The Department of Commuter Student Involvement (CSI) is located on the on the second floor of the University Center, Room 236. This department offers a variety of services and programs for students from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties that live at home and commute to the University of Miami. For more information, please visit our site at www.miami.edu/csi.
Great Start Pre-Orientation Program for First-Year Commuter Students
Great Start is an overnight, pre-orientation program designed to promote and emphasize college adjustment and campus involvement opportunities. The program’s goal is to help you feel like a part of the University and give you a chance to meet other commuter students. Students who participated in Great Start have said the program greatly contributed to a positive transition from high school to college. Commuter student leaders are needed to serve as Program Coordinators, Steering Committee members, and Counselors. Applications are available in the fall on the Great Start website, http://www.miami.edu/greatstart.
Commuter Assistant/Transfer Assistant Program
The Commuter Assistant (CA)/Transfer Assistant (TA) Program provides first-year commuter and incoming transfer students with an experience that mirrors the programs and services offered by Resident Assistants and Academic Fellows to first-year students living on-campus in a Residential College. All first-year commuter students and interested new transfer students will be assigned to a CA or TA group and will begin meeting with this group during New Student Orientation. The CA/TA serves as a mentor, plans programs that will aid commuter or transfer students in their transition to college, and works with the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement to plan, promote, and implement initiatives specifically focused on first-year commuter or incoming transfer students. CAs and TAs are hired in the spring semester. Applications are available on the CSI website, www.miami.edu/csi.
Association of Commuter Students
The Association of Commuter Students (ACS) is a second home for its members; a place to bond with fellow students and to participate in all that the University of Miami has to offer. ACS provides its members with a working knowledge of UM that gives them the opportunity to become fully involved in campus life. Brought together by a simple fact of life, commuting to school, ACS members have forged bonds that extend beyond this common circumstance. If you would like further information on joining this very active student group, please visit their website at http://www.miami.edu/studorgs/acs/.
The Department of Housing and Residential Life provides assistance to students, staff, and faculty with identifying off-campus housing options. A web-based search engine of community listings and information about off-campus apartment complex listings is available along with other resources such as:
• Individual consultations & appointments
• Over-the-phone guidance
• Knowledge of the greater Miami area & specific neighborhoods where students typically reside
• Roommate search assistance
For more information about assistance with off-campus housing, please see the Department of Housing and Residential Life web page at www.miami.edu/housing. Their office telephone number is (305) 284-4505 and their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.