January 2017
New Semester, New Beginnings: Welcome to Spring semester!

Orientation Overview

Camner Center for Academic Resources
Excitement and spirit were in the air during the Spring ’Cane Kickoff, the orientation program for new admitted students and their families. The University of Miami welcomed around 250 new students to the institution, including transfer and exchange students from all over the country and the globe.

During the three days of ’Cane Kickoff, new students participated in a series of academic and social events that introduced them to the fabric of the institution. Highlights of the program included an Academic Dean’s Meetings, a University of Miami vs. Notre Dame Basketball game, and a variety of information sessions geared towards resources and opportunities that enhance the undergraduate experience.  Parents and family members also had the opportunity to meet UM administrators, faculty, staff, and current students, and to have their questions and concerns addressed in person.

With the start of a new semester and a new year, we wish all new and continuing ’Canes an exceptional semester as they pursue their academic goals and embrace all the University of Miami has to offer. The application to get involved with the orientation program and support the transition of new students to UM is available now. Encourage your student(s) to apply today!


Where is your student living next year?

Monday, January 30 began the two-step application and sign-up process for currently enrolled students who would like to live on-campus for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. The application is available to students via CaneLink and must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on February 10 to be guaranteed on-campus housing for the 2017 – 2018 school year. A $500 prepayment payable by credit card is required to complete the application.

National research suggests that students who live on-campus tend to have higher GPAs, be more involved in campus life, and graduate in 4 years at higher rates than their off-campus counterparts. Thus, students – and their families – should consider several important factors when deciding where to live while enrolled at UM.

In addition to convenient access to vital on-campus resources and engaging campus programming, living in on-campus housing provides UM students with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with resident faculty and their fellow ‘Canes. On-campus housing also provides a worry-free living arrangement and allows your student to stay focused on what matters most to their on-campus success and not on the many complexities of living elsewhere in Miami.

Students who have completed their application by Friday, February 10 will receive an e-mail to their UM e-mail address with a time and date to select their room/apartment for next year. Priority sign-up times are given to students who have lived on campus the longest and have mutually confirmed roommates on their applications. Current off-campus students can apply on January 30, but will not participate in the room/apartment selection process and will be assigned a room/apartment based on availability.

If a student has applied for on-campus housing but no longer wishes to live on campus, they must cancel their application by February 10 at 5 p.m. or forfeit the $500 prepayment.

For more information about the 2017 – 2018 housing application and sign-up process, including the full selection timeline, visit miami.edu/housing/signup or contact HRL at 305-284-4505 or housing@miami.edu.

Completing Financial Aid Forms for Fall 2017-Spring 2018

You can now use your prior-prior year (PPY) tax information on the CSS Profile and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Get your application submitted before the financial aid deadline.

Financial Aid Guidelines for Current and Readmitted Students (Students who entered during the Fall 2016 and prior and all readmitted students) 

  • Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Online

UM CSS Code is 5815
Continuing students
April 15

  • Complete the Noncustodial Parent Profile (if applicable)

You will be notified during your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application if this is required and College Board will contact your Noncustodial Parent on your behalf. If you are unable to submit the Noncustodial Profile form, please contact our office for more information.

  • Submit 2015 Tax Returns

Beginning January 1, 2017, please refer to your CaneLink To Do List to determine what documents are required. Financial aid awards will not be disbursed until the required documentation has been submitted and reviewed.

  • Complete the FAFSA Online

Federal School Code is 001536
Create an FSA ID and Password at fsaid.ed.gov

FAFSA may be completed as early as October 1, 2016, but prior to the financial aid filing deadline for continuing students of April 15th.
Here are the upcoming Financial Aid Changes - FATV

Getting Involved

There are many opportunities to get involved on campus, and we encourage all students to explore ways to find their place through extracurricular involvement. Whether that be through Study Abroad, Student Government, Orientation fellows, or through UM’s 270+ student organizations, there is much to explore. Spring semester is the perfect time to chart what the next year will look like as many involvements have applications or sign-ups in the next couple of months. Encourage your student to find their fit. Here are a few ways to get involved:

Student Government

Student Government
"Student Government (SG) is UM’s undergraduate student governing body that works to plan and implement campus-wide initiatives that affect academics, campus life, dining, and so much more. Members of Student Government become strong passionate student leaders who collaborate with administration and staff to improve the campus climate for everyone. Some well-known initiatives brought to campus by Student Government include the Shalala Student Center, a whole week off for thanksgiving, making campus smoke-free, plus one scholarships and many more. 

