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Students who completed the waitlist response form were notified of their status on Friday, June 23 via e-mail.

What is the waitlist and how does it work?

We are aiming for a class of 2,075 students this year. Admitted students have until May 1 to submit an enrollment deposit. If fewer students enroll than we expect, we will admit students from the waitlist to fill the class.

Why was I placed on the waitlist?

If we waitlisted you, it means we really like you and you do not need to improve on your application. You should, however, continue to do well in your classes, as we may call your school and check on your academic progress. If you have not included senior year grades in your application, please ask your guidance counselor to forward them to us.

What steps do I follow?

It is extremely important that you submit the electronic response form by May 1 if you are still interested in attending UM. We will only admit students from the waitlist who have responded by submitting the electronic form. You should also focus on choosing the best-fit college of those who have offered you admission. Waitlists are uncertain, so it is always best to ensure your happiness no matter what the outcome. You will want to make an enrollment deposit elsewhere by May 1.

When will the Committee review the waitlist?

The Committee reviews the waitlist on an ongoing basis as we monitor the class size.

Can I meet with a member of the Admissions Committee?

We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for waitlisted students. Instead, we ask that you put any information or updates in a written letter which will be added to your application file. If you do have a specific question, you may e-mail your admission counselor.

How does the Committee review the waitlist?

The Committee will review the whole application again, concentrating on any new information that has been submitted.

When will I be notified if I'm being admitted from the waitlist?

We are unable to determine the exact date when we may need to consider the waitlist, we advise you to not let any other firm admission offers pass.

Even though I haven’t been admitted, am I still guaranteed housing?

Yes. The University of Miami guarantees housing to all admitted freshmen. If you are admitted from the waitlist and you submit your enrollment deposit by the stated deadline, you will be able to submit your housing pre-payment. 

If admitted from the waitlist, will I receive any merit-based scholarships?

Please note that due to limited resources, students admitted from the waitlist are not eligible to receive institutional scholarships. Federal, state and institutional need-based financial assistance is offered on a funds-available basis.    

If admitted from the waitlist, when would I need to respond or deposit?

Once you receive an offer of admission, you will receive a candidate reply form with a matriculation fee amount which will need to be sent to us within two weeks, but preferably sooner.

How many students did you admit from the waitlist last year?

Historically, some of the applicants on the waitlist were offered admission to the University but this is not always the case. Applicants on the waitlist are not ranked. 

How many students will you admit from the waitlist this year?

We do not know. We will evaluate the use of the waitlist after the reply date of May 1.

Is there a rank on the waitlist?

We do not rank our waitlist. As places in the class open up, we will be pulling our waitlisted applicants using the same holistic review process we used in the initial evaluation, taking into account high school achievement, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, and those intangibles that come through in your essays and recommendations. In addition, your continued interest in attending the University of Miami will be a factor as well.

If I do not come off of the waitlist, can I reapply?

You have the option of reapplying for the next academic year either as a freshman or a transfer student.

If taken off the waitlist, do I have to come?

Students admitted off the waitlist are not required to enroll.