Transfer Road to UM Checklist

Please complete the items listed below, to ensure a smooth transition to life as a 'Cane.


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  • Immediately

    Set up your Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). If you have not yet been prompted to do so, you will have to set up this additional level of security in order to access your UM email. To enroll, visit the CaneID Self-Service page and click "Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)." Learn more about MFA at If you have trouble setting up MFA, contact the UMIT Service Desk at 305-284-6565 or

    - Set up your UM email. Visit and sign in with your CaneID username and password.
    - Link your UM email account to the email address you use most.

    (To log in to CaneLink you will need your CaneID, which is your username and password. If you are having trouble logging into CaneLink, please visit the CaneID Self-Service page. Under 'CaneID Assistance,' you can reset your password. Please do not register for a new CaneID.)

    Link your UM email to your mobile device. For instructions, visit

    Check your UM email every day. All University information will be communicated to you via your UM email account ( e.g. registration appointments, financial aid, billing, grades, and student life information.

    Confirm your contact information in CaneLink, UM’s student portal. 

    Submit your enrollment deposit.

    Set up proxy access in CaneLink.

    If entering the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa, scan and send a copy of your bank/government sponsorship letter (sample letter) or online bank statement and the first page of your passport to

    Explore on-campus housing or off-campus housing options and consider purchasing a commuter meal plan.

    Complete financial assistance To Do list items in CaneLink

    Submit outside scholarship award information and/or checks to the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment. Email a copy of your scholarship award letter(s) to

    Register for ’Cane Kickoff

    If entering the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa, scan and send a copy of your bank/government sponsorship letter (sample letter) or online bank statement and the first page of your passport to 

    Submit your final high school and college transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Instructions for submitting transcripts available here. 

    Learn more about your transferable credits here.

    • Please note that it takes 4-6 weeks from the time we receive your official transcripts for the University to evaluate your transfer credits.  
    • We highly recommend that you bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your advising and registration appointment. 

    In preparation for your advising appointment, please review the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin to view course curriculum requirements and a sample plan of study for your specific major. Once on the page, select your school/college, major, and track/degree.

    The GPS team, comprised of successful undergraduate peers, is engaged in the UM community and are eager to help you navigate your transition to the University of Miami. If you have any questions while completing the steps on your checklist, you can contact them at or on Instagram @UMAdmission.

  • June

    Review school-specific instructions to register for courses.

    If applicable, submit a request for disability accommodations.

    If you are applying for loans, finalize your loan applications.

    If using VA educational benefits, contact the VA Certifying Official.

    If your tuition is paid by a third-party sponsor, submit your Financial Guarantee Letter to For more information, visit

    Commuter students, consider registering for the Great Start program.

  • July

    Complete the online UMX 100 course available as of July 1. Access the course via Blackboard at

    If entering the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status, pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and apply for a student visa immediately upon receipt of I-20 or DS-2019.

    Commuter transfer students, consider registering for Session 3 of the Great Start Program, a one day program designed for incoming off-campus transfer students. The deadline to register is July 23 at 5:00 pm.

    Review parking and transportation policies and consider purchasing a campus parking pass if applicable.

    Complete Part 1 of “EverFi” UM’s Online Alcohol and Drug Education course by August 18.

    Complete the health center immunizations

    U.S. citizens, accept or waive University-sponsored health insurance.

    International students must purchase the medical insurance offered through the University of Miami at the time of registration unless they provide proof of agency or government-sponsored coverage that has been reviewed and approved by the University Student Health Center before registration. The annual premium for this coverage is added to each student’s fee.

  • August

    Pay your tuition invoice by August 10.

    - Learn more about the types of payment options.
    - Enroll in Direct Deposit.

    If entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa, familiarize yourself with U.S. entry procedures.

    International students, attend the mandatory International Student Orientation on August 11.

    Participate in all three days of 'Cane Kickoff.

    Familiarize yourself with Campus Safety and Security.

    Learn more about support services for transfer students, including transfer assistants, at

    Learn about student employment opportunities.

  • Arrival and Move-In

    When you arrive on campus for 'Cane Kickoff, there are a few things you’ll need to do:

    1. The 'Cane Kickoff orientation program, including any pre-orientation programs you registered for, will commence from your assigned arrival day through August 16.

    2. If you will be living on campus, check-in at your residential college.

    - Follow the steps that were mailed to your permanent address of record in June. For more information visit

    3. Students will take their 'Cane Card picture and receive their card upon check-in for 'Cane Kickoff. Students living on-campus or off-campus need a 'Cane Card for the following:

    - Access to academic buildings, residential areas, libraries, UC Pool, and the Wellness Center
    - Borrow books from the library
    - Admission to athletic events
    - Pay for food at various dining locations on campus
    - Print and photocopy at University facilities

    Be sure to review all To Do Items in CaneLink, so there are no outstanding tasks before classes begin.