First-Year Spring 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.

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  • Will there be many other students starting in the spring semester?

    Yes. Each year, we offer a select number of students the opportunity to begin their studies at the University of Miami in January after using the fall to take non-degree courses at a local college, volunteer, or take part in other enriching activities. These students become engaged members of our University community and go on to graduate with their class.

  • How do I accept my admission offer and submit my nonrefundable enrollment deposit?

    To secure enrollment, you must log in to the Applicant Portal to accept your offer and submit your nonrefundable deposit by the date indicated on your admission letter.

  • When do I apply for housing?

    The spring housing application will be available beginning on November 1 and the deadline to apply for spring housing is November 15. If first-year spring students are able to secure an on-campus assignment, housing beyond the first semester is not guaranteed.

    Note: On-campus housing for spring admitted first-year students is neither required nor guaranteed.

  • Are first-year students permitted to purchase a parking permit?

    Any student who lives off campus, regardless of class status, is allowed to purchase a commuter parking permit from Parking & Transportation.

  • Why does my application say "Incomplete" if I have already paid the nonrefundable enrollment deposit?

    Your application is labeled as "Incomplete" until we receive your final high school transcripts and official test scores, if applicable. Be sure to send these documents to us immediately after you graduate but no later than July 10.

    If you applied as a spring student and were admitted, you must have your final high school transcript and official test scores sent as soon as possible and no later than the first day of the semester.

  • Can I be considered for scholarships?

    Admitted students are considered automatically for merit-based scholarships. Due to the competitive nature of UM's admission process, students offered admission in the spring typically do not qualify for scholarships.

  • When will I receive my financial aid award?

    If you completed the financial aid application process and the University determines you are eligible, here's what you can expect: 

    Fall applicants admitted to the spring will receive their financial aid package by mid-April, provided all required documents have been received. 

    Spring applicants admitted for the upcoming term will receive their financial aid package at the time of admission, provided all required documents have been received. 

  • What should I expect from UM during my time away from the University?

    We will email you important information and reminders in the fall. It is important that you monitor your UM email as well as the Applicant Portal for important updates. Check out the Spring Start page for more information.

  • When will I be able to register for courses?

    Students will be able to register for courses and speak with their academic advisor beginning in late November.

  • How will the I-20 process work for international students admitted in the spring?

    The office of Undergraduate Admission will start processing I-20 forms in October. You should have your bank letter or online bank statement and all required forms for the I-20 sent to us as soon as possible but no later than December 15. If you don’t submit these documents, we reserve the right to withdraw your offer of admission.