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  • What is the waitlist and how does it work?

    A waitlist is a list of students whom we may still consider for admission if our class of 2,100 first-year students is not full. 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 our first-year class in the fall.

  • Why was I placed on the waitlist?

    The Admission Committee evaluated a particularly competitive applicant pool this year, with more than 38,000 students applying for 2,100 spaces in the first-year class. Our decision to offer you a place on the waitlist reflects our belief in your potential, and we encourage you to keep the University of Miami as an option.

  • What steps do I follow?

    It is extremely important that you submit the waitlist reply form by April 12 if you are still interested in attending UM. We will only consider admitting those students from the waitlist who have responded yes by submitting the electronic response form; otherwise, we will withdraw your application.

    You should also focus on choosing the best-fit college from those that have offered you admission. Waitlists are uncertain, so it is always best to ensure you have an alternate plan in place. We encourage you to make an enrollment deposit elsewhere by May 1.

  • Is there a rank on the waitlist?

    Students on the waitlist are not ranked.

  • When will the Admission Committee review the waitlist?

    We are unable to determine the exact date when we may need to consider the waitlist.

  • How does the Admission Committee review students on the waitlist?

    The Admission Committee will review the entire application again, concentrating on updated senior grades, and if applicable, any new testing. The University of Miami reserves the right to be aware and consider demonstrated interest when deciding which students it may need to admit from the waitlist. A student’s level of interest and their most recent performance will be key considerations for us. 

  • Can I meet with a member of the Admission Committee?

    We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for waitlisted students. If you do have a specific question, you may email your admission counselor directly.

  • How many students have been admitted from the waitlist in past years?

    This number varies each year, and we are unable to predict at this point in time if or the extent to which we will use the waitlist for fall 2019. Historically, in the past several admission cycles, we have admitted between 30 and 175 students (again, the number can vary significantly depending on the year). 

  • When will I be notified if I am admitted from the waitlist?

    If this opportunity for enrollment does arise, we will notify you as soon as possible, but no later than August 1. Since 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. 

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

    Due to limited financial resources, students admitted from the waitlist are not eligible to receive institutional scholarships or grants. Federal and state financial assistance is offered on a funds-available basis provided students complete all required financial aid documents.

  • If admitted from the waitlist, when would I need to send my deposit?

    Your enrollment deposit is due within one week from the date you receive your offer of admission but preferably sooner.

  • If admitted from the waitlist, am I still guaranteed housing?

    Housing applications received after May 1 are accepted on a space-available basis. Historically, first-year students are accommodated. Visit our How to Apply for Housing page for more information. 

  • If admitted from the waitlist, do I have to come?

    Students admitted from the waitlist are not required to enroll and cannot defer their enrollment to a future term.

  • If I am not admitted from the waitlist, can I reapply?

    You have the option of reapplying as a transfer student after successfully completing a year of study (10 courses) at an accredited institution.