Information for students

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

Academic information

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  • Request for virtual/remote learning

    Students facing personal or family-related health concerns, international travel restrictions, or other significant challenges are able to request to take their Fall 2020 courses in a fully virtual/remote setting. Most courses will be available in this format. The deadline to request virtual/remote learning is July 22, 2020.

    Students eligible for virtual/remote learning

    • Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students enrolled in Graduate Studies at the Miller School of Medicine are eligible to request full virtual/remote learning for Fall 2020, subject to course availability.
    • Law and medical students are encouraged to work directly with their school or program.

    Guidelines for students approved for virtual/remote learning

    I. Academic guidelines

    Virtual/remote access defined

    Virtual/remote access to a course provides students with the ability to attend and complete their courses without face-to-face, in-person classes. All assignments and lessons remain the same as in-person classes, without significant modification. Students will not be permitted to take exams or complete coursework in person such as an in-person presentation. When available, students may opt for the online version of the course.

    Please note that not every course is not guaranteed to be available via virtual/remote access given the nature of certain courses and accreditation requirements.

    Virtual/remote course enrollment and advising

    Students must already be enrolled in their courses for the Fall 2020 semester in order to qualify for full virtual/remote learning. Requests for virtual/remote learning will still be subject to course prerequisites and enrollment limits set by the applicable school and/or department.  

    No changes or adjustments

    Students who opt for full virtual/remote courses for the fall semester may not change to in-person or hybrid courses once they register and accept the terms of taking virtual/remote courses. Partial virtual/remote access will not be considered. This selection is for the fall semester only.  

    Exams and accommodations

    Students opting for virtual/remote learning courses will take exams online or through remote arrangements with the faculty member. Students may not return to campus to take in-person exams or schedule exams through the Office of Disability Services (ODS).  Accommodations for exams can be managed through Blackboard or in coordination with the faculty member. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services at or 305-284-2374 with questions regarding their accommodations.  

    II. Financial guidelines


    Fully virtual/remote learning students will be charged regular (in-person) tuition rates, along with the Student Activity Fee, and the Student Health and Counseling Centers Fee (for those students with Florida residency). Fully virtual/remote learning students will not be charged the Athletics Fee, the Student Center Fee, or the Wellness Center Fee. 

    Other course and program fees, such as Enrollment Fees in some programs and class, program, or lab fees, may also apply.

    Financial aid

    A student’s financial aid will be reviewed and potentially adjusted to reflect the new cost of attendance for Fall 2020 as required by federal financial aid regulations. Adjustments may include changes to living expenses, fees and transportation allowance. Engaging in virtual learning in the fall will not impact spring financial aid. Merit-based scholarships will not be impacted. The Office of Financial Assistance will share the specific impact of virtual/remote learning on the student’s award via their University email before the student signs the virtual/remote learning agreement. It will be up to the student to work with any outside scholarships requiring living on campus or other conditions affected by virtual/remote access.


    Once residential students are approved for virtual/remote learning, they will need to submit their housing cancellation with Housing and Residential Life, which will cancel the student’s housing for 2020-2021. Students who reapply by December 1, 2020, will be guaranteed a space in housing for Spring 2021. Virtual/remote learning students, however, will NOT be guaranteed a specific building/room assignment. Housing applications for Spring 2021 will be available in late October 2020 via CaneLink. Questions about the housing cancellation or reapplication process can be directed to or by calling 305-284-4505.

    Student involvement

    Virtual/remote learning students may participate in student organizations and related activities via virtual programs and/or events as these activities are supported by the Student Activity Fee.


    To request full virtual/remote learning for Fall 2020, click the button.
    Request Here

    For questions related to virtual/remote learning, please email

  • Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

  • Methods of Course Delivery

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

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

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

  • Study abroad programs

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

  • Using Blackboard: Helpful tips for students

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

  • Remote learning resources for students

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

CARES Act funding

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

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

Orientation and move-in

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  • Housing Move-In for New and Returning Students

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

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

  • Orientation & Check-In

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

    Move-in information is available at

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

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

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

Campus life

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  • Campus dining

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

  • Counseling Center

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

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

    Visit the Counseling Center website for the latest information.

  • Student Health Service

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

    Visit the Student Health Service website for the latest information.

  • Student organizations

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

  • Family Weekend

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

  • Commencement

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

  • Information for international students

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

  • Student employment

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

We’re here to help

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