What criteria does Miami base on to choose who get into UASP and UHP?
There isn’t much info on Miami’s website, for UASP it just says you must fill out the application for the Honors program (which does not have any minimum criteria like some schools), I’m guessing they look at the typical… test scores, GPA, extracurriculars, essay. It probably helps if you have extracurriculars related to the UASP you’re applying to.
For reference, I was accepted into Law & Public Policy UASP and UHP with my Early Action 1 acceptance. 35 ACT, 4.0 GPA, 10 APs, and slightly above average extracurriculars. I was involved with my school’s mock trial club, have taken a Law class and AP US Government, and took a Political Science class at Northwestern over the summer, which could have given me an edge since I showed my interest for the subject through my extracurriculars. I also think my essay was pretty good (according to my teachers who edited it), and I provided specific examples of why I was interested in UHP (discussed how I hoped to continue doing independent research in college relating to research I am currently doing and talked about the mentor programs and internship opportunities) as well as talking about my interest for Law.
Then again, my guess is as good as anyone else’s. I think I read somewhere that admissions counselors choose who is admitted to UHP and UASP admissions depends on the academic department. Hope this helps!