TRANSFER STUDENT GUIDE
Why Transfer to UM? Ranked No. 44 on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013 “Best Colleges” list, the University of Miami is a top-tier research institution that offers more areas of study than any other private university of comparable size. And with a student population that draws from 116 nations and all 50 states, we offer one of the most vibrant academic communities in higher education. We invite you to explore all the reasons why it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane! Transfer applicants are students who graduated from high school and are presently or have been enrolled at another college or university, as well as students who would like to pursue a second bachelor’s degree. Each year about 2,700 transfer applicants affirm their belief in the value of a UM education by applying for 550 available transfer spaces. Students accepted for transfer admission to the University of Miami have taken challenging and well-rounded curricula at their previous colleges or universities. The average collegiate grade point average of a transfer student is 3.40.
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Unlike many public colleges and universities, the University of Miami does not have minimum credit requirements for transfer admission. You may apply after completing only a semester at another institution, or you may choose to complete two full years elsewhere. Keep in mind that the sooner you apply, the longer you will have to be a part of the UM community. If you are someone who plans to pursue a double major, transferring earlier gives you more time to plan your courses and explore your options.
Admission Criteria The Office of Admission will calculate an admission grade point average based on information from all official transcripts submitted by the applicant. All grades of transferable courses (including grades of C- and below) are calculated into the admission grade point average.
1 Why Transfer to UM? 2 The Application Process 3 Schools and Colleges 8 Financial Assistance 9 Frequently Asked Questions
Priority Dates for Admission Consideration* Fall Semester: March 1 Spring Semester: November 1 * Applications will continue to be accepted
on a rolling basis after the priority date. If you repeat a transferable course, each grade earned in the course will be used to calculate a grade point average for admission. The University of Miami does not honor academic forgiveness programs from other colleges or universities through which students are allowed to improve substandard academic performance in a course.
The University of Miami is committed to helping you make a smooth transition as you pursue your academic career. Admission officers and academic transfer coordinators in each of our schools and colleges are available to answer your questions. In addition, we invite you to learn about the University of Miami firsthand with a visit to our campus (miami.edu/visit) or take a virtual tour at miami.edu/virtualtour. Note: Students who attended college while in high school as part of a dual enrollment program are not considered transfer students. Even if you earned an Associate of Arts degree while in high school, you must apply to enter the University of Miami as a freshman.
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The Application Process The Office of 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 only during the fall semester. To complete your application, visit miami.edu/apply, which will guide you through the following steps:
Complete the Common Application online at the Common Application website. You can find a link to the site at miami.edu/apply or go directly to commonapp.org. You must also submit a $70 nonrefundable application fee before we can begin reviewing your application.
Submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended. Students who attended college while in high school as dual enrollment must also submit those college transcripts. Have your transcripts mailed to:
Submit a Common Application Registrar Report. This must be completed by a dean or college official who has access to your academic and disciplinary record.
University of Miami Office of Admission P.O. Box 249117 Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117 If sent by FedEx, DHL, UPS or courier: University of Miami Office of Admission 1252 Memorial Drive Ashe Building, Room 132 Coral Gables, FL 33146
Schools and Colleges With more than 180 undergraduate academic majors and programs in nine different schools and colleges, the University of Miami offers many academic paths to help you find your passion. Read through the descriptions of each school and college on the following pages to gain an overview of the opportunities that await you on our beautiful Coral Gables campus. Also in this section you’ll find contact information and a list of courses for each school and college that generally fulfill core curriculum requirements. You should use this list as a guide when choosing courses to help maximize credit transfer.
Complete the essay. This consists of a personal statement (250-650 words) that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. You can submit this through the Common Application.
