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UM Administered Summer Programs

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  • Does the University of Miami administer the Summer Scholars Program and UM Academies ?

    Yes – The Summer Scholars Program and the UM Academies are administered by UM's Division of Continuing and International Education. We are the University of Miami's Precollege office offering courses for college credit (Summer Scholars Program) and experiential non-credit courses (UM Academies). Our courses are developed and offered by UM's 11 schools and colleges, and taught by UM faculty and instructors.

    We have a long history developing and managing a precollege experience for high school students – UM established the Summer Scholars Program in 1991.

  • How do I know if a summer program is administered by UM?

    Choosing a precollege program can be challenging to navigate, as there are many options available. Most important, it's about finding the right fit, academically and socially, for the student.

    Most universities and colleges offer precollege programs. While many summer youth programs are hosted on college campuses, they are not administrated by the university or college where their program is being offered. For instance, programs operated by external organizations might describe themselves as "@ the University of Miami." Such programs typically contract with conference housing to rent on-campus housing, classroom and lab space, while supplying their own instructors.

    For information on University of Miami summer programs visit:

     

    If you are unsure if a summer program is administered by the University of Miami, we recommend that you reach out to the program directly for information on their relationship with the University.

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Application Process

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  • What are the program dates for Summer 2022?

    Summer Scholars | Three-Week Credit Program:  July 3 – July 22, 2022

    UM Academies | Two-Week, Non-Credit:  July 3 – July 15, 2022

    For a detailed schedule visit Program Dates >

  • When is the deadline for applying?

    The application review period is from September through June. Students are encouraged to submit their applications early to reserve space in their preferred program.

    For the deadline schedule visit Application Deadlines >

  • Who is eligible to attend the 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. 

    Eligibility Requirments:

    • 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

    For more information on eligibility requirements and application steps visit Apply Now >

  • Who is eligible to attend the UM Academies – Two-Week Non-Credit Program?

    Students will experience immersive academic courses and campus culture. 

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • 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

    For more information on eligibility requirements and application steps visit Apply Now >

  • Can international students apply?

    Yes, international students are encouraged to apply.

    If your native language is not English, applicants are required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with your application. Applicants must meet the University's English Proficiency Requirements to be eligible for the Summer Scholars Program and UM Academies.

    For more information on eligibility requirements and application steps visit Apply Now >

  • I am a U.S. citizen living abroad, do I need to submit an English proficiency test result?

    U.S. citizens who are not native English language speakers are required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with their application.

    Applicants must meet the University's English Proficiency Requirements to be eligible for the Summer Scholars Program.

    Applicants who are attending a high school abroad with English as the primary language of instruction and/or have taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT, should contact the Summer Scholars Program office for information on the English proficiency requirements.

    For more information contact (305) 284-4000 or precollege@miami.edu.

  • Where should I send my application materials?

    Teacher and Guidance Counselor Recommendations are part of the online application. Enter the contact information for your Teacher and Guidance Counselor in the application. Once the recommendation request has been submitted, your recommenders will receive an email with a link to fill out a Recommendation Form online. Responses will be sent directly to our office.

    High school transcripts: Please send transcripts and grade reports by email as we are currently working and processing applications remotely. Email to:  precollege.docs@miami.edu

    Attention counselors: transcripts must be sent directly to the Summer Scholars Program office; they should NOT be sent to the University of Miami Office of Admission – as this is a separate office and admissions process. 

    Supplemental documents for international students, including passport ID page, bank letter and TOEFL/IELTS report, should be emailed to precollege.docs@miami.edu.  

    More information >

  • Will students be notified of missing application documents?

    Our application process is to acquaints students with the college application process that they will experience soon. While Precollege staff will send courtesy emails to inform the applicant when a document is received, ensuring the application is complete, it is the responsibility of the applicant.

  • When will my file be reviewed for admission to the program?

    Application files are reviewed when all documents are received by the program office including: essays, transcript, teacher recommendation, guidance counselor recommendation, and TOEFL/IELTS score (international applicants).

    Allow 7-10 business days for review. Admission decisions will be sent by email.

Academics and College Credit

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  • Will students need to purchase textbooks for class?

    No – textbooks and instructional materials are provided to students by the program. Most textbooks are in a digital format.

  • What is the class schedule and how are classes structured?

    Courses consist of lectures and are designed to be interactive. Courses can include guest speakers, open discussion, lab work, field studies, and excursions. For class schedules visit Campus Life >

  • What is the time commitment? Should we expect course work outside of classes?

    Students enrolled in the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program should expect coursework and homework assignments outside of class (during evenings and on weekends). Summer Scholars are enrolled in college level courses. They will take two 3-credit courses which meet daily, Monday--Friday. Students will have outside-of-class assignments to include: reading texts, preparing lab exercises and reports, writing research papers, developing presentations, and preparing for exams. 

    Additionally, please be aware that class attendance is mandatory and will be reflected in the students' grade.

    Credit courses are graded and students will have an official student record at UM, which includes classes taken, credits earned, grades earned, and grade point average (semester average and cumulative average). This information will become part of the student's permanent record at the University of Miami.

    While the UM Academies Two-Week Non-Credit courses are not credit bearing and students are assessed on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading scale. Students should expect outside-of-class projects/assignments (evenings and weekends) to include reading texts, preparing lab exercises and reports, and working on group/individual projects and presentations. 

    We strongly encourage ALL students to refrain from additional commitments outside of the Summer Scholars and UM Academies Programs (summer classes, work, internships, outside activities) for the duration of the program (this includes not scheduling medical appointments during class time, as attendance is mandatory).

    For class schedules visit Campus Life >

  • Do students earn academic credit?

    Students enrolled in the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program earn letter grades based on a 4.0 scale and college credit. Their grades will be part of their official record at the University of Miami.

    Students in the UM Academies Two-Week Non-Credit Program are assessed on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading scale.

  • What does the student's official record consist of at the University of Miami?

    Students enrolled in the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program will have an official student record at the University of Miami, which includes classes taken, grades earned, and grade point average (semester average and cumulative average).

    This information is part of the student's permanent record at UM. Grades earned during the program will be included in the calculation of the student's overall academic record should they gain entrance to the University as an undergraduate student.

  • Can I transfer my University of Miami credits to other universities or colleges?

    Students can petition to transfer their UM credits to other universities and colleges. Students can obtain an official transcript (fee applies) from the Office of the University Registrar to be mailed to the institution that will apply the credit. Transcripts can also be ordered through the student's CaneLink account. More information >

    Please note, it is the student's responsibility to keep course syllabi and graded work, as the receiving institution will often request these materials. It is the sole discretion of the receiving institution to accept and apply credits. 

Tuition & Fees

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  • What is the cost of the program?

    Summer 2022  Program Tuition and Fees:

    For more information visit Tuition & Fees >

    *Fees are subject to change

  • Are there additional costs to Tuition & Fees?

    Costs not included in Tuition & Fees (Residential and Commuter Status):

    • Application Fee: $75 (nonrefundable) 
    • Transportation: to and from campus
    • Incidentals: meals off campus, shopping, spending money
    • Medical expenses
    • Medical Insurance: All students must have active health insurance to attend the program. Students will be required to submit proof of insurance before arrival to campus.campus
    • Parking Permit: commuter students may purchase a parking permit ($48);* residential students are not permitted cars on campus
    • Marine Science Exploration Fee: additional fee ($375) for students enrolled in a marine science credit track (Tropical Marine Biology, Shark Research - Emerging Technologies and Field Studies or Marine Mammal Biology, Medicine and Conservation) 
    • Weekend Workshops (optional): Experience South Florida's unique marine activities including a dolphin encounter in Key Largo ($200) Please note, students enrolled in marine science programs (Marine Mammal Biology and Marine Conservation and Tropical Marine Biology) that offer a dolphin encounter are not eligible for weekend workshops, which are included in their academic curriculum.

    For more information visit Tuition & Fees >

    *Prices are subject to change.

  • Are scholarships or financial aid available?

    Limited scholarship funding is available to eligible applicants applying to the Summer Scholars Three-Week, Credit Program. Scholarship applications are due by March 1. Visit Scholarship Opportunities >

  • What is the refund policy?

    For information on the refund and cancellation policy visit >

  • I am a University of Miami employee, can I use my tuition benefits?

    Tuition Remission is available to eligible University of Miami employees for the Summer Scholars Three-Week, Credit Program. Students may attend in a residential or commuter status.

    The benefit is applied to the tuition portion ($6,565) of Tuition & Fees. Please note, program fees are not covered by Tuition Remission. To qualify, dependents must be registered with HR – Benefits Administration.

    Contact HR – Benefits Administration for information on eligibility requirements.

Grades and Transcripts for Summer Scholars Alumni

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  • How can students access their grades after the program?

    Students access their grades and unofficial transcript in CaneLink.

    For students attending in Summer 2021, grades will be available in CaneLink on August 11. 

  • I am no longer able to view my grades in Blackboard.

    Blackboard is an online tool used by students during their course to access course documents and track grades. Final grades, however, will be reported in CaneLink, not Blackboard.

    At the conclusion of the Summer Scholars Program, students will access their grades and unofficial transcript in CaneLink >

  • What does the student's official record consist of at the University of Miami?

    Students enrolled in the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program will have an official student record at UM, which includes classes taken, credits earned, grades earned, and grade point average (semester average and cumulative average). This information is part of the student's permanent record at the University of Miami.

    Grades earned during the program will be included in the calculation of the student's overall academic record should they attend the University as an undergraduate student.

  • How can I order a transcript to send to another college/university?

    Official transcripts (fee applies) are ordered online:

    1. Via the student's CaneLink account 
    2. Through the Office of the University Registrar. Students can order transcripts online from the Office of the University Registrar by clicking on 'Alumni and Former Students' 

    It is recommended to request official transcripts one month prior to the application deadline of the college/university to which you are applying.

UM Undergraduate Admissions

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