The University of Miami is on the fast track, accelerating progress throughout the institution.
Excellence in the classroom, pioneering research in laboratories, and service in the community—as well as our championship feats in athletics and the achievements of alumni—extend the boundaries of new knowledge, enhance quality of life, and drive our advancement as a major research university. The exceptional contributions of our talented and energetic students, world-class faculty, administrators, and friends, are both a source and reflection of substantial influence, inspiration, and greatness.
There has never been a more dynamic period at the University of Miami as wetake steps to achieve lofty goals—and our efforts are paying off. Key measures of quality are rising to record levels. There were 28,000 applications for 2,150 slots in the fall 2011 freshman class. The average SAT score (1315) and high school GPAs for entering freshmen were the highest ever. Sponsored research expenditures for FY 2011 were more than $361 million, representingmore than 2,800 extramurally funded projects. In 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked UM No. 44 in its "Best Colleges" listings, the fourth year in a row it has been among the top 50, and it continued to be the highest ranked school in Florida. U.S. News also cited several of its programs in “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”
The UM community is working together to create a university where education is second to none, groundbreaking research flourishes, and patient care eases pain and suffering. The support of our alumni and friends makes this possible.
We continue to build on the remarkable success of Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami which closed in 2007 and raised $1.4 billion from more than 131,000 donors. Fundraising totals for FY 2011 reached $172 million, nearly double the $86.2 million raised a decade earlier in FY 2002. Momentum has been the catalyst of one of our most dynamic periods, and continued generous support from alumni and friends has fueled a sweeping transformation throughout our institution. Everywhere you look the University is being reinvigorated—thanks to this investment in our students, faculty, programs, and facilities—and we are taking advantage of this momentum to further accelerate our progress.
This is an exciting time to be a Miami Hurricane—we are on the move.