Gearing up for the fall semester

Gearing up for the fall semester

Photo by Mike Montero/University of Miami
By Life@TheU

Photo by Mike Montero/University of Miami

Gearing up for the fall semester

By Life@TheU

With the fall semester kicking off Monday, Aug. 19 and new student orientation beginning Monday, Aug. 12, here’s a roundup of activities happening on the Coral Gables campus to help you prepare for the busy week ahead. 

Expect an increase in activity
Students will be moving into on-campus housing starting Monday, Aug. 12. Expect elevated pedestrian and vehicular activity, including lot closures and roadway interruptions. Several yellow zone parking lots will be closed as early as Thursday, Aug. 8, while the Pavia and Merrick Garages will be heavily utilized with the increase in visitors on campus during move-in and orientation.

Pro tip: Plan ahead, allow extra time for your commute, and use alternative parking lots around campus. Note that parking color zone restrictions are lifted through Sunday, Aug. 18, excluding the purple color zone. For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2. 

Remember, safety is key
With lots going on and plenty of new faces on campus, it’s most important to keep safety top of mind. As you’re out and about—or in your office—if you see something, say something. Contact the UM Police Department at 305-284-6666. In case of an emergency, dial 911. 

Pro tip: Report the type of suspicious activity and include a general description of the suspects. Keep an eye on your belongings. The most common on-campus crime is theft of personal property, or larceny, specifically property that is left unattended for any period of time. 

Welcome new faces
During fall undergraduate student orientation, UM staff and faculty volunteer their time to manage information stations and help students and families navigate campus and the orientation activities. Even if you aren’t an official volunteer, please join the UM community in welcoming our newest students.

Pro tip: If you come across a lost student or parent, ask if they need help finding their way and point them in the right direction or to someone who may be able to help. 

Know where to grab a bite
With an increase in visitors on campus, expect the dining halls and retail spots to get busier. The good news is that the Mahoney-Pearson residential dining hall will open Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in time for dinner. Learn more about dining at the U.

Pro tip: Plan ahead—which may mean bringing lunch or stepping away to avoid the crowds, know what's open, and how to get there


Get all the details about ’Cane Kickoff, the University’s new student orientation program.