Dear New UM Student:

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 promote and emphasize college adjustment and campus involvement opportunities for commuter students. The program's goal is to help commuters successfully transition to the University and provide 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.

In Summer 2016, we will be offering two Great Start programs: June 25-26, and July 23-24. This website will provide an overview of our activities and information on how to register. Students may only attend one of the two weekend programs. The cost of attending Great Start 2016 will depend on the date of registration:

April 25 – May 15: $75
May 16 – June 5: $85
June 6 – July 11: $95

The registration fee includes weekend housing, all meals during the program, a t-shirt, and other spirit items. Our online registration will accept credit card payments only. Online registration will be available beginning Monday, April 25, at 9:00am.  You are encouraged to sign up sooner than later, as these sessions fill up quickly! Admitted students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will receive an email notice about the program in the Spring semester.

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

Session I (June 25-26): Monday, June 13
Session II (July 23-24): Monday, July 11

We hope you find the information on this site useful. We look forward to seeing you in the summer!  Please do not hesitate to contact our office via email at or by phone at (305) 284-5646 if you have any questions.

The Great Start 2016 Staff

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Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
1330 Miller Drive
Shalala Student Center, Suite 203
Coral Gables, Florida 33146-6923