moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour, was held in the University of Miami's Watsco Center and viewed by 62.5 million people.
On February 28, 2006, custodial workers at the University of Miami who were contracted to the university by UNICCO, a Boston-based company, began a strike prompted by allegations of unfair labor practices, substandard pay, lack of health benefits, and workplace safety. After students began a hunger strike and on-campus vigil in support of the strike, it was settled on May 1, 2006. The settlement resulted in a card count which led to the recognition of UM's first union-represented bargaining unit. UM raised wages for its custodial workers from $6.40 to $8.35 per hour and provided health insurance.
In 2008–09, an economic slowdown led to a 26.8 percent loss in the university's endowment and an associated reduction in its endowment income, and the university responded by tightening expenditures. However, damage from the endowment's negative performance was limited because UM receives more than 98 percent of its operating budget from other sources.
In 2011, UM was ranked the nation's most fiscally-responsible nonprofit organization by Worth magazine in a report issued in collaboration with nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator.
On April 13, 2015, the University of Miami announced the appointment of Julio Frenk, the former dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health and former Secretary of Health for the government of Mexico, as the university's sixth president.
The University of Miami's main campus spans 239 acres (0.97 km2) in Coral Gables, immediately south of downtown Miami. Most of the University of Miami's academic programs are based on the main campus in Coral Gables, which houses seven schools and two colleges, including the University of Miami School of Law. The campus has over 5,900,000 sq ft (550,000 m2) of building space valued at over $657 million. Lake Osceola, a man-made freshwater lake developed in the late 1940s, is located at the center of campus.
The university also has a campus theater, the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, which is used for student plays and musicals. The John C. Gifford Arboretum, a campus arboretum and botanical garden, is located on the northwest corner of the main Coral Gables campus. The Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at UM's School of Architecture holds periodic architecture and design exhibitions.
Transportation to the Coral Gables campus is served by the Miami Metrorail at University Station. The Metro connects UM to downtown Miami, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Civic Center, Miami International Airport, and other Miami neighborhoods. The UM campus is about a 15-minute train ride from Downtown and Brickell. The Hurry 'Canes shuttle bus service operates two routes on campus (as well as to University Station) and weekend routes to various off-campus stores and facilities during the school year; an additional shuttle route provides service to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campus on Virginia Key and Vizcaya station. UM also has a Zipcar service.
In 2018, rap artist Drake filmed the music video for his song "God's Plan" at the University of Miami.
|UM residence halls||Year built||Room capacity|
|Eaton Residential College||1954||400|
|Mahoney Residential College||1958||700|
|Pearson Residential College||1962||700|
|Hecht Residential College||1968||850|
|Stanford Residential College||1968||850|
The University of Miami's main campus in Coral Gables houses 5,415 enrolled students. This group is disproportionately freshmen (89 percent of new freshmen live on campus compared with 39 percent of all degree undergraduates). UM's on-campus housing consists of five residential colleges and one apartment-style housing area available only to undergraduate degree-seeking students. The residential colleges are divided into two dormitory-style residence halls and three suite-style residence halls. The McDonald and Pentland Towers of Hecht Residential College and the Walsh and Rosborough Towers of Stanford Residential College are commonly referred to as the "Freshman Towers". Eaton Residential College, which originally housed only women, and the Mahoney/Pearson Residential Colleges have suite-style housing with every two double-occupancy rooms connected by a shared bathroom.
In addition to these five residential colleges, UM also has an area called the University Village, which consists of seven buildings with apartment-style annual contract housing with fully furnished kitchen facilities. The University Village is only open to juniors and seniors, but was previously open to graduate students and students of the School of Law until July 31, 2009; after this date, there has been no housing available for any graduate students on the Coral Gables campus. The University of Miami also has a series of fraternity houses, opposite the intramural fields on San Amaro Drive, dubbed "Fraternity Row". Sororities are housed in on-campus suites, which do not serve as residences to members.
The Lakeside Village, a residential complex of 25 interconnected buildings, provides student housing for 1,115 sophomores, juniors and seniors. This $153 million project was completed in August 2020.
Main article: Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
See also: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and University of Miami Division of Surgical Neurooncology
The University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine campus, located on Northwest 10th Avenue in Miami's Health District, trains 1,000 students annually in various health-related programs. It consists of 68 acres (280,000 m2) within the 153 acres (620,000 m2) of the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex.
