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University of Miami

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This is an article about the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. For the article on Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, see Miami University.

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The University of Miami (also commonly referred to as "UM" or simply "The U") is a private university, with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida.

The university is ranked among the top academic institutions in the United States and is particularly well known for its nationally-ranked programs in business, medicine, marine biology, and music. In 2004, the average weighted grade point average for students granted admission to the university was 4.0 and the mid-range SAT score was 1360. Sixty-three percent of University of Miami students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

The university was founded in 1925. It has a student body of over 15,000, and its campus spans 240 acres (1 km²) in Coral Gables. Its orange, green and white colors represent the different parts of the orange blossom tree. The university's current president is former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala.

The university's Iron Arrow Honor Society is one of the most selective and prestigious student honors organizations of any major U.S. university or college.

The university has been among the most successful in major collegiate sports, winning five Division I national championships in American football (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001) and four in baseball (1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001). The university is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Its traditional athletic rivals include the Florida State University Seminoles and the University of Florida Gators.

In 2004, the University of Miami's Convocation Center was the site of the first nationally televised U.S. presidential debate of the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, featuring President George W. Bush and his ultimately unsuccessful challenger, John Kerry.

Several university sattelite campuses are located in South Florida, most notably the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key, and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, which is located at Jackson Memorial Hospital in downtown Miami. The University of Miami is the largest private employer in South Florida.

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Organization

The university is organized into seven colleges:

  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies

There are also three graduate-level schools:

In addition, there is a Department of Continuing and International Education.

Notable alumni

Attended but did not graduate

Points of interest

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