Registration Deadlines

The deadline to register for the Great Start 2018 programs are as follows:

Session I (July 7-8):

Monday, June 25, at 5:00pm

Session II (July 21-22):

Monday, July 9, at 5:00pm

Registration Fee

Great Start provides a tiered pricing structure that varies based on how early a student registers.  The cost of attending Great Start 2017 will depend on the date of registration:

Early-bird registration price

April 17 – May 21:


Regular registration price

May 22 – June 18:


Last-call registration price

June 19 – July 5:


Registration Instructions

To register for the Great Start Program, please log onto your CaneLink account at

Once you have logged into the system, you will click on the "Great Start Application" link, located in the middle of the page under "Admissions."   You will be taken to the registration site where you will confirm your information and select the session you wish to attend.

Please note: Because the Great Start program is tailored to the specific needs of first-year commuter students, only first-year students who have paid the enrollment deposit and are from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties will be able to see the "Great Start Application link" in CaneLink.  Additionally, this link will only appear if you are living off-campus your first year and have not opened a housing contract with the University of Miami. If you meet the criteria listed above and are unable to see the link, please contact the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement at (305) 284-5646 or via email at

After you confirm your registration information, you will be taken to a secure site to enter your credit card information to pay the registration fee.  After you have successfully paid the registration fee, you will see a confirmation page (you will also receive an email confirmation). If your payment has been successful, you will receive a confirmation number. If you DO NOT receive a confirmation number, your payment has NOT been successful and you have not completed your registration. Please try your payment again.

If, after registering for the program, you wish to change the date of your session, you will need to log back into CaneLink  and click on the "Great Start Application" link. You will be taken to a screen that will allow you to change the date of your session. Please note: session date changes can ONLY be made before the registration deadline for your session.

If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you will need to log back into CaneLink  and click on the "Great Start Application" link. You will then click on the button to cancel your registration and request a refund. You will receive an email confirmation when this has been successfully completed. Your registration fee will be returned to the credit card you used for payment (please allow 2-3 weeks for processing). Please note: refund requests are only accepted before the deadline to register for your session. Once the registration deadline has passed, all registrations are final.