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The University of Miami has been described as a major research university set in a tropical garden. As one of only 26 private research universities to operate both a law and medical school, the University of Miami is truly fortunate to be located in one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the country. Currently celebrating its seventh decade of achievement, the University comprises 14 schools and colleges devoted to various fields of study from architecture to international studies.

The University traces its beginnings to 1926 and the origins of the city of Coral Gables, a community marked by Mediterranean architecture and lush landscaping. When developer George E. Merrick made a gift of land and a cash endowment as the University's foundations, he envisioned an institution of higher learning that would embrace both American continents. A history of strong institutional leadership has enabled that vision to triumph: the University of Miami has established an international presence in medicine, engineering, law, the marine sciences, and other disciplines.

Today, the University enjoys a well-earned reputation for academic excellence, both for the quality of its students and its faculty. The learning environment continues outside the classroom in five student residential colleges, modeled after those found in Great Britain at Oxford and Cambridge.

Through these and a number of other innovative programs, the University has met the academic challenges of a student population representing all 50 states and more than 100 nations. At the same time, the University has addressed the needs of a diverse and vibrant South Florida community.

On its Coral Gables campus, the University proudly reflects its subtropical surroundings. Sixty-two majestic royal palm trees line the Stanford Drive entranceway to the campus, setting the stage for 260 acres of tropical flora. Hundreds of oak and mahogany trees, coconuts palms, and numerous other species provide greenery and shade for a network of fountains and walkways that criss-cross the grounds.

Other University of Miami campuses include the Medical Campus, which comprises 12.5 acres within the 67-acre UM / Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex; the Rosenstiel Campus, home of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science which is located on a 16-acre waterfront campus on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay; and the South Campus, a 106-acre site utilized for conducting research and development projects.