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University of Miami

University of Miami, commonly referred to as "UM" or simply "The U", is one of the leading private research universities in the United States. The main campus, spanning over an area of 240 acres, is located in Coral Gables, Florida. It is ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the United States. The university was chartered in 1925 as an institution of higher learning. The doors opened in 1926 with two colleges and an evening division. More than 560 students were enrolled in the inaugural class. Four colleges, three graduate-level schools, and a library were added during the administration of Bowman F. Ashe (1926 through 1952), its first president. With the addition of several research centers and institutions, the university gained the present status in 2001. This non-sectarian institution delivers 150 undergraduate, 130 graduate, 60 doctoral degree, and two professional courses in law, music, medicine, marine biology, engineering, communication, business, arts and science, and architecture through its 12 colleges and schools, along with the division of continuing and international education. More than 15,000 students, representing almost all the states in the U.S and around 110 foreign countries, are enrolled each year. More than 10,000 full-time and part-time faculty and staff serve the university. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, which is one of the best in the nation. The University of Miami libraries, comprising of the Richter Library (central facility) and a network of libraries in affiliated colleges, keep about 2.5 million volumes, 15,400 print serial subscriptions, 3.9 million microforms, and give access to more than 30,000 e-journals and 254,000 e-books and databases. Thousands of magazines, annual reports, newsletters, admissions-view books, guidebooks, maps, and brochures are published each year. The University of Miami is also an active participant in the intercollegiate, national champions, and NCAA championships. It is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The university is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and 21 professional accrediting agencies. It is a member of the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Association of American Colleges, along with a number of prestigious organizations.