Admission Review

The Office of Admission is finalizing decisions related to Admission processes, deadlines, and policies for Fall 2021 enrollment and will update this page in July with information for Fall 2021 applicants. 

One notable change for Fall 2021 is confirmed: Miami will be test-optional, meaning most first-year applicants will not be required to provide an ACT or SAT test score to be considered for admission, merit scholarships, or honors programs. Refer to our test-optional FAQs for more information.

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):

  • 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 that 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
  • Special abilities, talents, and achievements
  • Standardized test scores
  • 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)
  • Writing ability