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.

The Plus One Scholarship Program has been reopened for a condensed application cycle that is open exclusively to seniors graduating Spring 2018. All other applicants should wait for the Spring 2018 application cycle. Please email for more information.