Legacy Program

The University of Miami Legacy Program was designed to recognize the commitment of its alumni to their alma mater who support and encourage their children or grandchildren to consider UM for college. The University of Miami Alumni Association works closely with campus partners to ensure a successful transition to college life at UM for our legacy families.

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The University of Miami continues its rise in prominence among academic research institutions around the world largely due to the support and contributions of our alumni. As admission to UM becomes increasingly more selective, it is important that we pay special attention to our relationship with alumni and take exceptional care in evaluating legacy applications.

Contact Gabriela McLeod, Assistant Director of Admissions for more information:


Legacy Welcome Reception

Incoming legacy families were invited to a special reception hosted by the UM Alumni Association as an official welcome to campus on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The event included the opportunity to meet other incoming legacy families, hear from UM administrators, and meet UM Alumni Association staff. Guests enjoyed refreshments and carnival style food and games as we congratulated the 2016 legacy scholarship recipients.

11th Annual Alumni Legacy Reception
See photos from the event.

Legacy Early Move In

One of the perks to being a legacy is early fall move in for freshmen living on campus!

For those legacy students living on campus, you will be allowed to move in the morning of Tuesday, August 16, regardless of your assigned time. Simply report to your residential college on this day, at the time specified below, to check in and provide your name to the residential college staff member. The legacy early move in schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, August 16th, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
New Legacy Freshmen with last name beginning with "A" through "K"
• Tuesday, August 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
New Legacy Freshmen with last name beginning with "L" through "Z"

Questions regarding housing assignments, roommates, what to bring, or any general housing questions may be directed to the Student Housing Department of Residence Halls at 305-284-4505.

Visit the Department of Housing and Residential Life webpage for more information.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation - August 15-21
Visit www.miami.edu/orientation for the full schedule.

Family Weekend - October 6-9:
This weekend provides you and your family the opportunity to visit and take part in the numerous activities and events that are planned for your enjoyment, including a University of Miami football game against Florida State University on Saturday, October 8!

Contact the Family Weekend staff at 305-284-5646 or by email at familyweekend@miami.edu with any questions.

Legacy Admission Forums

The UM Alumni Legacy Admission Forums are part of a dynamic schedule of events during the Alumni Weekend celebration. Designed to help students learn how to become a competitive applicant for undergraduate and graduate admission (only for law, medical, and business applicants at the graduate level), the sessions are led by the University of Miami admission officers and cover the basics in terms of the application process, interviews, essays, and test scores. Students will get the benefit of personally meeting the admission officers for the University of Miami in a casual setting.

Join us for the fall 2016 legacy information sessions:

Undergraduate Legacy Admission Forum
Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose Room
Coral Gables, FL
Register online

Graduate Legacy Admission Forum (Law, Medical, and Business Only)
Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose Room
Coral Gables, FL
Register online

Alumni Weekend Campus Walking Tours
Depart from the Office of Admission on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 10 a.m. (1306 Stanford Drive).

More than 200 future ’Canes applicants joined us during Alumni Weekend 2015, last November for the undergraduate and graduate legacy information sessions on the Coral Gables campus. See 2015 photos

Legacy Welcome Breakfast

The UM Alumni Association and the Office of Admission want to thank the newly admitted legacy students and their families who attended the Legacy Welcome Breakfast on April 10, 2016, in the BankUnited Center, Fieldhouse.
See photos from April 2016 event

Graduating Legacy Reception

The UM Alumni Association officially welcomed graduating legacies to the alumni family on May 4, 2016, at the Newman Alumni Center. Alumni parents and grandparents joined us to celebrate their graduating legacy student in a special ceremony that celebrates generations of 'Canes. See 2016 photos


Katie Kuretski 2010 recipient Each year, the UM Alumni Association works with the Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid to select one freshman recipient of a $5,000 renewable, legacy scholarship. Eligibility for the Legacy Scholarship is automatic for any legacy student who applies for admission and qualifies for financial aid.

To be considered, one need only complete their undergraduate application for admission to the University of Miami and identify the name of their alumni parent/grandparent on the Common Application. The student must also submit a Free Application for Free Federal Student Aid through the federal processor, with the University (school code 001536) listed as a recipient of the results.

Recipients are notified over the summer of their selection by a representative of the Office of Alumni Relations.

Read Profiles of Scholarship Recipients

Help a future ’Cane come to the U!
Make a donation to the Legacy Scholarship Program

For more information on the Legacy Scholarship, contact:

Erica Arroyo, B.S.C. '03, M.A.L.S. '08
Sr. Director, Alumni Programs
(305) 284-1724


Legacy families have access to personal concierge services from the Office of Alumni Relations for any questions or concerns you may have leading up to or during your time at the University.

Office of Alumni Relations
(305) 284-2872 or 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867)
Admitted Student Events

For more information, contact:
Erica Arroyo, B.S.C. '03, M.A.L.S. '08
Director, Development and Alumni Relations


University of Miami Credit Card

Medical Graduate Legacy Benefit

Did you know?
If you have a parent who graduated as a physician from the Miller School of Medicine, and you are an applicant to UM's medical school, you will qualify for an interview as a legacy applicant.

For more information on the Miller School of Medicine's graduate legacy admission program, please contact the Office of Admission at admissions@med.miami.edu or (305) 243-3234.