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Since it is our spring break, it seemed the perfect time to go and visit with our DD who is currently a junior. Our DS is a sophomore at UMiami, but we wanted our DD to get her own trip with fresh eyes...Already big fans of UMiami, we were excited to go back for the whole tour/info session again. The place was packed! Obviously, alot of accepted seniors were there taking tours and checking out the place to help make their decisions. There were 3 large groups of tours going on at our time. Our guide was a senior and did an excellent job. Great enthusiasm for UMiami and a thorough tour. Weather was beautiful , although hotter than we expected, but it was a great tour for our DD. We had an info session in the Cosford Cinema with a very knowledgeable admissions rep and not much seems to have changed since we did this a few years ago. He did say that class rank is not looked at, although I find that hard to believe because it seems to matter alot in the scholarship race.
The campus looked beautiful and clean and we ate in the food court with our DS before our departure to visit more schools on our adventure. Good food in our opinions!
Of course our DD loved it and will definitely apply in the fall. Lots going on on the campus...softball intramurals, quidditch matches, prep for Relay for Life, random guys giving hugs in the bookstore area, one group selling Key Lime pies as a fundraiser, the list goes on. It was a friendly atmosphere with people walking by us, saying hello to our DS and wanting to meet us...I did look carefully for all of the stereotypical stuff that we read about the university...no snobby folks in sight. Diverse groups of people eating together, no ridiculously expensive cars in the parking lots either...lots of t-shirts and shorts and flipflops. Friendly students holding doors open for others, signs about upcoming events, it seemed like a normal campus of hustle and bustle and fun.
The other thing that I noticed was that whether the staff was a student or an older adult working, all were friendly, offered help if needed, and were overall pleasant.
We got to see the renovated wellness center...amazing!
So, my only suggestion is that if you are on the fence about whether to attend the U or not, go visit!