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University of Miami Coral Gables, FL 33146 305-284-2211 Congratulations! If you are on this page, you have a UM student! Read on to find out the inside scoop! Pass on these great tips, tell your friends and like us on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for other great tips at www.haveuheard.com.

Calendar of Events and Important Dates for UM

List of events and important dates! Here is where you can find a list of events and important dates for students and parents of the University of Miami. We would love to list every event, but we decided to list the major ones and give you a link to the official events calendar page. For a full list of sporting events, click here. SEPTEMBER 2019 September 14, 2019, Canes Football vs Bethune Cookman, home September 16, 2019 – Last day to drop with 50% refund September 16, 2019 – Study Abroad 101 Information Session,  Dooly Memorial 125 2 pm – 3 pm September 21, 2019 – Canes Football vs Central Michigan, home September 23, 2019 – midterm reports September 26, 2019 – Accounting Career Fair September 27, 2019 – Study Abroad 101 Information Session,  Dooly Memorial 125 11 am – 12 pm OCTOBER 2019 October 1 – October 31, 2019 – Recruitment Registration October 2, […]

They’ve Been Accepted, Woo Hoo a Cane!

Here we go, they are a Cane! Accepted? So your son or daughter is going to be a Miami Hurricane! Congratulations! It is great to be a ‘Cane for so many reasons. You can now breathe a sigh of relief that a decision has been made. Take a look at our list of what to do next. First, this may sound silly, but check your admissions letter for accuracy regarding their name, entrance term, address and major. If any changes need to be made, it needs to happen in writing or online at CaneLink (a.k.a your student portal that your student created when they first applied to the University). Note: their Canelink account will be their UM account going forward for housing, class registration, tuition, grades, and meal plan payment until graduation. Next, you are going to want to get that $500 housing deposit and form in by May 1 for the fall […]

Before Heading to UM Do This!

Read Our Tips Here First Before you send them to school! Before you leave to take your kid to college, there are a few items you will want to take care of that are extremely important. Most college students are 18, although a few are younger, which means they are considered to be legal adults. With that comes a whole lot of independence from their parents, regardless of who is footing the bill for their education. So before you go… Unless they give you permission or their login information, you will be unable to have access to their health records, grades, pretty much anything that has HPPA laws behind it. Talk to your student about signing over permission for the college to speak with you. Make certain they understand that without that signed permission, everything, and we mean everything, pertaining to the college from medical records to financial aid, cannot be discussed […]

Get on the Bus

A Guide to UM’s Bus System The University of Miami’s Hurry ‘Canes shuttle bus system can be a huge help to UM students that live on and around campus. As many of us in Coral Gables know, Miami traffic can be incredibly stressful and time-consuming. The shuttle service around the area is free and runs frequently. The two main loops are the Miller Circle and Stanford Circle, named after where they stop. The Miller Circle begins at the Law School, behind the Shalala Student Center and very close to Richter Library. It next goes to the St. Augustine Church, behind the Intramural Fields. It’s followed by Liguria and Brescia Lot, near the University Village and Fraternity Houses. Many students that live in Red Road use the Miller Loop to get to and from campus without a car. It goes to stop at the Hecht Athletic Center near the Wellness Center. Then it […]

Taking the Campus Tour

The Tour Can Help You Make Your College Decision It’s the season for campus tours. Many of you have already visited a multitude of schools, but now that the verdicts are in; decisions have to be made. Therefore, this tour should look different as it should point out the pertinent things that will help your student make their final decision as to which school to attend. Of course, my daughter loves being a Cane, but your student may have specific things that will help them weigh out the pros and cons of each college. Go with a list of questions, but not the kind of questions that you can just google an answer to. Don’t be shy about asking them of your tour guide, financial advisor, a specific department or even students hanging out near the Shalala Student Center, where students go to eat, study and attend events. They can be your […]

Register to Vote UM

How to Have Your Vote Count While At College When it comes to voting, your vote counts! Voting is important so we want you to be prepared when election day rolls around. Many UM students are from out of state so they will either need to change their address to become a registered voter in Dade County or request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are easy. For Florida residents, you can apply for one and vote by mail. This is conducted before election day, and you may return the ballot either by mail or in person. This way of voting should be used when you are unable to be present at the polls. Find your state’s requirements here. To register to vote in Florida, you must fill out a new registration form online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, by mail or in person. If you prefer to fill out the form in person, there are more […]

Having a Car at College

Can You Get by Without a Car? Whether to let your students bring a car to campus will probably lead to many conversations. In order to try to have a student perspective based on their experience, we turned to our intern. These are just suggestions that we hope will bring a productive conversation for you and your ‘Cane. Most students believe that having a car is necessary while on campus, however as someone who has gone through two years of college at UM without a car, I can tell you with certainty that you do not need to have a car while at UM. Students at the University of Miami have plenty of options as it pertains to getting around Coral Gables and the surrounding areas to choose from. At UM,  students have access to the Hurry‘Cane shu6ttle, which is an easy and convenient shuttle service that transports students to various places […]

Tax Time

Seems like it’s almost always tax time… April 15th is always right around the corner. As you are preparing your return or having a CPA prepare your return, do not forget to take advantage of the Education Tax Credits available which can help offset the cost of your student’s education). Two Credits Available There are two tax credits available to take, The American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. The AOTC (American Opportunity Tax Credit) was extended through December 31, 2017. It now includes required course materials (think books, supplies, equipment) in addition to tuition and required fees (local, technology – you know, all those fees not included in tuition). The AOTC allows credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two. Those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student for which $1,000 is refundable for the American Opportunity Tax Credit. That means […]

Wake Up Canes, It’s Game Day!

Get Ready for the big game with these attire tips! The best feeling for any college student, particularly if you’re a Cane, is waking up knowing it’s game day! There is so much preparation that goes into game days: where to tailgate, who to squad up with, and what to wear. Showing up to tailgates and games is more than just rocking your school colors, it is showing your spirit and how much you love your school. It almost feels like a school-wide competition: who can get the most spirited? With this list, you’ll be sure to place in first! It is important that whenever you are shopping for game day attire, you strictly look for your school colors. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb wearing the one color that doesn’t match with everyone else. As Game Day gets closer, UM will announce what colors students are expected […]

Is an A Grade Really An A? 

A+ or A- Those Pluses and Minuses Count in your grade! Going the extra mile to get an A in a class instead of an A- or getting a B+ instead of a B can be very worthwhile while at Miami.  The hard work you put into getting the grade you truly want in a class will be rewarded with plentiful job opportunities and graduate school options. The college grading system can be confusing, especially coming from a high school that does not use pluses and minuses.  At the University of Miami, pluses and minuses affect the GPA of the student with the exception of an A+ and an A. Therefore, it is important to understand the grading scale. Grade Scale A+  4.00 A    4.00 A-   3.70 B+  3.30 B    3.00 B-   2.70 C+  2.30 C    2.00 C-   1.70 D+ 1.30 D    1.00 F   […]

Bucket List for UM Students

Freshman – follow this bucket list for maximum fun! As an incoming freshman to the University of Miami, it is important to be aware of some of the bucket list items that should be experienced throughout your time at college. These items are what make a Miami student’s time at UM unique and allow students to truly enjoy themselves at college. The University of Miami campus along with the surrounding area has a lot to offer, and it is important that students take advantage of these opportunities. Check out our bucket list: Participate in Homecoming festivities – head to the lake on Friday night to watch the boat burning and Hurricane Howl fireworks Relax by the pool on campus- lay in the sun on a nice reclining chair and relax with friends or do some work or studying UM football game/tailgate- make sure to be in the student section for the smoke, it’s […]

Finding an Internship to Start a Career

The Most Effective Way To A Starter Job. I am a big believer in internships. I received my first internship while an art student at school, working in the Financial Aid marketing department designing scholarship brochures. After two semesters, it turned into my first real graphic design paying gig and I was hooked. I could actually make money doing what I loved! I was thrilled and now had real-life examples to put in my portfolio post-graduation. Internships allow students to learn, but it also helps them decide if that is a good career match for them. Internships help students figure out, while still in school, whether the career they envisioned for themselves is the right path. I’m not going to lie, if you know someone, now might be the time to put the word out there that your student is looking. My daughter found a great internship through her campus newspaper and […]

The ABC’s of 529 Savings Plans UM

What 529 Pays When you decide to have kids, your first thought is not how am I going to pay for college, but it might be your second. I made a decision when they were about 5 to buy a Prepaid Florida Tuition Plan which is one type of plan, locking in a Florida college. The 529 Savings Plans, or what is also known as a Qualified Tuition Plan (QTP), is a saving was fairly new and I chose not to invest in a 529 savings plan. I wish I had not overlooked this type of tuition plan or had asked their grandparents to invest in a 529 Savings plan, as opposed to gifting them money for birthdays and holidays. Since 1996, 529 plans are a way of saving for college for your student. If you had such a qualified tuition plan or a relative set one up for you, then you […]

Interning in New York City, Oh Yeah!

Who doesn’t want to live in New York City? I love New York! Ok, I am a little partial. I am a born and bred New Yorker, living in S. Florida for 25 plus years, and I still love it. And so do many of our students, which is why New York is so popular for summer internships. They will need a place to live in. Where to look for housing? There are many options. Most interning students live in dorms in various colleges throughout the city. New York University – is the most popular and fills quickly. My daughter lived downtown on the border of Little Italy in an NYU dorm one summer. The dorm wasn’t very fancy, but the security was tight and the living space was huge, well for NYC. NYU has multiple dorms in a few parts of the city. To save money living in the NYU dorms […]

Career Showcase – A Student’s Perspective

Get Ready For The Job Market! Every semester as students at the University of Miami, we have the opportunity to attend various career fairs that showcase future employers. This experience is invaluable to any college student as we must meet with potential employers at some point during our time in school. Even as an underclassman, we can get to know companies for possible internships or employment in our future. My biggest piece of advice to someone just beginning in school is to get as much experience as you can. It’s crucial that you have a chance to practice a little before it is the real deal. I can admit that at my first career fair, I didn’t even know how to approach the recruiters. Attending the general Career Expo, which is held once a semester, allows students of all colleges and majors to meet recruiters from across industries. This event is huge! […]

Study Abroad Safely at UM

Study Abroad Not all classrooms have four walls. No place is this more evident than in the growing number of students that study abroad. This is one of the programs you will hear about from your student (and trust me, they will bring it up). I did not have that many friends that went abroad when I was in college. My daughter chose not to go abroad and has regretted it as several of her friends and sorority sisters have gone to London, Madrid, Chili, Japan, and Rome. I first learned about this program was at orientation. The breakout session spoke of all of the options and benefits of studying abroad. You can read all the University of Miami’s Study Abroad programs here. It is comforting to send your child with a UM Sponsored program primarily because of the support students receive as it applies to travel warnings and monitoring the global […]

21 and Oh So Fun! You’ve Got This!

