Admission Review

Miami receives more applications from qualified candidates than we can accommodate. And because we cannot overextend resources, such as residence halls, faculty, classrooms, and labs, admission to Miami is selective.

Our application review is comprehensive and individualized. We review applicants holistically, considering all provided information to assess the entirety and context of each student’s achievements and potential.

Factors considered during application review include the following (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Application essay(s)
  • Class rank (6-semester cumulative), if available
  • Commitment to social service and/or volunteer activities
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Employment status during high school
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Extra- and co-curricular involvement
  • First-generation college student status
  • Grade-point average (cumulative GPA, grade trends)
  • High school profile
  • Legacy status (family members who have graduated from Miami)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Life experiences
  • Obstacles overcome
  • Potential contributions to diversity (breadth of experience, geography, ideology, lifestyle, race/ethnicity, world view)
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Some majors within the College of Creative Arts require a portfolio, concept document, or audition
  • Special abilities, talents, and achievements
  • Standardized test scores (per our test optional policies)
  • Strength of high school curriculum (depth in each core academic area, honors or accelerated courses, AP/IB courses, College Credit Plus, or dual credit courses)