Waitlist Frequently Asked Questions

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Why am I being offered the waitlist 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 waitlist each year. We are eager to have these students join our community if space becomes available.

Keeping your name on our waitlist 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 waitlist?

Submit the online response form no later than April 1 to secure a place on our wait list for admission to the fall semester. 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 waitlist will be offered admission.

When will I be notified of my waitlist 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 waitlist. While we always notify wait listed students as soon as possible, you will hear from Miami regarding your final waitlist status no later than August 1.

What is the likelihood of being admitted from the waitlist?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an estimate of your chances for admission. Each year, the number of students offered admission from the waitlist varies and is dependent on the number of students who confirm their enrollment by the May 1 deadline. We typically offer the wait list to 1,000 - 3,000+ students. Over the past several years we have been able to offer admission to as many as 280 wait listed students and as few as 0.   

What can I do to move up the waitlist?

Since our waitlist 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 waitlist.

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

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

If offered admission, will I be guaranteed housing?

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