You’ve waited 21 years for this! The city of Miami, specifically South Beach, is known for its nightlife, making it the furthest thing from a typical college town. The closest thing that we have to a bar scene is visiting Coconut Grove. When you turn 21 at UM, it opens up a whole new world of nightlife and opportunities that are not available to underage students. The 21st birthday in Miami is a celebration that everyone can be excited about. The first priority when your birthday falls during the school year is to go to The Rat. The Rathskeller is a University of Miami tradition! To order a drink or get a cup for a friend’s pitcher, you must show your now-21 license or ID. I still have my first wristband from The Rat pinned onto my bulletin board. It’s an important time for your friends to show you off, buy you […]

Banks & Credit Unions

Places that Handle Money Leaving for college comes with so many new things, but handling their own money can be one of the scariest. We have all kinds of suggestions regarding Working While in College, Teaching Them to Budget; even the Best Credit Cards for College Students, but this blog is all about banking. I, personally, find it best to have an account for my daughter at the same bank as mine. It makes it easy to slide money over whenever I need to. Therefore, I was grateful when we discovered that Bank of America is UM’s bank partner. There are many ATMs on campus, in residence halls, near the bookstore at the Whitten University Center, and a branch nearby.   If they ever need cash this is helpful, although few students seem to use cash these days. Venmo and Zelle are just more convenient. Banking and how our students can access money […]

More Study Abroad Details

Deciding whether or not to study abroad, there are even more details to consider. There are specific recommendations that UM makes to the Parents & Guardians, as a parent you need to do what works for you and your student. Make a checklist of all the details before you push ‘go’.

Spring Break

You May or May Not See Them… You haven’t seen them since January and are looking forward to some time with them home again over Spring Break. I recognize the scenario. They, our students, may have other plans though. Just thought I would give you the heads up. It is not uncommon for students to go away with their friends for Spring Break. It’s what they saved all summer for, right? Remember cramming 10 college kids into the Holiday Inn in Ft. Lauderdale for Spring Break when you were their age? Perhaps that is what frightens you. Spring Break Destinations Probably the most popular Spring Break trip these days is a cruise…with 422 of their closest friends (think group rates). Oftentimes large groups from sororities, fraternities or clubs will plan these trips together. Yes, generally four kids (one of which must be 21 or older) cram into the cheapest cabin possible, drinking […]

Spring Sports

There is more than just football… Football season is over and now it’s time to clean off your flip-flops and head into Spring Sports. When people think of UM sports, they immediately think of football but there are so many more sports for both Women and Men to participate and enjoy. After this year’s stellar football season, Miami fans have the momentum of cheering on our mighty ‘Canes to more success! Keep the momentum going, Men’s and Women’s basketball continuously delivers high-level playing to sold-out arenas and more Hurricanes spirit with Sebastian the Ibis leading the way. Spring Sports What sports do you think of when you think of Spring sports? Some of the wide variety of sports in the spring include basketball, track, diving, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, rowing, and baseball. There is an excellent way to keep track of all UM sporting events and dates, go to hurricanesports.com and don’t miss […]

Canes Football Spring Debut

Getting Ready For the Big Season! Yes, it’s spring, and yes we mean football. It’s crazy I know! But it is springtime Canes football spring practice! Miami announced its spring practice schedule, which includes the return of the intrasquad game. The University of Miami will hold its spring football game April 14 at Hard Rock Stadium. This will be the first spring game played at Miami’s home stadium since 2014. The Spring Game is also the only session that is open to the public. Because the Miami Hurricanes play in a professional NFL stadium, all fans are required to follow stadium rules when it comes to bringing bags, purses etc. in the stadium. Any guest not following these guidelines will be asked to return those items to their vehicle before entering the stadium. Below are the NFL approved bags fans may carry into the stadium: One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl […]

Sending A  Package to Your Student?

Make Sure the Package Gets There There are many reasons that a student receives a package. It could just be their usual Amazon delivery or a care package for midterms or because your student is under the weather. But at the “U”, there are delays in getting the mail and forget about sending them your homemade cookies, balloons for their birthday, flowers or any other perishable items unless they are present to receive it. There are a few things that will make a package delivery simpler. UM has a UPS store in walking distance from campus. (Across from UM in the CVS Plaza) Your student will have to rent a mailbox first and then they have their own PO Box that’s not at the post office. They will accept packages from any carrier and hold them until it is picked up. The only downside is that you are subject to the store’s hours […]

Graduation Is Sooner Than You Think!

Time Flies Remember how when our kids were little we couldn’t envision them leaving us and going off to college? Now, if you are like me, you can’t believe how quickly the time went. It continues to rush by and before you know it, college graduation will be here. The University of Miami holds graduation ceremonies two times per year with May being the largest ceremony, broken down by the college. Commencement schedules and information can be found here. Spring Graduation is set for May 9th – May 11th and Fall Graduation is set for December 12, 2019. There is no limit on the number of guests you can bring to any of the commencement ceremonies at the University of Miami. Students will be asked to estimate the number of guests during the application for graduation for planning purposes only. You will undoubtedly know which hotels are your favorites by the time […]

Graduation Reservations and Restaurants

Do you really make your graduation restaurant reservations now? Graduation is a time to celebrate and a celebration requires a nice meal, a nice meal needs a reserved spot!

Need Advice? Get Some Advising

A Guide to Getting an Advising Appointment While in college, having a strong relationship with your academic advisor is important in being able to graduate without any missed requirements.  There are a couple of key resources that students at UM should be aware of so they can make an advising appointment with their specific advisor. One of these tools is how the student’s advisor tracks each meeting so that students can go back and review the progress they made with their advisor.  With the help of these resources, students can easily schedule an advising appointment throughout the semester. The first resource that students should know about is the website GradesFirst.  Once a student logs onto the GradesFirst portal, they will be able to schedule an appointment easily by clicking on the blue “Get Assistance” tab in the top right corner.  Once you click the tab, you can select make an advising appointment […]

Care Packages

When my first child left for UM, I wavered between giving her space to find her way and wanting to hear all about her life at college. I had such a wonderful college experience myself, I toggled between exuberant excitement for her and overwhelming sadness for me.

Fix it, Fix it Good

Repair and Fix-It Shops Car, skateboard or bike, oh my!  At UM, you will find all in large numbers. Talk to any student about which is the most useful at UM and you’re likely to get an equal number of answers. No matter the transportation your student is using, they may, at some point, need to get it fixed. There is nothing worse than having your main mode of transportation break down. Below you will find a list of repair shops where you can fix it! Bike Security Have U Heard that U-bicycle Locks and Registrations are provided to all bicycle owners by UMPD. To register your bicycle and receive your free bicycle lock, simply bring in your bicycle and your ‘Cane Card to UM Police located on the ground floor of the Flipse Building. If your bicycle is ever lost, stolen or confiscated for non-compliance with the University bicycle guidelines, registration […]

Hotels, A Nice Place To Stay in Miami

Keep in mind that Miami is not only a college town but also an exciting and vibrant, major tourist destination, so there is a vast selection of hotel options. There are different things to take into consideration when booking.

Retail Therapy, Lots of Shopping in Miami

This Means Plenty of Retail Therapy! There is plenty of retail therapy in Miami – may be too much – and although your student is up there for school, there is always something that they will need, particularly at the start of the first semester. It’s a good idea to order some things online or at your home store and have them waiting for you at a store in Miami. This can be done at Target, Walmart and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and can be extremely time-saving as well as freeing up space in your vehicle or if your student is flying into town, making shipping far easier and less expensive. I found my daughter, and many of her friends, have ordered many last-minute supplies on Amazon. They will deliver right to the dorm, and with their FREE student Amazon Prime account, there is very little waiting time. There are many other […]

Florida Prepaid

What Does PrePaid Pay For? Many of us who have lived in Florida, planned for our students’ education by taking advantage of the Florida Prepaid program. The program allows families to prepay for their child’s education at a guaranteed fixed rate. Many of us, also, were practically in shock when our last payment came due, possibly because that meant that college was right around the bend. If you are anything like me you made your payments habitually, but when it came time to actually register my kids for a university in the state of Florida, we weren’t completely sure what all those years of payments were going to cover. Now we know. We will admit we learned along the way. For instance, we did not pay for dorms for more than one year as we were advised not to since many students choose not to live in the dorms beyond freshman year. […]

Safety Tips For Using Rideshare

Important  Rideshare Reminders I remember when I first heard about Uber and thought it was a brilliant concept for so many reasons; one of which was that it should cut down on people driving after drinking and provide a way that my college kids didn’t walk home late at night or alone. I still think the idea is great and encourage my kids to continue to use rideshare programs like Uber, Lyft, Wahi Ride or whatever their choice may be; however, before more scary stories show up in the news, we have had to create some new rules to be sure that they remain safe. Of course, the first rules are that whenever possible ride with a friend and when you feel the slightest bit uneasy, do not hesitate to call for a campus police escort. Simple rules: Confirm the name of the driver, make of the car and license plate. In […]

Pets in School, how to have four legged fun.

Take Your Pets (Dog or Cat) to College Every time I head up to UCF to see my daughter, she asks that I bring our dog. Let’s face it; the pup is everyone’s favorite family member. How do you manage pets at school? Personally, I would rather travel with a dog than have our daughter adopt one of her own that may eventually become mine too, so I often oblige. (You may want to see our blog on Pets at College if you already have a grandbaby with fur.) The good news is that is becoming rather common for people to travel with their pets. Pet-friendly restaurants near UM: Many restaurants that allow dogs require them to be on a leash and be outdoors. Fritz & Franz Bierhaus Cafe at Books & Books John Martin’s Villagio Restaurant George’s South Miami Le Provencal Villagio (Merrick Park) Sawa (Merrick Park) Tap 42 Moon Thai […]

Finding a Roommate Can Be a Friend For Life

Searching for your new roommate? At the University of Miami, the process of finding a roommate is not as stressful as a high school senior might think.  The search process is tied in with the housing application which can be found on CaneLink. Once you click on “Housing Application Process” under UM Housing, it will take you to the Housing and Residential Life Portal.  Once you get to this screen, click on “Housing Application / Apply for a Meal Plan”. Then select the Academic Year in which you will be moving in from the range of options. For incoming freshmen, they should make sure to select “Academic Year 2018-2019”. Once this is selected and you click “Save and Continue” this will take you to the screen where you will complete your housing application, which includes finding and choosing a roommate. The first part of the search process is creating your profile. Here […]

Computer and Phone Repair

When it breaks it is such an issue…Phone or Computer! My daughter has dropped her phone more times than I care to admit; so much so that even the insurance for accidental damage is used up.  And, heaven forbid the phone stops working completely. The day my daughter’s phone broke, and she thought the world would come to an end, was nothing compared to when her computer stopped working. I have to admit, now that I no longer have a landline phone, I could not live too long without a phone, but when a computer malfunctions and all the work you did previously can’t be accessed, or worse, may have been lost; it may feel like the world is coming to an end. The good news is that it isn’t. There are plenty of (more competent than I) repair services available right near campus for those moments. I do, however, highly recommend […]

Home Sweet Dorm

You may be surprised at how one can transition a mass-produced, industrial-looking dorm room into a warm and inviting room/suite. And there is plenty of help out there to spur ideas and help you organize.


