42,000 apply for largest University of Miami class ever
The University of Miami has a record-breaking upcoming semester with 42,000 first-year applicants for fall in the university’s largest freshmen class ever at 2,800 accepted students – and one of the most ethnically diverse.
The international enrollment also has increased, from 8% to 9%.
“While 1% doesn’t sound like a lot, it is 40 more international students than last year,” said John Haller, vice president of enrollment management. “The university wants to be the most hemispheric in the U.S. We have a large population from Canada and Latin America.”
The new students have nine undergraduate colleges to choose from with flexible academic modality. “We are meeting students’ full financial needs, regardless of economic background,” Mr. Haller said. Financial aid is an award and is a factor in the increase of enrollment.
After the University of Miami’s hybrid model of pedagogy, partially online and in-person in the height of the pandemic, fall 2021 is going to be a fully physical learning environment. “There’s a general feeling that people want to be in close proximity with each other in a learning environment,” Mr. Haller said.
The University of Miami did not have any in-class transmissions of Covid-19, Mr. Haller said. Vaccination is not required for students but is encouraged. Those who are fully vaccinated do not have to be tested for covid twice per week like unvaccinated students do. They can also go mask-free in administrative areas such as labs, studios and offices. All staff and faculty are required to be vaccinated and masks will still be worn in the classroom.
Full financial aid, classes in-person and a diversity of programs to choose from helped fuel the Hurricanes’ incoming class growth. “People always look for the ‘one thing’ that led to growth,” Mr. Haller said. “But there isn’t just one. It’s a multitude. We have a unique and meaningful program, and internationally we communicate it well.”