Submit an Academic Report (instructor/professor evaluation or letter of recommendation) electronically through the Common Application or mail it to one of the addresses listed in step 2 above. You may submit additional evaluations, but only one is required. Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 earned credits must include official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores when submitting their application. The admission decision will be based on the student’s academic performance at both the college and high school levels. Transfer applicants who have been out of high school five or more years are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Note: Students applying to the School of Architecture must also submit a portfolio by March 1. Students applying to the Frost School of Music must also submit a supplemental application and complete an audition by December 1. The B.F.A. Theatre Program requires a supplemental application and audition. Transfer students interested in the program should call 305-284-4474 for deadlines and information.
Will My Credits Transfer? If you have followed a general liberal arts curriculum and taken courses at a regionally accredited institution, it is likely your credits will transfer to the University of Miami. 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. The transfer of credit is considered on a course-by-course basis once your application is complete and all supporting documents have been received. Transcripts will not be evaluated without a complete application for admission. Students admitted to the University will receive a detailed evaluation of their outside coursework. The transfer of credit is a two-part process. First, the Office of Admission evaluates credits for transferability based on the course type and grade earned. Second, the academic advisor or departmental dean determines how the transferable course and credit may satisfy specific UM degree requirements.
School of Architecture 305-284-3731 | arc.miami.edu facebook.com/umarchitecture Founded in 1983, the University of Miami School of Architecture prepares undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students for successful practice and professional leadership in architecture, urbanism, real estate development, and related fields. From drafting a pedestrian marketplace that would revive Miami’s waterfront district to designing affordable homes for first-time homebuyers in economically challenged areas, School of Architecture faculty connect their students with real-world challenges throughout Miami and beyond. These hands-on experiences are what employers seek in recent graduates. The prevailing philosophy of the school is that good design enhances the beauty of the natural environment and elevates quality of life. Real-world learning, community service, and environmental and economic sustainability are cornerstones of the curriculum.
Architectural Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 credits Architectural Methods. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Architectural Structure. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits Architectural Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Architecture History Survey. . . . . . . . . 6 credits English Composition I & II. . . . . . . . . . 6 credits Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits Calculus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits Western Civilization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 credits A required portfolio is due by March 1. Applicants accepted for fall semester only.
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College of Arts and Sciences 305-284-4117 | as.miami.edu facebook.com/UMCAS With 20 departments and eight interdisciplinary programs, the College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in areas as diverse as biology, physics, English, psychology, political science, philosophy, classics, neuroscience, and theatre arts. Our full-time faculty includes editors of prominent journals, fellows of professional societies, prize-winning creative writers, government consultants, and members of international research advisory boards. Our students routinely work with faculty in their labs, participate in law school clinics, and study around the globe—all while developing analytical and communication skills, creative abilities, and a sense of civic responsibility. Above all, the curriculum encourages the quest for a deeper understanding of the human experience and fosters a personal commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts. New labs have allowed undergraduates to begin more advanced course work sooner, preparing them for graduate school and beyond. At the University of Miami, students engage in partnerships with professors on research and creative projects as early as freshman year. SUGGESTED COURSES
English Composition I & II. . . . . . . . . . 6 credits Foreign Language. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 credits People & Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Arts & Humanities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Natural Science* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9 credits *Requirements will vary depending on A.B. or B.S. program.
School of Business Administration 305-284-4641 | bus.miami.edu facebook.com/umschoolofbusiness Companies with a global presence consistently turn to the University of Miami School of Business Administration to hire “people who can hit the ground running.” By equipping its students with leadership and community service opportunities, internship placement, research-backed business knowledge, and a culturally diverse learning environment, the school turns out graduates who are highly competitive for job placement throughout the global business arena. Responding to the needs of our changing world, the school partners with other disciplines across campus to deliver a dynamic portfolio of business programs tailored to health care, law, real estate, and other industries. SUGGESTED COURSES
Business Foundations. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 credits English/Communication . . . . . . . . . . 12 credits Humanities/Fine Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Math/Quantitative Foundation*. . . . 9-14 credits Natural Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 credits Social Sciences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6 credits *The School of Business Administration requires entering students to have a strong mathematical background prior to entering UM. All transfer applicants to the School of Business Administration must have completed and received college credit for a calculus course and earned a grade of “B” or better. For details on this and other recommendations for business applicants, visit www.bus.miami.edu/undergraduateprograms/admissions/transfer-admissions/index.html.