Fun stuff to do! It’s entertaining and almost silly to write about things to do when visiting your student at UM. Based on the fact that our kids are literally going to school in one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. Yet, entertainment doesn’t need to just be about the beach when you visit. To begin with, if it is football season, get ready to cheer on those Canes. Actually, there is often a sport worth watching on campus somewhere. Check out our blog on UM Sports to find out more about the Hurricanes traditions and pertinent info about the stadium, etc. More than football… Undoubtedly a good meal is going to be in the plan, but beyond that, there is plenty to do not far from campus. If your entertainment tastes run toward films, you can catch a movie at the Movies at Sunset Place […]

Credit Cards for College Students

What Every Student Should Know Recently I told my daughter to go pay something with a check. She responded by asking me if she had those somewhere. She literally had never written one. In a day of Venmo, Zelle, debit and credit cards, people, students included, just don’t seem to carry cash anymore and checks are becoming more and more archaic. Credit cards, though, can be scary for students; particularly when they see the word “limit” and somehow skip over the fact that those balances have to get paid. Given that we made some serious errors with our oldest regarding money management, we decided to approach things differently with young adult #3. As she entered her sophomore year, we actually encouraged her to get a credit card. We began by explaining the reasons why: Establish credit Learn to manage money Provide ease and convenience when paying for things Take advantage of offers […]

Flu Season Ahead

The Flu ends with “U” It’s that season again – and I don’t mean hurricanes. Flu season is generally from October through May; peaking in December. Given that the flu is easily spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact – and what gets closer than dorm life and classrooms – your student may want to consider getting vaccinated. UM makes it incredibly easy and it is free too. UM’s Student Health Service in Miami is open Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays during Fall and Spring semesters 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During summer, Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks they are open Mon- Fri from 8:30 am to 5 pm and closed on all University holidays. Students can walk in for a flu shot or make an appointment by contacting the center at 305-284-9100 or UM’s Student Health […]

Advice to My Freshman Self

What Every Freshman Should Know As a sophomore looking back at my freshman year, I can easily think of advice that I would give my freshman self. Freshman year in college can be stressful, but with some strong guidance, this uncertain feeling can be reduced. Here is the best advice that I could give my freshman self: Get involved and take advantage of the many student resources on campus, including clubs, professional help, and tutoring. Click here to read our blog on getting involved. There is an abundance of student clubs and organizations on campus. Getting involved allows new students to meet and interact with people that share a common interest. Make as many connections and network as possible.  You never know where one of your college relationships could lead in life, so getting your name out there is the first step in finding an internship or job. Do not to be […]

Where to Pregame at UM

Get Ready For A Fun Day! I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of the term, pregame until I heard my daughter mention it before attending her first college game.  Now, it’s become a part of the game experience along with tailgating and celebrating the win (hopefully). Assuming that you are of the drinking age, there are some fun places that offer great deals for college students on game days.  The RAT on campus is always a great first stop to get your Canes spirit pumping! Near the University of Miami, Titanic on Ponce has great happy hour specials as well as daily specials for UM students. Duffy’s Tavern on 57 Ave, Sports Grill South Miami, Buffalo Wild Wings at Sunset Place, and Yard House at Merrick Park are hot spots right near campus as well as many other sports bars and restaurants throughout Miami. Since UM plays their home games […]

Gameday Outfits for UM Parents

Parents, Show Your Team Spirit! I love going to college football games and college parents do too – there is nothing like game days but, TBH, I am not going to wear some of the outfits that I see my daughter wearing – been there, done that when I was a student. I’m all about the Orange and Green on game days and I am somewhat about the fashion. But I also want to be comfortable especially on those Florida humid days when you are packed in a stadium and it is more than 90° out and the humidity is stifling. You can wear officially licensed Canes-wear or just dress in orange and green. Here are some great suggestions for us Moms and Dads from cotton tops and t-shirts to comfortable dresses for the moms and collared shirts, polos or jerseys for dads or just a super comfortable, breathable tee. Throw in […]

Teaching Them to Budget

My Best Budget Advice as a Parent Three times the charm. Well, I suppose that isn’t fair; all three of my kids are charming and adorable. The difference is that not all three are very good with money and frankly I blame myself a little for that. I am not one to preach, but since you asked, the best advice I would give to a parent of a new college student is to give them a budget and make them stick to it. With my first college student, there was no real budget. She called and said she needed more and I supplied. Her requests never seemed too unreasonable. I paid her rent, credit cards, car expenses, food and so on. It all seemed so logical. Why then, as a college graduate in the real world, did she have such a tough time navigating bill paying and budgeting? Because she never had […]

First Time Student Loan Borrower?

You’ll Need to Do This. What is Entrance Counseling? In July of 2016, the U.S. Department of Education made it a requirement that, in order to have student loans disbursed, all students must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. This counseling includes information needed to successfully repay the federal student loans they will be receiving to help pay for college costs. You can get more information here. If you have not previously received a Direct Loan or Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), the federal government requires you to complete entrance counseling to ensure that you understand the responsibilities and obligations you are assuming. You must complete entrance counseling before you can receive the proceeds of your first Direct Loan. If you are completing entrance counseling to borrow as an undergraduate student, then the entrance counseling will fulfill counseling requirements for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. If you are completing entrance counseling […]

Preparing for Grad School Exams

More Exams Prep Time. It may like you just finished studying for the ACT/SAT’s and left for college, but before you know it, graduation will be looming and many students will be preparing for graduate school exams and continuing their education. Getting familiar with the vast amount of degrees and programs out there would be the first step. If you are considering graduate school at The University of Miami, check to see if there is an open house. Consider visiting other colleges as well. This will give you the opportunity to meet professors and ask questions about the program. Start talking to your advisor early to be sure you have all the correct prerequisites, shadowing or research hours you will need for exams. Whether you are preparing for Medical or Law School or a specific graduate program, researching the continuation of your education may feel overwhelming. Finding the right concentration for you […]

More Veggies Please – Vegetarian/Vegan Dining

You Really Do Want To Eat More Veggies! Slowly, but surely, more and more young people are going vegan or vegetarian. I can’t blame them. Sometimes the choices on or around campus just aren’t that healthy. So more veggies, please! My daughter became a vegetarian in 6th grade and continued to eat that way until Sophomore year. The dining plan was so limited in her choices that she was tempted (and tried) introducing chicken and fish back into her diet. Thankfully a few new vegetarian options opened closer to campus so she was able to make some healthier choices. There are many vegan and vegetarian options in Miami including some great grocery stores nearby with many vegan options as well. Here are a few favorites close to campus: Amsterdam Falafel Shop 5835 Sunset Drive Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, living a gluten-free life, grew up on Middle Eastern food, or just love […]

Technology Needs for UM Students

Here Is What You Get Free! The vision of University of Miami’s Information Technology (UMIT) department is to be the best information technology organization in higher education and healthcare; recognized for strategic leadership, innovation, and collaborative partnerships in achieving the University of Miami’s academic, clinical, and research goals. HaveUHeard that Microsoft Office 365 and the full Suite of Adobe products are free for all enrolled UM Students?  Students also receive a box.com account that offers free storage space. All software can be found through your Canelink account. This gives you all the technology you need! While the computer of choice for many students is trending toward Macbooks, before you head out to get a computer for your student, some of the colleges have specific requirements that differ from general recommendations. Click here for the individual college and degree program hardware and software requirements as you may find that a Dell, Microsoft Surface […]

Online Test Taking For Today’s Students

Blackboard and Lockdown Technology has changed the way students take tests. My daughter was able to extend one of her holiday breaks by scheduling her exam at home. Some instructors deploy tests in Blackboard and specify that students use the Respondus Lockdown Browser to complete the test. This increases the security of test delivery. Once students have installed Respondus Lockdown Browser on their computers, it will make them close all other applications before they can launch it and take the test. They will have to submit the test before they can quit the browser. Teachers will use Lockdown Browser for online tests and for those tests that are completed at home, to ensure that no one cheats by using the internet to look up answers while taking the test.  Once you are using Lockdown Browser, you are unable to access the internet unless you leave the session before completing the test which […]

Bright Futures – Shining Bright

The Future Is So Bright You’ll Need Shades! SEE END OF BLOG FOR CHANGES EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR Bright Futures has been a great source of financial aid for many Florida Students and is now shining even brighter. Summer 2018 was the first-year Florida Academic Scholars received 100% tuition and summer 2019, 75% of tuition is available for Florida Medallion Scholars. The $300 college-related expense stipend is still only available for fall and spring semesters. The requirements for summer are as follows Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours across all summer sessions. Students with less than 6 credit hours required for graduation, may receive FAS and FMS by submitting a memo on letterhead from an academic advisor indicating less than 6 hours are required for graduation. Graduate-level hours may be approved by the student’s academic advisor.  Students taking graduate-level courses must submit a memo from […]

Moving In?

Once your student has been given their move-in date and dorm or residence assignment, the process of handling what can be a stressful, labor-intensive and often expensive process begins. The moving in scenario. 

