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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process
Campus Life
Entertainment and Travel

Application Process

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 and attend a mandatory student orientation on Sunday, June 22nd. Classes begin on Monday, June 23rd. The program concludes on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Q) When is the deadline for applying?
A) Applications are accepted from October 1, 2013 through May 1, 2014. Applications are reviewed as soon as all application materials are received. Students are encouraged to submit their applications early to reserve space in their preferred program. The deadline schedule is as follows: Early Action - February 1st; Priority deadline - April 1st; International Student application deadline - April 15th; and General deadline - May 1st. Applications received after May 1st 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. Students with scores below the University minimum for the college credit program are eligible for the University Preparation Program for international high school students.

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) 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.

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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) Students enrolled in the Summer Scholars Program earn college credit and their grades will be part of their official record at the University of Miami. The University Preparation Program for international high school students, however, is a non-credit program.

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 can access their grades and unofficial transcript on Canelink. Grades will be available to SSP 2014 students on August 20, 2014. Official transcripts (fee applies) should be requested online from the Office of the Registrar or via the student's Canelink account. It is recommended to request official transcripts 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. For information on the undergraduate application process visit theOffice of Undergraduate Admissions.

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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 available for this program. Students may attend as either a residential or commuter student. The 2014 Employee Residential Program fee is $7,295 and the Employee Commuter Program fee is $6,168. 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 dolphin and shark tagging experience are optional for an additional fee). The Commuter Program offers a lunch or lunch and dinner meal plan and includes tuition, textbooks/printed materials, evening activities, and weekend field trips (the dolphin and shark tagging experience are optional for an additional fee).

Q) Are there any additional costs?
A) Please note the $75 application fee is additional to the program fee and non-refundable. Commuter students may purchase a monthly parking permit for $40 if they wish to park on campus. Students enrolled in the Marine Science program will be required to submit a $250 Marine Science Exploration fee. Optional activities for non-marine science students (based on available space) include shark tagging for $199 and a dolphin encounter for $149.

Q) Are there scholarships or financial aid available?
A) Limited number of scholarships are available. Contact the office for information on how to apply. Students are encouraged to seek outside sources for funding. Click here for financing or payment plan options.

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Campus Life

Q) Can students select their roommates?
A) Students are roomed by gender and program. Roommates are assigned by lottery.

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 a.m., and 1 p.m. - 4:10 p.m., and 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; yet 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 go off-campus only for SSP 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?

  • Public safety is available should the students need assistance at any time. Security at UM operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Trained police and security officers from the Department of Public Safety patrol the campus.
  • Residential students are not permitted to bring cars to campus nor are they allowed to be in the vehicles of commuter students.
  • The living areas of the residence halls are only accessible by University issued ID cards.
  • Non-program participants are not allowed beyond the lobby of the residence hall except for move-in and move-out day.
  • All campus sponsored field trips are chaperoned by SSP staff.

Q) Do students have a curfew?
A) Yes, students must be on their floor by 10 p.m. and in their rooms by 12 a.m.

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.

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Entertainment and Travel

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) on arrival day 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 use their free time to work on class assignments, study at the library, swim at the campus pool, exercise at the Wellness center, explore campus, or join evening and weekend activities.

Q) Are there scheduled activities?
A) Yes! The program provides evening and weekend activities. Weekend activities include: snorkeling in Key Largo, touring the Everglades, attending a Marlins game, touring Miami Beach, going on shopping outings, and earning community service hours. All activities are chaperoned by program staff. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a dolphin encounter and/or shark tagging experience (additional fee applies).

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.

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