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On-Campus Housing for 2023-2024

You and your student are invited to attend any or all of the upcoming informational sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 at noon, or Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., to learn more about the application and room selection processes. Complete detailsas well as a recording of a previous information sessionare available on Housing and Residential Life’s website.

Apply for HRL Student Employment

If your student is interested in becoming a resident assistant, first year fellow, security assistant, or desk assistant for the academic year 2023-2024, more information is available here. Some positions require students to attend a respective Information Session to receive further details.

Weekly Events in Your Student’s Residential Area

Did you know there is a weekly event hosted in your student’s residential area? These events happen at the same time and location each week and offer residents a chance to connect with each other, our residential faculty, campus partners, and student staff. Residents are welcome to attend any building’s weekly event, so we hope they can find one that fits their schedule. Please encourage your student(s) to attend! Details for each building’s time and location are below:

  • Eaton: Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. in Dr. Wang’s Apt.
  • Lakeside: Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in Lobby A
  • Mahoney: Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. in Dr. Harriell’s Apt.
  • Pearson: Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. in Dr. Beverly’s Apt.
  • Stanford: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Dr. Knecht’s Apt.
  • University Village: Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in the UV Front Office


Important Dates


Student Success


"Fresh Start"

With each new semester, it’s good to take time to step back and reflect. From successes to failures, everything is an opportunity to learn and grow. 

In their first semester, one of the larger hurdles students face is the lack of structure in college. It’s the responsibility of the student to manage their own time now that they are out of high school, and we can’t always predict what may come up in a day. Therefore, it’s important to start learning how to become a more proactive student. In some classes, there is assigned homework that allows reviewing of the material intermittently, but in others it’s up to the student to stay on top of the material to avoid last-minute cramming before an exam. Setting aside consistent hours each week to study is a way to keep up with the material and developing a routine. Leaning on friends or fellow classmates to study with is a great way to keep each other accountable.

The University of Miami offers several resources that are here to help your student succeed. If your student faced some setbacks this past semester, encourage them to engage with these resources, especially peer leaders, such as First Year Fellows, and Commuter and Transfer Assistants,  who will work with your student to create an academic success plan in the beginning of the semester.

- Michael Stokes


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Spring Involvement Fair

There are more than 300 student organizations at the University of Miami spanning interests like academic and professional, community outreach and social change, multicultural and identity-based, religion and spirituality, Greek life, and more. Studies show that when students meaningfully engage in co-curricular activities such as student organizations it can lead to higher academic performance and personal fulfillment. They are also a lot of fun and offer a space to connect with fellow ‘Canes and create lifelong friendships!

Encourage your student to browse organizations that interest them on Engage, the University's social student organization platform. Advise them to maximize involvement opportunities that will align with their career aspirations, personal goals, and leadership development. Keep a balanced schedule alongside their academics and additional commitments.

The spring involvement fair is taking place on Tuesday, January 31 from noon to 3 p.m. on the Foote Green.




A Note from Dr. Whitely

Welcome to the spring semester! For those of you receiving this newsletter for the first time, we are so glad to have your family and your student with us at the U. The new year is often a fresh start for better habits; for our students, the spring semester, is similarly a fresh start academically. This is the perfect time for them to get prepared for the semester and look ahead. Many student organizations start recruiting for their leadership positions this semester. Students can take advantage of the Spring Involvement Fair on January 31 to discover new opportunities to learn leadership skills and connect with their fellow students.

In our last newsletter, we highlighted the upcoming housing application process beginning on February 3 at noon. Detailed information, including important dates, resources, and suggestions, may be found on Housing and Residential Life’s website. For families who have gone through the process previously, we have made significant changes, including randomization of appointment times and roommate groups being tied together for the entire process. Room availability and help tutorials will be available for students prior to selection appointment times. After completing the entire housing application, students will receive a confirmation email. It is important to note that juniors and seniors will be eligible only for the University Village, and students who do not currently live on campus are not eligible to participate in the housing selection process. Housing and Residential Life has hired a new assignments representative to better support students and families looking for off-campus housing accommodations. Information may be found at

We look forward to a great semester for our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.



Produced by Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement, the Family Resource Guide is designed specifically for families of current undergraduate students and includes a variety of resources for academics, student life, campus safety, and other critical resources.



Student Note

Happy New Year 'Canes! I hope you and your loved ones have had a lovely holiday season. In addition to welcoming the new year, I'd also like to welcome those joining our 'Canes family! I hope you've enjoyed the incredible events our Orientation team has worked tirelessly to coordinate for 'Cane Kickoff. These events are just the first of many resources and opportunities you'll come across during your student’s college experience and will hopefully serve as catalysts for an extraordinary journey here at UM.

The new year is often a time for self-reflection, change, and new beginnings. It is also a perfect time to think about potential aspirations for your student’s college experience. As a senior, I have had the privilege of experiencing much of what the University of Miami has to offer students. Most notably, I have spent an extraordinary amount of time in the Shalala Student Center, where students can find suites for many student organizations and departments. Students can find events to attend nearly every day, organizations to browse and perhaps join, and even display their involvement on the platform Engage. It is an excellent start for students to start their involvement on campus and can lead to many life-changing experiences and opportunities.

Before we know it, time will pass, and your student will celebrate a successful semester at the University of Miami. For many, it may be their first, and for others, their last. Regardless of where your student is in your college experience, it's important to make the most of their time on campus. Encourage them to join that organization, enroll in that class, attend that event, and apply for that job. Do everything you can to enhance their journey because one never knows what extraordinary things it could lead to.

- Genesis Leiva Cerna '23



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