Nature vs Nurture

Have fun in the sun, it’s nature!!! If you have a child attending the U, start compiling that Miami bucket list as soon as they have accepted! Nature abounds and the outdoor activities available to locals and visitors alike are endless.  Everyone knows about the beaches in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. There are probably well over 100 miles of beaches if you include South Beach, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Matheson Hammock, Crandon Park, Hollywood Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Some of those beaches you can rent chairs and umbrellas, Jet Skis, Paddleboards, BBQ grills, and even bring your dog (on certain days). People take their beach seriously in these parts; just make sure to wear sunscreen! Aside from the beach, there are countless outdoor nature activities to do here to explore and get away from it all. Road biking and yes, mountain biking are year-round activities. There are many bike shops and city […]

Are You Ready for Some Football

We love this sport! With football season already three games in, if you are planning on coming down to Miami for a game, you should be looking at hotel room rates now. In case you don’t already know, at UM, football is a big deal. I have been going to Miami Hurricanes football games since I was 10 years old.  My dad had season tickets and back then the ‘Canes played in the Orange Bowl where we sat on the 50-yard line. I can actually (sort of) follow what is happening on the field and definitely love the hype and excitement that saturates the stadium. Note: the Miami Hurricanes play in Hard Rock Stadium, which is the official NFL stadium of the Miami Dolphins. I don’t always know which opponents are the big rivalries, but friends and my kids fill me in (ie: Notre Dame/FSU/Virginia Tech) and which games should be sleepers. […]

Food for Thought

No Student Hungry Much like the national campaign No Kid Hungry®, there are many students at colleges throughout the United States that are barely getting by, some putting their nourishment behind paying for college and all of the expenses that go along with college; tuition, books, rent, utilities, to name a few. The USDA average monthly cost of food for a college-age student for a moderate-cost food plan, following the recommended Food plans, is $223.55. Students who are struggling just to keep up with the cost of college even while working and getting loans, often feel uncomfortable saying anything about struggling to maintain a balanced diet. As a college student who relied on school loans, I would often make light of this, kidding around and saying my meals consisted of ramen noodles. But knowing the importance a healthy diet plays on one’s health, sleep patterns, stress, capacity to think and be strong […]

Volunteering Turns Your Compassion into Action

Volunteering with passion is key. When you first go off to college, you will find that there is no shortage of opportunities to participate in social activities, sports, the arts, and recreation.  It can be overwhelming trying to figure out where you fit as a Cane but have no fear; you will find your place and meet amazing people. That being said, please be sure to take advantage of the many volunteering possibilities that the University of Miami offers.  Volunteering truly changes a person. There is so much to gain from helping others and it speaks to your character as well. Giving back to the community is important!  Let’s face it we all have had some form of help along the way in our journeys in life.  So, why not give back your time, effort, money, or just your listening ears to those who need a little help.  Plus, volunteering looks great […]

Namast’ ay at UM: A Guide to Yoga Classes

Get your Ommmm On! All through high school, my daughter would accompany me to a Saturday morning restorative yoga class. Sometimes we stayed for another class of hot yoga, which was both intense and immensely satisfying. Learning breathing techniques have helped her manage stress and an overall feeling of well-being. Yoga is one of the oldest techniques for stress management. Its ability to improve the body’s strength and flexibility, as well as relieve chronic pain and muscle tension make yoga a great option for college students. There are many choices in and around The University of Miami starting with the incredible resources at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, which are included in your student fees. The Wellness Center is listed as one of the nations top collegiate wellness centers by College Consensus. HaveUHeard that The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Centers is one of the nations only student-led recreation centers and is […]

Care Packages – Because sometimes they get sick.

Show You Care For Them. You care. I don’t know about you but when they call to say they are sick, the miles between home and school seem even longer. My daughter was sick during spring semester 2018. She could barely get out of bed and I checked on her frequently throughout the day. She was overworked, undernourished and tired. This was not an everyday cold; she sounded very run-down and I knew she felt it. You would be amazed at how quickly a care package can get to them. (UPS is generally overnight from one Florida destination to another.) Depending on what is ailing them, even the simplest of care packages filled with soft tissues, lozenges, some Kind bars, Emergen-C, a few fun teas, Sudafed, Clorox wipes, cozy socks and maybe some homemade brownies can feel so good. For those of you that think a little matzoh ball soup can cure […]

Sorting Out College Life – Laundry

Making The Hardest Chore Easier! (Laundry!) I tried to teach my daughter how to do the laundry before she left for college. Really. I did. Yet, somehow when she went away to school, she managed to do it very rarely. At last count, she had well over 50 pairs of underwear so she could procrastinate with this particular chore as long as possible. It helps that at UM the students do not need money to use the washing machines as this is covered in their student fees. There have been many laundry-associated stories throughout the years that range from having clothes stolen (do not leave them unattended for too long) to finding the perfect place to study (the whirr of all the machines can be used to block out all other distractions).  My favorite involves the time my daughter thought she was picking up her own clothes from the dryer, only to […]

An Insider’s Guide to Living on Campus

Here’s How to Manage Your U-Miami Campus Living At the University of Miami, with on-campus housing, what you see is what you get. Students are only required to live on campus for their freshman year, so there is not enough housing for everyone to stay in dorms for all four years. The Housing and Residential Life website provides a pretty good overview of on-campus options, but here are some of the details that you can’t find from Student Affairs: Hecht & Stanford Residential Colleges Both Hecht and Stanford dorms are exclusively for freshman students, both with classrooms on the first floors and resident faculty members as resources for all UM students. The differences between the two are purely aesthetic, and they share the same dining hall. Hecht has two towers, Pentland and McDonald, which are identical to Stanford’s two towers, Walsh and Rosborough. Freshmen have the opportunity of living in substance-free housing, […]

New Housing for UM Students

Updated New Living Environments Coming To UM Have you seen the housing? Freshman housing is the one area that most students can agree on, needs improvement, but new is on the way. When my daughter moved into UM freshman housing, we knew it was going to be a learning experience. Going from a nice comfortable family home to an old-fashioned desk area, the communal bathroom, nothing says freshman housing like a cinder block dorm room. To be honest, it wasn’t all that bad, but compared to other schools where her friends were attending, the UM dorm space was somewhat outdated. Granted, the view from the dorm room overlooking Lake Osceola was nice and the convenient location on campus, more than made up for the ultra ‘minimalistic’ décor. The great news is that now UM on-campus housing is getting a complete overhaul!  Brand new construction and a major facelift on existing buildings. To […]

Radio and TV Media and Information

Media Details Seems media is firmly planted n our everyday lives. Students are typically too busy to watch television, but they do have their favorites. From reality shows such as Keeping Up with The Kardashians to This is Us (oh, wait, that’s me) to catching up on the news or watching sports, here is a breakdown of the television stations they will become familiar with. And then, of course, there is binge-watching which has been proven to be an excellent method of procrastination or release after many days of studying. If you are visiting from out of town, click on the links below for Miami’s radio and television stations. Television UMTV is the University of Miami’s Emmy Award-winning, student-run cable TV station. Guided by SoC faculty, UMTV produces weekly newscasts and a variety of programming, including a live newscast, a weekly sports show, a late-night comedy show, and a Spanish-language news program. […]

Books, books, books

Books, they STILL use them! A lot has changed since I was a student in college, but the one thing that has not is that textbooks are expensive. Sure the format is different, but the cost for books and supplies are soaring. From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college textbooks increased 88 percent.  But students today have many different options than we did including rentals. Deciding which is the most a) cost-efficient and b) the easiest way for your student to use it are important factors. Textbooks can cost as much as a few hundred dollars each. (Please note that some professors will insist on the newest edition of a textbook simply because it is how they make money; therefore last year’s edition may not be considered sufficient; regardless of the fact that the changes in its material may be minuscule and a used edition may be far […]

Safety Matters

The University of Miami takes safety very seriously. Technology has changed the landscape of how they impart information to students through texts and emails, and social media platforms. The University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) is a professional campus police department that maintains a safe and secure environment on the Coral Gables campus. The department employs more than 30 police officers, supplemented by security officers, administrative staff, and student aides.  UMPD works hard to prevent crimes on campus. The University offers two safety escort options. U Guardian is a free safety app for smart-phones, with options for virtual safety escorts, pre-registration of information for emergency assistance, and a one-touch button to call UMPD or 911. UMPD 24/7 Safety Escort Service: UNIVERSITY POLICE  305-284-6666 A U.M. Police employee or security officer will make sure students are free to walk the campus safely anytime and on any day, holidays and during school breaks included.  One […]

The Next Four Years

Your Next Steps. So you have a student ready to spend the next four years at The University of Miami? That means you will undoubtedly be visiting once or twice (hopefully more). If you have never been to Miami, you may have a preconceived idea of this vibrant city from watching movies, TV, Social Media and online. Or you may know very little. Miami is one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. Like any big city, there’s so much to do and explore. From the tree-lined streets of Coral Gables to the warm sandy beaches of Miami Beach to the hustle and bustle of downtown and Brickell, there is a neighborhood and activity for everyone! Take a little drive and you can even explore a National Park. Like many colleges in a big city, here you will find almost every major box store, almost every chain […]

How to Transition as A Transfer Student

There is a Place For Everyone The first thing to know about transferring schools is that there is a place for everyone. When we are in our senior year of high school, it’s almost impossible to know exactly where we should spend the next four years of our lives. Many students choose to transfer to the University of Miami and the community welcomes all students with open arms. Now that you’ve chosen the U, it’s time to get started! It’s important to know which of your credits count toward your UM degree when choosing your classes for your first semester. I recommend applying by the priority deadline, April 1, so that you have plenty of time between when you receive your acceptance and the start of classes to figure everything out and communicate with your advisor. Pay attention to scholarships that are available to you. Miami even offers transfer student scholarships! The […]

Types of Student Loans

What are your options? When I attended school back in 1979, my Dad had four of us in college at the same time. It was through student loans that my parents were able to manage the costs of all four of us attending school along with some parental financial support. Unfortunately, as far back as I can remember, many students including myself, have used their student loans for entertainment, shopping, vacations, etc. The Department of Education loans money for school and it is imperative for your student to understand that student loans should not be used for frivolous spending. Trust me, I learned the hard way. The loans and interest (depending on the type of loan you have) add up very quickly. Repayment of said loans can be a huge monthly cost; therefore, understanding all the terms of student loans is, in my opinion, essential. In all cases, you must begin with […]

Working While in College

Gotta Earn Some Cash? Some students have to work to pay for college, some consider their school-work their only job and others choose to work while at school to supplement their spending. Whatever the reason, it is rarely a negative when a student gets a job, whether it is to pay tuition or housing, plan for their spring break trip (see our spring break blog for more information on that) or to backpack through Europe after graduation; working, while in school, is nothing new. The University of Miami will help students get working, to find jobs, summer internships, and post-graduation employment through Toppel Career Center. There is also a Part-Time Job Fair held each fall and spring for the purpose of connecting local employers, both on and off-campus, with University of Miami students. Students can also check on CraigsList, Indeed, SimplyHired, SnagaJob, Monster, and WayUp for possible opportunities. Check out what students […]

Sick at School and What To Do

Mom…I’m sick… I’m sick…It’s bound to happen.  At some point, the phone will buzz and your independent college student will cry “I don’t feel well, I’m sick.”  Hopefully, their illness will be a result of their new-found independence that includes lack of sleep, exercise, stress, an unhealthy diet and hygiene habits that don’t embrace enough hand-washing and can be cured quickly and easily. I sent my daughter to college with a “things you may need that Mom thought of just in case” box, just in case you get sick. Inside were a thermometer; vitamins, the medicines for a cold; sinus infection; stomach ache and other common ailments.  Sometimes they need care beyond your box.  In my experience, my kids and I have had great results taking Source Naturals Wellness Formula.  It has been a strong herbal defense supplement in fighting an illness that was recommended to me by a local natural health food […]

Homecoming Alumni Weekend 

Alumni Weekend & Homecoming November 1-3, 2018 is a campus-wide event that takes place once a year on the Coral Gables campus, and is a time that all alumni and friends come together to celebrate being a ‘Cane!

