Q) What are the dates for the 2014 Summer Scholars Program (SSP)?
A) June 21, 2014 - July 11, 2014. Students arrive on Saturday, June 21st; the program concludes on Friday, July 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Q) When is the deadline for applying?
A) Applications are accepted from October 1, 2013 through May 1, 2014. The Early Action deadline is February 1, 2014.The Priority deadline is April 1, 2014. The International Student application deadline is April 15, 2014. The General application deadline is May 1, 2014. Applications received after May 1, 2014 will be reviewed based on program availability.
Q) What are the application criteria?
A) Students who are interested in this program must submit an online application, an essay, one teacher recommendation, an official transcript, and must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale).
Q) Can international students apply or is this program for domestic students?
A) International students are welcome and encouraged to apply for the program. International students are required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with their application.
Q) Are commuter students accepted into this program?
A) Yes, commuter students are welcome. Ideally those who choose this option should have a Florida residence located in either Miami-Dade or Broward counties. It is recommended that commuter students reside with family or family friends who are over the age of 21. Commuter students are no longer the responsibility of the University of Miami, once they leave campus (unless they are on a program sponsored activity).
Q) Where should I mail the application materials (transcripts, recommendations, TOEFL/IELTS scores)?
A) All materials must be mailed to the following address
Summer Scholars Program
University of Miami
111 Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Drive
Miami, FL 33146
Counselors and teachers that send documents separately (transcripts or recommendations), should NOT send documents to the University of Miami Office of Admission. This will delay the review of the student's file. Applications are reviewed when all documents are received by the SSP office.
Q) When will my file be reviewed for admission to the program?
A) A file will be reviewed once all documents have been received by the program office (transcript, teacher recommendation, and TOEFL/IELTS score (international students). Allow 7-10 business days for the file to be reviewed once it has been received in the office.
Q) Will students be notified of missing application documents?
A) Generally, no. The purpose of our application process is to acquaint students with the college application process that they will experience very soon. Making sure that the file is complete is strictly up to the students and parents.
Q) When are students notified of their acceptance?
A) The application will be reviewed when all required documents are received by the SSP office. Allow 7-10 business days for an admission decision. Students will be notified of the admission decision via email.
Q) What school supplies should students bring?
A) Students should bring supplies that they would use during the normal academic year like paper, pens, pencils, backpacks, and folders. Specialty items like graphing calculators may be needed; however, this information will be communicated to the students prior to their arrival on campus.
Q) Will students have to purchase books for class?
A) No. Books are provided to students by the program.
Q) Do students earn academic credit?
A) Yes, students will earn college credit and grades that will be part of their official record at the University of Miami.
Q) What does the student's official record consist of at the University of Miami?
A) The student record includes classes taken, grades earned, and grade point average (semester average and cumulative average). This information is part of the student's permanent record at the University of Miami. The grades earned during the program will be included in the calculation of the student's overall academic record should they gain entrance to the University as an undergraduate student.
Q) Can this credit be used at other colleges or as high school credit?
A) Yes, students can petition to use this credit at other universities, colleges, or high schools. Students must request an official transcript from the Office of the Registrar to be mailed to the institution that will apply the credit. Transcripts can be ordered through the Canelink Student Portal. It is the sole discretion of the receiving institution to accept and apply the credit. It is the student's responsibility to keep syllabi and graded work from SSP, as the receiving institution will often request these materials.
Q) Are transcripts provided to students?
A) Students access their grades on CaneLink. Grades will be available to SSP 2014 students on August 20, 2014. Official transcripts must be requested from the Office of the Registrar. Students may order a transcript online through their Canelink account. If students need official transcripts for their college applications, it is recommended to submit requests to the Office of the Registrar at least one month prior to the application deadline of the college/university to which they are applying.
Q) Will attending the program help students if they apply to the University of Miami?
A) The University of Miami welcomes Summer Scholars participants to apply as undergraduates; however, attending the program does not guarantee admission nor is special consideration given to Summer Scholars Program alumni.
Q) What is the cost of the program?
A) The 2014 Residential Program Fee is $7,295 and the Commuter Program Fee is $6,168.
Q) I am a University of Miami employee, can I use my tuition benefits?
