Waitlist FAQs

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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 some students from the waitlist to fill the class.

Why was I placed on the waitlist?

The Admission Committee evaluated a particularly competitive applicant pool this year, with more than 33,000 students applying for 2,100 spaces in the freshman 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 electronic response form by May 1 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 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?

Applicants on the waitlist are not ranked and cannot defer their admission.

When will the Committee review the waitlist?

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

How does the Committee review students on the waitlist?

The Committee will review the whole application again, concentrating on updated senior grades and any new testing. 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 Admissions Committee?

We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for waitlisted students. Instead, we ask that you complete the electronic response form. If you do have a specific question, you may email your admission counselor.

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

Historically, some of the applicants on the waitlist are offered admission to the University, but this is not always the case every 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 June 23, 2018. 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 I am admitted from the waitlist, am I still guaranteed housing?

Housing is guaranteed to incoming first-year students in the fall provided they submit their $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit and their $500 housing pre-payment. Applying early will determine in part a student's future priority to access single rooms, be considered for room changes, and having earlier room selection appointment times. For more information please visit How to Apply for Housing.

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

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

Your enrollment deposit is due within two weeks from the date you receive your offer of admission, but preferably sooner.

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.

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

Students admitted off the waitlist are not required to enroll.