The University of Miami welcomes the new semester

  • 20-year-old Junior Nikki Bruno of Freehold, New Jersey practices her clarinet with the UM marching band as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 18-year-old Andrew Jerez-Fernandez plays his tuba with the UM marching band as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 18-year-old Bhavick Patel of Sanford, North Carolina gets help from his family as he moves into his dorm as the fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Katrina Seligmann, a visiting research Fellow at the Cuban Heritage Collection, studies in the library as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami which was just named by U.S. News and World report as the top school in Florida. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 20-year-old Junior Nikki Bruno of Freehold, New Jersey practices her clarinet with the UM marching band as the 2010 fall semester begins. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 20-year-old Russell Kotch of Weston buys books for the 2010 fall semester at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • UM President Donna Shalala sits in a rocker talking to a parent outside the Stanford Residential College as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 21-year-old Ronald Cortina, a swim teacher and a member of the Miami Diving Club team, dives from the 10 meter platform at the UM pool as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • UM President Donna Shalala meets and greets students and their parents as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • UM President Donna Shalala chats with new roommates 17-year-old Brittani Campelo of New Jersey and 18-year-old Christine Callahan of Maryland as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Wendy Wyman of Charlotte, North Carolina, helps her 17-year-old daughter Kylie Wyman move into her dorm as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 18-year-old Cao Zhiyi has her picture taken with UM President Donna Shalala as the 2010 fall semester begins at the University of Miami. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Freshman students stream past rows of royal palms outside the Richter Library, during a walking orientation tour on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Freshman students walk from the Whitten University Center, background, during a walking orientation tour on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Workmen repair a terrazzo walkway at the Dooley Memorial Classroom Building as they prepare for the fall semester on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Freshman students stream across Feldenkreis Plaza outside the School of Education during a walking orientation tour on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Freshman students walk through lush tropical vegetation near the Whitten Learning Center during a walking orientation tour on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Students out early walk through Feldenkreis Plaza beside the School of Education on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • An early morning walker, left, crosses the lush tropical landscape beside the Dooley Memorial Classroom Building on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Freshman students walk from the Dooley Memorial Classroom Building, background, during a walking orientation tour on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Freshman students walk from the Ashe Administration Building, background, beneath large Royal Poinciana trees, seen in silhouette in the foreground, during a walking orientation tour on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus Saturday morning, August 21, 2010. JOHN VANBEEKUM / FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER