Prospective Student FAQs

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While this list is not exhaustive, below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions from students and their families at college fairs and other prospective student events.

Do you have such and such major?

When you hear this question, you can refer students to the list of academic majors on the back of the travel brochure. If students are asking very specific questions related to a major, feel free to a direct them to our Majors page (, where they can find more information.

What are the requirements for admission?

UM uses a holistic review process, meaning that every aspect of a student’s application is considered, including: Common Application, Letters of Recommendation, High School Transcripts, and Standardized Test Scores.

It is important to explain that the evaluation of applications is a comprehensive and holistic review process. There is no minimum standardized test score or grade point average to be considered for admission. Feel free to direct students to our Freshman Class Profile ( page for an overview of the typical academic achievement and a sense of our competitiveness.

Does UM offer merit scholarships?

Yes, UM awards merit scholarships to incoming undergraduate students based on their academic achievements regardless of their citizenship. There is no separate application required; applicants are automatically considered for an academic scholarship when they apply for admission to UM.  

The criteria for awarding scholarships are based on a comprehensive review of the applicant pool each year. Feel free to direct them to our Scholarships page (, where they can view our different academic scholarships.

What is the cost of attendance?

The on-campus cost of attendance for the 2018-2019 academic year is $68,458, which includes student tuition ($48,720), fees ($1,506), on-campus room and board costs ($14,108), and additional estimated allowances for books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses ($4,124). 

Feel free to also elaborate on your experiences and the value of a UM education. 

Is living on campus mandatory?

Nonlocal freshmen are required to live in University housing for two academic semesters (their first year). Thereafter, students have the option to live on campus or off. Living on campus offers a chance to live and interact with culturally diverse students and receive support and enhanced learning opportunities. 

Can I have a car on campus?

While freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus, the University offers numerous transportation options including but not limited to Zipcars, carpooling, bicycling, on-campus shuttles, Metrobus, and Tri-Rail.  

When can I visit and tour campus?

Unless otherwise noted, we offer information sessions and student-led walking tours Monday through Friday. Saturday information sessions and tours are available on select weekends throughout the year. There are also many open houses each year for prospective and admitted students. Students and their families can see our campus visit schedule and register online on our Visit page (

Can I apply to UM as an undecided? When do I have to declare my major?

Yes, students are able to apply to the University as undecided. Students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. By that time, students should have taken a few preliminary courses in a field that interests them.

What is the general education curriculum at UM?

UM’s framework for general education is nontraditional, as our Cognates Program aims to provide a broad array of intellectual and cultural exploration through the Areas of Knowledge. A cognate is a group of three courses that share a theme or focus determined by the faculty. To learn more, students should visit our Cognate Search Engine (

What is UM's average class size?

The average class size at UM is between 16 and 26 students.

What student organizations are available on campus?

There are currently over 300 registered student organizations. Therefore, whether students attend an on-campus play, put their diving skills to the test as a member of the scuba club, participate in a community service project, or help to plan Homecoming festivities, they are bound to find an organization that interests them or they can start it.

Our student organizations empower students to participate in and interact with a diverse and broad spectrum of backgrounds and interests while helping to shape the UM experience for yourself and others. 

Is there Greek life at UM?

Yes, UM currently boasts over 2,500 students in our 20 fraternities and sororities. Feel free to direct students to our Greek Life ( page for more information.

Does UM offer study-abroad programs?

Yes, the Office of Study Abroad offers programs as short as one week and as long as an academic year that accommodate students in all disciplines. Currently UM offers over 80 programs in more than 40 countries. You may study abroad on a faculty-led program, on a UM flagship program, or on a UM Partner Program. Feel free to direct students to our Study Abroad page ( for more information. 

Whom should I contact if I am a prospective student interested in intercollegiate athletics at UM?

Students or their coaches should contact the appropriate coach at UM. The Hurricane Athletics department directory can be found at the official Hurricane Athletics website (

Does UM have intramural and/or club sports?

Yes, UM offers both an intramural and a club sports program. For more information, feel free to direct students to our Sports and Recreation ( page.