Horizons Pre-Orientation Program

Horizons is an orientation program designed to assist new multicultural students in their transition to the University of Miami. This program compliments the University's new student orientation program by presenting students with a preview of campus life. Horizons introduces new students to our diverse community and provides them with an opportunity to meet and interact with new and returning students. Participants will also meet faculty and administrators who will discuss some of the academic, personal, and social adjustment questions that you may have as an incoming college student. All students are expected to attend the University wide orientation program. For additional information on New Student Orientation, visit the orientation website.

Schedule of Events


Horizons staff will be stationed throughout the Shalala Student Center to greet you and direct you to check-in. After completing check-in, you will be assigned to a small group of first year students just like you! You will also be paired with an upper class student that will give insight on the UM experience as you as start your journey as a Miami Hurricane.

Horizons Brunch

Enjoy a delicious breakfast spread alongside many of the incoming Multicultural students and Horizons Mentors.

Welcome Remarks

A special welcome from Renée Dickens Callan, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Miami.

Horizons Faculty & Staff Networking

Start your day by connecting with university faculty, staff, upper class, and new students! Gain valuable insight on navigating your academic, professional, and student life at the U!

Building Connections with New and Current Students:

Horizons Mentors

Our team of Horizons Mentors have been specifically selected for their knowledge of UM and the surrounding community. Upper class students will share their academic endeavors, career interests, and campus involvement. Horizons Counselors also serve as mentors, are valuable resources, and have a ton of information that will be useful to you as a student.

Building Connections with U

Through a series of fun and engages activities, you will have an opportunity to meet new people, make connections to your peers, and discuss issues relevant to new students as you become better acquainted with your new ‘Canes Community.

Lunch & Fun

Getting Involved in the UM Community:

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) presentation

Time to learn more about the office that brought you Horizons. MSA staff will provide information on our programs and services, how you can get involved with our student organizations, departmental initiatives, and stay connected after Horizons.

Real Talk at the U

Hear advice from upper class students on how to successfully navigate your college experience. Everything from academics, time and financial management, living in a diverse community, roommate conflicts, social life, managing your reputation and image, staying connect via social media, and being a multicultural student on our campus will be discussed.

Cultural Expression & Closing Remarks:

Cookout Games

Every group will compete for prizes and the title of ultimate Horizons Family Team!

So You Think You Can Dance

Horizons is filled with a number of traditions that will make your experience amazing and So You Think You Can Dance is no different. Learn exciting dances from around the world and their historical context. Dancing skills are not required!

Our Multicultural Community

At the end of the program, students will be provided with information on how to stay connected with their Horizons group, their counselors, and MSA staff. We will also share details on future events and involvement opportunities that will take place on and off campus.