University of Miami Admissions Statistics

Learn About the School and the GPA and SAT/ACT Scores You'll Need

Walkway leading to the Otto G. Richter Library on the campus of the University of Miami.
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The University of Miami is a highly selective private university with an acceptance rate of 36 percent. All applicants must use the Common Application and submit an essay, list of extracurricular activities, SAT or ACT scores, and two letters of recommendation.

For its many strengths, the University of Miami made our lists of the top Florida colleges and top southeastern colleges.

Why the University of Miami?

  • Location: Coral Gables, Florida
  • Campus Features: The 239-acre main campus sits just southwest of Miami and features a central lake, canal, and high-rise residence halls. The university has additional campuses for the School of Medicine and School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Athletics: The Miami Hurricanes compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Highlights: Miami's diverse student body comes from 50 states and over 120 countries. The university has many academic strengths including a top-ranked Marine Biology program. Undergraduates can choose from over 180 majors and programs.

University of Miami Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered the University of Miami in the 2017-18 academic year, the university had a 36 percent acceptance rate. Below are SAT scores and ACT scores for admitted students organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 700
Math 610 720
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

If you compare SAT score data for top Florida colleges and universities, you'll see that the University of Miami is one of the most selective schools in the entire state. Only the University of Florida is equally selective.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 28 34
Math 26 32
Composite 28 32

An average ACT score is 21, so it's clear that nearly all University of Miami students scored well above average.

University of Miami GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

University of Miami GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission.
University of Miami GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission.  Graph courtesy of Cappex

The University of Miami GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph was self-reported by applicants to the school. Grades are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into Miami with a free account at Cappex.

Discussion of the University of Miami's Admissions Standards

The University of Miami is one of the most selective schools in Florida. To get in, you're probably going to need grades and test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had averages in the "A" range, SAT scores of about 1150 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or higher. While some students do get in with "B" and "B+" averages, higher grades and test scores significantly improve your chances of being admitted.

Note that there are quite a few red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in all but the upper right corner of the graph. Many students who had grades and test scores that were on target for the University of Miami did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because the University of Miami, like many of the country's most selective private universities, has holistic admissions and uses The Common Application. The admissions folks are interested in much more than numerical data. Rigorous high school courses, strong extracurricular involvement, glowing letters of recommendation, and a winning application essay are all important parts of Miami's admissions equation.

Rejection and Waitlist Data for the University of Miami

Rejection and waitlist data for the University of Miami
Rejection and waitlist data for the University of Miami.  Graph courtesy of Cappex

The good news when it comes to admission to the University of Miami is that students with "A" averages and a combined SAT score of about 1400 or higher are extremely likely to be admitted. 

That said, when we strip away the blue and green acceptance data from the graph, we see that there had been a significant amount of red (rejected students) and yellow (waitlisted students) hidden behind the accepted student data. Plenty of students with grades up in the "A" range and SAT scores around 1200 were rejected even though these numerical measures are certainly on target for admission to the University of Miami.

This graph shows the importance of the non-numerical pieces of your application. Why might one student be accepted and one rejected when they have the same GPA and test scores? Tepid letters of recommendation, a lack of extracurricular depth, a sloppy essay, or a failure to take challenging high school courses can lead to the rejection of an otherwise qualified applicant.

More University of Miami Information

Nearly three-quarters of University of Miami students receive grant aid. The amount of grant aid they receive, however, is quite a bit less than at many other similarly priced universities.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 17,003 (10,832 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • 94 percent full-time

Costs (2017-18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $48,484
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,666
  • Other Expenses: $3,124
  • Total Cost: $66,274

University of Miami Financial Aid (2016-17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 73 percent
    • Loans: 31 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,647
    • Loans: $6,977

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Public Relations, Psychology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.​

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Tennis, Track, and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 72 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent

If You Like Miami, You May also Like These Schools

Applicants to the University of Miami often apply to other large universities in the southeastern United States. Some popular options include the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, University of South Florida, and University of Georgia. All four schools are public universities, so they will have a much lower price tag than Miami, especially for in-state applicants. Just realize that those price differences can disappear once Miami's financial aid comes into play.

For a private option, University of Miami applicants often apply to Emory University. Be aware that Emory is more selective than Miami, so it is likely to be a reach school for many applicants.

Data Source: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics