Plus One Scholarship

University of Miami - Plus One Scholars

The Plus One Scholarship is a program of educational enrichment that offers University of Miami undergraduates a tuition-free year or semester beyond the normal number of years required to complete an undergraduate degree. The program’s single purpose is to give you the opportunity to broaden and expand your learning and study subjects your degree requirements and other academic commitments may preclude.

The Plus One Scholarship is solely for enrichment and may include study abroad. Plus One courses may not be used to satisfy degree, major, minor, cognate, certificate, pre-professional, and/or other credentialing requirements of any sort.


The Plus One Scholarship gives you time to deepen and expand your education, to study something new, to pursue learning for its own sake. If, for instance, your degree program, major, or pre-professional track constrains your ability to explore a subject in a different realm, you should consider Plus One. Another reason to apply is if you discover a new academic interest too late in your college careers to engage it.

 The Plus One Proposal

Successful applications will propose a set of Plus One courses that represent a clear educational vision, a case for enrichment, and specific goals for learning. You should confer with appropriate faculty when developing your proposal.

Students typically will apply for Plus One in their fifth or sixth semester (seventh or eighth for the School of Architecture) and present a plan for the next four (or three) semesters that integrates their Plus One courses with their degree requirements. Other options are, of course, possible and will be fully considered by the selection committee. A proposal may include a study abroad component, but Study Abroad must be completed before the Plus One year or semester. Plus One courses must be taken during the Fall or Spring semesters, not in the summer or during intersession.

The Plus One Scholarship only covers tuition. Plus One Scholars are responsible for all other costs including housing. However, Plus One Scholars are guaranteed on-campus housing during their Plus One semester or year and will have priority enrollment in their Plus One courses.

GPA and Commencement

All Plus One courses will be factored into the student’s GPA and will count in all GPA-based honors awards. Plus One Scholars will receive their diplomas in the Plus One year, and they will be counted in the class in which they complete their education rather than the year in which they entered the University. They may participate in the commencements that reflect both their year of admission and their year of completion.

Application Requirements

Prior to applying, you must email in order to gain access to the Plus One introductory video and application. Students must watch this video prior to applying to the Plus One. There will also be three Plus One Q&A sessions. Students can attend these sessions only after watching the video in order to clarify any concerns about the scholarship.

Application Guidelines

Complete submission guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, and a detailed list of required application materials can be found HERE.

The deadline to apply is October 1 by 5 p.m. EST in the Fall Semester and March 1 by 5 p.m. EST in the Spring Semester. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.