The University of Miami comprises a plurality of races, ethnicities, languages, customs, and faiths. This multicultural environment reflects our location in one of the world’s most dynamic and multicultural cities. It mirrors the increasingly diverse face of our nation and society. And it’s an integral component of life at UM, creating a vibrant mosaic of perspectives that enriches our students’ educational experience in countless ways.

Our students come from varied socioeconomic backgrounds and all walks of life. Nearly half of are Hispanic, Asian-American, or African-American, and about one in eight UM students are from outside the U.S. More than 20 percent of the undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Business Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences hail from other nations, as do more than 13 percent of students at the College of Engineering. In all, UM is the academic home of nearly 1,700 foreign students of all levels from more than 110 countries as diverse as Peru, Pakistan, and Poland.

To read an article in Miami magazine about our international students, click here.

The University of Miami’s diversity also is evident in our full-time faculty, which is nearly 36 percent minority—making UM one of the most diverse major private research universities. Another 1,000-plus lecturers, adjunct faculty, researchers, and observers arrive from all over the world each year.

The University of Miami has been acclaimed in prominent publications for its extraordinary diversity. Recent recognitions include the following.

Rated No. 1 for Diversity in The Princeton Review: UM was ranked No. 1 in “Race/Class Interaction” in the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, The Best 373 Colleges. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 122,000 students attending the colleges in the book. For more information, click here.

Rated highly for Hispanic students: The Hispanic Business 2010 Diversity Report named three University of Miami graduate schools among the top ten U.S. schools for Hispanic students.

UM’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, ranked among the top five by Hispanic Business for the past five years, garnered the second spot for the second year in a row.

UM’s School of Business Administration is ranked No. 4 in the nation. The school’s full-time faculty is more than 20 percent Hispanic, and nearly a quarter of its full-time M.B.A. class of 2008 was Hispanic

UM’s School of Law—one of the nation’s main educators of bilingual law students—went up three slots from last year to become No. 3 in this year’s ranking.

Rated highly for minority business students: The University of Miami School of Business Administration was rated No. 6 in the nation among business schools that provide the greatest opportunity for minority M.B.A. students by The Princeton Review in 2009. The ranking is part of a book, The Best 301 Business Schools, published annually by the education services company.

Diversity, cultural sensitivity, and a global perspective are vital components of the curricula, research, and outreach activities of many UM schools, colleges, departments, and programs. Programs devoted specifically to global and cultural diversity issues include theCenter for Latin American Studies and the Knight Center for International Media.

Health studies programs devoted to addressing community and global health disparities include the Jay Weiss Center, the University of Miami Global Institute, and Project Medishare for Haiti at the Miller School of Medicine and El Centro and the WHO-PAHO Collaborating Centre at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Information about scholarships available to UM students, including several geared toward those of various ethnic and cultural groups, is available here.

UM’s varied student organizations include many that focus on ethnic identity and culturally oriented interests and activities. For more information about multicultural student activities, click here.

In addition, community outreach at UM encompasses many activities geared to addressing the concerns of our neighboring communities and exploring international issues. For more information, visit ’Canes in the Community.