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Points of Pride

For a snapshot of notable achievements that took place at the University of Miami in 2016, browse the Points of Pride website, view the flipbook, or download the PDF.

Nationally Ranked

The University of Miami  is consistently  ranked among the top research universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual "Best Colleges" issue. In the 2017 report, UM is ranked No. 44 out of 310 institutions nationwide.

The Miller School of Medicine cracked the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015

“Best Graduate Schools” rankings, and continued its climb in the 2016 rankings. For 2016, the School is ranked No. 45 and has moved up 11 spots since 2006.

U.S. News & World Report listed several other UM graduate programs in its 2016 America’s Best Graduate Schools edition, including clinical psychology, health care management, physical therapy, and geological sciences. 

The Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was rated the nation’s No. 1 ophthalmology program for the twelfth consecutive year in U.S. News’s annual 2016 Best Hospitals rankings.

Financial Times ranked the School of Business Administration’s Executive MBA program No. 19 among all U.S. stand-alone Executive MBA programs, and No. 1 in Florida.

HispanicBusiness magazine ranked the School of Business Administration No. 9 in the country for Hispanic students.

The University is ranked No. 28 on the Top 100 Social Media Colleges list from, which tracks how schools engage audiences through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iTunes, and other social media.

Princeton Review named UM a Best Southeastern College in 2014, and ranked it No. 3 for Race/Class interaction.

The University of Miami is ranked No. 193 of 400 top world universities by the Times Higher Education, which bases its 2012-2013 World University Rankings on teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

The Active Times ranked the University of Miami No. 39 on its list of the 50 Fittest Colleges, schools that emphasize on keeping students active, promote athletics, and provide healthy dining options.

Bright New Students (Fall 2014)

The mean SAT score of the incoming 2014 freshman class was 1320.

Our student selectivity ranking reached an all-time high of 36, up from 39 in 2012.

About half of new freshmen graduated in the top 5% of their high school class, and 66 percent graduated in the top 10%.

Momentous Success

In May 2015, the University of Miami concluded Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, its ambitious fundraising campaign with a $1.6 billion goal. Nearly 138,000 donors contributed to the campaign, which benefits scholarships and student support, facilities and equipment, faculty support and research, medical care and research, and other programs and general support. 

More than 71 endowed student support scholarships were established; more than 30 endowed chairs, directorships, professorships were established; and more than 28 facility projects continue to change the landscape on all three University campuses.

Breakthrough Research

The Miller School of Medicine was ranked at No. 40 in National Institutes of Health funding in 2013, solidifying its position as the top NIH-funded medical school in Florida.

In February 2013 Ricardo Komotar, assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of surgical neuro-oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, uses an innovative laser technique to eradicate a brain tumor from a 64-year-old West Palm Beach man. The laser tumor ablation was performed at University of Miami Hospital, the only facility in the southeastern U.S. offering the procedure.

The University installed its first fully research-dedicated functional MRI (fMRI) for human brain imaging. The fMRI,located in the new Neuroscience Annex on the Coral Gables campus, places researchers from the College of Arts and Sciences and Miller School of Medicine at the forefront of scholarship in brain function and neurological health.

Amishi Jha, associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is using the University’s new neuroscience fMRI to explore how mindfulness training may help the brain become more resilient, attentive, and happier. Jha’s lab has received more than $3.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and donor support. Her article on mindfulness training was the cover story for the March 2013 issue of Scientific Mind.

Bringing Florida into the NIH-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Study, Miller School of Medicine HIV/AIDS researchers in February 2013 are awarded $8.5 million over five years to provide clinical, behavioral, and basic science insights into the changing demographics of the HIV epidemic among women in the United States.

The Office of Naval Research awarded the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) a three-year, $16.5 million contract to continue collecting, processing and furnishing data from commercial satellites. Operated by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, CSTARS radar images help scientists understand oceanographic and terrestrial processes and aid in humanitarian relief operations during natural and manmade disasters.

In October 2013, oceanographers from the University of Miami, Duke University, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were awarded $16 million in grants from the National Science Foundation to deploy a new observing system in the subpolar region of the North Atlantic that will measure the ocean’s overturning circulation, a key component of the global climate system.

Accelerating Academics

Seven students received Fulbright scholarships to conduct research and teach during the 2014-2015 academic year in different countries around the globe, including France, the Netherlands, Zambia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Brazil.

The University launched a brand-new undergraduate curriculum called the Cognates Program of General Education in 2013. Unique among higher education, the curriculum allows students to take courses throughout the University’s diverse array of schools, colleges, and disciplines. Students are able to fine-tune their academic path by choosing Cognates (sets of at least three related courses) that tap into their individual interests and career goals.

The UM Debate Team, which won the national championship for the forensics and debate honorary Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha in March, advanced to No. 8 in the 2013 National Debate Tournament Rankings. UM holds court over more than 100 other schools, including Northwestern, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Emory.

A UM team of two M.B.A. students and three M.D./M.B.A. students placed third among 24 collegiate teams addressing the issue of world sanitation and its impact on China’s foreign aid policy at Emory University’s Global Health Case Competition in March.

Leading the University of Miami into the next frontier of education, the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology established a unique degree program that will enable industry and government scientists to remain on the job—and in their labs—while earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

For the fourth time, the School of Nursing and Health Studies received a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing grant, which will support ten students in the school’s Accelerated B.S.N. program during the 2013-14 academic year.

Mary Bartlett Bunge, professor of cell biology, neurological surgery, and neurology at the Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. In another remarkable achievement, Bunge also received a five-year renewal of NIH funding for her 39-year-old individual research grant.

Transforming the Face of the U

University of Miami’s new Student Activities Center (SAC) opened in August 2013, with a formal dedication of the Student Center Complex – which includes the SAC, the renovated Whitten University Center, the redesigned UC Patio, the U Statue and the UC Rock – taking place on November 7, 2013. In April 2015, the Student Activities Center was renamed the Donna E. Shalala Student Center in honor of UM's fifth president who stepped down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year and was succeeded by Julio Frenk, who began his tenure in August 2015.

The Theodore G. Schwartz and Todd G. Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, named by father and son donors and a part of the Isadore Hecht Athletic Center, was dedicated in October 2013. The 34,000-square-foot multipurpose facility showcases enhanced football facilities, including a football locker room, players’ lounge, Gallery of Champions celebrating the legacy of Hurricane Athletics, and a new academic center for student-athletes.

The new Patricia and Harold Toppel Career Center, doubling the space of the original Toppel Career Center, was dedicated in early 2014. The 12,000-square-foot center made possible by a generous gift from UM alumna and Trustee Patricia Toppel features the latest innovative technology and space for workshops, panel discussions and interview sessions.

Also in 2013, the University opened a new, 37,700-square-foot neuroscience building adjacent to the Cox Science Center, creating an interactive hub for interdisciplinary health research based on neurological imaging. The facility houses a cooperative group of research personnel from the psychology and biology departments, as well as other UM departments and the Miller School of Medicine.

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex, a facility that will enable scientists to conduct research on climate, marine animals, and the Earth’s oceans, will be dedicated in fall 2014. Work also continues on the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios at the Frost School of Music, providing classroom, teaching, and practice space.

Updated Summer 2015.