School of Communication 305-284-5234 | com.miami.edu facebook.com/UMSoC There has been a revolution in the way the world produces and uses information and entertainment. The School of Communication prepares students to employ these innovations with creativity, skill, and—above all—social responsibility. Our students work closely with faculty members who are not only teachers and mentors, they are Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, and Academy Award winners who have worked for top television news networks, newspapers, movie studios, and magazines. Our students produce award-winning, portfoliobuilding projects using advanced facilities and equipment: a motion picture sound stage, digital television and radio studios, audio and multimedia production studios, broadcast uplink capability, digital post-production facilities, advanced digital media labs, a news bureau, and HD video conferencing facilities. Minimum GPA is 3.0. SUGGESTED COURSES*
English Composition I & II. . . . . . . . . . 6 credits Fine Arts & Humanities . . . . . . . . . . . 12 credits Math^ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits Natural World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 credits People & Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 credits *The courses listed above will satisfy most majors. Please refer to the bulletin for specific requirements for your chosen major. Contact the school’s Academic Services Office for details. ^Math course must be higher than MTH101 (college algebra), with the exception of MTH107 (precalculus). School of Communication students must complete the requirement of a minor inside or outside the school. Students who choose to pursue a second major are exempt from completing the minor. These options allow students to focus their interests within the field of communication while providing greater flexibility in creating a curriculum that matches their career goals. Contact the school’s Office of Admission, Academic and Alumni Services for details.
School of Education and Human Development 305-284-3711 | education.miami.edu The University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development is a major voice in the local and national debate on how to improve education. While teacher training is vitally important, it is only one facet of a novel and dynamic educational unit. The school has three departments: Teaching and Learning, Educational and Psychological Studies, and Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. Together with the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, the school places well-being at the core of its mission. The State of Florida has approved the school’s Teacher Education programs, thereby enabling applicants to qualify for professional teaching certificates. Undergraduate students in our Athletic Training program complete 1,300 hours of clinical rotations throughout the four years, making them eligible to take the NATA-BOC exam. SUGGESTED COURSES
English Composition I & II. . . . . . . . . . 6 credits Foreign Language* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 credits History/Social Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Humanities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 credits Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 credits Natural Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12 credits
* Required only for Sport Administration majors. For more details on coursework and program information, please visit our website.
College of Engineering 305-284-2404 | miami.edu/engineering facebook.com/UMCOE Everywhere in the modern world, engineering transforms our quality of life. The College of Engineering is educating tomorrow’s technology leaders for career success. James M. Tien, dean of the college and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, has established a strong research agenda that embraces three highly relevant areas: health care and technobiology, informatics and risk, and sustainable systems. The internally developed Virtual Academic Computing (ViAComp) platform allows engineering students to access educational and research software anywhere, any time. Collaborative programs with other UM schools and colleges include partnerships between the biomedical engineering program and Miller School of Medicine; the architectural engineering program and School of Architecture; the audio engineering program and Frost School of Music; and the industrial engineering program and School of Business Administration. Our Career Services Center provides internship opportunities and career guidance. CORE CURRICULUM FOR FIRST FOUR SEMESTERS
Calculus I & II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 credits Calculus III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 credits (for Aerospace, Architectural, Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering Majors) OR Linear Algebra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits (for Electrical, Computer, and Industrial Engineering Majors) Differential Equations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits English Composition I & II. . . . . . . . . . 6 credits Principles of Chemistry I: Lecture and Laboratory. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 credits University Physics I & II: Lecture and Laboratory. . . . . . . . . . . 10 credits
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
School of Nursing and Health Studies
305-284-2180 | rsmas.miami.edu facebook.com/RosenstielSchool
305-284-2241 | music.miami.edu facebook.com/UMFrostSchool
305-284-3666 | miami.edu/sonhs
From sharks to sediment, corals to climate—landmark discoveries about marine life and earth science are made every day at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the only subtropical oceanographic research and education institute of its kind in the continental United States. We offer a rigorous curriculum that takes full advantage of our coastal location on Miami’s Virginia Key, where you’ll enjoy year-round access to a variety of marine environments.
