When do I register for classes?
You will register for fall semester classes during Summer Orientation, held in day-and-a-half sessions during June. This is a time when you and your family members get a general introduction to the university and its programs. You will have the opportunity to stay overnight in a residence hall, eat in a dining hall, attend sessions on academic and special-interest programs, meet current Miami students, and have plenty of time to ask questions. You'll get more information on Summer Orientation after you confirm your enrollment.
Is it too late to change my major?
No, not at all. When you come to Orientation, all you have to do is attend the academic advising session for the new major. Be aware that most majors in the School of Creative Arts (architecture, studio art, interior design, music, music performance, theatre, and art and music education) require an audition or portfolio review. You may speak to an adviser from that division for complete details at Orientation. Some beginning classes in these majors are open to all non-majors. The Farmer School of Business also has additional admission requirements.
Can I get college credit for advanced courses I've had in high school?
Possibly. Check with your guidance counselor about Advanced Placement (AP) tests offered at your high school. Miami accepts AP scores ranging from 3 to 5 in a variety of subjects. If you passed a course taken through an accredited college or university while you were in high school, you may qualify for credit at Miami. You also may earn credit if you have taken the higher level subject examinations within the International Baccalaureate Program, depending on your test scores.
Will Miami help me with exploring career ideas and with my job search?
It's never too soon to start thinking about these things, so we’ll begin working with you during your first semester on campus. Miami has a variety of resources and services to help you in career decision-making and the job search process. You may want to take advantage of information available to you in your academic department as well as information from Career Services.
Career exploration and testing can help you assess your skills, interests, and values, and explore academic and career options that are a good fit. You can take advantage of computerized career planning programs, a resource library, career counseling appointments, and workshops and programs for residence halls and student organizations. A two-credit course, EDL 100: Career Development and the College Student, leads students through the career decision-making process.
Career Services also boasts one of the country's largest on-campus recruiting programs in the country, with 300-350 employers visiting Miami annually to interview selected students for internships and full-time jobs. They can help you practice interviewing and writing resumes and cover letters, as well as provide information about internships, graduate schools, prospective employers, and job-search methods and resources. Individual assistance is available to all students by appointment.
What is Miami's commitment to diversity?
Miami University's campuses consist of students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Miami is committed to providing equal opportunities for education and fostering an environment where all who learn, live, and work in the community embrace this diversity and promote mutual respect and positive engagement, which are integral parts of Miami's focus, goals, and mission.
Working out of the Office of the President, the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the Office of Equity and Equity Opportunity are charged with supporting Miami University's Diversity Statement, Values Statement, and Mission Statement and ensuring that each and every member of the Miami community has an opportunity to be involved and included in every aspect of the campus experience.
What resources and opportunities are available for students of color?
The Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA), within the Division of Student Affairs, offers a welcoming environment and safe space and is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and activities designed to enhance the academic success, retention, and personal development of diverse student populations. ODA embodies a commitment to diversity/multiculturalism as expressed through ability, age, ethnicity, race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic differences. First-year students of color are especially encouraged to join us for MADE@Miami in the days before the semester starts.
There are also a variety of student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, to support and serve the interests of students of color.
What resources and opportunities are available for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students?
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Services (GLBTQ Services), within the Division of Student Affairs, offers support, resources, a welcoming environment, and a safe space for students. This office also offers Safe Zone Trainings to the entire Miami community.
Spectrum is Miami’s undergraduate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Straight Alliance. Spectrum’s mission is to create a positive environment at Miami University for students of all sexualities and gender identities, and to promote issues of diversity on campus through weekly meetings and a variety of programs.
What resources and opportunities are available for international students?
International Student and Scholar Services provides international education services, programming activities, and advocacy leadership in support of Miami’s international education goals. Resources specifically for newly admitted international students are also available.
The International Student Organization welcomes anyone with an interest in international and/or multicultural issues. The organization aims to increase understanding of international issues, offer dynamic and relevant international-themed programming, and provide avenues for intercultural exchange at Miami University by collaborating with University offices, student organizations, and individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive engagement. This is only one of many international student organizations.
What resources and opportunities are available for female students?
The Women’s Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, is a welcoming, safe space that supports student success by providing resources and referrals, educational programming, outreach, and advocacy focused on issues impacting women.
The Association for Women Students is a student organization composed of individuals who desire to address important issues that specifically concern the women of Miami University through discussion, activism, and support. They work to heighten awareness about women's issues and to empower students of all genders.
What resources and opportunities are available for students with disabilities?
As confirmation of Miami’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities, the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) provides support services, accommodations, and resources to ensure equal access for students with documented physical, mental, and psychological disabilities. Learning Disability Services, within the Bernard B. Rinella, Jr. Learning Center, supports students with documented learning disabilities (LD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and provides services designed to ensure access to University programs and curriculum. Support staff work with faculty and other university and community resources to ensure that reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations are available and provided.
What resources and opportunities are available for students who are U.S. military veterans?
