Great Start

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Great Start will help you, as a new commuter student, prepare for a smooth start to your time at the University of Miami. Register for your Great Start experience today!

Great Start 2024 Weekends

Weekend 1: June 29-30
Weekend 2: July 13-14
Weekend 3: July 27-28
Weekend 4: August 3-4

Great Start is a required program for all incoming first-year commuter students. If you plan on commuting/living off campus during your first year, you should plan on attending one of the four Great Start weekends this summer.

Program registration opens on Wednesday, May 1. Weekends have a registration cap. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are experiencing any issues with registration, please make sure that you are allowing pop-ups in your browser. If you are still experiencing registration issues once you allow pop-ups, please e-mail for assistance.

Weekend 1 Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 25 at 5 p.m.


Designed with the specific needs of commuter students in mind, Great Start is a required program for first-year commuter students. The program helps you prepare for a smooth start to your time at the University of Miami and to be successful throughout your college experience.

Students can register for Great Start via CaneLink. The program is designed to support first-year commuter students. For any questions or concerns, students can e-mail

During Great Start, all participants are placed into small groups led by experienced student staff. These staff members are here to help you through your transition and give you an inside look at life on campus.

Whether you are a local business looking to get additional exposure or you’re a friend of the Great Start program and looking for ways to give, we have plenty of opportunities for you. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels and welcome monetary as well as in-kind donations.

For answers to any questions or to receive additional information, contact us today!