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University of Miami Pre-College offers credit and non-credit programs for high achieving high school students who are active in their communities, leaders in their schools, and examples of integrity.

Eligibility

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  • Summer Scholars: Three-Week, Credit Program

    Individuals should be self-motivated and prepared to study an academic discipline in a rigorous scholarly program, while earning college credit.

    • Will graduate from high school and enter college in 2024 or 2025  a current sophmore or junior
    • Grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
    • Teacher recommendation
    • School counselor recommendation
    • Official high school transcript(s)
    • Personal essays

  • UM Academies: Two-Week, Non-Credit Program

    For highly motivated students seeking an immersive academic program in a non-credit format.  

    • Will graduate from high school and enter college in 2024, 2025, or 2026  a current freshman, sophmore, or junior
    • Grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
    • Teacher recommendation
    • School counselor recommendation
    • Official high school transcript(s)
    • Personal essays

  • International Applicants

    International students have the opportunity to study in the United States and experience college life on an American campus. While participation in the Summer Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to a college or university, the successful completion of a pre-college program demonstrates the student's potential to study in English at the university level.

    • International Applicants are required to upload the following additional documents to the Pre-College Status Portal
      • Official TOEFL or IELTS score – If your native language is not English
      • Copy of the ID page of your passport
    • Student Visa: An F-1 student visa is required for non-U.S. citizens applying to the Three-Week Credit Program. The following additional documents are required with your application:
      • Copy of your student visa – If you are already studying in the U.S.
      • Bank Sponsorship Letter  

1. Apply Online

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  • Complete the Pre-College Application

    Complete and submit the Pre-College Application. Upon submitting, you will be asked to pay a $75 nonrefundable application fee. 

    You will also need:

    • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian. 
      • Please include your full legal name as written on your birth certificate 
      • Be sure you use the same non-school email address for every part of the application process. (Many high school email accounts block external emails).
    • Name and email address for your school counselor and high school teacher who will complete your recommendation form. 
    • A Parent or Guardian will be asked to authorize the application before submission
    • Pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee

      You are encouraged to apply early – review the application deadline schedule.

    Pre-College Status Portal Access: After you apply, we will send you an acknowledgment email with instructions on how to log in to the Pre-College Status Portal to track your application. Access to the Pre-College Status Portal will be given 48 -72 hours after you complete Step 1 of your application.

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  • Pre-College Status Portal Access

    After you apply, we will send you an acknowledgment email with instructions on how to log in to the Pre-College Status Portal to track your application. Access to the Pre-College Status Portal will be given 48 -72 hours after you complete Step 1 of your application.

     

2. Upload Additional Documents

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  • 1. Upload two essays in your Pre-College Status Portal

    Upload two essays in your Pre-College Status Portal, answering the following questions:

    Essay 1 (300 - 600 words): 

    • Why are you interested in participating in the Pre-College Programs, and how will participation help you achieve your future goals?

     

    Essay 2 (300 - 600 words) choose from the following prompts:

    • If you were to travel to the past or future, what year would you travel to and why? 
    • If you were invited to give an important speech (ex. Speak at the White House; United Nations; Commencement; etc.). Identify your audience and write your speech. 
    • If you could stop one invention from being invented, what would it be and why?

  • 2. Send High School Transcript(s)

    If you attended high school in the United States, submit your official high school transcripts directly from your high school. A school official may submit them electronically via Slate.org, SCOIR, or Parchment. They can also be emailed directly from your school official to precollege.docs@miami.edu.

     Applicants can upload an unofficial copy of their transcript to their Pre-College Status Portal.

  • 3. Upload Recent Report Card

    Upload your most recent report card to the Pre-College Status Portal.

     

  • 4. Submit Parent & Guardian Permission Form (Action Item for Parent/Guardian)

    As part of the University of Miami Pre-College application process, we ask that a parent or guardian confirms that they are aware of their student’s application and involvement.

    The permission form will be sent to the email address of the parent designated as the primary document signatory. 

3. Monitor Your Pre-College Status Portal

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  • Monitor Your Pre-College Status Portal

    Continuously check your Pre-College Status Portal to ensure you have completed all the required steps. Your application will be reviewed when all required documents are submitted.

    Check Your Application Status

     

  • Application Review

    Once all of your application materials are received, your application will be reviewed. Should the review committee need additional information, a notification will be sent to the email on your application.

    Admission decisions will be available after January 15 and then typically two weeks after your application moves in the review status.

International Students - Additional Application Documents

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  • 1. Passport Information

    Upload a copy of the ID page of your passport to your Pre-College Status Portal.

  • 2. English Language Proficiency Test Score Report for Non-Native English Speakers

    All applicants whose native language is not English (U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens) are required to submit official or unofficial results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    The language proficiency test scores are required for both the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program and the UM Academies Two-Week Non-Credit Program.

    For non-native English speakers submitting the TOEFL or IELTS, competitive applicants generally score above the following:

    • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • 80 on the online TOEFL
    • 6.5 on the IELTS 

    Upload your test score report to the Pre-College Status Portal.

    For information, visit the University's English Proficiency Requirements page. To request a waiver, complete the Pre-College Request to Waive TOEFL or IELTS Form in the Pre-College Status Portal. 

  • 3. F-1 Student Visa (Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program only)

    An F-1 student visa is required for non-U.S. citizens* applying to the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit program.

    Upload a bank letter on official letterhead stating that the person responsible for your living and personal expenses while studying at the University of Miami has a minimum of $9,200 in his/her account, or a recent bank statement showing a balance of $9,200.

     

    If you are already studying in the U.S., upload a copy of your student visa and I-20 to the Pre-College Status Portal.

    * Applicants admitted to the Two-week Non-Credit Program do not require a student visa, however a TOEFL or IELTS score is still required for non-native English speakers. 

Upcoming Deadlines

Priority Deadline - February 1

Scholarship Deadline - March 1

General Application Deadline - May 1

For additional information visit Application Deadlines.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the application process, contact us at (305) 284-5078 or email us at precollege@miami.edu.