Plus One Scholarship

Starting Summer 2019, the Plus One Scholarship application cycle will only occur in the fall semester.  

The application cycle is closed, please check back after August 1, 2020.

University of Miami - Plus One Scholars

The Plus One Scholars program offers individualized educational enrichment by granting 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 current degree requirements and other academic commitments may preclude.

Plus One Scholars earn an enriched degree with additional credit requirements (15 for one semester and 30 for two semesters). Upon completion of the Plus One you will have a BS or BA with enrichment. All coursework taken toward the Plus One can only be used to satisfy the Plus One degree requirements.


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 current 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. This degree program will enable you to do this. Undergraduate students must have completed 30 credits at UM in order to apply for the Plus One.

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 degree courses with their current degree requirements. A proposal may include a Study Abroad component, but Study Abroad must be completed before the Plus One funded 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 Scholars Program only covers tuition. Plus One Scholars are responsible for all other costs including housing.

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 earn their credential upon successfully completing all degree requirements associated with the Plus One degree.

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.

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019 by 5 p.m. EST. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.