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What Makes Us Unique

When Miami students talk about what they love about Miami, they describe the one-on-one attention they receive. The personal education they experience at Miami has been compared to those at the best private schools. That's why Miami is one of the original eight "Public Ivy" universities. Senior faculty teach classes, even first-year classes and Miami's primary focus is undergraduate education. There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate research, study abroad and leadership. Miami's gracious Georgian-style buildings are bordered by tree-shaded lawns, inspiring poet Robert Frost to declare the Miami campus "the most beautiful campus that ever there was."

Because of the personal support here, more students graduate on time compared to our peer universities and more Miami grads are accepted to law school and medical school than the national average. Students feel they can succeed.

Famous Alumni

  • Ben Roethlisberger - Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Benjamin Harrison (1852) - 23rd president of the United States
  • John Smale ('49) - Retired chairman of Procter & Gamble and General Motors
  • Joseph Ralston ('65) - Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
  • P.J. O'Rourke ('69) - Writer, satirist
  • Rita Dove ('73) - Pulitzer Prize winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate
  • Wayne Embry ('58) - Retired president of Cleveland Cavaliers, former player with 3 NBA teams

Fun Facts

Only partly a myth: If a couple kisses under the arch of Upham Hall, an academic building at the hub, they will will end up getting married. Our stats bear this out: Approximately 16.5 percent of Miami grads are married to other Miami grads, creating what we call "Miami mergers." To our knowledge, typical marriage rates are about 3-8 percent at other universities.

Traditions / School Myths

A long-held tradition still practiced today is that students must not step on the brass seal in the academic "hub" or they will fail their next test. For good luck, students rub the heads of the brass turtles at the base of a tall sundial near a residential quad.

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