The medical center includes three UM-owned hospitals: University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital. Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children's Hospital, and the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center are also a part of the medical center and are affiliated with UM, but are not owned by the university. The heart of the School of Medicine campus is "The Alamo," the original City of Miami Hospital, which opened in 1918 and now is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2006, UM opened a 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2), 15-story Clinical Research Building and Wellness Center. In 2007, the university purchased Cedars Medical Center and renamed it University of Miami Hospital. Situated in the Miami Health District, the hospital is close to the Jackson Memorial Hospital, which is used by UM medical students and faculty to provide patient care.
In 2009, a LEED-certified nine-story biomedical research building, a 182,000 sq ft (16,900 m2) laboratory and an office facility were opened to house UM's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute and the Miami Institute for Human Genomics. UM has completed a 2,000,000 sq ft (190,000 m2) Life Science Park adjacent to the UM medical campus that houses office space and laboratories. The medical campus is connected to UM's main campus by the Miami Metrorail with direct stations at University Station for the main Coral Gables campus and Civic Center Station for the medical campus.
Main article: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
In 1945, construction began on the Rickenbacker Causeway to make Virginia Key accessible by car and Miami-Dade County offered the University of Miami a part of the island adjacent to the Miami Seaquarium in exchange for the University of Miami operating the aquarium. However, the aquarium construction was delayed when a bond referendum failed, so the university leased the land in 1951. In 1953, UM built classroom and lab buildings on a 16-acre (6.5 ha) campus to house what would become the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Additional buildings were added in 1957, 1959 and 1965. From 1947 to 1959, the State of Florida funded the University of Miami Marine Lab on Virginia Key until the state built a separate marine laboratory in St. Petersburg. In 2009, UM received a $15 million federal grant to help construct a new $43.8 million, 56,500 square feet (5,250 m2) Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building on its Rosentiel School campus.
The University of Miami's Rosentiel School is the only subtropical marine and atmospheric research institute in the continental United States. The school is also home to the world's largest hurricane simulation tank. The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, a federal research laboratory, is headquartered next to UM's Rosentiel School on Rickenbacker Causeway.
UM's Rosenstiel School also maintains a research facility on the eastern end of Barbados, the Rosenstiel School’s Barbados Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory (BACO), that documents the summertime transport of Saharan dust particles across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Basin and South America.
As part of its campus-wide free shuttle service, UM operates a route from the main Coral Gables campus to the Rosentiel School, which includes stops at the Vizcaya station on weekdays.
Main article: Naval Air Station Richmond
See also: JMWAVE
In 1946, the University of Miami acquired the former Richmond Naval Air Station in southwestern Miami, 12 mi (19 km) south of the main campus in order to accommodate the post-war increase in students. The campus was acquired immediately following World War II and provided classrooms, housing, and other amenities for about 1,100 students (mostly freshmen) for two academic years. In 1948, it was repurposed by UM as a research facility. In the 1960s, some of the buildings were leased to the Central Intelligence Agency. The South Campus Grove was a 350 acres (1,400,000 m2) plot for agricultural research and horticultural studies that was established in 1948. For 20 years, UM used radioactive isotopes in biological research on the South Campus, and buried materials included irradiated animals on the site. In August 2006, UM agreed to reimburse the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $393,473 for clean-up costs under the 1980 Superfund law. Its six buildings provide 63,800 sq ft (5,930 m2) to currently house the Global Public Health Research Group, Miami Institute for Human Genomics, and Forensic Toxicology Laboratory). The University of Miami once planned to build a south campus on the property but opted in 2014 to sell the 80 acres of land instead.
The Richmond campus is a 76 acres (310,000 m2) site that was formerly the United States Naval Observatory Secondary National Time Standard Facility, which already had buildings and a 20M antenna used for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). The Rosenstiel School's Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing and Richmond Satellite Operations Center (RSOC) have research facilities on part of the new campus.
Since 2005, the University of Miami has had a "Green U" initiative, which includes LEED certification for buildings and the use of biofuels by the campus bus fleet. In 2006, UM established the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Four years later, in 2010, the university launched the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program to educate students on the importance of protecting the marine environment.
|Ethnic enrollment, fall 2020||Undergraduates||Graduates|
|Hispanic (of any race)||28%||34%|
|Two or more races||4%||5%|
The University of Miami attracts students from around the world and nation. In 2019, 23 percent of UM undergraduates were from the Miami metropolitan area, 10 percent were from other parts of Florida, 51 percent were from other U.S. states, and 15 percent were international students. Graduate students were composed of 42 percent from the Greater Miami area, 11 percent from other parts of Florida, 28 percent from other U.S. states, and 19 percent were international students. As of November 2020, University of Miami ranks eleventh nationally in combined diversity across racial, geographic, gender and age factors.
As of 2012, UM reported that 70 percent of undergraduates graduated within four years, 80 percent graduated within five years, and 82 percent graduated within six years. Male student athletes and female student athletes have graduation rates of 56 percent and 67 percent, respectively, within six years.
See also: Frost School of Music, University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and University of Miami School of Law
There are currently 2,697 full-time faculty members at the University of Miami with 98 percent of regular faculty holding doctorates or terminal degrees in their respective specialties. The University of Miami's student-faculty ratio is 12:1. The University of Miami is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and 19 additional professional accrediting agencies. It is a member of the American Association of University Women, the American Council on Education, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
The University of Miami has the most selective application process of any university or college in the state of Florida. For Fall 2021, UM received 42,245 undergraduate applications and reported an acceptance rate of 28.5%. The middle 50% ACT score for enrolled University of Miami students in 2021 was 30–33. The middle 50% SAT score for enrolled University of Miami students in 2021 was 1310–1450.
The University of Miami is led by a board of trustees composed of 48 elected members, three alumni representatives, 23 senior members, four national members, six ex officio members, 14 emeriti members, and one student representative. Ex officio members serve by virtue of their positions in the university and include the president of the university, the president and immediate past president of the citizens board, and the president, president-elect and immediate past president of UM's alumni association. Since 1982, the board has eleven visiting committees, which include both trustees and outside experts, to help oversee the university's academic units.
UM's president, who also serves as the university's chief executive officer, had a 2015 salary of $1.14 million. Each academic unit at UM is headed by a dean.
|Medical school (FL)||$40,494||$69,051|
|Medical school (non-FL)||$44,107||$72,664|
In addition, the University of Miami has a division of continuing and international education and a program in executive education as part of its Miami Herbert Business School.
A partnership with nearby Florida International University allows students from both schools to take graduate classes at either university, affording graduate students at both universities a wider range of course selections. In addition, the Miller School of Medicine offers separate PhD and MD/PhD programs in several biomedical sciences.
The University of Miami offers a startup ecosystem for its students. The program, known as The Launch Pad, assists students of all majors in finding help with starting, building and scaling their business. The program also offers legal assistance for student businesses in coordination with the University of Miami School of Law. The 'Cane Angel Network is the university's angel investor network, which allows university-affiliated investors to fund entrepreneurs with ties to the university.
The University of Miami Department of Community Service, staffed by volunteer medical students and physicians from UM's Miller School of Medicine, provides free medical and other community services in Miami and surrounding communities.
In its 2022 edition of "America's Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Miami 55th among all national universities. U.S. News's 2022 ranking of U.S. medical schools ranks the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine as the 45th best medical school for research in the nation. In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Law as the 72nd best law school in the nation.
In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Miami Physical Therapy Department tenth best in the nation, UM's Department of Psychology's Clinical Training Program 25th best in the nation, and The Princeton Review ranked UM's Department of Interactive Media's Game Design Program 24th best in the world.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation ranked UM 89th out of 431 research institutions in the number of granted doctorate degrees. Also in 2016, UM ranked 62nd out of 902 institutions in total research and development expenditures.
The Otto G. Richter Library, the University of Miami's main library, houses collections that serve the arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. It is a depository for federal and state government publications. Rare books, maps, manuscript collections, and the University of Miami Archives are housed in the library's Special Collections Division and in the Cuban Heritage Collection.
In addition to the Richter Library, UM libraries include facilities that support programs in architecture, business, marine science, and music, including:
The university also has specialized libraries for medicine and law:
Within the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine are two specialized departmental libraries for ophthalmology and psychiatry that are open to the public:
Combined holdings of the libraries include over 3.4 million volumes, 87,125 current serials titles, 75,521 electronic journals, 630,756 electronic books, 4.1 million microforms, and 172,560 audio, film, video, and cartographic materials. UM's libraries have a staff of 86 librarians and 115 support staff.
In January 2017, the Jay I. Kislak Foundation announced that it was making a substantial donation of rare books, maps, and manuscripts to the UM Libraries and to Miami Dade College. The University of Miami renovated a former lecture hall, now the Kislak Center at the University of Miami, to house the collection and the departments of Special Collections and University Archives. The collection includes the earliest published copies of Christopher Columbus' February 15, 1493 letter on the first voyage aboard the Niña.
The University of Miami's doctoral programs are classified as "Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". In fiscal year 2016, UM received $195 million in federal research funding, including $131.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and $14.1 million from the National Science Foundation. Of the $8.2 billion appropriated by Congress in 2009 as a part of the stimulus bill for research priorities at the National Institutes of Health, the Miller School of Medicine received $40.5 million. In addition to research conducted in the individual academic schools and departments, UM has the following university-wide research centers:
The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine receives more than $200 million per year in external grants and contracts to fund 1,500 ongoing projects. The medical campus includes more than 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) of research space and UM's Life Science Park, which has an additional 2,000,000 sq ft (190,000 m2) of space adjacent to the medical campus. UM's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute seeks to understand the biology of stem cells and translate basic research into new regenerative therapies.
As of 2008, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science receives $50 million in annual external research funding. Their laboratories include a salt-water wave tank, a five-tank conditioning and spawning system, multi-tank Aplysia culture laboratory, controlled corals climate tanks, and DNA profiling equipment. The campus also houses an invertebrate museum with 400,000 specimens and operates the Bimini Biological Field Station in Bimini, an array of oceanographic high-frequency radar along the East Coast of the United States, and the Bermuda aerosol observatory. UM also owns the Little Salt Spring, a site on the National Register of Historic Places, in North Port, Florida where the Rosentiel School performs archaeological and paleontological research.
UM built a brain imaging annex to the James M. Cox Jr. Science Center within the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes a functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) system and a laboratory where scientists, clinicians, and engineers study fundamental aspects of brain function. Construction of the lab was funded in part by a $14.8 million in stimulus money grant from the National Institute of Health.
In 2016, the university received $161 million in science and engineering funding from the U.S. federal government, the largest Hispanic-serving recipient and 56th overall. Within the $161 million in funding, $117 million was granted through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was used largely for the medical campus.
UM maintains one of the largest centralized academic cyber infrastructures in the country. In 2007, UM launched the Center for Computational Science High Performance Computing group. Since then, the group has grown from a zero HPC cyberinfrastructure to a regional high-performance computing environment that currently supports more than 1,200 users, 220 TFlops of computational power, and more than three petabytes of disk storage.
The University of Miami is affiliated with 31 fraternities and sororities. Six of them (Alpha Epsilon Pi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Chi) have houses on campus. Others have suites, including Alpha Sigma Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Multicultural fraternities and sororities include six of the historically African-American organizations known as the Divine Nine and Latino and Asian-interest fraternities and sororities.
As of 2022, the University of Miami has 356 student organizations, including Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, the Ibis yearbook, UMTV (an award-winning cable television channel with nine programs that broadcasts on Comcast Channel 96), UniMiami (a Spanish language cable television broadcast), the student-run Distraction Magazine, and the campus radio station WVUM, which has broadcast to the Greater Miami media market continuously since 1967. Since 1929, students have published The Miami Hurricane newspaper twice-weekly, which has been named to the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame.
The university has several student honor societies. Founded in 1926, the Iron Arrow Honor Society (which also inducts select faculty, staff, and alumni) is the highest honor awarded by the university. The university maintains a chapter of Mortar Board. In 1959, the Order of Omega was founded at UM, and it remained a one-campus honorary until 1964. It is now a national honorary for fraternity and sorority members with a chapter continuing at UM.
UM has appointed individuals in various departments to handle students' problems and complaints called "Troubleshooters." UM also has an ombudsman to mediate complaints that cannot be resolved by the troubleshooters. Since 1986, UM has an honor code governing student conduct.
