Parents & Families

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We are very excited to welcome you and your student to the University of Miami. The orientation experiences for students and for families are intentionally planned separately to give each of you the opportunity to learn about the University and all it has to offer.

While your student is meeting classmates and learning about life on campus, we strive to help you become familiar with the University of Miami community through the offerings listed in this program. You will have the opportunity to meet UM administrators, faculty, staff, and current students. This a great time to have your questions and concerns addressed in person.

Everyone on campus, including our orientation staff, is excited to help you learn all you need to know about the U and will assist you by offering information and support. We encourage you to stay in touch with us should you questions arise beyond ‘Cane Kickoff.


Students must provide their family members' email addresses when registering for 'Cane Kickoff via CaneLink. Family members will receive a separate email containing Family 'Cane Kickoff registration instructions. 

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The Family Road to UM

Your student’s next steps have been prepared for them in their Road to UM, but we know that you are their partner and biggest supporter when it comes to their personal, financial, and academic success. We welcome your partnership in helping to get your student started on the right foot.

Family Road to UM

This Family Road to UM is your guide to the tools, resources, and connections you will need to support your student as they embark on their college journey. We trust that the checklist, important dates, and deadlines and details information found on corresponding web pages will be just what you need to be informed and empowered as your student makes the transition from high school to college.

'Cane Kickoff Schedules

  • Spring 2020 Schedule

    Incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students: January 9-11

    Families of undergraduate first-year and transfer students: January 9-11

  • Fall 2020 Schedule

    • Incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students: August 17-23
      • If your student will be living on campus, they will check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on August 17 or 18 according to your assigned day and time by following the steps mailed to your permanent address in the summer. Specifics can also be found at
      • If your student will be commuting, they may check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on August 19 during the times listed on the schedule.
    • Families of undergraduate first-year and transfer students: August 17-19
      • Optional offerings on day of your student’s designated Housing Move-In
      • .Formal program for all families of all residential and commuter students on Wednesday, August 19 from 8:30am-7:00pm.