One of the most industry-relevant music schools in the nation, the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music immerses you in the full spectrum of music education. The school offers two undergraduate professional degrees: the Bachelor of Music, with majors in nine areas, and the Bachelor of Science in Music Engineering. The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a pre-professional degree designed for musicians seeking a broad liberal arts education. Four undergraduate minors are available, including songwriting through the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program.
Students are introduced to ecosystems and earth systems through lectures, laboratories, and field trips. We encourage our students to earn course credits by conducting independent, interdisciplinary research with scientists who are leaders in their respective fields. By combining research excellence with vast networks that link our findings to policy, the Rosenstiel School generates solutions for today’s most pressing environmental issues. SUGGESTED COURSES*
English Composition I & II. . . . . . . . . . 6 credits History/Social Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits Humanities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 credits **Calculus I & II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 credits Biology I & II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 credits Chemistry I & II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 credits Geology: Lecture and Laboratory. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 credits **Physics I & II: Lecture and Laboratory. . . . . . . . . . . 10 credits *Requirements will vary depending on A.B. ** For B.S. degree
Instrumentalists and vocalists gain vast performance experience in more than 50 ensembles, including the esteemed Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble, Frost Opera Theater, and Frost Concert Jazz Band. SUGGESTED COURSES
Applicants must complete an audition. Pre-screening required for some instruments by December 1. Contact Music Admission for details on auditions. 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 students may receive credit. Applicants must submit a supplemental application along with the Common Application by December 1. Applications accepted only for fall semester.
The School of Nursing and Health Studies offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Traditional, Accelerated Option, and R.N.-B.S.N. formats; a Bachelor of Science in Health Science; and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. The curriculum offers students opportunities in clinical, community, simulated, and global environments. Through our programs, students are prepared to pursue graduate studies in health care careers or to address pressing issues in an increasingly complex health care environment. SUGGESTED COURSES
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Adult Health Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Pediatric Nursing Maternal Health Nursing Community Health Nursing Bachelor of Science in Health Science (B.S.H.S.) Anatomy Physiology Statistics Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.) Epidemiology Health Promotion-Disease Prevention Health and Environment Practicum in Community Health Prerequisites for B.S.N. Clinical Coursework include: General Biology & Lab, Chemistry for Life Sciences & Lab, Human Anatomy & Lab, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, College Algebra, Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, and Nutrition. Traditional B.S.N. applicants accepted only for fall semester. Accelerated Option B.S.N. applicants accepted for summer and spring semesters. R.N.-B.S.N. applicants accepted per announcement. B.S.H.S. and B.S.P.H. applicants accepted for fall and spring semesters.
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Cost of Attendance 2013-2014 Estimated tuition, fees, room, and board for a full-time undergraduate student for the academic year Tuition and fees. . . . . . . . . . $42,852 On-campus room and board . . . . . . . . . . . . $12,314*
A private education at the University of Miami has advantages that you may not find at other institutions: smaller classes, closer student-teacher interaction, a vast network of internships, the chance to individualize your academic pro*Housing and meal expenses will vary gram, and opportunities for hands-on research. The University of based on actual housing and meal Miami offers need-based and merit-based financial assistance. In plan arrangements. some cases, the amount of financial assistance a student receives may make the University of Miami as affordable as attending a public institution.
Need-Based Assistance To be considered for assistance at the University based on financial need, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE, available online at www.fafsa.gov and profileonline.collegeboard.org. To receive priority consideration for financial assistance for the fall semester, complete the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE by March 1. If you plan to enter in the spring, you should complete these forms by the priority date of November 1. If you have not yet completed your tax return, you can still submit your FAFSA using estimated income and tax information. After you file your tax return, you will correct any income or tax information that is different from what you submitted on your original FAFSA.
