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.

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

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  • Spring 2021 Schedule

    • Incoming  international and exchange undergraduate first-year and transfer students:  Wednesday, January 20 through Saturday, January 23
      • International and Exchange Students living on campus will move in on Tuesday, January 19. Specifics can also be found at
      • International Student Orientation and the Compulsory Session for Exchange Students will be held on Wednesday, January 20.
    • Incoming  domestic undergraduate first-year and transfer students:  Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, January 23
      • Domestic Students living on campus will move in during their assigned day and time on either Tuesday, January 19 or Wednesday, January 20. This will be sent directly to the student’s UM email. It is recommended to wait on travel arrangements (i.e. flights) until assigned the exact move-in day and time.  Specifics can also be found at
    • If you will be commuting, you may check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on dates announced mid-October
      • If commuting or living off-campus, check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on either Wednesday, January 20 or Thursday, January 21.
      • Family ’Cane Kickoff  (for families of new undergraduate first-year and transfer students):  Thursday, January 21.

    ** Please note that due to current COVID-19 University event guidelines, the format and delivery of both new student and family ’Cane Kickoff sessions are TBA.  Further details will be provided through email communication as well as updated on this site in the weeks and months ahead. **


  • Fall 2021 Schedule

    • Incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students
      • If student will be living on-campus, check in for ‘Cane Kickoff between TBD according to their assigned day and time.  This will be sent directly to the student by early-July.  It is recommended to wait on travel arrangements (i.e. flights) until assigned your exact move-in day and time.  All move-in information is available at
      • If student will be commuting or living off-campus, they may check in for ‘Cane Kickoff between the hours of 8am-6pm TBD.
    • Families of undergraduate first-year and transfer students
      • Offerings on day of your student’s designated Housing Move-In
      • Full-day program for families of all residential and commuter students held on TBD