University of Miami freshman class grows by about 300
The University of Miami is welcoming one of its largest freshman classes ever for its centennial, with more than 5,000 students residing on campus.
UM has enrolled about 2,700 first-year students, said President Julio Frenk in this week’s welcoming video message addressing the university community for the first day of classes, around 300 more than last year, which saw 2,402 freshmen.
Around 19,000 university students, including the Miller School of Medicine, the School of Law and the School of Engineering, will be taking about 3,760 classes and will be taught by more than 17,000 faculty and staff, President Frenk said.
To accommodate this unprecedented number of new students, UM said in a statement that the university hires new faculty each year and now is following Covid-19 protocol for maintaining social distancing in all classrooms, without the need for extra classrooms.
“We come from different places and perspectives, yet we have a common denominator, we care,” President Frenk said in the video message, urging people to get vaccinated, wear a mask indoors and be mindful of “how your choices affect others, some of whom don’t have a choice.”
This year, UM will host 5,250 students in its university dorms and residencies.