Off-Campus Living Economical to Extravagant

It is a lot different than being in a dorm! Living off-campus has its own challenges, here are some suggestions. Just a few months in from your freshman starting college and they bring up the subject of where they want to live the following year. By December, they have figured out who they want to room with (even if they are staying in the dorm) and they are ready to sign a lease. It is hard to imagine making a decision so early; however, the demand for living in certain areas is driving the need to sign early. You will hear them mention specific apartments yet all you want to know is the rent amount, is the area safe, how close is it to campus. There will be questions you may not have thought to ask. When Students Become Neighbors Your students will be renting apartments in a real city (as opposed […]

Grocery Stores

Easy-peasy get your pantry staples! Whether your student lives on campus or off, they will need groceries. Miami has plenty of places to shop right near UM in this regard. For those new to Florida, let me first introduce you to Publix. Publix is a Florida-based supermarket with every department found in most grocery stores including produce, pharmacy (some locations), deli, meats, canned goods, seafood, frozen foods, flowers, bread, soda, and stationery, candy, dairy and so forth. There are several Publix supermarkets close to campus. The other major chain supermarkets you will find nearby include Sedano’s, Whole Foods, Milam’s, and Trader Joes (TJ’s).  TJ’s is a retail unique grocery chain selling a range of grocery items, including produce, meat & dairy, and some organic foods at discount prices. They have a wide variety of frozen entrees (single serving) and unique chips, dips, salsas, and snacks. The Whole Foods philosophy is to use local, […]

Fun Classes and Electives to Expand Your Fun

When You Need Fun Electives As students at the University of Miami, we spend days leading up to class registration seeing what times and sections are available in CaneLink and searching ratemyprofessor.com. We all seem to want the same thing: not too early meeting time, reasonable length of time, and most importantly, a class we won’t spend dreading all semester. Electives are the classes that can make your semester more fun. Use the following list to finish up your credit requirements, or build your cognates around. ARH 131 & 132: Art History, Survey of Western Art I & II. 3 credit hours. With Joel Hollander, all tests are take-home including the non-cumulative final. Both of these classes can be taken with an optional writing credit. CLA 220: Greek and Roman Mythology. 3 credit hours. For an easy A, all you need to do is go to class and pay attention. In-class quizzes, […]

The First Few Weeks

We completed the drop. We unloaded the car in the treacherous Florida heat and we set up their rooms. The bed was made, everything had been put away and it only took two trips to Target for things we didn’t realize we would need. We said our see-ya-laters and shed the appropriate amount of tears. It was when I got into the car without our new college freshman, all the advice we meant to give them about those first few weeks lay dormant somewhere between the big lump in my throat and my empty heart. Forgive me if I sound dramatic, but the truth is there is a great deal to be said at that time. Whether or not they take to heart is another story. Perhaps starting the conversation a few weeks before drop-off is a better idea. Getting Started Those first few weeks of college are a crucial time for […]

Gap Year, Should You?

Should Your Student Take a Gap Year Before Graduate School? I remember when I started graduate school and on the first day of class, we were assigned to read over 300 pages and write a paper before the next class. My jaw dropped and I wondered if the professor was serious. Not every class is like this, but after four years in college, some students may choose to take a break before jumping into graduate school; whether it’s medical school, law school, an MBA or just about any other advanced degree. Graduate school can be a grind. There are other reasons students choose to take a break; or gap year, before going on to pursue an advanced degree. Many graduate programs prefer students to have some time out in the working world before grad school. It is not uncommon for students to partake in internships that will provide them with experience in […]

Favorite Apartment Rentals for Students

We’ve Got The Scoop On The Best Rentals! Everything you need to know about our favorite rentals, right here. My daughter lived on campus her freshman and sophomore years but many of her friends chose to move off-campus, after the mandatory freshman year requirement, into apartments and houses near campus. Each option offers a variety of pros and cons and each student should weigh those issues when it comes time to signing a lease. Does your student have a car, if not, how close is the apartment or house to the metro rail, bus stops or convenient and safe biking lanes? In Miami, the housing choices are plentiful. Below are some of the more popular apartment complexes students live in near UM. Some have facilities that rival a fancy hotel (pools, bus shuttles, hot tubs, exercise rooms, lounges); some provide reserved parking spots for a fee, some have washer/dryers inside the unit, […]

The Best Apps for Students to Live Their Best Life

Yep, there’s an App for that! Remember when you were in college and everything was easily accessible via an app on your phone? No? Well, me either. Our kids, however, do live in this world and there are literally apps that provide things like food delivery, tutoring services or finding a parking spot.  Below are some I thought were most useful. UM and College Studying Apps U Guardian – I am listing this first because we always want to know our kids are safe.  It is a free, personal safety service valid to University of Miami students that rapidly provides information about an individual to UM police during an emergency. Students set a safety timer when heading to an unfamiliar location, meeting someone he or she does not know or any other situation in which he or she would like someone to check-in. If their timer expires and their guardians see they […]

Eating Healthy

As with other college campuses, the amount of burger, pizza, and fast food restaurants at the University of Miami and the surrounding campus is a big reason for the Freshman 15. This is no surprise considering so many students live on a tight budget.

Trick or Treat The College Version

Going to UM, students have plenty of Halloween events to choose from. Halloween also coincides with Homecoming this year – students can check out Homecoming Spirit Day at Lakeside Patio.

Health Insurance for Students

Health Insurance, Everyone needs it! Students at many colleges today must have a health insurance plan that meets their University’s minimum requirement. And, if you forget to submit a waiver if your student is covered under your medical plan, the University will purchase an insurance plan for your student. Knowing this, my daughter still forgot to submit a waiver. When I spoke to someone at the university, they assured me that my daughter had received many, and I mean many, reminder emails. This oversight cost us a penalty to have it canceled. All University of Miami domestic students actively enrolled in six or more credit hours per semester or considered full time are required to obtain adequate health insurance coverage (exceptions listed here). All international students, regardless of credit load, are required to be insured under the policy. Deciding on which health insurance plan your student should be on may require a […]

Get Involved – Join a Club to Enrich Your Experience

Join to Enrich The way to feel more included is to join one of the many groups and organizations. The beauty of the University of Miami is that there are more than 16,000 students from around the world, and is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning. Set in Florida’s most tropical playground, the University of Miami can feel intimidating to some and very welcoming to others. Yet there are many ways to make this university in a big city feel smaller. Some students will choose to rush a sorority or fraternity (see our blogs about that here and here), but others will not find Greek life their cup of tea. No worries; there are so many valuable and fulfilling ways to get involved on campus. Some of you may believe that your student’s first job is school, and I couldn’t agree more. That said; being involved in […]

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, here’s the list!

Let’s do breakfast or maybe brunch? Who doesn’t love breakfast or lunch or brunch? It is the most fun you can have at the weekend! There are plenty of options and here are our favorites.   AD-LIB -Modern American cuisine 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Bagel Emporium Decent bagels directly across from Campus. Take the newly installed pedestrian bridge to cross over US1. Bachour World renown pastry chef Antonio Bachour’s restaurant, bakery, and pastry shop. The menu is Contemporary American and features a full-line of viennoiserie, egg-based dishes, tartines, sandwiches and salads as well as Bachour’s petite-gateaux, macarons, and bonbons. 2020 Salzedo St, Miami, FL 33134 Deli Lane Cafe To me, Deli Lane is a staple breakfast spot in the 305. Nice outdoor dining, pet-friendly, consistent breakfast options for the health-conscious and the hungry traveler. 7230 SW 59th Ave., South Miami, FL 33143 Greenstreet Cafe “Almost everyone I knew […]

Parking at The U Best Case Scenarios!

Getting That Last Spot! You sent them to college with a car and they are grateful. However, although it will make a weekly Publix run easier, no one really thought about the fact that parking at UM can be pretty inconvenient and tends to be a problem every year. There are not enough spots for as many students live on or drive to campus. Permit sales for the 2018-19 school year will start on July 9th for returning students and July 16th for new students. To find the cost and eligibility for each level for 2018-19 permits click here. It sounds simple enough, but somehow students occasionally get in trouble and unpaid violations can result in towing, booting and/or the delay of registration for a new semester. Paying, appealing and more information can be found here. Visitor, event and disabled parking information can be found here. Remind your student to be diligent […]

Happy Birthday Care Packages

Blow Out The Birthday Candles! When their birthday rolls around, it can be just one more reminder that you won’t be celebrating together so putting together a care package takes the sting out. Our family tradition involved putting streamers across their bedroom door so they have to tear through them in the morning to get out.  Since I knew my daughter would not be home on her birthday, I placed balloon and cake orders and had their roommates or sorority sisters set it all up. They loved that I brought our tradition to them and that they were able to make their friends a part of our traditions. If I couldn’t celebrate with her, at least she knew I was thinking of her. Keep in mind there are no perishable items are allowed to be sent to the front desk of any University of Miami dorm. That includes food and flowers. If you […]

Dropping a Class – When Is It Time?

