Admission Process FAQs

What is the average freshman enrollment?   

Each freshman class is made up of approximately 2,075 students.

What is Early Decision?

Early Decision (ED) is a binding admissions plan, meaning that students admitted through Early Decision are expected to withdraw their applications to other schools and commit to enroll at UM in the fall. ED is intended for students who, at the conclusion of a thoughtful college search, determine that UM is their first-choice school. 

What is the difference between Early Decision I and II?

UM offers two ED plans, ED I and II. Both are binding admissions plans but they have different application deadlines and decision notification dates.

Application deadlines are listed on our website.

What are the advantages of applying Early Decision?

Applying ED is a great opportunity for students to show their commitment to UM. Because of the commitment required and displayed by a student when applying ED to UM, we do look favorably upon this specific population. This is not to say that an inadmissible student will become admissible, but rather it is another component of an individual’s application that we will consider during our holistic review process. ED I and Early Action applicants are considered for our Premier Academic Scholarships

What is Early Action?

Early Action (EA) is a nonbinding admission plan. Students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. 

What are the advantages of applying Early Action?

The chief advantage of EA is that it provides students with advanced notice of an admission decision (typically late January) and automatic consideration for our Premier Academic Scholarships. For many students, this enables better planning. It's a great option if UM is one of your top choices. 

There are, however, a few aspects of the EA process to be aware of before you apply.

  • EA is for freshman applicants applying for the fall term.
  • Students interested in the Theatre B.F.A. program are ineligible to apply under the EA notification plan because of the audition processes.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Admission promises no special privileges to EA candidates, such as giving your application materials a higher priority or a more lenient review.
  • Students must be able to meet the November 1 deadline. This means having all application materials submitted electronically or postmarked by this date. Standardized test scores must be submitted well in advance.
  • Because the EA decision is nonbinding, students are still permitted to apply to and enroll at another other school.                          

What are my chances of being admitted?

It is important to note the evaluation of applications by the Admission Committee is a comprehensive and holistic process that requires the applicant's candidacy to be evaluated on the basis of all of the information provided in the application and within the context of the full applicant pool. 

UM selects students on the basis of many factors, including academic record, extracurricular achievements, demonstrated leadership and community contribution, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation. We are especially interested in those students we believe will contribute to, as well as benefit from, our community.

There is no minimum standardized test score or grade point average to be considered for admission. See the Freshman Class Profile for an overview of the typical academic achievement and test scores of recently admitted students for a sense of our competitiveness.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

We do not set a minimum GPA. An applicant’s complete secondary school transcript (not just the GPA or class rank, if they are provided) is evaluated during the admission process. We understand that every school and every grading system is different. Admission counselors evaluate a student’s course rigor and academic accomplishment in the context of the school the applicant attends.

What courses are needed in order to be admitted?

UM does not prescribe a specific distribution of high school coursework requirements, only that students complete the requirements of their high school. Students are encouraged to pursue their intellectual interests, so long as it is not at the expense of the program’s overall rigor or their preparedness for college.

We do look for students who have taken a balanced set of the rigorous classes available to them. Most competitive applicants will have completed four full years of coursework in the five core academic areas of English, math, social studies, science, and foreign language. 

Do you recalculate GPAs? If so, how?

Each applicant is evaluated within the context of the high school(s) attended. We recognize that GPAs are calculated in many different ways. We will convert all students' GPAs to a 4.0 unweighted scale, use that value during our review of each application, and review the rigor of the curriculum separately.

Do you look at rank? What if my high school does not rank students?

Class rank can be an instructive measure of an applicant’s academic performance relative to their peers and is considered thoughtfully in conjunction with other data the admission office gathers about any given high school.

When evaluating a student attending a school that does not rank its students, we rely on data provided by the school to gain some sense of the student’s performance relative to his or her peers. Such information is always used responsibly. GPA and range distributions provide contextual information when the school does not release exact rank.

What if I did not take any AP/Honors courses? How will it affect me?

A student's curriculum plays a large role in the application review process. The Admission Committee will consider the rigor of your high school program. We like to see students challenging themselves with honors, AP, and/or IB courses (if they are available) as such courses will make your application more competitive in our admission process.

How important are extracurricular activities?

One goal of the admission process is to create a dynamic and active campus community, thus it is important that we evaluate how applicants have enriched their communities through extracurricular activities.

Extracurricular activities help us understand what is important to you, what you value, and how you might bring those values to the UM community. The most effective applications are those that clearly and concisely communicate which activities have had the most meaning to a student.

