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The Summer Scholars Program is 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.

    • 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

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

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

    • Completed freshman, 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

  • 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 send the following additional documents to the SSP office:
      • 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  

Application Process – Step by Step

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  • 1. Create your account online

    Create a new account or log in using your email address here >

  • 2. Apply online – select Summer Scholars Online Application

    Get started on your application. Be sure to select the Summer Scholars Online Application.

    Save your application progress and return any time to continue where you left off. You are encouraged to apply early – review the application deadline schedule.

  • 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:

    • 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?

  • 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 the cost of the program at 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 email to the Summer Scholars Program office to ssp.docs@miami.edu.

    Please send transcripts and grade reports by email as we are currently working and processing applications remotely.  

    High school registrars can send transcripts by email to ssp.docs@miami.edu.

International Students - Additional Application Documents

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  • 9. Passport Information

    Send a copy of the ID page of your passport to ssp.docs@miami.edu.

  • 10. 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 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 Progam and the UM Acdemies 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

     

    Send your test score report to ssp.docs@miami.edu.

    For information visit the University's English Proficiency Requirements page.

  • 11. 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 Three-Week Credit program.

    Submit 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 $8,500 in his/her account, or a recent bank statement showing a balance of $8,500.

     

    If you are already studying in the U.S., email a copy of your student visa and I-20 to ssp.docs@miami.edu.

    * 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. 

Contact Us

If you have questions about the application process, contact an Enrollment Advisor at (305) 284-4000 or email us at ssp@miami.edu.

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