Here Are The Guidelines You Should Consider… It is inevitable. Sometimes your student will register for a class and, for a myriad of reasons, will need to drop it. We spoke at great length before our daughter even started school what our rules and guidelines were for dropping a class. (and how many we were willing to “pay” for). Those rules are very personal and vary greatly from family to family. We all know college is a time for the kids to try new things, in real life they don’t get too many “do-overs” but we knew there would come a time when she needed one. This is an important discussion to have and it is one that is often overlooked. Dropping it… That being said my daughter needed to drop a math class during her spring semester, freshman year. She was a Communications major with a minor in Political Science; suffice […]

We Really Do Care

Transition Can Be A Challenge. At the University of Miami, once you’re a ‘Cane you’re a member of a special family that cares for its flock! In addition to the myriad of counseling services offered at the U, there are additional ways to receive comfort on campus to help make that transition to independent living an easier one. They really do care. My daughter got involved very early in several clubs during club rush and then in the spring joined a sorority. For her it was the start of many great friendships, making connections on campus as well as a path to leadership opportunities. For some students getting their sea legs, Club and Sorority/Fraternity rush can be daunting. For those students, The University of Miami has a wonderful mentorship program called CaneBuddy. CaneBuddy does Care! CaneBuddy facilitates the transition of new ‘canes to UM and South Florida. Experienced and knowledgeable upperclassmen will […]

Roommates and Residential Life

Learning To Live With Others… For many students entering college, this may be their first time away from home for an extended period of time. While dorm living can be an enriching and wonderful part of the college experience, it can also be a source of great stress and discomfort if the roommates are not a good match. Granted, the fit does not have to be perfect, however, the students do need to be able to comfortably and safely co-exist in their shared living space. Teach your student before leaving home what it means to be a good roommate. Oftentimes kids make selfish decisions that they are not even aware of.  My daughter was so fortunate to have found a really good fit (through the school Facebook page roommate finder) during her freshman year and has continued living with the same girl all through school.  She heard many stories from friends about […]

Eating on a Budget

It Is Possible To Save Money! I have experimented with various approaches to teaching my daughter to live on a budget. She needed to be eating on a budget. When she lived at home, she was expected to learn how to save the money she received as gifts and earned at her part-time job. Once she each left for college, the discussion about budgeting took on a more serious tone. Perhaps your student is actually able to keep to a budget. My daughter needed more guidance and I thought she struggled at the beginning, she eventually got it. She had to learn the hard way after overspending and undersaving and not having enough money to participate in things when her friends were going out. I admit, it was hard telling my daughter, as I watched her monthly allowance dwindle, that she better be a bit more cautious or stock up on peanut […]

Parents Weekend at UM – Time for Fun!

Weekend Fun and Games! Parents Weekend 2019 begins at approximately 3:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, and runs through Sunday, October 6, 2019. As a Hurricane Alum as well as a UM Parent, anytime the opportunity presents itself to be able to share in some Hurricane football with my daughter, I am there. Each year family weekend occurs within the first 1-2 months of school which involves some great programming for students and their families as well as a home football game that families are encouraged to attend.  Be sure to check our blog on hotels to help find the best accommodations for your family. Registration Registration for Fall Family Weekend typically opens in the summer. Click here for more details and bookmark the page for the most up to date information. What to do at the Weekend There will be an entire schedule of events for the family weekend which in the past […]

Meal Plans at UM

A guide to all the meal plans. The start of college is right around the corner and many of you might be envisioning your student’s diet as burgers and pizzas and fries, oh my? Sure, we have been making meals for our kids for as long as we can remember. And yes, some of our kids know how to cook or even enjoy cooking but most have come to rely on their meals being ready the minute you yell “Dinnertime?” We get it… but what happens now that they will be on their own to figure out their meal plans? Before you get ready to go into a cooking frenzy, packaging and labeling items to send with them, stop. Because we assure you, college food choices have changed since many of us went to college. That’s not to say they won’t be tempted by the vast array of food choices … we’ve […]

Student Accessibility Services – We Can Help

Consideration for Providing Accessibility for Everyone For students with a disability, the Students with Disability Services office can help.  Whether it’s ADHD or physical impairment, the University of Miami provides great care and consideration for providing access to all. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides academic accommodations and support to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at the University of Miami. Information is available to prospective and enrolled students, their parents and/or sponsors. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is located in the Camner Center for Academic Resources at Whitten University Center 2400. ODS staff can be reached at 305-284-2374 (Voice) or 305-284-1999 (Fax). Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Individuals may email the office staff for quick responses to questions. Meeting with the ODS office can help to eliminate fears and unanswered questions pertaining to everything […]

The David Project

Israel, however, is not just for Jews It’s true that Birthright is a fabulous (and free) program for Jewish individuals from 18 to 28 to visit Israel. Israel, however, is not just for Jews though. So, we did a little digging and found The David Project, a pro-Israel campus advocacy group. The program promotes building diverse pro-Israel support on campuses and is for students of all religions, having reached 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students this past academic year on 45 campuses, cultivating student leaders and organizations as allies for Hillel and the pro-Israel community. Three main components to The David Project Israel Uncovered – 10-day Israel mission for The David Project’s Core Schools. Each school sends one Israel advocate and two to three non-Jewish campus leaders. The campus leaders represent many mainstream campus groups, including student government, College Democrats and Republicans, fraternities and sororities, black, Indian, Latino and Asian student unions, Christian, […]

Move-In Day

Getting Settled UM’s move-in day has come a long way since my daughter moved in freshman year. Gone are the days of endless trips back and forth to the car.  The University of Miami now partners with University and Student Services (USS) to provide a convenient and stress-free move-in experience. As the exclusive provider of “Cruise Ship Move-In” on college campuses, USS will bring all your students belongings from your car directly to their room. This gives you more time to focus on what’s important, getting them settled in their room. Once the big event is complete, be prepared for a trip or two to the store for the inevitable forgotten or an overlooked item, like an extension cord long enough to plug in the mini-fridge. I will not get into the emotional goodbyes at the end of the day, but I will say that large sunglasses to cover my watery, red […]

The Stress of College

Keep Yourself Stress-free. Stress.  It happens to all of us, including our kids. As though balancing a full schedule, the welcome distraction of football season, joining news clubs and student organizations, adjusting to college and trying to maintain a social life is not enough, our students had the added bonus of an uninvited guest, Hurricane Irma. Now students are getting near mid-terms. Fortunately, The University of Miami is on top of it, offering various programs, workshops, training, and suggestions; most of which are free to our Canes. Students can even sign up for a 30-minute massage chair session! Creating and maintaining a healthy, psychologically-minded student population is the purpose of the UM Counseling Center outreach efforts. The help students achieve academic success, and personal and social empowerment through awareness and knowledge. Outreach includes connecting with students through consultations, workshops, events, informational tablings through their COPE program. That is not to mention the […]

Mother-Daughter Time

Our first mother-daughter weekend in Miami was such a wonderful, memorable experience. We took a long walk around the campus, strolling around Lake Osceola, through the Arboretum and had a picnic lunch out on the green.

Where Will They Live- Managing the Gap

Manage That Weird In-Between Gap Time. Although it feels like you just moved your students into their dorms, you now have to move them out. The worst part, aside from the grueling heat, is that some may be returning in just a few weeks to move back in somewhere. The dreaded gap! And, if they have to be back early in August, whether it be another dorm, fraternity house or an apartment, having to schlep their stuff back home to return in just a few weeks seems a little silly. I know how many carloads it took to get our daughter moved in and, frankly, I am not prepared to rent a U-Haul to get her home and back again. I recommend your student start bringing things home if they are making any trips home between now and end of the semester or if you are visiting, bring some items home. When […]

Orient Yourself – Find Your Own Way

If two nights and two days can make your head spin, these might be the two. It’s not a bad thing, of course; it is just the amount of information can get a bit overwhelming. They need to orient themselves to their new life.

Moving Out, It’s Time!

A lot going on at once. Moving out can be almost as hectic as moving into the dorms and apartments. You are typically assigned a move out time to keep the flow smooth. Students are expected to check out of their rooms and University Village apartments no later than 24 hours after their last final examination. To avoid fines and charges, please check out properly and follow the required checkout process. Failure to follow the checkout procedures will result in a $100 fine. Here are the complete instructions on move-out procedures as well as information about moving back into a dorm if your student is living on campus for the summer. All students are required to leave their residences in a clean and orderly condition, and follow the proper checkout procedures set forth by the Department of Housing and Residential Life Office. HRL does not provide storage for student belongings. Goodwill Industries […]

Counseling Services

Let’s talk about it. Now you have your college student moved in and they are ready to embark on a new independent life. Counseling services are available. For the past year (probably longer), the focus has been on how to get your student into college, not how to cope once they arrive. The truth is that many new college students are not properly prepared for the realities of college life. I know mine needed some guidance during that first semester away from home. As a parent, even if you are not a helicopter parent, it may be difficult to drive off. For me personally, while I miss my daughter immensely, I am also confident that I have given her the tools to succeed. The leash was loosened back in high school allowing her to make adult decisions while I was still around to offer my guidance. They are going to experiment perhaps […]

Just Desserts! In a good way…

Our favorite meal! We love desserts! Sometimes, we think the best part of the dinner is the dessert, here are some of our favorites! (Note, several neighborhoods represented here) Whip ‘n Dip Ice Cream University of Miami Alumni Discount 10% (with Alumni Cane Card) Homemade, family-owned ice cream shop across from UM. Another Miami landmark. Many photos of presidents line the walls. 1407 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL 33143 Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Old fashioned, homemade ice cream right near campus 8075 SW 67th Ave, Miami, FL 33143 Swensen’s Grill & Ice Cream Parlor 1586 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Honeybee Doughnuts Very close to campus, artisanal doughnuts 7388 Red Rd, South Miami, FL 33143 Misha’s Cupcakes 1548 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Morelia Gourmet Paletas 76 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream Owned by 2 UM alumni, best ice cream in town! 8271 […]

Just Dinner?

Our favorite places for dinner. Yes, there are tons of restaurants where you can eat your dinner…here are just a few of our favorites! Gables / South Miami / Coconut Grove Bulla Inspired by Madrid’s tapas scene, it’s a gastropub atmosphere that’s totally fun, totally Miami. 2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Cibo Wine Bar-Coral Gables Gorgeous inside! Great wine selection. Decent Italian food, great prices. 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Havana Harry’s Coral Gables Craving Miami’s best & most innovative Cuban food, HH is Miami’s premier Cuban Fusion restaurant. 4612 S Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Hillstone Restaurant An essential stop for locals and visitors for nearly 15 years. Superb service, food, and atmosphere. 201 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Lan Pan Asian Cafe Great fusion / Asian food with creative, super fresh sushi. Don’t be fooled that is in the same mall […]

Thousands of Dining Options in Miami

Food Glorious Food! Like any big city, there are literally thousands of dining options from fast food to fast-casual, from family-style to fine dining. You will find your burgers, pizza, Cuban, Mexican, Chinese, barbecue, sushi, salads, Mediterranean, Indian, Caribbean, basically a restaurant from every continent, for every palate and every price point. Just like with hotels, Miami has many local and national chains, those are super easy to find and are of great comfort when you do not know where to eat. I’m letting you know about the cool spots, the places the locals go to get their fix. Try a new restaurant, Miami has many talented chefs and is the melting pot of our great state. Trust, me, if you enjoy dining out, you are going to eat some great meals while you are visiting here over the next four years! When coming to Miami to visit your student or tour […]

Places of Worship

Keep up the Tradition For many students, being able to continue to worship, pray and adhere to their religious beliefs is extremely important. For those students, it is important for them to be able to follow their faith and connect to their spirituality in a meaningful way while still being a student. Having a place to worship on or near campus allows them to meet other students and have a Rabbi, Minister, Bishop or Priest to turn to should they need spiritual guidance. The University of Miami is a very diverse campus. At or around UM, there are places to worship, regardless of your students’ faith. Shortly after my daughter began school, the first of the most important Jewish holidays were approaching (think the equivalent of Good Friday and Easter Sunday).  We had always gone to services together and had large family gatherings with the entire extended family. Since the holiday fell […]

Lost and Found This may help.

