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What is the average freshman enrollment?    

Each freshman class contains approximately 2,025 students.

What majors are available at UM?

UM offers students a unique array of learning options in our nine undergraduate schools and two graduate professional schools. For a current list of undergraduate majors, please visit Majors by School or College.

Can you double major at UM? And if so, should I indicate my interest in doing so in the admission application?

Yes, UM not only allows but also encourages students the freedom to pursue double majors or a combination of majors and minors, especially in unrelated academic fields. Students may declare a second major once they are admitted to UM and enrolled in classes. They are not required to state their interest in a second major on their application for admission.

What is the General Education curriculum?

Our General Education curriculum is non-traditional. At UM, the Cognates Program comprises the Areas of Knowledge component of the University of Miami’s framework for General Education.

A Cognate, is a major, a minor, or a group of at least three courses, for at least nine credit hours, that share a theme or focus determined by the faculty. Each cognate has course options that provide flexibility to complete it.

What honors programs are available to UM undergraduates?

The university offers several honors programs designed to challenge and reward high-achieving students in a variety of fields. For more information, please visit our Programs of Distinction page.

Does UM provide opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research?

Absolutely, often as early as the student’s second semester of their freshman year at UM! As a private research institution, UM welcomes and encourages students who would be interested in pursuing faculty-led or their own original research. Please visit our Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach page.

How many units are required to earn a UM Bachelor's degree?

To receive a Bachelor’s degree from the University, the student must earn at least 120 credit hours (more in some schools or colleges), with a C average (2.0) or better.

What is UM’s student-to-faculty ratio and average class size?

UM has a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and more than 50% of undergraduate courses have 16 or fewer students.

Is there a limit of credit hours (IB/AP/Dual Enrollment/CLEP) that a student can transfer as a high school student?

The University allows students to receive college credit hours toward graduation from the following programs: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, and College Level Examination Program. To have Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Level Examination Program credit hours evaluated, the student must submit an official test result report to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

The University of Miami does not give credit hours for CLEP Foreign Language and General Examinations. Students taking Dual Enrollment courses (college courses taken while still in high school) must submit an official college transcript for review of potential transfer credit hours. Please refer to the transfer student section for requirements to transfer college coursework.

A student must submit official AP, IB, Dual Enrollment transcripts or CLEP results no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment for review. Documents submitted after this time period will not be reviewed and credit hours will not be awarded.

The University will accept no more than 60 credit hours from these programs to count toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Does UM offer study abroad programs?

Yes, The Office of Study Abroad offers programs as short as one week and as long as one academic year. You may study abroad on a program led by a faculty member, on a UM Semester-on-Location program, or on an exchange or affiliated university program.

Do you have a career services center?

Absolutely! The Toppel Career Center is our on campus career center. Their mission is to prepare students to make educated decisions as they explore the ever-changing landscape of careers. We achieve this through innovation and strategic connections with the University community and beyond.

Does UM offer summer programs for high school students?

Yes! UM offers an extensive array of summer programs for high school students. The Summer Scholars Program (SSP) provides a unique opportunity for high school students to study at the University of Miami for three weeks during the second summer semester and earn 6 credit hours.

Students will either live on campus or participate as a commuter. 

SSP is designed to expose high school students to university academics and campus life before commencing undergraduate studies. Interested high school students should seek further information and application requirements. Get a preview of the Hurricane experience! Visit UM’s Summer Programs page