The state of Florida has affection for at least one type of Hurricane. The University of Miami (UM), whose Hurricane sports teams are legendary competitors on the playing field, has been instructing students in the Sunshine State since 1925. UM enrolls more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students annually. Academic offerings include about 275 undergraduate, graduate, and professional areas of study. The private research university has five campuses in south Florida including its main campus in Coral Gables and a medical campus in Miami. While it boasts highly rated academic programs (with a student-teacher ratio of 11:1), UM may be best known for its many national championships in men's and women's sports.
The main UM campus in Coral Gables campus is home to nine (out of 12) of the university's schools and colleges, including the School of Law. The Miller School of Medicine campus includes a number of health and education facilities located in downtown Miami, and the Graduate School is also located in Miami. In addition, the university operates a marine and atmospheric science facility on the shores of the Biscayne Bay. UM attracts students from across the US and from 100 countries overseas.
UM is composed of about a dozen schools and colleges offering undergraduate and graduate students more than 180 majors and programs. In addition to academic, residential, and recreational facilities, the Coral Gables campus is home to the Otto G. Richter Library, with its collections that serve the arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It also serves as a depository for federal and state government publications.
The Miller School of Medicine complex includes several hospitals that are part of the University of Miami Health System. The medical campus is also a major center for scientific and clinical research programs. It is also home to a nine-story Biomedical Research Institute. In addition to medicine and research, UM is also recognized for its international law programs and its graduate degree programs.
UM receives some $360 million in research funding and gifts each year. Most of this funding goes towards medical research programs, but the university also conducts research in fields including education, engineering, marine science, and psychology.
In addition to financing the construction of new facilities to enhance its campuses, UM also seeks to add new degree programs in innovative fields of study. For instance, in 2012 it added a program at the Miller School of Medicine through which students can earn a graduate degree in genomic medicine alongside their traditional medical degree. – less