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“ I always felt like I was missing something. So when I found a major I really loved at UM, I thought, ‘This is what it’s supposed to feel like.’ It was an awakening!” Quickly getting involved on campus made for a smooth transition when Caroline Lorenzo (Class of 2016) transferred to UM in her junior year. Coming from a university with classes of more than 200 students, small class sizes at UM made it easy for Caroline to meet peers. But the real turning point her first semester came where she least expected it: her computer science class. Though she had entered the School of Business as an accounting major, “Professor Tarek Sayed helped me fall in love with programming,” she says. Soon Caroline was dropping in during his office hours to learn beyond the course materials. Professor Sayed’s mentorship helped sharpen her skills in algorithms and coding. That experience and internship opportunities with major software companies, such as Citrix Systems, have solidified Caroline’s career path as a software developer.
There is more than one path to a UM degree and a multitude of reasons to make Miami your alma mater.
FORGE YOUR OWN PATH. Choose from 180+ majors and programs to spark your intellect. With your passions as your North Star and the UM family to guide you, you’ll cross disciplines, expand your horizons, and dive into topics for a deeper understanding.
television studios, a simulator capable of producing Category 5 hurricane winds, and more, UM has raised and invested more than $1 billion to provide students with unique resources to help prepare them for the rapidly evolving professional landscape.
PUT KNOWLEDGE INTO PRACTICE. Partner with faculty to conduct cutting-edge research. Gain a global perspective studying abroad. Collaborate with peers on projects that have a real impact. Benefit from experiences that will not only build your resume but equip you for lifelong success.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Live and learn in a global city where ’Canes benefit from a broad range of internship opportunities in government, nonprofit, multinational corporations, and everything in between.
LEVERAGE INNOVATIVE RESOURCES. With a stateof-the-art neuroimaging suite, cutting-edge music and 4 | UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
JOIN AN INTERNATIONAL ’CANE FAMILY. Our alumni network is 185,000+ strong and spans 154 countries. No matter where you are today or what you want to become, you’ll be a valued member of our ’Cane family.
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Think. Learn. Do.
Whatever your passion, our faculty will guide and support your academic endeavors.
At UM, you’re going to be doing something — in labs and internships, in Miami, and in countries halfway around the world. Our curriculum integrates academic rigor and real-world experience to nurture your passion.
As active researchers, committed teachers, notable scholars, and industry professionals, our faculty members are accessible mentors and advisors.
RESEARCH. Maybe you dream about designing a sustainable city, bridging the gap between education and technology, or investigating the economic efficiency of welfare policy. No matter your aspirations, there are research opportunities at UM to enhance your education. miami.edu/ugr STUDY ABROAD. Every year, hundreds of ’Canes immerse
themselves in the culture of another country by studying abroad — and transfer students are no exception! miami.edu/studyabroad
’Canes during a semester abroad on the banks of the River Tiber in Italy.
Faculty research is driven by a commitment to improving our community — at both a local and global level. That deep social consciousness is reflected in projects such as those that use architecture and urban planning to give Haitians the tools to rebuild and strengthen their country; robots to treat children with autism; and cutting-edge neuroscience to strengthen soldiers’ minds for the challenges of deployment.
HONORS PROGRAM. The Foote Fellows Honors Program
offers unmatched academic freedom to UM’s most educationally accomplished incoming students. Foote Fellows are exempt from general education requirements. By invitation only. miami.edu/footefellows WANT MORE TIME? The Plus One Scholarship is a program of educational enrichment that offers a tuition-free extra year or semester. Expand your learning and study subjects your other academic commitments may have precluded. Application required as a current student. miami.edu/plusone
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12:1 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO
98% FULL-TIME, REGULAR FACULTY HOLD THE HIGHEST DEGREE IN THEIR FIELD
IN DR. AMISHI JHAâ€™S LAB, undergraduate and graduate researchers work shoulder to shoulder investigating mindfulness training as a low-cost, accessible, and portable tool to optimize attention and resilience. Dr. Jha and her team at UM are part of a community of bold scholars exploring topics at the frontiers of knowledge.
