Wait List Frequently Asked Questions

Withrow Hall in the spring

Why am I being offered the wait list and not admission to Miami?

Due to the size and competitive nature of our applicant pool, many talented students are offered a place on the wait list each year. We are eager to have these students join our community if space becomes available.

Keeping your name on our wait list will keep your application active so that we may be able to offer you admission if space remains available after the May 1 national confirmation deadline.

How do I secure my place on the wait list?

Submit the online response form no later than April 1, 2020, to secure a place on our wait list. To complete the online response form, visit your Applicant Status Page. Once all updates on this page are viewed, there will be an option on the main Applicant Status Page to complete the response form.

Should I confirm my enrollment at another school?

Yes, you should confirm your enrollment at another institution by the national confirmation deadline of May 1. There is no guarantee any students from the wait list will be offered admission.

When will I be notified of my wait list status?

In the weeks following the May 1 national confirmation deadline, we should be able to determine if any offers of admission can be extended to those on the wait list. While we always notify wait listed students as soon as possible, you will hear from Miami regarding your final wait list status no later than August 1.

What is the likelihood of being admitted from the wait list?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an estimate of your chances for admission. Each year, the number of students offered admission from the wait list varies and is dependent on the number of students who confirm their enrollment by the May 1 deadline.

How many people do you expect to admit from the wait list this year?

At this time, we are unable to estimate how many people, if any, will be offered admission from the wait list. We will not know if any spaces remain in our first-year class until after the May 1 national confirmation deadline. Over the past several years, offers from the wait list have varied.  

Wait List Statistics from Previous Years
Year Offered Wait List Admitted from Wait List
Fall 2012 1,715 0
Fall 2013 2,894 58
Fall 2014 3,321 280
Fall 2015 3,269 0
Fall 2016 3,327 16
Fall 2017 2,860 45
Fall 2018 1,527 72
Fall 2019 1,043 0

What can I do to move up the wait list?

Since our wait list is not ranked, any applicable additional information will be taken into consideration as we review applicants for available spaces in the first-year class. We are particularly interested in receiving new grade reports, information about new honors or awards, and updates on your activities. This information can be uploaded via your Applicant Status Page. Please note that we do not offer interviews for prospective students, including those on our wait list.

Will I be considered for financial aid if admitted from the wait list?

Students admitted from the wait list who have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be receiving information about any need-based aid shortly after being admitted.

If offered admission, will I be guaranteed housing?

Admitted students from the wait list who confirm their enrollment and request to live on campus will be placed in university housing.