A) University employee dependents are welcome to apply to the program. Tuition remission is not available for this program, however employees receive 10% off the tuition rate. Students may attend as either a residential or commuter student. The 2014 Employee Residential Program fee is $6,795 and the Employee Commuter Program fee is $5,668. The dependent must be registered with Benefits Administration. The C #'s of both the employee and the student should be noted on the student's application.
Q) What does the program fee include?
A) The Residential Program fee includes: housing, meals, tuition, text books/printed materials access to campus fitness facility and doctor's office, evening activities, and weekend field trips. The Commuter Program fee includes: lunch (dinner accommodations are also available upon request for an additional fee), tuition, textbooks/printed materials, evening activities, and weekend field trips.
Q) Are there any additional costs?
A) The $75 application fee is non-refundable. Commuter students pay $114 for a campus parking permit, if they wish to park on campus. Students enrolled in the Marine Science program will be required to submit a $250 fee.
Q) Are there scholarships or financial aid available?
A) Scholarships and financial aid are not available; students are encouraged to seek outside sources of aid. Click here for financing or payment plan options.
Q) Can students select their roommates?
A) In order to support a true college residential experience the Summer Scholars Program at the University of Miami does not accommodate roommate requests. Students will meet their roommates on arrival day.
Q) Is airport pick-up available for students flying to Miami?
A) Airport pick-up is available for students arriving to and departing from Miami International Airport (MIA). Students will be greeted by program staff members. Students arriving via Ft. Lauderdale Airport (FLL) or by other modes of transportation (bus or train) will need to provide their own transportation to and from campus.
Q) Will commuter students enjoy the program in the same manner as residential students?
A) SSP is designed for the enjoyment of all participants. Commuter students are encouraged to participate in evening and weekend activities to gain a fuller sense of campus life. Activities provide students with the opportunity to bond outside of the classroom and develop of mature interpersonal relationships with a diverse group of people.
Q) What is the class schedule and how are classes structured?
A) Classes are held from 8:20 am - 11:30 am, and 1 pm - 4:10 pm. They consist of lectures, tests, quizzes, projects, homework, and a final exam. The program is structured around hands-on experience, which may consist of guest lecturers, open discussion, lab work, and field trips.
Q) Are students chaperoned?
A) The safety of our Summer Scholars is our primary concern; however, there is still a great deal of independence given to participants. SSP staff will reside in the residence hall and chaperone all on and off-campus activities. Students will leave campus only for SSP off-campus activities, or if they are signed-out by a parent. Parents and guardians should note that students will need a high level of maturity and self-responsibility for this program.
Q) What steps are provided to ensure safety on campus?
Q) Do students have a curfew?
A) Yes, students must be in their rooms by 11 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and by 12 a.m. on Friday - Saturday.
Q) Should students bring their computer?
A) Bringing a computer is at the discretion of the student. All SSP students have access to the University of Miami library, however many students prefer to work in their room.
Q) Do most of the parents accompany students to campus on the first day of the program?
A) Families who live within a 4-5 hour drive of UM usually bring their son or daughter to campus; residential students are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. Out-of-state and international students typically fly unaccompanied to Miami. SSP staff will meet unaccompanied students flying to Miami International Airport (MIA) and provide transport to MIA for their return flight. Students flying to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airport must make their own transportation arrangements to campus and back to FLL for their return flight.
Q) Is transportation provided for commuter students to campus for class?
A) Transportation to and from campus is not provided for commuter students. Commuter students may drive to campus, however they will be required to purchase a parking permit. For off-campus program activities, commuter students must use the SSP sponsored transportation.
Q) How will students get around during the program?
A) University sponsored transportation will pick-up students from the airport (MIA) on the day of arrival, take participants to and from program activities, and to take students to the airport (MIA) on the day of departure.
Q) What do students do in their free time?
A) Students may study, work on class assignments, use campus facilities including the UM fitness center or pool, and take part in evening and weekend SSP activities.
Q) Are there scheduled activities?
A) Yes! The program provides, at no additional fee, weekend activities such as snorkeling, site-seeing, shopping outings, and a volunteer project opportunity. There will be evening activities and study breaks. All activities are chaperoned by program staff.
Q) Are televisions available for students to watch?
A) There are no televisions in the residence halls, however students may bring their own. CableTV is provided in each residential room.