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The Summer Scholars Program is for current high school sophomores or juniors who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, are active in their communities, leaders in their schools, and examples of integrity. Individuals should be self-motivated and prepared to study an academic discipline in a rigorous scholarly program. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.


  • Completed sophomore or junior year of high school
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Personal essays

If you are an international applicant, follow our international admissions guide.

Summer Scholars Program Application Process - Step by Step

1. Create your account online

Create a new account or log in using your email address.

2. Apply online -- select Summer Scholars Online Application

Get started on your application. Save your application progress and return any time to continue where you left off.

3. Select your Academic Specialty on your application

Select your first program preference and second program preference from the drop-down list on the application. If your program is not listed, select "other" and write your program in the box. 

4. Include two essays with your online application

Upload two essays with your online application, answering the following questions:

Essay 1 (minimum 300 words) Why are you interested in participating in the Summer Scholar Programs, and how will participation help you achieve your future goals?

Essay 2 (minimum 300 words) choose from the following prompts: 1. What do you believe would happen to society if cell phones and computers were outlawed? or 2. You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.

5. Submit your Teacher and Guidance Counselor recommendation requests online

Enter the information for your Teacher and Guidance Counselor recommenders. Once the recommendation request has been submitted, they will receive an email with a link to fill out the recommendation form.

Please note, the Teacher Recommendation should be completed by a current or recent high school teacher, preferably from a teacher that is closely related to the academic specialty your are applying to.

6. Submit your application and pay application fee

A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required when you submit your application online. Before submitting your nonrefundable application fee, please review program tuition and fees.

7. Set up your CaneLink account

After you submit your application online, you will be sent an email with your Cane ID and a temporary password to log into CaneLink, the University of Miami student information system. Access your CaneLink account to monitor your application status and track the receipt of important application documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendation.

8. Send Transcript(s) to the Summer Scholars Program office

Send your official high school transcript(s) and most recent report card by mail to the Summer Scholars Program office.
The mailing address is:

University of Miami
Summer Scholars Program
111 Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

High school registrars can send transcripts by email to:

9. Contact Us

If you have questions about the application process, please call us at (305) 284-4000, or email us at


Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed when ALL required documents have been received at the SSP office. Submit your application documents as soon as possible for early consideration. An admission decision will be sent via email. Please allow 7-10 business days for an admission decision. 

Early Action application deadline

December 1

Priority application deadline

February 1

Scholarship application deadline

March 1 - Please note, both the SSP Application and the separate Scholarship Application must be submitted by deadline.

General application deadline

April 30

Post application deadline 

Applications are reviewed in May and June for open academic tracks

We will continue to accept applications after the general deadline until programs have reached capacity. For questions contact us at (305) 284-4000 or email us at