Freshman Admission Requirements

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1. Complete the Application

Complete and submit the Common Application online. Please make sure that you are using the same email address for every part of the application process, this also includes signing up for standardized tests.

The essay portion of the application provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their ability to write clearly and concisely and develop and communicate their thoughts. Applicants will choose one of seven specific prompts and write an essay of 250 to 650 words. Detailed instructions can be found in the Common Application

Please note: Your application is not complete and we cannot begin your application review until we receive all required forms. Your $70 non-refundable application fee can be paid when you submit the Common Application. For students applying for Spring or Fall 2018 admission, the Common Application will be available starting August 1, 2017

Once you submit your application, it will take approximately three days for us to receive and begin reviewing it. Please allow us several weeks from the application deadline to process your documents and post them in CaneLink. During the busy application period, CaneLink is your best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents. 

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2. Send Official Transcripts

The University of Miami only accepts transcripts coming directly from the high school or college as official. 

Please have your high school or college (if applicable) submit official transcripts/supporting documents electronically or by mail to:

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
PO Box 249117
Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117 

If sending via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or courier:
University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1320 S. Dixie Highway
Gables One Tower,Suite 945
Coral Gables, FL 33146

3. Send Official Test Scores

All testing must be completed by November for Early Decision I and Early Action applicants and all testing must be completed by December for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.

Test scores will only be accepted if they are submitted directly from the testing agency. If you take the test more than once, please ensure that the testing agency sends all of your scores so that we have your best performance on record. The Admission Committee will consider all official test scores from multiple test dates. We will use the highest composite score from among each test that you’ve taken. This is called super scoring. There is no limit to the number of test scores you may submit to us for your application.

We consider only the critical reading and math sections of the SAT for admission. Beginning Fall 2017, the ACT Plus Writing or the Redesigned SAT with optional Essay will be required for English Composition placement, but not for admission evaluation, for new undergraduate applicants.

Beginning in Spring 2016, applicants may submit scores from either the current or redesigned SAT. Students who take both tests will be evaluated on their best score. We will continue to super score the SAT. A concordance table is used to determine your highest critical reading and math scores, regardless of when the test was taken.

Test Codes:

  • SAT Code: 5815 
  • ACT Code: 0760 
Applicants currently studying OUTSIDE the U.S.

Students graduating from a secondary school outside the United States should not submit SAT or ACT scores. 

All students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information on scores, visit the TOEFL or Other English Proficiency Requirements page.

  • TOEFL Code: 5815

4. Complete the School Report

The School Report should be completed by the applicant’s high school guidance counselor and can be found on the Common Application website. It is typically submitted along with the applicant's high school transcript and a school profile. 

5. Letter of Recommendation

We require a letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor and a teacher evaluation. These can be submitted online through the Common Application or mailed to:

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
PO Box 249117
Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117 

If sending via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or courier:
University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1320 S. Dixie Highway
Gables One Tower, Suite 945
Coral Gables, FL 33146

6. Additional Requirements for Special Programs

If you are applying to any of the programs below, complete the supplemental application, submit a portfolio, and/or schedule an audition.

Bachelor of Architecture 
Portfolio highly recommended
Theatre Arts B.F.A. 
Supplemental Application
Dual-Degree Program
Supplemental Application
Supplemental Application (for Health Mentoring Program)
Frost School of Music 
Audition Requirements

7. If Applicable, Submit Your Financial Aid Documents

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply for financial assistance, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment website.

8. Check Your Application Status

After submitting your application, please allow 3-4 business days for the University of Miami to receive it. Upon receipt, we’ll send you an acknowledgment email containing your CaneID and instructions about how to log in to CaneLink. Please remember to check your spam, junk, and clutter folders for this email.

You can track your application and all supporting documents through our online student portal, CaneLink. During the busy application period, CaneLink is your best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents. To learn how to navigate your CaneLink account to track your application materials and view your admission decision visit www.miami.edu/appstatus