'Cane Kickoff: Fall Orientation

Welcome to the University of Miami! We are very excited to see you for 'Cane Kickoff. Don’t forget to register for 'Cane Kickoff through your Canelink account beginning May 1!

Fall 2020 Schedule

  • Incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students
    • If you will be living on-campus, check in for ‘Cane Kickoff between August 16-18 according to your assigned day and time.  This will be sent directly to your UM email by late-June.  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 you will be commuting or living off-campus, you may check in for ‘Cane Kickoff on August 19 during the times listed on the schedule.
    • The ‘Cane Kickoff orientation program, including any pre-orientation programs you registered for, will commence from your assigned arrival day through August 23.
  • Families of undergraduate first-year and transfer students
    • Optional offerings on day of your student’s designated Housing Move-In
    • Full-day program for families of all residential and commuter students held on Wednesday, August 19

Pre-Orientation Programs

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  • Great Start

    Sponsored by the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement, Great Start is an weekend-long pre-orientation program designed to create a college adjustment and campus involvement experience for new students who will be living off campus in their first year at the University of Miami.


  • International Student Orientation


    International Student Orientation is a pre-orientation program sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services for new and transfer University of Miami international students. ISO complements 'Cane Kickoff: Fall Orientation program for undergraduate students by providing international students with information and experiences that will assist in their transition to living and studying in the U.S.

  • Exchange Students

    This session is designed for incoming students on a university-sponsored exchange to Miami. The Study Abroad Office will be presenting on processes, services, and opportunities specifically for exchange students.

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  • Horizons

    Horizons is a pre-orientation program designed to assist new African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students in their transition to the University of Miami.  It is sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs.


  • Hillel FreshFest

    UM Hillel is excited to welcome you to campus and help you get ready for incredible years of Jewish Life at the University of Miami Hillel: The Braman Miller Center for Jewish Life!  We invite you visit miamihillel.org to fill out the contact form and we will ship you a UM Hillel branded mask.  UM Hillel looks forward to engaging with you from the moment you step onto campus for ‘Cane Kickoff and continuing into your first semester.  Connect with us on social media and stay tuned for all we have to offer!


  • UCatholic Life

    UCatholic is excited to welcome you to campus and to the Catholic Student Center at the University of Miami!  We invite you visit https://ucatholic.org/student-life to sign up for email updates and connect with us on social media.  UCatholic looks forward to becoming a part of your life at our ‘Cane Kickoff activities at the U and continuing into the Fall semester!