First Week

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While the first few days on campus can be stressful, you'll be too busy to worry. Students spend time getting familiar with campus, preparing for classes, adjusting to community living, and socializing.

You will also participate in or learn more about the following:

  • Move-In Day
  • Welcome Weekend
  • First Day of Classes
  • Books and Supplies

Move-In Day

Official move-in day is Thursday, August 20 for first-year students. To assist with the flow of traffic into Oxford and on campus, we provide a move-in on Wednesday, August 19 for three first-year halls: Hahne Hall (North Campus), Emerson Hall (South Campus), and Havighurst Hall (Western Campus). Students will know their housing assignment (building, room, roommate, move-in time) in late July or early August. This assignment email will contain information about requesting pre-semester/early arrival due to travel plans.

Welcome Weekend and the First 50 Days

Welcome Weekend and the First 50 Days is seven weeks of more than 350 events focused on making connections with other students while exploring campus life and various aspects of college. Exciting, interactive activities featured during Welcome Week include the following:

  • A meet and greet activity with the entire first-year class.
  • First-year University Convocation and Summer Reading Book discussions.
  • Transfer student social.
  • Facilitated discussions about campus life.
  • Meetings with faculty and staff from the academic divisions.
  • Opportunities to explore campus resources like the Libraries, Rec Center, and Goggin Ice Center.
  • Bus trips to explore Cincinnati.

The week includes Mega Fair, an informational event advertising involvement opportunities across campus. Miami has more than 500 student clubs and organizations, including service organizations, fraternities and sororities, academic and career-focused groups, and clubs who share interests in diversity, political, religious, or social justice topics. At Mega Fair, you can even find sports and performance teams and ensembles. If you're looking for something in particular, check out the list of student organizations currently recognized by the University.

First Day of Classes

As time nears for the first day of classes, it's helpful to become familiar with the campus and find out where your classes are located. Our campus map can help you find buildings, and maps are located in each building to show you the location of rooms.

Classroom changes can happen at the last minute, so be sure to check your schedule online to be certain where your classes are.

Books and Supplies

The Miami University Bookstore makes it easy to purchase your books online (with no shipping fees). We'll have them ready for you to pick up at the store.

If you are purchasing a new computer, Miami recommends purchasing a laptop through the Miami Notebook program. In addition to excellent pricing available for laptops, the Bookstore provides educational pricing and/or special contract pricing for peripherals and software.