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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  • Why join the University of Miami in the spring?

    You added the University of Miami to your college list for a reason. Becoming a 'Cane in the spring means you will hit the ground running. During the fall, you can take non-degree classes elsewhere, exploring subject areas you may be interested in studying. You can travel domestically or abroad, start an internship, serve a community, or get a job.

    Whatever your plans, you will be joined by fellow Spring Starters who are eager to join a dynamic campus community and make the most out being a 'Cane.

    The Office of Undergraduate Admission will host several virtual events in March and April to acquaint you with our academic programs and campus life, as well as provide you an opportunity to meet fellow Spring Starters.

  • Can I be reconsidered for fall admission?

    Depending on the number of fall enrollment deposits the University of Miami receives by the May 1 National Candidate Reply Date, the Office of Undergraduate Admission reserves the right to switch a limited number of admission offers from spring to the fall. Please bear in mind that switching admission offers from spring to the fall is unlikely to happen as the Office of Undergraduate Admission projects that it will receive a sufficient number of fall enrollment deposits from the various admission plans, including, if necessary, from the waitlist.

    Your spring admission offer may not be switched to the fall waitlist.

    If you applied Early Decision and were admitted as a Spring Starter, you are released from your binding agreement and have until May 1 to make your enrollment decision.

  • 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.

  • May I take college courses at another University before I enroll at Miami?

    You might want to earn college credit in the summer and/or fall before enrolling at the University of Miami. You can earn credit in a variety of ways; however, to maximize the possibility that your credit will transfer successfully, we have provided some guidelines for you:

    Earning Credit During the Summer and/or Fall Outside of the University of Miami

    If you want to earn credit at another college or university during the summer and/or fall, please bear in mind we cannot guarantee the credit you earn will transfer to the University of Miami. Before registering, we recommend that you consult our general guidelines for selecting transfer-eligible coursework below.

    Note: You must enroll at another regionally accredited college or university as a non-degree seeking student. If, during the summer or fall semester prior to your enrollment at the University of Miami, you enroll as a degree-seeking student elsewhere, your spring offer of admission will be voided, and your application withdrawn. You will need to reapply for a future entry term as a transfer student.

    Only courses completed at a regionally accredited college or university, with a grade of C or better, will be considered for transfer credit. We do not transfer coursework on a pass/fail grading scale.

    We recommend you consider taking courses in one of the following subject areas, as, historically, they have typically gained approval for transfer credit:

    • Art History
      • General introductory, overview courses likely to transfer
    • Cultural Anthropology
      • General introductory, overview courses likely to transfer
    • Economics (for MHBS)
      • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)* 
      • Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)*
    *Requires departmental approval for equivalency

    Note: Any other business class taken will be accepted only as elective credit toward the overall degree requirements.

    • English Composition
      • Requires departmental approval for equivalency
    • English Literature
      • Requires departmental approval for equivalency
    • Finite Mathematics
      • Requires departmental approval for equivalency
    • General Biology
      • Aim to take a course that offers both lab and lecture
      • Strong option for students intending on pursuing a major in STEM
    • General Chemistry
      • Aim to take a course that offers both lab and lecture
      • Strong option for students intending on pursuing a major in STEM
    • Philosophy
      • General introductory, overview courses likely to transfer
    • Political Science
      • Classes likely to transfer include American Government and Intro to International Relations
    • Precalculus
      • Requires departmental approval for equivalency
    • Psychology
      • General introductory, overview courses likely transfer
    • Sociology
      • General introductory, overview courses likely transfer

  • 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 will I be able to speak with an academic advisor and register for courses?

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

    You can also review the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin to view course curriculum requirements and a sample plan of study for your specific major.

  • 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.

  • When do I apply for housing?

    On-campus housing for spring admitted students is neither required nor guaranteed. You may choose to submit an on-campus housing application beginning on November 1, but no later than November 15. If first-year spring students are able to secure an on-campus assignment, housing beyond the first semester is not guaranteed.

    For off-campus housing, HRL helps in identifying options by providing a range of web-based resources including a search engine of community listings and information about apartment complex listings via offcampus.miami.edu. The off-campus housing database listings are provided by a contracted third party affiliated with apartments.com and are not inspected or sanctioned directly by University staff. For more information regarding off-campus housing, contact HRL.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 Applicant Portal for important updates. Check out the Spring Start page for more information.

  • Will I graduate on time?

    You can! Most students graduate from the University of Miami after completing eight semesters of coursework. To be considered full-time, students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester; however, most students can maintain 15 credit hours per semester and graduate in eight semesters.

    There are several ways to work toward a May graduation:

    • If, prior to your spring enrollment, you opt to take classes in the fall elsewhere and those credits transfer to the University of Miami
    • If you earn college credit for any AP or IB exams you took while in high school. To receive credit equivalencies for AP or IB exams, you must have official score results forwarded directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission from the College Board or IB office no later than the end of your first semester at the University of Miami.
    • If you earn dual enrollment credits while in high school. To receive credit, you must have an official college transcript sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission no later than the end of your first semester at the University of Miami.

  • How will I get involved in campus life?


    At the beginning of the spring semester, the University of Miami holds a clubs and activities involvement fair for new students. Rest assured there will be plenty of organizations in which to engage as a newly enrolling spring student.

  • Is there an orientation for Spring Starters?

    Yes. There will be a multi-day orientation program in January called 'Cane Kickoff designed to immerse you in campus life and the city of Miami. Orientation is for both domestic and international students and even include programming for families. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet fellow Spring Starters and fellow University of Miami students.

  • Can I join a sorority or fraternity?

    Yes, you may go through recruitment in the spring. However, you must meet certain criteria first.

    • Must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of college-level coursework while physically participating in classes on a single campus or university. AP credit, dual enrollment high school programs, and online courses do not meet the requirement.
    • Must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum 12 credit hours.

    Please note that sorority or fraternity recruitment is competitive. Not every student who rushes will get into a sorority or fraternity.

  • Can I take a gap semester/year as a Spring Starter?

    No. Unfortunately, you may not postpone your enrollment to a future entry term, even if it is for the following spring.

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