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University of Miami

August 5, 2011 / Posted by in Blog

(Written by Julia H.)

The University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida, has a reputation for being a party school. However, ever since current president, Donna Shalala, took control, the school has risen in popularity and also in the rankings. In 2010 U.S. News & World Report recognized UM as the No.1 school in Florida, and also ranked it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges.” The University of Miami is multifaceted and has much more to offer than just a good party.

The University of Miami is big on school pride. Hurricanes football is extremely popular among the community. Even though the stadium isn’t located on campus, all games are free and there is a shuttle to transport students to and from games. Team colors, green and orange, and the school mascot, Sebastian, are ubiquitous throughout the school, and often students will “throw up the U”, which is when they will make a U with their hands.

Students love the campus. Miami keeps its campus looking green and beautiful, and students often compare the campus to a country club. Hammocks and picnic tables are scattered throughout campus. Running through the center is a large pond that’s said to have manatees living in it. For parents who worry about kids never wanting to study because of the frequent beautiful weather, one student says, “I never have to worry about missing a really nice day because I just think that tomorrow will be just as beautiful.”

When you feel like leaving campus, the students of U Miami have a few options when it comes to fun. Not only do they have the ability to visit Miami, one of the biggest cities in the United States, which is less than 15 minutes away from campus; students can also go to places like Coconut Grove. South Beach is much different from the atmosphere on campus. The lively party scene of downtown Miami always has something going on and is alive with all different types of people.

Students are also able to get involved in whatever they want. Greek life is popular on campus, but doesn’t dominate the social scene. Students can also be part of the school publications, performing arts events, volunteering, student leadership, and much more. There really is something for everyone at the University of Miami.

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