The Student Veterans Association at Miami provides a network of support to military veterans, their families, and civilian supporters. We work with the university administration to meet the needs of student veterans and prospective student veterans; cultivate student veterans’ concerns through scheduled meetings, advocacy, social opportunities, and recreational activities; foster esprit de corps among student veterans; promote an understanding of student veterans issues; and provide a resource for new and prospective student veterans to ease the transition into student life through the knowledge and experience gained from those who have come before.
What is Miami University's connection to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma?
Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma enjoy a trusted and respectful relationship that has developed over almost 40 years and exists on many levels: institutional and official, academic, and interpersonal. Officially, the Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the liaison with the Miami Tribe and designates a Student Affairs staff member to coordinate the varied activities.
Miami University proudly carries the name of the Miami Nation whose traditional homelands included western Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and parts of southern Wisconsin and Michigan. It is a privilege to provide one path by which the Miami people rekindle their connection with the lands of their forefathers. This partnering of an American university and an American Indian tribe is very unique and often serves as a model for others to follow.
In 2001, The Myaamia Project was created at Miami University. Affiliated directly with the Cultural Resource Office of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, this project is devoted to language and cultural research and educational development for the tribal community, resulting in the development of new educational materials and several publications. The expansion of the Myaamia Project staff, who are all members of the Miami Tribe, has allowed more opportunities for faculty to include projects connected to the Miami Tribe in their academic courses.
What religious organizations and facilities are available for students?
A variety of religious traditions are practiced by members of the Miami community. For a list of campus ministries, religious organizations, and places of worship in Oxford, see Campus Ministries and Area Churches. Additionally, there are several religious student organizations at Miami.
What are some examples of diversity-related programs and activities?
The Office of Diversity Affairs, GLBTQ Services, Women’s Center, Center for American and World Cultures, and various student organizations are just some of the departments and organizations that host diverse programs and events throughout the year to promote mutual respect and positive engagement. Examples of these programs include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program, Latin American and Caribbean Festival, Global Rhythms, National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show, Women of Color Celebration, Diwali, Women’s Read-In, Racial Legacies & Learning, Kate Welling Disability Awareness Lecture Series, Lavender Graduation, Horizon Graduation, Pride Parade, Men of African Descent Dinner, Women of African Descent Dinner, NationaliTEA, Women’s Leadership Celebration, and a variety of presentations from nationally and internationally recognized speakers.
What opportunities does Miami provide for students who wish to further study their own cultures and backgrounds, in addition to those of others?
Miami offers a variety of interdisciplinary programs of study and courses of study in many different languages, including Anthropology; Arabic; Black World Studies; Chinese; Classical Languages; Disability Studies; East Asian Studies; European Area Studies; French; German; International Studies; Italian; Japanese; Jewish Studies; Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies; Lusophone Studies; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Russian; Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies; Spanish; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. For a comprehensive list of available programs, see Majors and Minors.
What kinds of part-time jobs are available, and how do I apply for them?
Many students work on campus in such areas as office clerical work, food service, library services, and recreational sports. Others are employed by Oxford businesses. Regardless of the type of job you're interested in, the Department of Human Resources (located in 15 Roudebush Hall) provides employment information that can help you start your search. Among other services, this department coordinates all student employment and maintains a listing of current job openings.
What transportation services are available?
Footprint Tours provides charter bus service to the Cleveland/Akron/Lorain County area during breaks. Call 440-244-5100 to be placed on their mailing list. The Miami University Student Foundation (MUSF) arranges for charter buses to the Chicago area for Fall break (October), Thanksgiving break, Winter break, and Spring break.
The Miami Metro Shuttle Service offers limited shuttle service to major airports for Thanksgiving break, Winter break, and Spring break. You can also contact the Airport Shuttle Service at 513-896-6605 for transportation to the Cincinnati or Dayton airport. Oxford Limousine Service provides transportation in and out of Oxford; call 800-891-0064 or 513-523-6840. For more information about these services and others providing transportation to and from campus, see Transportation or call the Parents Office at 513-529-3436.
You can offer rides or find rides offered by other Miami students through posts to the ride board located in the lower level of the Shriver Center (near the ATM machines). You can also check the online Ride Board available through myMiami.
Certain private companies offer bus services to Miami students to regional cities. Miami does not have any relationship with these companies and does not endorse their use. All such travel is at the traveler's own risk, and Miami does not assume any responsibility or liability for such services.
How about getting around town?
A lot of students bring bikes. But since the town borders the campus, you can get around fine by walking. Or you can ride the BCRTA bus service, which runs regular routes on campus and in Oxford.
Can I bring a car?
For answers about bringing a car to campus, see Parking Permits or call Parking and Transportation Services at 513-529-8535.
Can I request a certain residence hall?
Rather than choose a building, you select a "living learning community" that includes programming based on a particular theme. When you complete the online housing contract you will be given the list of available communities. At that time, you'll rank your preferences, which will help determine your housing assignment.
When do I find out where I'm living and who I'm living with?
You will get your housing assignment by email in late July, which will include information about your room and instructions for accessing your MyCard account. Using MyCard, you can review additional details, including information about your roommate and your meal plan.