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Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 03/29/2010

College Tour '10: University of Miami

By Valerie Strauss

University of Miami
From a parent

Even in the rain, the University of Miami campus looks beautiful. It’s not the way you expect to walk around a campus in Miami, or, rather, the lovely Miami suburb of Coral Gables, but the school had umbrellas for anyone on the tour who wanted one, and the rain, somehow, didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s mood.

The campus is landscaped so beautifully. I haven't seen anything quite like it, but then again, most colleges aren't in the sub-tropics. Lots of students--though certainly not all--walk around the campus in body-revealing clothing, but then again, it's Miami.

Perhaps most striking was how tough the academics seem. Anyone who went into the information session thinking that getting into Miami is a breeze and getting a degree even easier got a rude awakening. The man giving the information session made it clear that academic requirements have gone up in recent years, and that kids work really hard. Some great students we know got wait-listed, to their surprise.

I'd be happy here, but I'm not sure my kid felt the same way. I'm not sure why.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 29, 2010; 11:57 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, University of Miami  
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