Achieving the Promise of Greatness

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 we take steps to achieve lofty goals—and our efforts are paying off. Key measures of quality are rising to record levels. The class of 2017 is the highest-achieving class in our history. We received a record number of applications, students had a median SAT score of 1325, and we’re now competing with an elite set of peer schools such as USC, Boston College, NYU, and Tulane. Sponsored research expenditures for FY 2013 were more than $346 million, representing more than 2,250 extramurally funded projects. In 2013 for the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked UM among the nation’s top 50 colleges, 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.

In February 2012 we initiated the Momentum2 campaign, a sweeping $1.6 billion initiative to advance excellence, innovation, and opportunities in teaching, scholarship and research, patient care, and service. Our results have surpassed our optimistic expectations—as of October 2013 we’ve raised a remarkable $1.18 billion from more than 160,000 donors. This current effort and the first Momentum campaign, which raised $1.4 billion, have 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.

Donna E. Shalala President