First-Year Fall FAQs

Congratulations, you’re a 'Cane! But now what? You have questions. We have answers. Here are the most common questions we get from newly admitted first-year students.
  • When will I be notified if I received any merit scholarship or an invitation to the honors program?

    Your application for admission is used to determine your eligibility for all merit-based scholarships and honors awarded. These awards will be included with your admission offer.

  • Does UM match merit scholarships offered by other colleges/universities?

    No, UM does not match offers made by other colleges/universities—but we congratulate you on your academic achievements that have led to so many wonderful opportunities, including admission to UM.

  • Can I still apply for financial aid if I haven’t already?

    Yes. Even if you missed a deadline, you can still apply, however, you must be aware that you will be at an extreme disadvantage. Be sure to complete both the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

  • I am dropping a class in high school after being admitted. What do I do?

    It is important to note that academic rigor and performance always come first. Before dropping a class in one of the core academic subject areas, please seek approval from your assigned admission officer. Also, please make sure to fulfill your high school graduation requirements.

  • Is it possible to switch majors prior to enrollment?

    The admission office will facilitate switching majors up until May 15. Admitted students who wish to change majors must email admission@miami.edu requesting to have their major switched. After May 15, deposited students need to contact the school or college directly.

    If you email us, please put "Major Change" in the subject line of your message and be sure to include your full name, date of birth, and Cane ID on all correspondence.

    Please note that if your major is in the Frost School of Music or the School of Architecture and you did not submit standardized test scores, you will not be able to change your major out of your respective school until after you have completed a year of courses at the University of Miami.

  • How can I receive credit for advanced courses?

    The University allows students to receive college credit hour toward graduation from the following programs:

    • Advanced Placement
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Dual Enrollment
    • Cambridge
    • CAPE
    • College Level Examination Program

     

    To have Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Level Examination Program credit hours evaluated, the student must submit an official test result report to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. In addition, UM will only award credit once the official A-Level, AS-Level, CAPE, and/or Cambridge Pre-U exam certificate has been issued.

    The University of Miami does not give credit hours for CLEP Foreign Language and General Examinations. Students taking dual enrollment courses (college courses taken while still in high school) must submit an official college transcript for review of potential transfer credit hours.

    A student must submit official transcripts or results no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment for review. Documents submitted after this time period will not be reviewed and credit hours will not be awarded.

    The University will accept no more than 60 credit hours from these programs to count toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.

  • Do I need to send my official final high school transcripts and test scores?

    Yes. Your admission decision is contingent on the successful completion of your high school courses. You should have your final high school transcripts and, if applicable, your official test scores sent to us as soon as they become available but no later than July 10. Students admitted to the Music and Architecture programs who did not self-report and those who did self-report but did not want to use those scores in our review process are not required to submit official scores.

    If you don’t adhere to this deadline, we reserve the right to postpone your enrollment to a different term. If you attended a college/university during high school, be sure to also send us those transcripts as well.

  • I'm an international student, do I need to submit my final high school transcripts to Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. for evaluation?

    No, that is not necessary. Please have your high school guidance counselor submit your final transcripts via mail or email to mydocuments@miami.edu.

  • When will I receive the first tuition bill for the fall semester?

    Your first tuition bill will be posted to your CaneLink account in early July.

    - For questions about bills, please contact the Office of Student Account Services at 305-284-6430 or via email at saccounts@miami.edu.

    - For questions about Financial Aid awards, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance & Employment at 305-284-6000 or via email at ofas@miami.edu.

  • As an international student, when will my I-20 be issued?

    Before issuing your I-20, students must submit their enrollment deposit, a bank or government sponsorship letter (sample found here) and a photocopy of the biographical page of their passport. After all requirements have been fulfilled, I-20s will begin to be processed in March for deposited Early Decision students and in May for deposited Early Action and Regular Decision students. You should have your bank letter and all other requirements for the I-20 sent to us no later than July 10. If you don’t adhere to this deadline, we reserve the right to postpone your enrollment to a different term.

    These documents can be submitted via email to mydocuments@miami.edu. Please put "Passport/Bank Letter" in the subject line of your message and be sure to include your full name, date of birth, and Cane ID on all correspondence.

  • When will I be able to have access to my University of Miami email address?

    In mid-May, UM will send an email to the personal email address we have on file for you giving you information about how to set up your UM student email account. Please claim and monitor your UM email account regularly—starting as soon as it is created, as that is how we will communicate with you throughout the summer.

  • What is ’Cane for a Day?

    ’Cane for a Day is a one-day campus visit program for admitted students. The Office of Undergraduate Admission matches you with a current UM student for a unique one-on-one experience. You will attend classes with your host and meet professors and other current students. Over the course of your day, you will have the opportunity to eat on campus and learn about extracurricular activities available to you. 

  • Where and when do I take the math placement test?

    Incoming first-year students at the University of Miami will be required to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment before enrolling in a mathematics course. For more information, please visit the Department of Mathematics webpage.

  • Will I have an academic advisor?

    Yes. All incoming students are assigned an academic advisor. Your academic advisor can help you pick your courses and navigate academic life at UM. During Orientation, you will have an opportunity to meet with your academic advisor.

  • When do I select courses?

    Each of the University's schools and colleges has a specific process of course registration and academic advising. Your school or college will send information about registration and advising directly to your UM email.

    All students will also receive a guide entitled The Road to UM to assist you in taking the next steps at the University. You can also get an idea of what classes are offered at UM by exploring CaneLink as well as our UM Academic Programs. For step-by-step videos on how to register for classes in CaneLink, visit the New Student Registration webpage.

  • I have Florida Prepaid College. What are my next steps?

    The Florida Prepaid Program must be notified that the student will be attending UM by calling 1-800-552-4723. Students must also complete the University of Miami's Florida Prepaid College Program Authorization form.

    For more information about Florida Prepaid College, please visit the Office of Student Account Services website. You can also email them at saccounts@miami.edu; please be sure to put "Florida Prepaid" as the subject line.

  • I'm no longer interested in UM. Where can I withdraw my application?

    Thank you for your interest in the University of Miami. Be sure to complete the withdrawal form and good luck with your future endeavors.