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All incoming first-year students from Miami-Dade and Broward counties who have submitted their enrollment deposit for the Fall 2016 semester should receive a Great Start e-postcard to their e-mail in late Spring.. Registration for Great Start can be completed by online credit card payment only. For more detailed information on registering for Great Start 2016, please click on the “Registration Information” link on the right-hand side of the page.


The Great Start program is a two-day program that will be filled with activities and events that emphasize college adjustment and campus involvement opportunities.  During this time, all participants will be required to stay on campus and will spend the night in the designated residence hall.  Roommates will be same-gender, randomly selected, and determined prior to arrival.  Any special needs or accommodation requests can be noted in the registration form.  In addition to staying in the residence halls, participants will have the chance to:

  • Discuss student life at UM with the student staff
  • Meet other incoming commuter students
  • Learn what to expect from the college experience
  • Discover academic and extracurricular opportunities at UM
  • Eat and sleep in campus facilities
  • Go on tours of the University's campus and facilities
  • Attend a social event with great food at the Shalala Student Center

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable clothing (shorts, t-shirts, socks)
  • Sneakers (close-toed shoes preferred – no flip flops during the day)
  • Bathing Suit
  • Towels (preferably one beach and one shower towel)
  • Clothes for evening social event at the Shalala Student Center
  • Sweatshirt/jacket
  • Sleepwear
  • Personal Toiletries

Note: Bed sheets will be provided with on-campus housing, but students are welcome to bring their own if they would feel more comfortable.