“ I struggled to find a sense of community and wasn’t challenged at my previous college. At UM, I found my place.” On a quest for an education that challenged her intellect, Jessica Abad (Class of 2017) transferred to UM after just one semester at her previous college — where she felt like just a number. Though she entered UM with an undeclared major, Jessica soon found the spark she was searching for in Professor Katelyn Rozenbroek’s Sociology 101 course. The professor’s personal attention helped her find her way. Today, Jessica helps other students on a similar journey as President of the Transfer Student Association.
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Make your move. UM’s hundreds of student organizations and multitude of services are here to support you. Our advice? Start with the groups below and watch your network flourish. UM assigns all transfer students a Transfer Assistant (TA) mentor. TAs also plan programming and implement initiatives tailored for transfer students. miami.edu/orientation The Butler Center for Service and Leadership develops student leadership skills and connects ’Canes with service opportunities in the community and beyond. miami.edu/leadandserve The student-run Transfer Student Association works to ease the transition process. Social and academic events build a community, and members help with any questions that may arise from transfers. From homecoming and service to football games and events, the Association of Commuter Students does it all. Bond with a tight-knit group of local ’Canes eager to welcome you. The Council of International Students and Organizations promotes integration and cultural exchange for all ’Canes (and is a great way to get to know students from more than 120 countries). International students are automatically members. miami.edu/coiso
QUICK TIPS from TRANSFER STUDENTS
Attend Orientation. UM’s comprehensive New Student Orientation includes transfer-specific sessions. Don’t miss it!
CaneFest is not just for freshmen! Explore hundreds of student organizations and dozens of departments to discover all the ways you can get involved and find your place at UM.
Visit the Shalala Student Center.
“ At UM, I found the community that I knew I was missing. It really is a dream school. The U gave me more opportunities than I ever expected.” Yearning for the full college experience, Christophe Rodriguez (Class of 2015) transferred to UM as a sophomore. One semester later, the psychology major had added peer tutor, news anchor, honor council member, cheerleader, and founder of ’Cane Buddies (an organization that supports students) to his resume. Today, Christophe is further sharpening the leadership skills he developed at UM. Connections Christophe made at a Toppel Career Center fair led to his management trainee position with Enterprise Holdings (parent company of Alamo, National, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car) upon graduation.
The second floor’s student organization suite is a great locale to meet an enthusiastic network of ’Canes. Stop by and introduce yourself!
Ready for the road ahead? Or still figuring out what makes you tick? The University of Miami will prepare you for whatever your future holds. Our students translate the knowledge, experiences, and connections gathered at UM into successful and fulfilling achievements. From aerospace engineering to nursing, ’Canes make significant contributions as global leaders, entrepreneurs, and agents of change.
THE TOPPEL CAREER CENTER assists students with career development and assessment, crafting a killer resume, graduate school applications, and much more. Every year, Toppel brings top organizations such as Deloitte, Google, NBCUniversal, and the Peace Corps to campus to recruit ’Canes. No matter your career goal, Toppel will help you get there. miami.edu/toppel
CAREER PREP by the NUMBERS
4,000+ 1,000+ $53K MOCK INTERVIEWS & ADVISING SESSIONS
EMPLOYERS RECRUIT ON CAMPUS
AVERAGE SALARY SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION
THE LAUNCH PAD’S mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to UM students and alumni by offering guidance, support, and access to the South Florida business community. thelaunchpad.org
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“ I found my job through the Toppel Career Fair. My visit to the Nielsen booth turned into my first interview!” Amy Halpern (Class of 2015) first connected with Nielsen, the global market research and consumer behavior titan, at a fair organized by our Toppel Career Center. She now works as a Professional Services Analyst and is a part of Nielsen’s ongoing commitment to social good — from implementing new initiatives to providing insight and consultation for nonprofits.
“At UM, both professors and alumni serve as resources and connections to help you take the next step. The U has opened a lot of doors for me!” Drawn by UM’s reputation and unparalleled resources, Eddie Sanchez (Class of 2015) joined the ’Cane family in his junior year and wasted no time in honing his storytelling skills. The broadcast journalism major and aspiring news anchor immediately joined UMTV, where he served as a reporter and anchor for English- and Spanish-language news shows, reporting on everything from immigration rallies to ULTRA Music Festival. After graduation, an internship with Univision translated into a job with the Miami-based network. “I can honestly say I was fully prepared for the challenges of the real world,” he says. “I wasn’t just taught by textbooks. I was taught by real-life experiences, guided by my professors.”
