Dear New UM Student:

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Miami! Each summer, the Department of Orientation and 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 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.

This summer 2013, we will be offering two programs: July 13-14, and July 27-28. This website will provide an overview of our activities and it will provide you information on how to register for one of the weekends. The cost of attending Great Start 2013 ranges depending on the date one is registered by:

April 10-May 1:$70
May 2- June 1:$80
June 2 – July 22:$90

The registration fee includes housing, all meals during the program, a t-shirt, and other giveaways. Our online registration will accept credit card payments only. Online registration will be available beginning Wednesday, April 10. Remember to sign up as these sessions fill up quickly! Admitted students in Miami Dade and Broward counties will receive a mailing about the program in early spring.

The deadline to register for each session is as follows; registration will close at 5pm on the following days:

Session I (July 13-14):Monday, July 8
Session II (July 27-28):Monday, July 22

We hope you find the information on this site useful. We look forward to seeing you in the summer and please do not hesitate to contact our office via email at or by phone at 305.284.5646 at anytime if you have any questions.

The Great Start 2013 Staff
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Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement
1306 Stanford Drive, Room 236
Coral Gables, Florida 33146-6923