Florida Residents If you are expecting to receive Florida financial aid (for example, the Florida Resident Access Grant), you are required to fulfill all conditions relative to the initial application and renewal eligibility requirements mandated by the Florida Department of Education. Please visit miami.edu/fla for complete information on all Florida financial aid programs.
Academic Scholarships* The University of Miami offers a generous merit scholarship program. Each year, academic scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $16,000** are awarded to select transfer students. Students considered for an academic scholarship demonstrate substantial academic accomplishment above and beyond the average academic profile of an admitted transfer student. In order to be considered for an academic scholarship, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.9. A student who is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and receives a UM academic scholarship will have that scholarship recognized as a PTK scholarship. Please note that the minimum criteria are guidelines and that students who meet them are not guaranteed a scholarship. The Office of Admission will calculate and determine your transfer grade point average based on the credits eligible for transfer to the University. To receive priority consideration for a University of Miami academic scholarship, simply complete and submit the Undergraduate Application for Admission and all supporting documents by March 1 for the fall semester. Academic scholarships are not available for spring semester enrollment. There is no separate application form or process to be considered for an academic scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will make the final determination on all scholarship awards. For more information, visit miami.edu/scholarships. * The FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE are not required to be considered for academic scholarships. ** The total financial assistance awarded a student from all sources, including scholarships, grants, loans, and need-based employment, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance for the award period as defined by the Office of Financial Assistance Services. In the event a student’s awards exceed either of these limits, the financial aid award, including the scholarship, will be adjusted to eliminate the overage.
Frequently Asked Questions Any time you make a change in your academic career, whether a change in major or a transfer to a new university, there will be a transition period. The University of Miami is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible and helping you become an integral part of our student community. Here are answers to some common questions about the transfer experience.
When should I apply to transfer? You may apply for fall or spring transfer admission, with the exception of programs in architecture, music, and nursing, which are all fall-entrance-only programs.
Can I still apply if the priority application date has passed? Yes, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the priority application date. Please submit the application and all supporting documents as quickly as possible.
Do I need to select a major right away? Once accepted to the University of Miami, you must select the school or college you wish to attend, but you do not need to identify a specific academic major at that time. You may enter your school or college as an undecided student.
Can you evaluate my transferable credits before I apply? We receive so many inquiries that it is not possible to perform individual credit evaluations. This brochure will help you identify courses that typically fulfill core curriculum requirements.
Do you accept AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP credits? To have CLEP, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education scores evaluated, you must submit an official test result report to the Office of 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 (from a two-year school); internships (from a two-year school); independent study (from a two-year school); correspondence/distance learning; or for life experience.
Am I eligible for the Honors Program? The University of Miami Honors Program provides an academically challenging course of study for outstanding students. Taught as small seminars, Honors courses emphasize interactive learning and discussion. Students with a minimum transferable GPA of 3.5 and no more than 60 credits from an accredited institution who would like to be considered for invitation into the program are encouraged to contact the Honors Program office. miami.edu/honors
What are my options for housing? All students apply for on-campus housing online once they submit their enrollment deposit. On-campus housing is not guaranteed for transfer students, but the University’s Department of Housing and Residential Life maintains off-campus housing listings to help you find the perfect “home away from home.” The Association of Commuter Students helps off-campus students get involved outside of the classroom. miami.edu/housing
Will you help me adjust to life as a new UM student? UM offers a comprehensive orientation program with sessions for new transfer students that provide vital information about being a student at the University of Miami. miami.edu/orientation
Does UM offer career services? Helping you achieve your career goals, before and after you graduate, is paramount. In addition to career services offered by the University of Miami Alumni Association, the University’s Toppel Career Center is dedicated to matching students and alumni with their ideal employment opportunities. Toppel also helps aspiring entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition through The Launch Pad, a walk-in resource center that nurtures the start-up spirit. miami.edu/toppel; thelaunchpad.org
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