What matters most is not the volume of involvement or the number of leadership positions held, but rather the steady commitment to a handful of meaningful activities beyond your required academic coursework. We do take particular note of significant local, regional, and national achievements.

Is demonstrated interest a factor in the admission selection process? Are my chances of being admitted increased by visiting campus?

Demonstrated interest is not a factor in the application review process. Though we encourage students to visit campus to experience life at UM, it is not a factor in our decision-making process. The evaluation of an applicant’s admissibility is based on the various components of their application.

Helping prospective students assess their “fit” with Miami is important to us. Let us know how we can help you learn more about UM. If you are unable to visit our campus, we encourage you to take our virtual campus tour! 

How does legacy admission work?

We value the tradition of legacy applicants; perhaps the most meaningful indication of a graduate’s own experience in college is to recommend one’s alma mater to one’s children. In the admission review process, legacy status, which is for applicants whose grandparents and/or parents graduated from UM, is carefully reviewed. Additional family connections (such as siblings, uncles, aunts, or cousins) will be considered but do not constitute legacy status. 

The admission staff works closely with the Alumni Association to document legacy applicants through the admission review process. Please visit the Legacy Admission Program page to learn more information. Members of both the admission and alumni offices celebrate your family’s interest of continuing the ’Cane tradition—thank you for considering UM!

Are interviews required for prospective students?

With over 30,000 applicants each year, UM neither requires nor grants interviews.

How do the grades I earn during my senior year of high school factor in my admission decision?

Generally, for the purposes of admission into UM, we review an applicant’s coursework from grade 9 through the first term of senior year. Final high school transcripts are reviewed to ensure that students continued to maintain a level of academic achievement throughout their senior year.

I want to be considered for Early Decision, not Early Action or Regular Decision as I stated on my application. How can I switch my application option?

Please email admission@miami.edu with the subject line “Early Decision Agreement,” state your request to convert your application to ED I or ED II, and attach your Early Decision Agreement form with the required signatures.                                  

The Deadline to change from Early Action or Regular Decision to Early Decision I is November 6.

The Deadline to change from Early Action or Regular Decision to Early Decision II is January 5.

I’m undecided about my major. If I indicate “Undecided” on my application, will my application be at a disadvantage?

We fully understand that many students have yet to determine their academic path. Your application will not be at a disadvantage if you select “Undecided” as your major.

I am not sure about what to declare as a major.

If you are unsure or have not yet decided what you would like to study, you can choose ‘Undecided’ in the Common Application. Undecided first-year students will have the opportunity to meet with their advisor to discuss interests and explore options during the the school year.

Also, the Toppel Career Center offers career development resources and seminars to assist undecided students in choosing a path. With the help of a college advisor, students are able to determine the best major(s) to study to support their career goals.

Are a certain number of students accepted into each major?

Your intended major does not factor into our admission decision. We are looking for the best-talented students to attend the University of Miami. Our admission process is holistic and we review all your application materials. The Admission Committee will review your academic background and make an initial review based on what you like to study. For example, for engineering applicants, the Admission Committee will give special emphasis to math and science classes.

Can I switch my major?

If you would like to change your intended major, please notify us of this change at admission@miami.edu with the subject line "Major Change." Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on all correspondence. 

If I attended the Summer Scholars Program at UM, do I have to send in my transcripts?

Yes, you have to contact the Summer Scholars Program and have them forward your transcripts to our office. You can email them at ssp@miami.edu. Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on all correspondence.

My activities do not fit in the space provided on the application. May I send an additional resume or activities list?

Although the Common Application limits the number of activities you may report, this is typically more than enough space for most competitive applicants to communicate their most important and relevant commitments.

Please note that it is not necessary to report all of the activities you have ever participated in. You should only report your most recent activities, generally from grades 9-12, and those that have meant the most to you personally. Applicants should not submit additional resumes.

Will I receive credit for my AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP coursework?

For qualifying coursework, typically a minimum of three credits and/or advance placement is awarded for AP scores of 4 or 5 and for higher-level IB scores of 5 or above. No placement or credit will be awarded for IB subsidiary tests. Click here for a full list of qualifying coursework and scores.

How do I get credit for AP and college courses?

The University allows students to receive college credit toward graduation from the following programs:

  • Advanced Placement
  • International Baccalaureate
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

To have scores evaluated for University credit, request that your scores be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission from the College Board or your regional IB office prior to enrollment for consideration. 

A minimum grade of “C” is required for consideration of all dual enrollment courses, and no more than 60 credits may be accepted from these programs. For more information on the courses, visit:

Is there a limit on the number of credit hours (AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, or CLEP) a student can transfer as a high school student?

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