University of Miami, although it is a mid-sized school, has the offerings of a much bigger university. With 11 colleges and 180 academic programs, Miami has the largest academic array of any school its size. There’s something here for everyone: liberal arts, business, engineering, performing arts, communications, architecture, nursing, education, and accelerated programs in six areas including law and medicine.
Situated just minutes from one of the most international cities in the US, students can enjoy a beautiful campus that is closed to traffic, yet they can easily access the city for culture, internships, and entertainment. They can also head to the beach for some fun in the sun.
U Miami takes pride in its student diversity and the community vibrancy stemming from this mix of people from so many different backgrounds and cultures. What all students have in common is a passion for their Miami Hurricanes. Category 5, the student spirit club, ensures that Hurricane Spirit supports all teams – not just the tremendously popular basketball and football teams. The university does not have its own stadium; instead, home games are held at the Miami Dolphins Stadium, where there are plenty of tickets for everyone who wants to attend. Tickets to sporting events are free to students along with University-sponsored shuttle busses for transportation to and from games.
Neuroscience is a competitive program with a cap of around 70 students. Research opportunities are plentiful, starting in the first semester. The admission process is more selective than general admission. If you are thinking about neuroscience, apply as a freshman because you may not be able to pick it up later given program enrollment limits.
PRISM (Program for Integrated Science and Math) accelerates the curriculum in the first two years of college by integrating science and math classes. Courses are planned for you, so there is very little time for electives in the first four semesters. PRISM is for students who want to conduct meaningful research in science and medicine early in their college experience. PRISM students are typically on track toward MD or PhD programs.
DiVinci Program is for the intellectually curious student who is eager to learn in an interdisciplinary way. Students have great flexibility in what they study and are supported in their interest in multiple subject areas. For example, a recent student studied both physics and creative writing; her goal was to write about science in an approachable way for nonscientists.
Competitive Dual-Degree Programs
- BS/MD - 7-8 years
This is a very competitive program that guarantees admission to U Miami Medical School. Successful applicants are typically in the top 5% of their graduating class, with exceptional testing (SAT at least 1400, ACT at least 32, and required SAT subject tests in the mid-700’s in math, chemistry and biology). Successful applicants have already pursued research and are “high-impact students” - people who make significant contributions to their schools or communities. Admit rate is around 3%. For those not admitted, there is a second opportunity for enrolled U Miami students in be invited to medical school early through the Medical Scholars Program.
The other programs are also competitive, guaranteeing admission into the advanced portion of the dual degree.
- Latin American Studies - 5 year BA/MA
- Exercise Physiology – 5 year BA/MS Ed
- Law - 6 year BA/JD
- Marine Geology – 5 year BS/MS
- Biochemistry/Molecular Biology – 6 years BS/PhD
U Miami is in the midst of some big changes. They have a new College President and significant staffing changes in the Office of Admission. The president wants to move the university toward meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Admissions wants to do a better job identifying applicants who are good fits for the university and are likely to enroll. The applicant pool has grown too big in recent years with students who have not necessarily had U Miami as a top pick college. The big push is for students who show “affinity” for the university. In other words, Demonstrated Interest will be an increasing factor in admission to U Miami.