Suggested Courses FROM OUR SCHOOLS + COLLEGES
To maximize credit transfer, our undergraduate schools and colleges have compiled a list of guidelines to refer to when selecting courses at your current institution. The courses and recommended credits listed below generally fulfill core curriculum requirements at UM but are subject to evaluation. Refer to the academic bulletin for specific major requirements. bulletin.miami.edu We encourage you to apply early in your college career. The sooner you transfer, the longer you’ll benefit from being a part of the ’Cane family.
School of Architecture
School of Communication
Architectural Design, 24 Architectural Methods, 9 Architectural Structure, 3 Architectural Theory, 9 Architecture History Survey, 6 Calculus, 3 English Composition I & II, 6 Physics, 3 Western Civilization, 6
English Composition I & II, 6 Fine Arts & Humanities, 9 Math,* 3 People & Society, 9 Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), These courses will satisfy requirements for most majors. School of Communication students must complete a minor or second major. Contact the School’s Office of Admission for details. com.miami.edu
Applications are accepted only for fall semester. arc.miami.edu
College of Arts and Sciences Arts & Humanities, 9 English Composition I & II, 6 Foreign Language, 3-9 Natural Science,* 4-9 People & Society, 9 Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), 9 as.miami.edu *Requirements will vary depending on A.B. or B.S. program.
School of Business Administration Arts & Humanities, 9 Business Foundations, 24 English Composition, 6 Math/Quantitative Foundation, 9-14 People & Society, 9 Primary Business Major, 15-27 Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), In order to transfer, applicants must be in good standing at all institutions previously attended and have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and college credit for a calculus I course equivalent to MTH161 with a grade of “B” or better. Visit bus.miami.edu/transfer for details and other recommendations for business transfer applicants. bus.miami.edu
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Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science* Biology I & II: Lecture & Laboratory, 8 Calculus I & II,** 8 Chemistry I & II: Lecture & Laboratory, 8 English Composition I & II, 6 Geology: Lecture & Laboratory, 4 rsmas.miami.edu *Requirements will vary depending on program. **For B.S. degree.
Frost School of Music
*Math course must be higher than MTH101 (college algebra), with the exception of MTH107 (precalculus).
Applicants must complete an audition. Prescreening required for some instruments by December 1. Contact Music Admission for details on auditions.
School of Education and Human Development
Other than English Composition I & II, there are no credits unilaterally accepted by all programs in the Frost School of Music. Each program has certain courses for which applicants must submit the Arts Supplement, which is available via SlideRoom, by December 1. Applications are accepted only for fall semester. music.miami.edu
English Composition I & II, 6 Foreign Language,* 3-9 History/Social Sciences, 9 Humanities, 12 Math, 3-6 Natural Science, 6 education.miami.edu *Required for Sport Administration majors.
College of Engineering Calculus I & II, 8 Calculus III, 4 (for Aerospace, Architectural, Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering majors) OR Differential Equations, 3 English Composition I & II, 6 Linear Algebra, 3 (for Electrical, Computer, and Industrial Engineering majors) Principles of Chemistry I: Lecture & Laboratory, 4 University Physics I & II: Lecture & Laboratory, 10 coe.miami.edu
School of Nursing and Health Studies BSN: Chemistry for Life Sciences & Lab, College Algebra, General Biology & Lab, Human Anatomy & Lab, Human Growth & Development, Human Physiology, Introduction to Psychology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics. Applications are accepted only for fall semester. ABSN: Chemistry for Life Sciences & Lab, Human Anatomy & Lab, Human Growth & Development, Human Physiology, Introduction to Psychology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics BSPH: Biology, Mathematics, Social Science BSHS: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics sonhs.miami.edu
WITH A STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO of just 12:1, UM classes are intimate and collaborative, as in the School of Architecture’s upper-level design course titled Pathways to Change, where students worked under the guidance of Research Associate Professor Sonia Chao on “resilient” design, transportation, and transit-oriented development.
