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The University of Miami will pilot “test optional” admission for all students applying for Fall 2021. The temporary move to drop standardized testing requirements will hopefully eliminate some of the stress students are feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that when applying via the Common Application, prospective students may choose whether or not to self-report their test scores. If they choose to self-report their test scores on the Common Application, they may designate whether or not they wish to have those test scores used in the selection process. Applicants will not be required to self-report test scores on the Common Application.

"By eliminating this extra obstacle at this stressful time, we hope the University of Miami will not only attract even higher quality students but relieve applicants’ anxiety about how to take these tests safely amid a global pandemic, while affirming our recognition of many forms of student excellence well beyond those of standardized tests.”

Jeffrey Duerk, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs

Fall 2021 Supplemental Essay Prompt

In addition, all Fall 2021 prospective students will be required to submit a 250 word supplemental essay that focuses on resilience with the Common Application.

The University of Miami's official mascot is the ibis. Folklore maintains that the native marsh bird is the last to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to emerge once the storm passes, making it an apt symbol of courage and resilience.

Considering your ability to control your own motivation and behavior, how have past experiences helped build your courage and resilience to persist in the face of academic and life challenges so that, once these storms pass, you can emerge in continued pursuit of your goals?

 

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