Advising and Academic Support

The University of Miami defines a first-generaton student as a domestic student whom neither parent or guardian has graduated with a 4-year college degree. 
Students who have siblings attending or who have graduated from college are still considered first-generation.


Empower Me First (EMF) provides one-on-one and group advising for over 1,800 first-generation undergraduate students at the university. Additionally, EMF works with campus and community partners to provide outreach support for students in the form of programs, workshops, and professional development opportunities.

Examples of support services students may seek assistance with include:

  • Time management
  • Creating an academic success plan for GPA improvement
  • Applying to graduate and professional school
  • Navigating the transition to college life

Advising appointments

Students can make advising appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays using Navigate by clicking here



Empower Me First Graduate Assistant

Bobby Gallagher is a second-year master's student from North Palm Beach, FL. He is pursuing a Master's in Music in Trumpet Performance at the Frost School of Music. Bobby also attended the University of Miami as an undergraduate student, receiving his Bachelors in Music in Trumpet Performance. While an undergraduate, he worked with the Office of Academic Enhancement, as a First Year Fellow for three years, supporting 80 first-year students each year. Last year, Bobby was the Graduate Assistant for Residential College Advising working with the FYF program. Two fun facts about Bobby is that he has three younger brothers, and he is a full member of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. In his free time, Bobby loves being with friends and family, fishing, cooking, boating, attending concerts and being outside. 

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