Main article: Miami Hurricanes
See also: Band of the Hour, Miami Hurricanes baseball, Miami Hurricanes football, Miami Hurricanes men's basketball, Miami Hurricanes women's basketball, and 2011 University of Miami athletics scandal
The University of Miami's athletic teams are the Hurricanes, commonly referred to as the 'Canes. They are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, competing primarily in the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports since the 2004–05 season. The Hurricanes previously competed in the Big East Conference from 1991–92 to 2003–04. Men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, tennis, and track and field. Women's teams include basketball, cross-country, diving, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
The University of Miami's mascot is Sebastian the Ibis. Its marching band is the Band of the Hour. The Miami Maniac is the mascot for Miami Hurricanes baseball team.
Main article: Miami Hurricanes football
The University of Miami football program has been named national champion five times (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001) and has appeared in the AP Top 25 frequently during this time. Miami Hurricanes football alumni include seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two Heisman Trophy winners, and dozens of players who have gone on to careers in the NFL. As of 2022, at least one UM player has been selected in the NFL Draft in 48 consecutive NFL drafts, dating back to 1975. Among all colleges and universities, as of 2022, UM holds the all-time record for the most defensive linemen (49) and is tied with USC for the most wide receivers (40) to go on to play in the NFL.
The Hurricanes play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The university signed a 25-year contract for the team to play at Hard Rock Stadium through 2033. For 70 years, from 1937 through 2007, the Hurricanes played their home football games at the Miami Orange Bowl in Little Havana.
On December 12, 2009, the global sports network ESPN aired a documentary on the UM football program, The U, which drew 2.3 million viewers and set an all-time viewership record for a documentary on the sports cable network.
On December 7, 2021, Mario Cristobal, a former University of Miami college football player and former head coach at Florida International University and the University of Oregon, was officially introduced as the new University of Miami football coach.
Main article: Miami Hurricanes baseball
See also: Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field
The University of Miami baseball team, coached currently by Gino DiMare, has won four national championships (1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001). Multiple Miami Hurricanes baseball players have gone on to professional careers in Major League Baseball. Ryan Braun, who went on to play for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2007 until 2020, was named "National Freshman of the Year" by Baseball America while playing for the school in 2003 and was named Atlantic Coast Conference "Baseball Player of the Year" as a junior. The team plays their home games at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, an on-campus baseball stadium named for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez who contributed $3.9 million toward the stadium's 2007–2009 renovation.
Jim Larrañaga is the head coach of the University of Miami's men's basketball team. UM's men's basketball team has reached the NCAA Championship's "Sweet 16" three times, (1999–2000, 2012–2013) and 2021–2022) and, in 2021–2022, they reached the "Elite 8" for the first time in school history. Several Miami Hurricanes basketball players have gone on to career in the NBA. Katie Meier is the head coach of the University of Miami's women's basketball team. Several Miami Hurricanes women's basketball players have gone on to careers in the WNBA.
Both teams play their home games at Watsco Center, an 8,000-capacity indoor stadium on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.
Cobb Stadium, located on the University of Miami campus, is used by the university's women's soccer and men's and women's track and field teams.
Main article: List of University of Miami alumni
University of Miami alumni include a number of prominent people, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Donald Justice, actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, musician Gloria Estefan, economist Wendy Craigg, athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the Olympics, chief executive officers of various companies, public officials, and scientists.
Main article: List of University of Miami faculty
University of Miami faculty include, or have included, a number of notable academics across disciplines, including physicists Paul Dirac and Carolyne Van Vliet, television judge Marilyn Milian, geologist Cesare Emiliani, historian Charlton W. Tebeau, marine biologist Samuel H. Gruber, economist Neil Wallace, audio engineer Bill Porter, artist and architect Bonnie Seeman, architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, sociologist Lowell Juilliard Carr, constitutional law expert John Hart Ely, administrative law expert Paul R. Verkuil, bassist Jaco Pastorius, guitarist Pat Metheny, artist Walter Darby Bannard, and philosopher Colin McGinn.
Maybe we'll see 'the U' in a BCS Bowl Game next year.
This was a generation that grew up rooting for Miami, the school known as "The U," which won 34 straight games from 2000–02.
Next fall, incoming freshman athletes will draw for residential college rooms