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  • Am I considered a first-year applicant?

    You are considered a first-year applicant if any of the following apply:

    • You are still in high school/home school and have not yet received your high school diploma or the equivalent.
    • You have not yet received your high school diploma or the equivalent and are enrolled in an early college program or dual enrollment program.
    • You have received a high school diploma or the equivalent but have not enrolled full time at a post-secondary institution nor entered a college or university as a degree-seeking student. 

    If you fall in any of these categories, please submit a first-year Common Application

  • What is the average first-year student enrollment?

    Each fall first-year class is made up of approximately 2,100 students.

  • What is needed to complete the first-year application?

    The following materials are needed to complete the first-year application:

    • Common Application
    • Official high school transcripts (must come directly from the school(s) attended)
    • School Report from your college counselor
    • Two letters of recommendation (one counselor/one teacher)
    • Official ACT and/or SAT scores (must come directly from the testing agency)
    • Additional requirements for special programs, if applicable 

  • Which programs require supplemental materials?
  • Does UM accept the Coalition Application?

    No, we require all applicants to submit the Common Application

  • How much is UM’s application fee?

    UM’s nonrefundable application fee is $70, payable online via the Common Application. The fee applies to all applicants, regardless of state of residency or citizenship status. 

  • How do I get an application fee waiver?

    We do not provide application fee waivers. Students for whom the nonrefundable application fee presents a financial hardship should consult with their high school counselor about obtaining a fee waiver from College Board, NACAC, or ACT.

  • How do I submit my application fee waiver?

    Should you obtain a fee waiver, you can fax a copy to 305-284-2507 or email with the subject line "Application Fee Waiver." Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on all correspondence.  

  • What are UM’s admission deadlines?

    To view a complete list, visit our Options & Deadlines page. Students must submit their completed application (with all supplemental documents) by 11:59 p.m. (in your current time zone) on the stated date.    

  • Does UM accept late applications?

    Applications submitted after the listed deadlines will be considered late and may not be considered for admission.

  • What is Early Decision?

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

  • 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. Visit our Options & Deadlines page for more information.

  • What are the advantages of applying Early Decision?

    The admission committee looks favorably upon this specific population because students applying ED demonstrate their commitment to UM. 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. Aside from learning of your admission decision earlier, ED I applicants are considered for our Premier Scholarships.  

  • What is Early Action?

    Early Action (EA) is a nonbinding admission plan available to incoming first-year students. Students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to UM if admitted.  

  • 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 and automatic consideration for our Premier Scholarships. For many students, this enables better planning. It is 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 first-year applicants applying for the fall term.
    • Students interested in the Theatre B.F.A. program are ineligible to apply by the November 1deadline because of the audition processes.
    • All application materials must be submitted or postmarked by the November 1  

  • Which standardized test does the University of Miami prefer, ACT or SAT?

    There is no preference between the two exams. All students graduating from a school within the United States are required to submit an official score report directly from the testing agency. 

  • Do you superscore?

    Yes, we superscore both the ACT and SAT.

  • What is the latest date I can take the ACT and/or SAT?

    We will consider standardized tests that have been taken prior to the application deadline chosen, even if the scores arrive after. Although we will accept scores from later sittings, we cannot guarantee that your results will reach us in time to be considered by our admission committee.

  • What is the mailing address for application materials?

    UM encourages students to submit all application materials online through the Common Application, including required school documents. However, official transcripts/supporting documents may also be submitted electronically to or mailed to:

    University of Miami
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    P.O. 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

    Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on all correspondence.

  • I have more than two letters of recommendation. Will they be accepted?

    The Office of Undergraduate Admission only requires two letters of recommendation, one from a high school counselor and one from a teacher. Most applicants find this number is sufficient; and therefore, we encourage you to only submit two.

  • What if I submit my application on time but my letters of recommendation are not in by the deadline?

    While we understand that some documents will not arrive by the deadline, we ask that they arrive as close to the deadline as possible.

  • 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 each year. We are especially interested in those students we believe will contribute to, as well as benefit from, our community.

    While there is no minimum standardized test score or grade point average to be considered for admission, you can see the First-Year Class Profile for an overview of the typical academic achievement of recently admitted students for a sense of our competitiveness.

  • How does legacy admission work?

    In the admission review process, legacy status, which is for applicants whose grandparents and/or parents graduated from UM, is 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. For more information, visit the Legacy Admission page.

  • Does UM accept applications from home-schooled students?

    Yes, we do. In addition to meeting all the first-year admission requirements, we also encourage home-schooled students to submit a comprehensive explanation of their curriculum.

  • Does UM accept applications from students with a GED?

    Yes; when applying with the GED, applicants must submit official high school transcripts up to the time of withdrawal as well as the official GED score report and diploma.

  • Are interviews required for prospective students?

    With more than 34,000 applicants each year, UM neither requires nor grants interviews. 

  • Is demonstrated interest a factor in the admission selection 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 important are 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. Please note that extracurricular activities also include those outside of the school involvement as well as other personal commitments.

    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. 

  • May I send a resume?

    Applicants should not submit additional resumes. 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. You should only report your most recent activities, generally from grades 9-12, and those that have meant the most to you personally.

  • 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. 

  • What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

    We understand that every school and every grading system is different, which is why we do not set a minimum GPA. An applicant’s complete high school transcript is evaluated during the admission process. Admission counselors evaluate a student’s course rigor and academic accomplishment in the context of the school the applicant attends.

  • Do you recalculate GPAs? If so, how?

    We recognize that GPAs are calculated in many different ways, which is why each applicant is evaluated within the context of the high school(s) attended. 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?

    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.

  • What if my high school does not rank students?

    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. 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 my admission chances?

    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 AP, honors, AICE, Dual Enrollment and/or IB courses (if they are available) as such courses will make your application more competitive in our admission process.

  • 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, taking into consideration his/her senior year course selection. Final high school transcripts are reviewed to ensure that students continued to maintain a level of academic achievement throughout his/her senior year.

  • Will I receive credit for my Dual Enrollment, AICE, AP, IB, and/or CLEP coursework?

    To have dual enrollment courses evaluated for UM credit, submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. UM will only award credit once the official A-Level, AS-Level, CAPE, and/or Cambridge Pre-U exam certificate has been issued. Be sure that these documents are submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission no later than the end of your first semester of enrollment for review. Visit our Credit Information page for a full list of qualifying coursework and scores.

  • Do I receive credit for dual enrollment courses taken while in high school?

    A minimum grade of “C” is required for consideration of all dual enrollment courses. To have your credits evaluated for University credit, request that your official college/university transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

  • Is there a limit on the number of credit hours (Dual Enrollment, AICE, AP, IB, and/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.

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

    You don’t need to worry about sending them with your application for admission. If you are accepted and plan to enroll, then we will need them. At that time, contact the Summer Scholars Program and have them forward your transcripts to the admission office. You can email the program at Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on all correspondence.

  • I am not sure what I should declare as a major.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 UM. 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 taken in high school.

  • Can I switch my major after submitting my application?

    If you would like to change your intended major prior to you receiving your admission decision, email with the subject line “Major Change”, stating your request to change your major. Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on all correspondence.