OH NO…It Happened! It’s Lost. We have all had the misfortune of losing something really important. My daughter’s roommate was doing study abroad in London. She had the unfortunate luck of losing her wallet on a train, which of course contained all of her vital ID’s, money and other valuable keepsakes. Thankfully her passport was back at her flat which would have been a huge hassle to fix while away from home. She tracked her credit and debit cards and eventually canceled them. Luckily, her bank had locations in London and she was able to obtain temporary cards while still abroad. Losing It… My other daughter loses more sweatshirts and calculators than any other student I know! Conduct a search on the student UM page, and you will see daily posts for lost keys, wallets, cell phones, ID’s and so forth. And, while clearly my kids are not the only ones who […]

Go Ahead, Make the Call to Admissions

If You’re Worried, Just Call Admissions. My niece recently called me wondering why she had not yet heard from the University of Miami although she had sent in her new SAT scores and first-semester senior grades. “How long do we have to wait?” she pleaded. I told her to call the admissions office directly. Read here for a list of admission FAQ’s and here for information on being waitlisted. Often we are apprehensive about calling the admissions departments of any college for fear of somehow being blackballed for phoning. Then, when lack of patience gets the best of us, we find out that the new scores never did actually arrive or they are there but haven’t been sent to the proper parties. It is not uncommon for this to occur, so if you are feeling uneasy about not having heard, there is nothing wrong with placing a call (or rather having your […]

Beauty and the Beast

Look Your Best! It’s not just for fairy tales, getting the beauty treatment makes her happy. As the mother of girls, I know all too well that not being able to go to get their hair cut, nails done, eyebrows waxed, is something they really miss when they are away at school. Several of my daughter’s’ guy friends are the same way. Guys also want to and need to look their best so finding a good barber is important! Now before anyone gets ready to jump all over the “beauty is skin deep” bandwagon, let me just say, when your student is away for an entire semester, being able to get a hair trim or eyebrows waxed may be important to them. And for special occasions (Greek formals, university banquet, a job interview on campus), they want to make certain their nails look polished. So where are students to go for hair […]

Are Your Student’s Valuables Protected

One more thing to worry about, is their stuff safe? When they were at home you knew the valuables were safe, but now? Right up there with the call from my college daughter that she lost her phone, keys, student ID, (fill in the blank), is the call you get when they tell you someone took their cell phone, watch, or whatever valuable item your child has had stolen.

It’s All About the Delivery, let that food roll….

There’s A Knock At The Door! Whether students just want to take a break from the dining hall or if parents want to send their students food or birthday treats, the University of Miami has a variety of different food delivery service options to choose from. Delivery Services: Bite Squad – There is a chat option if you would like to review your order or ask why your order is taking so long. You can schedule a delivery for later in the day and check the order status. Gift cards are available. Doorstep Delivery – Powered by Bite Squad. Order from anywhere anytime  – even in the park Gourmet To Go- Gourmet To Go provides already prepared meals right to your door or dorm building.  If you are looking for high-quality ingredients and restaurant-quality meals without any hassle, this is the place to get delivery from. Primal Organic- Primal Organic is one […]

Trouble in Paradise, Here’s What To Do.

Your Student got in trouble, now what? You send your student off to college with the best intentions. You’ve had the discussion about budgets, walking alone at night, binge drinking, hazing and drugs and still you may get the phone call every parent fears. Your student got into trouble now what do we do? The first thing you should do is breathe and remain calm because most likely your child is freaking out. Yes, they may have done something very stupid and immature, but let’s remember they are still navigating their way around adulthood. This may be a very good time for some growth and maturity to happen, let’s always think of a silver lining. Besides we ourselves may have been in their shoes. At the University of Miami, there are several avenues in which an issue may be resolved. The Division of Student Affairs engages, supports, and develops students and the […]

Transfer Students

Everyone wants to be a Miami Hurricane! Students transfer schools for a myriad of reasons. Hopefully, your student will finally feel at home once they become a Cane! If you’re a student transferring from another school, here is where you can find pertinent and up-to-date information regarding application deadlines. Here is a full explanation of all necessary transfer student information. Keep in mind, transfer students have different deadlines for applying. Your application deadlines are determined by the semester you’re applying for. Students choose from two application options: Fall and Spring Semester. Fall Semester Deadlines: Common Application and Supporting Documents PROFILE, Priority Deadline is April 1 FAFSA, Final Deadline is June 1 2016 Federal Tax Return (with all schedules) and Employer W-2s Admission Notification, Early April Enrollment Deposit of $500, May 1 or four weeks after the date of admission letter Music transfer applicants must apply by January 1 for fall admission. International […]

Rushing Her Way…

Rushing Sorority or Not? Is Recruitment The Way? For parents of incoming freshman, you are probably starting to hear whispers about sorority rush. The way rushing is handled for sororities are very different than fraternities. Talk to any parent at any school, and you will not find too many who love the process.  But like the process or not, sororities and fraternities do have their advantages, especially when your child is far from home. In order to participate in Sorority recruitment, you must be enrolled in 12 or more credits for the Spring 2020 semester and have earned a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA and 12 or more credit hours already earned as a full-time college student. No exceptions will be made regarding these eligibility requirements.  Your GPA will not be rounded-up, therefore a 2.499 will still not be considered eligible. It is in your best interest to remain aware of your […]

Sorority Girl

Congratulations if your daughter has found a place to call home. Being in a sorority opens the door to so many wonderful experiences. My daughter made some of her greatest friends when she was in a sorority at The University of Miami.


Students who attend The University of Miami, no different than many other highly sought after colleges, will be faced with challenging classes taught by respected and renowned professors. This is not high school where a student can often coast by; succeeding at UM requires taking classes seriously.

Staying Fit and keep the “15” at bay!

We all know by now the advantages of staying fit, exercise, stress relief, healthy heart, maintaining weight (or losing if those freshman 15 do start to creep up) and so on. The question is will our students work out when they get to school.

Rushing His Way… The Fraternity Truth

Fraternity Truth, Is It Really like The Animal House? Going back to 1978 with the release of “Animal House”, which became one of the most successful fraternity comedies of all time, to 2014 with the release of “Neighbors,” fraternities have been portrayed as groups of Neanderthals that do nothing but party, drink alcohol and abuse drugs. Fraternities have been called out on national television for purported participation in horrific activities. Certainly, if a fraternity house is engaging in behavior that crosses the line, they should, and will, end up either on suspension or maybe even kicked off-campus. But talk with many of the young men in fraternities at UM, and they will speak of brotherhood, a lifetime of friendships and access to leadership positions on campus. The University of Miami currently has 18 National or International fraternities, 7 of the 18 have houses on campus, the other 11 have suites in the […]

UM Sports

Everything you’ll need to know about UM football and sports! Way back, when your student was deciding on where to go to college, attending Miami Hurricane sports probably came into play. It’s just what we do. And it’s fun…even if you don’t know what’s really happening on the court/field. (Who me?) The important part is to know when to cheer, when to Throw up the U (Throwing up the U is taught at orientation and if you missed that class, it’s pretty easy to catch on, but I will describe later) and when it’s a good time to run out and get a drink (I mean water. It gets extremely hot on some game days.) The key is learning where to sit in the stadium based on time of game and shade. Student Sports Tickets Did U know…UM, students get into all Hurricane athletic events, including football with their paid student activity […]

Getting There – All the Transportation Options

The First Time Getting There… Transportation to college is not as complicated as it used to be. That first time you drop your student off at a college, you will probably want to go with them and get them settled. Many of you will drive and many will fly into town. There are many transportation options when it comes to getting to Miami. The key is, that as time goes on, you most probably won’t be delivering and picking your student up very often. Here are some ways to get to them or get them back to you. First, we are so lucky, because we have an (international) airport just 20 minutes from UM. Students have also been known to fly into Ft. Lauderdale and even West Palm Beach and drive, uber, carpool or super shuttle down the last leg of the trip. This makes flights plentiful and it is often easy […]

I’m Not Your Maid: Cleaning Services

Maid, Might Be The Best Solution… I never thought I would be saying this, but sometimes it is a good idea to hire a maid for your students’ apartment or dorm. Hear me out…I think most kids are perfectly capable of keeping a cleanroom. With flu season and virus’ going around; wouldn’t it give you peace of mind knowing their living space was germ-free? Some students simply don’t have the time and are often searching for affordable cleaning help. Or perhaps your student is moving out of a dorm or apartment that really needs a professional cleaning service so that your student does not lose their deposit or get charged fees for not putting the residence back in the same condition it was given to them. Here are some of the cleaning services many students turn to: Dorm Mom– Purchase laundry or cleaning plans to fit your budget Crystal Clean Miami (305)484-4400 […]

What is – FAFSA?

First Applicants Find Substantial Assets, FAFSA of course! FAFSA is the national Free Application for Federal Student Aid but, based on how aid is distributed. Because aid is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, every student that hopes to receive aid for college must fill out this form to even be considered. Every college has its own deadline. Beginning with the 2017-2018, students were able to file using prior-prior year (PPY) tax data. As a result of this change, you could submit the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year on October 1, 2018, using your 2017 tax and income information. (Summer applicants for 2019 need  to submit a 2018-2019 application using the 2016 tax and income information). If you have not done so already, you will also need to complete that year’s application as well.  In addition, if an amended return was filed, the IRS will notify the individual financial aid office. […]

CanesTHON Means Dance All Night!

