University of Miami sets application record
The University of Miami broke its record for the number of freshmen applicants, climbing 16% from 2021 to 42,000 to 49,000 for fall 2022, according to university officials.
Programs to guide student decisions about majors and careers, they say, have grown alongside the surge in applications in the fall.
“We are launching a new career mentorship program,” said John Haller, vice president of enrollment management. “Current and new students have a career mentor to help them see if they’ve chosen a major that interests them. The sooner you can initiate these conversations, the better. It’s not about saying yes to an area, it’s about saying no to things that don’t interest you.
Ninety percent of students come to the University of Miami with a declared major and 40% later change majors, Haller said. “We provide flexibility in the program and work hard to send a message about students’ ability to choose and find a match with the program we offer.”
A money management program has also been launched to help students with financial literacy.
“They learn how to pay tuition, manage money, and things like credit card debt they might incur after graduation,” he said. The program shows students their projected income, different taxes, and an example of possible rent with utilities.
“It’s usually catchy for students, because you think you’re going to graduate and it’s going to be easy, but you have to be careful,” Haller said.
The university also offers a freshman orientation course to help students find the right path and what they want to explore.
“In the fall of 2019, we had two sections for this course. This fall, we are offering 57,” he said. “We try to enroll as many first-years as possible in the class to ease the transition to college.”