Univ. of Miami Makes Top Ten List of ‘Top 100 Social Media Colleges’ releases inaugural list, UM #8 in the nation


MIAMI — March 31, 2011 — announced the list of “Top 100 Social Media Colleges.” The University of Miami(UM) ranked number eight nationally on this inaugural compilation. Also making the top 10: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, United States Military Academy, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Florida and University of Oregon.

“Social media is a powerful way of connecting with our constituencies,” said UM Vice President for University Communications Jacqueline R. Menendez. “It has provided an interactive forum where our target audiences are able to engage in a two-way conversation with the university.”

UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science announced the launch of its revamped, UM-branded web site in January 2011. The updated web portal is devoted to interactive information and science education, and provides a link to some of the hottest environmental research — from oceans to land to air — taking place today. The site offers an enhanced interactive user experience that includes improved navigation, search engine optimizations (SEO), rich content and links to social media resources and RSS features.

According to sponsor Avenue100 Media, the research started with a comprehensive list of more than 6,000 post-secondary degree-granting institutions in the U.S. for which they had compiled information for the StudentAdvisor site. To arrive at the inaugural list, the data included total Facebook fan counts, total number and effectiveness of Twitter followers among other factors. is a comparison resource for students, parents and lifetime learners.

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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