Foote Fellows

Foote Fellows in the Frost School of Music have freedom within the General Education requirements as described in the Academic Bulletin. However, Foote Fellow students are still required to accumulate twenty seven (27) total credit hours in non-music coursework to meet graduation requirements.

The Foote Fellows Honors Program recognizes the most educationally accomplished incoming students at the University of Miami.  Foote Fellows have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, are self-motivated, and think independently.  Admission to the Foote Fellows Honors Program is by invitation.

Within the curricular framework of their school or college, Foote Fellows enjoy maximum freedom to explore a multitude of educational resources.  Many Foote Fellows leverage this opportunity to take additional majors and/or minors and to study abroad.

At each of the nine undergraduate schools at the University of Miami, a dedicated advisor helps Foote Fellows chart their academic path and attain access to distinctive learning opportunities and educational guidance, such as special school-based seminars, faculty-mentored research, networking opportunities, and off-campus internships. 

In addition, Foote Fellows have access to opportunities outside their school.  Special Foote Fellow lectures are held throughout the academic year. “Books That Matter,” a rigorous, multidisciplinary seminar in reading and analyzing significant works of nonfiction, is offered to Foote Fellows. In their junior and senior years, Foote Fellows are invited to join advanced, interdisciplinary, and integrative seminars taught by leading faculty members from across the University.  Foote Fellows also benefit from focused advising regarding post-baccalaureate distinguished fellowships and awards, support and information about co-curricular opportunities from a dedicated program manager, and networking events with other Foote Fellows from all disciplines.

To graduate with the Foote Fellows Honors Program distinction, Foote Fellow students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 by the completion of the final semester. 

Eligibility for the Foote Fellows Honors Program transcript distinction for each student is determined by the lower of two GPAs:

  1. UM cumulative graduation GPA
  2. Combination GPA (UM cumulative graduation GPA + Transfer GPA)
The Foote Fellows Honors Program reflects the educational vision of former University of Miami President Edward T. Foote, who retired in 2000 after serving the University for twenty years.