Student Government is divided into three branches: ExecutiveLegislative (Senate) and Judicial. There are also three agencies that operate as part of Student Government. Category 5 (Cat 5) works with UM Athletics and is the spirit programming board of Student Government. Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) builds an environmentally friendly campus through student-led initiatives. The Elections Commission is responsible for coordinating and officiating free and fair Student Government elections. 

Student Government is always looking for bright passionate students to add to numerous different committees or agencies. Freshman are introduced to SG through the Freshman Leadership Council that seeks members every Fall semester. New members are also welcome to join SG through Category 5, ECO and Student Government Senate. Applications for these positions are available through OrgSync at https://orgsync.com/55367/chapter. Students are more than welcome to visit SG's office at the Shalala Student Center Office 210A.

For more information and updates from Student Government, please visit www.facebook.com/UMiamiSG or email sgcommunications@miami.edu."


Orientation Fellow

Orientation Fellow
The application to get involved with the orientation program and support the transition of new students to UM is available now. Encourage your student(s) to apply today!


Spring Involvement


Student Involvement

Involvement in co-curricular experiences is one of the most important parts of having a successful college career: students will make friends, learn all about UM, and develop invaluable skills they will use in life beyond their college experience. The Spring Involvement Fair, that took place on January 25, was one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at UM. As a nod to Harry Potter, this year’s theme was “The Wizarding World of COSO (The Committee on Student Organizations)” and included Starbucks butterbeer latte, Harry Potter décor, t-shirt giveaways and more. Over 100 student organizations set up displays and had members on site talk to students one on one about what their organization does on campus.


For students that couldn’t attend there are still many opportunities to find an involvement opportunity!


Ways to Get Involved at UM:

  • Visit the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations on the 2nd floor of the Shalala Student Center
  • Bookmark our website so you are continually “linked” to the happenings on campus.
  • Join a Student Organization: learn about UM’s student organizations through OrgSync, a campus engagement tool that connects your students to all available organizations and current campus events.  From their first day on campus to the random weekend they want to volunteer on, students will be able to search through student organizations, service events, and other campus programs to find opportunities that match your interests and get involved. By utilizing the events calendar feature, students can identify organization meetings, programs or discussions that interest them on any given day. OrgSync also centralizes all the information students need into one platform, allowing them to more effectively manage their organization memberships and track their co-curricular involvement.
  • Attend a concert, program, event, or movie on campus through Hurricane Productions, the campus programming board.
  • Join a Fraternity or Sorority. Check out http://www.miami.edu/sa/index.php/dean_of_students/FraternitiesAndSororities/ for more information about recruitment.
  • Volunteer through the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development.
  • Play intramurals or join a club sport team through the Federation of Club Sports.

Office Spotlight: STUDY ABROAD


With over 80 programs in 40 different countries, studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Open to all majors, students can take relevant coursework towards their academic goals while immersed in a new cultural environment. Knowing a language other than English is not necessary for most of our programs. We offer programs that run during the fall and spring semesters, winter break, spring break, and during the summer.

If a student studies abroad during their fall or spring semester, financial aid and merit-based scholarships can be allocated toward their experience. Study Abroad also offers scholarships. While we love our city, the cost of living in some countries is actually cheaper than what you might experience in Miami.

Your Student’s Long-Term Goals
In an ever-progressive work environment, employers are looking for a workforce that can adapt to change. Students that have studied abroad not only have the skillset to adapt to new environments, but they welcome the challenge! Because of their cross-cultural experiences, study abroad students have the potential to connect with people from various walks of life.

Many of our programs are open, but deadlines for applications are coming up soon! Please encourage your student to visit www.miami.edu/studyabroad for more information and to fill out an application.

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Golden Globe Faculty Spotlight: Nurcin Celik

Nurcin Celik
Nurcin Celik is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering's Department of Industrial Engineering. Celik is the first University of Miami recipient to be awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, recognizing her federally funded research into smart cities.

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News at UM

An interdisciplinary study at UM is looking at how Cubans on the island cope with water issues that result in health and hygiene concerns- http://news.miami.edu/stories/2017/01/cuba-water-hassles.html

Frost concert features music from Netflix series ‘House of Cards’: http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2017/01/23/frost-concert-features-music-from-netflix-series-house-of-cards/

UM launches state’s first needle exchange program: http://everitas.univmiami.net/2016/12/02/74237/


The University of Miami | Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
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(305) 284-5646 | umfp@miami.edu