You Can Dance If You Want To Perhaps you have seen the Facebook posts from your student or friends’ kids that say #FTK or #ForTheKids. Maybe even fundraising pages for an event called CanesTHON.  Or maybe you have never even heard of CanesTHON. If you have a student at UM, you will definitely want to know about this event, donate to this event and encourage your student to get involved in this event. This is college philanthropy at its best. The purpose of CanesTHON is to provide financial and emotional support to families and children of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. CanesTHON hopes to raise awareness and strives to engage and empower students and the community to build relationships and heighten social awareness by raising funds in a creative, energetic and inspiring manner. “Dance the Night Away” at this year’s CanesThon will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Shalala Student Center […]

Birthright Israel – Hillel has an Adventure for you!

Young Jewish Students Trip. What is Birthright Israel? It is the gift of a free, 10-day trip to Israel designed for young adults of Jewish heritage, aged 18–32. Our Mission at UM Hillel is the foundation for Jewish life on campus. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students at the University of Miami so they will enrich the Jewish people and the world. Our vision is to inspire every Jewish student to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. This is the trip you go on with your friends from college or to meet new people from your campus. Ten extraordinary days experiencing the enriching, inspiring and exhilarating sights, sounds, and soul of the country. Hang out with Israelis your age, hike beautiful trails, catch breathtaking views, learn history, taste new foods, ride a camel, swim in the dead sea and so much more. […]

Honor Roll

UM Honor Societies What are the Honor Societies and how do they work? When it came time for my daughter to make the final decision and choose her school she really weighed all the pros and cons of each school, including honor societies. Ultimately, the University of Miami won over all the other schools because of the combination of many things but mostly because of their quality of professors, opportunities for research and internships and because of the caliber of student she would be engaging with both in and out of the classroom. General Honors General Honors are the University-wide honors program established in 1957. There is no separate application for the General Honors program. The College invites incoming freshman with a minimum 1400 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT and who graduate in the top 5% of their high school class to join the program. To learn more click […]

What Not to Bring, Nope You Don’t Need That!

Read This Before You Shop! If you haven’t started shopping for what to bring for your incoming freshman yet, whether for things for their dorm or clothes; we are here to tell you that you probably shouldn’t bother. My daughter did a very thorough job of depleting me and her grandmother of our savored stack of Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, only to find several items purchased were just a waste of time and money. Hint: Keep all of your receipts; oftentimes these stores will accept returns and exchanges. What we want to share is that there are a few things you really do not need to purchase for freshman move-in. Here, in our experience is what you do and don’t need to bring. For instance, do not purchase a printer. The University of Miami has implemented UPrint. This is the student printing solution (included with your student’s fees) at the University […]

Best Spots On Campus To Study

Just Need A Quiet Place, Right? If you’re a student that enjoys studying outdoors, there is no shortage of open green spaces and lush tropical corners to hide away and get to the books.

So your student wants to be a Cane?

Good School, Great School. That is understandable; U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Miami #44 on their 2017 “Best College List”. The University of Miami is a remarkable university with its deep-seated traditions and picturesque campus, to their stellar research and world-class medical school, UM is filled with opportunity. The question is how does your son or daughter get in? Back in the day, UM was known as Suntan U. While many students attend the U because of our luxurious city and warm weather, that moniker has expanded greatly to attract very high-achieving students from all over the world, in an extremely competitive, academic environment. Today, UM is extremely selective; they do not want only top grades and test scores but actively seek students who demonstrate academic talent, a strong college preparatory curriculum, personal integrity, and seriousness of educational purpose. Record High for Cane Applications Applications reached a record […]

Searching for Scholarships Look Here!

Now It’s Time To Find The Right One! When our kids were small, we always knew to pay for college was something we envisioned, and were fortunate enough to plan accordingly. As soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay tuition and room and board.  Many University of Miami students live in Florida so their parents have invested in a Florida prepaid plan and have been encouraged throughout high school to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships. The Florida prepaid plan works differently at a private university than a public university, so check here for the rules about disbursement of your funds to the University of Miami. UM awards merit-based scholarships to incoming undergraduate students based on their academic achievements. Students are automatically considered for an academic scholarship when they apply for admission to UM. Learn about all of the available University of […]

Dress for Success

Taking Success To The Next Level! As they get closer to graduation, one of the greatest changes our students are about to experience is abandoning their shorts, t-shirts and yoga pants, as they begin to dress for success in their new roles, or as my older daughter stated, for adulting. Dressing for success can be daunting in different ways, but the one that stands out most may very well be its cost. Starting with the career and internship fairs students are attending, students need to put look professional. For the young men, this may mean a suit and tie and for the young women, while they have more options, it may mean a suit, pantsuit, skirt, and blouse or dress. That’s not to mention shoes. For students who may not have the means to go and purchase a new outfit, UM has Sebastian’s Closet, a lending service where students can rent professional clothes […]

Budget 101

Learn this now! I can vividly remember being in college and having to make the dreaded call home to ask my mom for money. I was the last of 3 kids she put through college, so she had heard it all. This was before cell phones (think wall corded phones) and, dare I say it, before the internet. Banking required you to wait for the statement to arrive in the mail. My mom would go through each statement to see exactly how I was spending my money. She used to joke all the time about that funny college saying “How can I be overdrawn I still have blank checks”….Since we pretty much only spoke once a week (On Sunday night when rates were cheaper, again, no such thing as texting, emails or cell phones), having to mention needing money was not exactly what I wanted to talk about. During college breaks, she […]


Just like a baby… I cannot begin to tell you how many times my kids have called from college once they were living off-campus saying they want to buy or foster a dog or cat. “Oh mom, you should see how cuuuute they are.” So far, in as much as they mention this regularly, they have not gone through with it yet. Perhaps it is my bombarding them with questions about whether they can have it in their apartment, where will it go when they leave for college breaks, who will watch this pet or pay for the care of this pet. But, every time I visit them at college, I am amazed at how many students actually have adopted pets (of course from a rescue or from the local humane society). Don’t get me wrong. I love animals; especially dogs ….and so do my kids. Yet, I am not a big […]

Away for the High Holidays

Celebrate with a New Community Generally, our kids get to come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for those who celebrate the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, it may be your first one without your students at your holiday table. While it may feel strange having that empty seat, it can feel better to know that they are celebrating the holidays with a new community of their peers. There are options for Jewish students at the University of Miami. You may want to let them know they exist and then hope that they will choose to participate. Time Off Not all colleges give days off for every holiday and it doesn’t look like UM is any different. Students must inform their professors, in writing, well in advance of their absence for the holiday, but chances are class will go on and they will be responsible for any work. Even if they do get […]

Staying at UM for Thanksgiving

Make it a Friendsgiving Although The University of Miami is officially closed from November 23rd- December 1st, 2019, not all students will be going home for the holiday. Flights can be incredibly expensive around this time. Some students may have to work and others may go home with a local friend for a little turkey dinner. Perhaps, instead, you’ve decided to switch things around a bit and stay in Miami for Thanksgiving. Whichever way it works out; there is plenty to do if you are going to be at UM for Thanksgiving this year. Let Someone Else Do the Cooking! Restaurants – Many restaurants put together a great traditional meal for Thanksgiving. Some are less traditional but sound delicious. Check out some of these: Seasons 52 – 321 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134 Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, like traditional herb stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes. And […]

Where the Wind Blows – Home of the Hurricane

Our Florida Hurricane Weather. Having moved to South Florida as a teen, I have gone through more than 35 Hurricane seasons. I prepared for my first major Hurricane in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew made landfall about 10 miles south of the University campus. I was living with my parents not far from Coral Gables, and our home sustained major Hurricane damage. I know what it’s like to lose power for a week, it’s tough in those hot summer months. I know what it takes to prepare and survive a hurricane and like most natives (or almost natives like me), we take a potential threat to our community very seriously. We had the old-fashioned hurricane panels that had to be screwed in and it took about five hours to put all of the shutters up.  Hurricanes, or the potential for a direct hit, are frightening. The 24-hour news cycle and social media do very […]


They’re Back… Thanksgiving break is the longest official break (besides fall break which is only 2 days in October) when students come home. I don’t know about you but after a little more than 3 months of texts, phone calls, and face time there is nothing like being able to hug your student for the first time…. And then the tug a war begins (sometimes hours after they arrive). At school, they come and go as they please. They keep their rooms (dorms, apartments, houses) the way they want, do laundry when they run out of clothes, have their personal belongings thrown everywhere. Just like when they lived at home, I have curfews (lenient and agreed upon beforehand), rules for housework and helping with chores around the house and generally being a decent (clean) human in my home. We want them to love being home again, however; there have to be some […]

Choosing a Major and Feeling OK About It

Feels Like A Really Big Decision! Choosing a major is not only a big decision, but it can also be a difficult one for some students. For assistance in selecting a program of study, the University of Miami has resources to aid in student’s decision making. Because of the size of the UM undergraduate population, students have the opportunity to communicate and meet with their advisors regularly throughout their time at the U. If necessary, each semester students can work with their advisors when choosing their courses to keep on top of prerequisites and to help steer them in the right direction. My daughter has developed a terrific relationship with her advisor who will quickly answer an email or have a quick chat when she needs help. Her advisor was the first person she called when deciding to drop a class. Oftentimes, advisors can be a lifeline for your student. UM advisors […]

Send a Little Halloween Love…

Have Some Halloween Fun! When my daughter left for college, I sent her a Halloween care package.  It was nothing fancy; just some dollar store decorations, candy for her to share with her suitemates and some fun things that could be used for a makeshift costume. Remember that UPS shipping within the state of Florida is typically overnight at no additional cost; a perk I have often enjoyed. If you are creative,  Pinterest has some great Halloween themed care package suggestions.  Some sayings you can put inside include: I Miss you Boo (with a ghost next to it) No tricks just treats! Hey Pumpkin, you deserve this Going batty without you Well… you get the point. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to send and went right to the source… our interns. They may be adults but they are still not too old for a good, old-fashioned Halloween gift. Here are the […]

Choosing or Changing Your Major

You Can Change Your Mind! The University of Miami boasts 11 Schools and Colleges and offers more than 180 academic programs and majors. Many students begin college with an idea of what they wish to study, but it is not uncommon for a student to change majors. My own daughter changed her major early on from Communications to Political Science.  Changing is not always viewed as a poor decision; oftentimes an advisor or dean will encourage the change because it means the student found a career path that better interests them. Many of my friends have told me that their kids decided against a career in medicine after a few chemistry classes which, in turn, meant a major change as well. Major Change! Changing and choosing a major isn’t always easy. There are several ways you can support your student as they are trying to decide or as they consider possibly changing […]