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The University of Miami

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA- University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeB
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsB+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:

Quite Bright
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Date: Nov 10 2003
Major: Architecture (This Major's Salary over time)
One of the first things you notice about UM is the beautiful campus. Landscaping is great, sidewalks are kept clean, there are a number of fountains spread throughout campus, and most (certainly not all) of the various buildings have some positive aesthetic qualities. For the most part, walking to class in the mornings is rather enjoyable. The locale in which the campus is located is also rather attractive, and reflects the opulence that Miami has to offer. Downtown Miami is around 15-20 minutes away; South Beach around 30 minutes, there is however a traffic problem during rush hour, and travel times skyrocket. Overall, the school is in a very convenient location.

And now, on to the School of Architecture…

First and foremost, the workload is immense for architecture majors, and it picks up from Day 1. Many people aren't prepared for this, and end up dropping within the first weeks of class. This scares away a lot of people, and rightfully so, this isn't a major for people that want to "try out" architecture, it's geared toward people that already enjoy the subject, and are prepared to devote their time to it. The design studio takes quite a bit of time and commitment to complete a project, working on projects out of class is a must. Grading for design studio is generally based on a synthesis of three project grades that are completed over the course of a semester. There's not too much room for mistakes, as the school has rigorous academic standards.

The focus for the school is on manual drafting, there is a moderate amount of work done with CAD in the later years, but for the first three years (it's a 5-year program for a Bachelor's, 6 for a Master's) everything is done by hand.

Classes are all geared towards architecture, and the schedule is almost entirely planned out for students throughout their stay here, granted there is still opportunity to take electives. On average, around 12 credits a semester will already be predefined.

Overall, I would strongly recommend the school to anyone interested in becoming an architecture major. The faculty is great, and features a number of pioneers in the field of New Urbanism, as well as world-class professors. Classes are challenging but rewarding, and almost all of them are directly related to the major. Certainly worth the time and effort, in my eyes.

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