Miami is one of the most dynamic, artistically expressive and cosmopolitan cities in the United States. Southeast Florida is enjoying explosive growth rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, the gateway for Latin America and the Carribean. Disney World, the Everglades, Seaquarium, Metro Zoo, and the Parrot Jungles are popular students attractions. They can also head south for a weekend in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.
Florida International University's campus in southwest Miami-Dade County is about ten miles from downtown. The Biscayne Bay campus is located in North Miami. The University offers apartment-style housing for students at both the University Park and Biscayne Bay campuses. The facilities provide students with the opportunity to live with others in a convenient and supportive residential setting. The newest residence hall, Everglades Hall, opens in fall 2002. Most of the residence halls offer a full range of amenities for students, including cable TV, computer connectivity, study rooms, and computer labs as well as a swimming pool and various recreational areas.
Southeast Florida professional sports teams include the NFL Miami Dolphins, NBA Miami Heat, Baseball's Florida Marlins and Hockey's Florida Panther's.
The University of Miami's main campus is located on 260-acres in the City of Coral Gables, a suburb just south of Miami. Also known as The City Beautiful, Coral Gables boasts a vibrant business and cultural community set in a tropical, Mediterranean environment. Today, the University of Miami is the largest, most comprehensive private research university in the southeastern United States with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. Approximately 13,500 undergraduate and graduate students from every state and more than 140 nations around the world call UM home during the academic semesters. The University has grown from its main location in the City of Coral Gables to the Medical campus located in Downtown Miami, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key, the John J. Koubek Center in Little Havana, the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami, and the South and Richmond campuses in southwest Miami-Dade county. With more than 9,000 full-time faculty and staff, UM is the second largest private employer in Miami-Dade County. The University of Miami has become a mecca of cultural and social activities - from the Lowe Art Museum to the Cosford Cinema, from the Gusman Concert Hall to Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. UM has theatres, museums, galleries, an arboretum, and soon a new convocation and basketball arena, that are among the best in South Florida. The University of Miami Hurricanes have become major contenders in collegiate sports. UM's athletics teams have enjoyed unprecedented success on the fields, winning more than 20 national championships while UM athletes have earned 57 individual titles. The UM football team is the current national champion.
Miami-Dade Community College has six campuses along with numerous outreach centers throughout the greater metropolitan area. Opportunities to explore Miami's Art Deco District and Little Havana abound. Miami-Dade Community College is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the largest and best community colleges in the country. Six campuses and numerous outreach centers are located throughout the greater Miami area. North Campus is located on a 245-acre, fully landscaped site with free, lighted parking areas and a lake around which the buildings are clustered. Kendall Campus is situated 23 miles southwest of the North Campus on a 185-acre site. Focal points of the campus' award-winning landscape designs are the lakes and lush tropical growth. Wolfson Campus, the only urban campus, is located in the heart of Miami's business community and has two award-winning buildings. Medical Center Campus is located in Miami's medical/civic center complex. Homestead Campus is located on an 8-acre site in the historic business district of Homestead. InterAmerican Campus, the newest campus, is located in the heart of Little Havana, one of south Florida's most colorful and ethnically diverse communities. Off-campus commuter sites are located in the major suburbs.
Barry University in Miami Shores is located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami giving students easy access to all of the resources of South Florida. Barry's beautifully landscaped campus and Spanish-style architecture offer the perfect environment for quiet reflection and study. Seven air-conditioned residence halls on campus and extended housing off campus accommodate residential undergraduate students. All students may keep cars on campus. Barry also has a Department of Commuter Affairs that serves as a resource center for commuters. The Barry Buccaneers field twelve athletic teams that participate in the NCAA Division II and in the Sunshine State Conference. Since 1984, the Buccaneers have participated in fifty-six national tournaments, twenty SSC championships, and five national championships.