Information for students

Here is a quick reference guide for University of Miami students.

Academic information

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  • Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

    Fall classes will commence on campus on Monday, August 17—one week earlier than originally planned—and on-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, November 20—the Friday before Thanksgiving.

    We will hold one additional day of online-only instruction on Monday, November 23, and a reading day on Tuesday, November 24.

    Final exams, which will be conducted exclusively online, will take place from November 30 to December 4.

    View the detailed academic calendar on the University Registrar’s website.

    If you are unable to return to campus this fall due health conditions that prevent them from attending class in-person and/or international students who are unable to be in South Florida due to travel restrictions, please email  with your specific circumstances.

  • Methods of Course Delivery

    Courses will be offered in one of three methods of course instruction or modality: in-person, hybrid, and online.

    Hybrid instruction will have in-person components that students will need to attend and other components where the course will only meet online. The specifics of the hybrid format will be determined by the academic departments and the individual instructors of these courses. Specifics of each hybrid course are currently being worked on and the department or instructor will reach out to enrolled students with the details when available.

    Please note the method in which each course will be taught is still being determined at this time. Students may see the modality of their courses in flux for the next few weeks.

  • Study abroad programs

    The Study Abroad office has directly contacted any student whose program has been suspended or otherwise impacted. The Study Abroad office is assisting impacted students and can be reached at

  • Using Blackboard: Helpful tips for students

    Please review these helpful tips for using Blackboard, developed specifically for students.

  • Remote learning resources for students

    To learn more about remote learning tools—such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and more—visit

CARES Act funding

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  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act information

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University will receive and distribute funds to University of Miami students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency funds will be distributed to students who have incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. For detailed information about student eligibility, eligible expenses, and the application process, as well as an application to request emergency financial assistance, visit

Orientation and move-in

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  • Housing Move-In for New and Returning Students

    Fall 2020 move-in for incoming students will take place August 9-11 and August 13-16 for returning students. All students will be assigned a specific day and time to move-in, which will be sent to your UM email address by early-July. Additional information regarding what to pack, the move-in process, and other details will be emailed to students throughout the summer. 

    Visit the Housing and Residential Life website for the latest information.

  • Orientation & Check-In

    If you will be living on-campus, check in for ’Cane Kickoff between August 9-11 according to your assigned day and time, which will be sent directly to your University email by early-July. It is recommended to wait on travel arrangements (i.e. flights) until assigned your exact move-in day and time.

    Move-in information is available at

    If you will be commuting or living off-campus, you may check in for ’Cane Kickoff on August 12 during the times that will be listed on the schedule (available soon).

    The ’Cane Kickoff orientation program, including any pre-orientation programs you registered for, will begin on your assigned arrival day and last through August 16.

    Visit the Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement website for the latest information.

Campus life

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  • Campus dining

    Dining Services continues to provide on-campus food service and has made necessary operational adjustments in alignment with health and safety guidance. For the most up to date and detailed information regarding on-campus dining, visit

  • Counseling Center

    The University’s Counseling Center is open and available to support the campus community. Services are primarily provided via teleheath, with limited in-person appointments as deemed necessary by the center’s staff.

    Students may contact the Counseling Center at any time by calling 305-284-5511. If calling after hours, press 1 to be connected to a counselor.

    Visit the Counseling Center website for the latest information.

  • Student Health Service

    Student Health Service is open and available to support the campus community. Services are primarily provided via teleheath, with limited in-person appointments as deemed necessary by the center’s staff.

    Visit the Student Health Service website for the latest information.

  • Student organizations

    Information regarding student organization events and travel guidelines will be available later this summer. Student organizations can contact Student Activities and Student Organizations at or for club sports, please email

  • Family Weekend

    Consistent with the decision to significantly reduce the number of events hosted on the University’s campuses, the Fall 2020 Family Weekend has been canceled.

  • Commencement

    It is our intention to hold commencement ceremonies in December—both for our December 2020 graduates as well as for our May 2020 graduates who could not celebrate in person due to the pandemic. We are continuing to develop commencement plans and will share more details in the near future.

  • Information for international students

    The Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) continues to provide support and guidance for international students. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ISSS advisor. For additional COVID-19 related updates for international students, visit COVID-19 Information Updates for UM International Students. For all other inquires related to international students and scholars please contact ISSS at

  • Student employment

    Student employees are encouraged to work directly with their supervisors to determine expectations and guidance for their positions.

We’re here to help

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Division of Student Affairs at