Apply Apply via the Common Application. For complete instructions, visit miami.edu/apply. Along with your application, you must submit the following: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from each college or university attended, including courses taken as part of a high school dual-enrollment program. Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 earned college credits must also submit official high school transcripts. OFFICIAL SAT/ACT SCORES are required for applicants with fewer than 30 earned college credits or those who have been out of high school less than three years. (Test scores are not required for applicants who graduated from a high school outside the United States.) COLLEGE REPORT completed and sent directly to UM by a dean or
college official who has access to your disciplinary record. PERSONAL STATEMENT telling us your reasons for transferring and what you hope to achieve. Submit via commonapp.org. ACADEMIC EVALUATOR FORM (professor evaluation or letter of recommendation). One evaluation is required. Submit via commonapp.org.
TRANSFER APPLICANT DEADLINES Fall Priority Deadline – April 1 Fall Final Deadline – June 1 Spring Priority Deadline – November 1 Spring Final Deadline – December 1
Mail documents to: University of Miami Office of Undergraduate Admission P.O. Box 249117 Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117 If sending via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or courier: University of Miami Office of Undergraduate Admission 1320 S. Dixie Highway Gables One Tower, Suite 945 Coral Gables, FL 33146
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS are required for music and nursing programs. Transfer applicants for these programs may only apply for fall enrollment.
Financial Assistance Academic Scholarships Each year, academic scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $16,000 are awarded to select transfer students. No separate application is required to be considered. Academic scholarships are available for fall semester enrollment only. For more information, visit miami.edu/scholarships.
2016–2017 ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE
Apply for all types of need-based financial assistance by submitting both the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To receive priority consideration, complete both by April 15 for fall semester enrollment or November 1 for spring enrollment. miami.edu/osfae
Florida Residents If you are expecting to receive Florida financial aid, you must fulfill all eligibility requirements mandated by the Florida Department of Education. For information on all Florida financial aid programs, visit miami.edu/flaid. *Offered only to admitted U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
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Tuition & Fees Housing & Meals
Frequently Asked Questions When should I apply to transfer? The Office of Undergraduate Admission accepts transfer applications for entrance in the fall and spring semesters, with the exception of the Frost School of Music, School of Architecture, and School of Nursing and Health Studies; admission to these programs is available during the fall semester only. Can I still apply if the priority application date has passed? Yes, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Do I need to select a major right away? No, you may enter as undecided. How are my transfer credits evaluated? Generally, credits from other institutions transfer to your UM degree if you are attending a regionally accredited college or university, you are taking or have taken core academic courses, and you have earned a C or higher in those courses. We will recalculate your college GPA and factor in any failing grades on your transcript, even if your previous institution has a forgiveness policy. Can you evaluate my transferable credits before I apply? No, due to the volume of inquiries, we cannot perform individual credit evaluations.
Will my credits transfer? If you have followed a general liberal arts curriculum at a regionally accredited institution, it is likely that your credits will transfer to UM. Students attending a two-year college are encouraged to follow the Associate of Arts curriculum to maximize the transferability of credit. Typically, credit is awarded for academic courses with an earned grade of C or higher. Courses that have a grade of C- or lower will not transfer, but the grades will be used to calculate an admission grade point average. Transfer students admitted to the University will receive a detailed evaluation of their transfer credits upon admission. Transfer credit evaluations are available online in CaneLink.
Do you accept AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP credits? Yes, submit official test results to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The University of Miami does not give credit for CLEP English, foreign language, calculus, chemistry, and general examinations. Transfer credit is not awarded for physical education, professional, technical, or study skills courses; study abroad, internships, or independent study from a two-year school; correspondence/distance learning; or for life experience.
Is there a minimum credit requirement for transfer admission to UM? No. How will my transfer credits fulfill the requirements of my major? Before enrolling, we will inform you of the number of eligible credits that will transfer to the University of Miami. Once enrolled, you will meet with your academic advisor to determine if and how your transfer credits will fulfill the requirements of your major. What are my options for housing? On-campus housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. The Department of Housing and Residential Life maintains off-campus housing listings. miami.edu/housing Who should complete and submit my College Report? Registrar Reports must be completed and sent directly to UM by a dean or college official who has access to your disciplinary record.
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