The Stamps Scholarship is UM’s most prestigious merit award available to students at the University of Miami. This scholarship is awarded to exceptional and academically accomplished high school seniors.
Stamps Scholars receive a merit award equivalent to the full cost of attendance for four years of undergraduate study. The award includes tuition and fees, on-campus housing, a meal plan, University health insurance, textbooks, a laptop allowance, and access to a $12,000 enrichment fund, which may be used toward study abroad, undergraduate research, unpaid internships, and other educational pursuits. (Enrichment fund expenses are subject to prior approval by the Office of the Provost.)
Additional benefits of the Stamps Scholarship include being part of the Stamps Scholars on-campus and national communities, funding to support academic and scientific research projects, cultural and leadership programs, study abroad, conventions and other regional conferences, and invitations to online events and networking opportunities.
The Stamps Scholarship differs from the Frost School of Music Stamps Scholars program. To learn more about the program, visit the Frost School of Music’s Scholarships and Financial Support page.
First-Year Admission Requirements
1. Complete the Common Application
Complete and submit the Common Application. Upon submitting, you will be asked to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee. Be sure you use the same email address for every part of the application process, including registering for standardized tests.
If applying for Spring or Fall 2024, you will be required to submit a supplemental essay of 250 words.
Supplemental essay prompt:
Located within one of the most dynamic cities in the world, the University of Miami is a distinctive community with a variety of cultures, traditions, histories, languages, and backgrounds. The University of Miami is a values-based and purpose-driven postsecondary institution that embraces diversity and inclusivity in all its forms and strives to create a culture of belonging, where every person feels valued and has an opportunity to contribute.
Please describe how your unique experiences, challenges overcome, or skills acquired would contribute to our distinctive University community.
In addition, students will be asked to respond to one of seven prompts in a personal statement of 650 words or less.
These portions of the Common Application give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to develop your thoughts, communicate them clearly, and write them concisely conveying your unique voice. Please include a list of your extracurricular activities; these activities will be evaluated as part of the admission process.
2. Send Official High School Transcripts
If you attended high school in the United States, submit your official high school transcripts directly from your high school. A school official may submit them electronically via the Common Application, Slate.org, SCOIR, or Parchment. They can also be emailed directly from your school official to [email protected].
If electronic submission is not possible, these documents can be mailed to one of the following addresses:
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
If you attended a secondary school outside of the United States, please refer to the International Evaluation Requirements page.
If you are a homeschooled applicant, please refer to the Homeschool Transcript Requirements page.
3. Submitting Test Scores
No change announced from the current test-optional policy for students who are applying for admission for the Spring or Fall 2024 term.
Students who choose to submit an ACT and/or SAT score may:
- Request that official scores be sent to the University directly from the testing agency.
- Self-report their scores on the Common Application. You will not need to Superscore your own results or recalculate your scores. Simply enter your scores exactly as you receive them. Students self-reporting scores will be required to submit official score reports only if they are admitted and choose to enroll.
All students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo. For information on scores, visit the English Proficiency Requirements page.
Architecture applicants not submitting test scores must instead submit a portfolio. All Music applicants complete an audition as part of the evaluation process.
Note: You may update your decision to have your application reviewed with or without test scores even after you have submitted your application. Applicants will be given an extra 15 days past their selected admission plan deadline to update their file.
Here are some examples of testing-specific updates applicants can make:
- Submit test scores for the Admission Committee’s consideration
- Update your test scores
- Update your choice to be test-optional or not
To make these and other changes, applicants must complete the Test Score Updates form in the Applicant Portal.
Submit your application by the stated deadline: November 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action or January 1 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision. We hope that offering you the opportunity to make these updates up to 15 days past your selected admission plan deadline will provide you with any needed flexibility.
Test Codes for UM:
- TOEFL Code: C730
- IELTS Code: 4861
- ACT Code: 0760
- SAT Code: 5815
- Duolingo Code: Select “University of Miami Undergraduate Admissions” from the options
4. Complete the School Report
The School Report should be completed by your high school guidance counselor and can be found on the Common Application. It is often submitted along with your high school transcript and information about your high school.
5. Submit a Letter of Recommendation
You are required to submit one letter of recommendation/evaluation, which can be from either a school counselor or a teacher. The most expedient way to submit your letter electronically is through the Common Application, Slate.org, Scoir, or Parchment.
6. Additional Requirements for Special Programs
If you are applying to any of the programs below, complete the supplemental application, submit a portfolio, and/or schedule an audition.
- Bachelor of Architecture – Portfolio required if not submitting ACT/SAT scores
- Frost School of Music* – Supplemental Application, Prescreen, and Audition Required
- Theatre Arts B.F.A.* – Supplemental application and audition required
*Not available for Spring applicants
Supplemental applications are available in the Applicant Portal. Beginning mid-September, access to the portal will be granted 48-72 hours after your admission application is received. Please submit any additional documentation as soon as possible. We will accept documents up to seven days after the admission plan deadline.
Applicants to the Frost School of Music and the Theatre Arts B.F.A. program who are not admitted to the major of choice and did not indicate a second-choice major on their application will not be considered for admission to any other academic program at the University of Miami. Applicants may not add a second choice major after submitting their application to the University of Miami.
7. Submit Educational Activities
If you have a time gap of three months or more during your educational career or from the time you graduated high school to the date of your intended University of Miami enrollment, you must submit an Educational Activities statement in the Common Application explaining the reason for the gap(s) and include the dates.
If you are unable to provide this information within your Common Application, you can submit it through the applicant portal under the “Materials Upload” section, or by emailing it to [email protected]. If emailing, be sure to include “Educational Activities” in the subject line and your full name and date of birth on all correspondence. This information is required to complete your application file.
8. Complete the Financial Certification Form (International applicants only)
All prospective first-year international students who apply for admission to UM must submit an International Financial Certification Form, which can be accessed via the Applicant Portal after you have submitted your application.
International applicants who are applying for need-based financial aid must also submit the CSS Profile.
9. Submit Financial Aid Documents
If you are applying for financial aid, review the checklist on our Applying for Aid page. There you will find the dates and required documents that must be submitted in order to be considered for need-based financial aid.
10. Send Conduct Updates
If there is any update to your academic achievement or personal conduct, you must notify the Office of Undergraduate Admission immediately by uploading the documentation to your Applicant Portal in the “Materials Upload” section or by emailing the update to [email protected].
Be sure to include your name and date of birth on all documents.