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Do you love going to the beach? Do the blue water and the sparkling sand call your name, whenever you visit a new place near the ocean? If so, Miami might be an ideal place for your college education. And that’s not all. If you’re more of the nightlife person, Miami is also the place for you. The clubs and venues offer never-ending parties. The city is also one of the country’s most bilingual cities, so if you’re interested in immersion that improves your Spanish, Miami can be great for that. Regardless of where your interest lies, Miami has something for nearly everyone. Its reputation as a beautiful oasis with a strong party life is well-merited.
There are many different types of buses to consider when you’re booking your college trip, whether for SGA, a sorority, or a sports team. There are various sizes you can charter, as well as buses with different levels of amenities. The best bus for you will depend on what you’re looking for.
There are so many reasons to go to college in Miami. The beaches, the temperature, the sports teams. Miami has 59 different colleges and universities, which might make it a challenge to select the best match for you. Or, it might be hard to keep them all straight. We’ve gathered some of the universities and colleges here, in one place, so you can explore in bite-sized chunks.
The University of Miami was founded in 1925 and had its first class of full-time students in the fall of 1926. The community members who obtained the charter believed that the community had” unique opportunities to develop inter-American studies, to further creative work in the arts and letters, and to conduct teaching and research programs in tropical studies.” Its first president, Dr. Bowman F. Ashe (1926-52), steered the university through the land boom crash, overcoming bankruptcy, and a world war, among other things. Today the school has over 17,000 students, and they come from all over the world to be a part of what is one of America’s top research universities.
Florida International University is the largest university in the Greater Miami Region. It was founded in 1965 and its fall 2019 student body had nearly 60,000 students in attendance, across its various undergrad and grad programs. The school is a public research university and its motto is “Hope, Knowledge, Opportunity.” Its research is top-ranked and the university has been designated a “Carnegie Very High Research” institution. The main campus, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, is nestled in a 342-acre, 5 block span of West Miami-Dade, its original location. A fun fact about the original campus: it was founded on an abandoned airfield.
Miami Dade College was founded in 1959 as a public college (Dade County Jr. College) and today is the largest college in the Florida College System. When it first opened, they allowed anyone who could pay tuition to attend the school. It was fully desegregated in 1962. Miami Dade College serves over 165,000 students annually, making it the second-largest college in the United States. The main campus, North, had its first building completed in 1963. The school has expanded over the years into several other campuses and satellite locations. Their mission is to “change lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences.” In 2006, they welcomed their 1.5 millionth student.
Keiser University was founded by Dr. Arthur Keiser and his mother, Evelyn Keiser in 1977, to better serve adult learners who sought a career-focused education. It was originally begun as a for-profit college and operated in this manner until 2011, when Dr. Keiser sold the university to Everglades College Inc, which is a non-profit. In 2015, the school expanded when it purchased a 100 acre plot that had formerly been Northwood University’s Florida campus. Today the University has locations in 21 cities throughout Florida.
Barry University was founded in 1940 by two siblings, the Reverend Mother Mary Gerald Barry, OP, (prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters) and the Reverend Patrick Barry (Bishop of St. Augustine at the time). Although it was originally a women’s college, since 1970, the school is coed. The campus spans 122 acres (across several campuses) and serves nearly 9000 students per year. They have 60 traditional undergraduate degrees and more than 50 graduate programs. The school is still affiliated with the Dominicans, and until July 2019, a Dominican sister served as President. Its Dominican heritage influences its mission of fostering individual education and communal transformation.