Great Start

Congratulations, and welcome to the University of Miami!  Each summer, the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement invites incoming first-year commuter students to participate in the Great Start program.

Great Start is an overnight 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.  The mission of Great Start is to facilitate a smooth transition to college for first-year commuter students by orienting them to the campus and its resources, challenging them to explore academic and co-curricular opportunities, and empowering them to be active members of the ’Canes family.  Students who participated in Great Start have said the program greatly contributed to a positive transition from high school to college.

The Great Start team looks forward to seeing you in the summer.  Please take some time to explore the information on this website.  If you have any questions, contact our program staff via email at or by phone at (305) 284-5646.


“Great Start really helped me see another perspective of the college life. It helped me realize that I could experience all the benefits of a ‘typical’ college life without feeling left out simply because I would be a commuter.” –Great Start 2018 Participant