Spring Start

Welcome to the ’Cane Family! The information below was compiled with newly admitted spring students in mind and will help ensure you stay connected, maximize your time in the fall, and make a smooth transition to college.

What to Do in the Fall

Spring students have myriad options for ways to spend their time before enrolling at the University of Miami in the spring. These include study-abroad programs, taking courses as a non-degree-seeking student, gaining work experience, serving the community, and more.

Ellie Perrigo

Communication Studies, Class of 2022

"I went abroad for four months to study Spanish, participate in community service, and explore Latin American countries and their culture."

Kaylin Yudice

Global Health Studies, Class of 2023
"I did a semester as a non-degree-seeking student at Florida International University before coming to UM in the spring."

Laurel Schmidt

Environmental Engineering & Classics, Class of 2022
"Before coming to UM, I worked full time, 40-50 hours per week, at a dog day care."

Road to UM

One of the best ways you can prepare for your Road to UM is to go over your designated checklist to ensure you are completing tasks on time. Onboarding email communication will be sent over the summer and continue through fall, but the website will be updated periodically to provide you with the latest information available.

Road to UM Spring 2023 First-Year Checklist

 

FAQs

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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 over the coming months to acquaint you with our academic programs and campus life, as well as provide you an opportunity to meet fellow Spring Starters.

  • May I take college courses 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 at the University of Miami

    If you want to earn credit during the summer at the University of Miami, you may apply through the Division of Continuing Studies (DCIE). The non-degree seeking status allows qualified applicants access to a streamlined process to take a limited number of credit courses.

    *Note this option is available for the summer only.

    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.

    There is no maximum number of credits you can earn from another accredited postsecondary institution during the summer and/or fall prior to enrolling at the University of Miami.

    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.

    The only credits we guarantee that will transfer to the University of Miami are those earned from DCIE in the summer.

    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
    • Calculus I
      • Requires departmental approval for equivalency
    • Cultural Anthropology
      • General introductory, overview courses likely to transfer
    • Economics (for MHBS)
      • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits) is equivalent to ECO211
      • Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits) is equivalent to ECO212

    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

  • 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 late November.

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

  • What other options can I pursue in the fall?

    You may pursue internships, community service, employment … or, study abroad.

    Spring Starters will have the opportunity to join a limited number of fellow Spring Starters for the University of Miami in Rome program. Only those Spring Starters who deposit by the May 1, 2022, enrollment deadline will be considered. Space is limited and depositing by the May 1, 2022, enrollment deadline does not guarantee you will be able to participate in the program.

    Spring Starters who enroll in this program develop bonds, which can lead to an established network of friends before arriving at the University of Miami in the spring.

    The UM in Rome program application will be available after you submit your enrollment deposit. For questions about the UM in Rome program, please visit the FAQ page or contact Andrea Ruffoni Semidey, Program Coordinator, by email at axr1500@miami.edu or by phone at 305-284-4175.

  • 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.

  • Where will I live?

    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 December 1, and your name will automatically be added to the housing waitlist.

    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 by email at housing@miami.edu or by phone at 305-284-4505.

  • 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.

  • 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 to recruit new members. 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 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. You may also not postpone your enrollment to the next fall.

    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.

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

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

Student Ambassadors

GPS

The GPS Team (Guides for Parents and Students) is a group of engaged undergraduate students who are eager to help you find your way and successfully start your new life at the University of Miami! They will be available all summer to assist in navigating the transition process, provide resources, and answer any questions you may have. Contact them at um.gps@miami.edu.