From first year to post graduates, the School is constantly looking for ways to improve upon the student experience. 312 future professionals are enrolled in UMSoA, preparing for leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, design, urbanism and related fields.
The faculty, staff, visiting lecturers and critics, and more than 2,000 alumni actively participate in achieving this goal.
Of the 312 students enrolled in 2015, 235 are undergraduate and 77 are graduate. Roughly one-third of our students come from Florida, another third from abroad and the remainder from the rest of the U.S., creating a truly diverse student body.
Enrollment by gender is 45% male, 55% female; average age of undergraduates is 21, and graduates 28.5.
Our students make up a diverse, global student body, bringing a richness of experience and culture to UMSoA that isn’t easily found other places.
Students are included in all UMSoA’s public events; lectures, exhibitions, receptions, the alumni barbecue and other academic and social events. Varied lecture series and other public programming, field trips, off-campus Final Reviews, service projects such as the UMSoA-wide U-Serve, enhance the out-of-classroom experience for all of our students.
In addition, all UMSoA students are encouraged to join one or more of UMSoA’s student organizations (both national and local). These include the AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, the Student Council, and the USGBC Students. UMSoA also has a chapter of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence in both graduate and undergraduate students.
Each November, the American Institute of Architecture Students participates in the Miami AIA -"Celebrate Architecture Month", with an exhibition of student work. There is also an annual art auction to raise funds for programs and carry out other campus activities.
Alpha Rho Chi is the national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. their brotherhood unites men and women for the purpose of fellowship and lifelong friendships and their mutual interest in professional development. This is exemplified by the fraternity’s motto: Fidelitas, Amor et Artes or “Fidelity and Love of the Arts.” Their student and alumni brothers study and practice architecture, interior design, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, and related disciplines. Alpha Rho Chi is a charter member of the Professional Fraternity Association.
The Student Council implements programs and events to enhance the students’ on-campus comfort. These include a managing student lounge, holding monthly bake sales (out of the Billy Goat coffee kiosk) and offering refreshments for students, during late-night study periods. Students can also contact the Student Council to voice concerns and make inquiries about issues within UMSoA.
The Council hosts an annual Black and White Ball at the end of the academic year, a popular social event for both students and faculty. Stay tuned to the UMSoA Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts for updates about fun and exciting Student Council events!
Finally, the US Green Building Council’s USGBC organization represents a union of students and young professionals who promote the integration of green building techniques and methods.