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.

Registration

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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  • Fall 2020 Schedule

    • Incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students
      • If student will be living on-campus, check in for ‘Cane Kickoff between August 9-11 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 miami.edu/housing.
      • If student will be commuting or living off-campus, they may check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on August 12 during the times listed on the schedule.
      • The ‘Cane Kickoff orientation program, including any pre-orientation programs you registered for, will begin on your assigned arrival day and last through August 16.
    • Families of undergraduate first-year and transfer students
      • Consistent with the University’s decision to reduce large gatherings, all family sessions of our ’Cane Kickoff orientation program will be offered remotely via live streams and pre-recorded presentations on Wednesday, August 12. The full schedule will be released the end of July via the Guidebook mobile app. To offer families greater flexibility in accessing this vital information, all sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

  • Spring 2021 Schedule

    • Incoming international and exchange undergraduate first-year and transfer students: dates announced mid-October
      • International and Exchange Students living on campus will move in on dates announced mid-October. Specifics can also be found at miami.edu/housing. International Student Orientation and the Compulsory Session for Exchange Students will begin on dates announced mid-October.
    • Incoming domestic undergraduate first-year and transfer students: dates announced mid-October
      • Domestic Students living on campus will move in and check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on dates announced mid-October Specifics can also be found at miami.edu/housing.
    • If you will be commuting, you may check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on dates announced mid-October
    • Families of undergraduate first-year and transfer students: dates announced mid-October