Pre-Orientation Checklist

Have you signed up for an orientation session already?  Are you excited for your first experience as a new Miami student? Use this list to make sure you're well-prepared for orientation, and let us know if we can help you with any questions.

  1. Make your reservation for orientation on the Orientation Registration page of this website. You'll need your Unique ID and MUNet password to log in to register for an orientation session. If you need help logging in, see myMiami Login Help.

  2. Review Summer orientation details on this website (in the menu links at left).

  3. Review your Summer orientation reservation. If you need to make changes to your orientation reservation, log back in to the orientation registration system through the Orientation Registration page (or through your new student checklist on myMiami) no later than five business days prior to your session start date.

  4. Take placement tests online through the placement test page of this website. These tests are very important and deserve your careful attention. If you do not take placement tests at least one week before the start of your orientation session, your course registration will likely be disrupted.

    These tests are diagnostic tools that help determine course placement in specific areas, which may also affect access to related courses (e.g., math placement affects course registration in Chemistry, Economics, etc.). Tests do not award academic credit.

    • Math test: all new students must take this test.
    • Foreign language tests: placement tests are offered for French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish (placement guides are available for most additional languages offered). If you are planning (or are required) to study a foreign language, you should take a placement test in every language you've previously studied-even if you are considering starting a new language. You are required to study a foreign language if: your major is in the College of Arts & Science, you are majoring in Teacher Education with a foreign language emphasis, or you have a major in the College of Creative Arts that requires a foreign language.

    If you have questions about the placement tests, please contact the advising office for the college of your major. College of Arts & Science: 513-529-3031; College of Creative Arts: 513-529-2209; College of Education, Health and Society: 513-529-6317; College of Engineering and Computing: 513-529-0700; Farmer School of Business: 513-529-1712.

  5. Submit an electronic medical form. This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit after June 1, 2017 to submit your information; students will also receive instructions for completing this requirement at your Miami email address. The deadline for completion is August 1, 2017. UPDATE!  The deadline has been extended to August 31.

  6. Waive or enroll in University health insurance.  Miami requires that all students be covered by health insurance. Please pay special attention to the following details related to the Miami University Student health insurance plan.

    • You will have an opportunity to opt out (waive) if you have comparable insurance; the opt out process must be completed. The timeline for waiver completion is May 15, 2017 through August 1, 2017.  UPDATE!  The deadline has been extended to August 31.
    • You must either waive or enroll in the Miami Student health plan every year.
    • Students who have not waived out of Miami's Student health plan will be automatically enrolled and the payment for the annual student health insurance premium will appear on the student's bursar bill.
  7. Prepare for your orientation advising appointment. See Academic Advising at Summer Orientation and review the New Student Guidebook (PDF). These resources provide helpful details about registration and advising, including lists of typical first semester courses. You'll receive a printed copy of the 2017-18 New Student Guidebook at orientation, but don't wait until then to browse requirements and available courses in your academic division and write down some courses that sound interesting. This advance preparation will be extremely helpful as you attend sessions about academic requirements, meet with an adviser, and register for fall classes at orientation.

  8. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card. All new students will receive their Miami Student ID Card at orientation. ID pickup is on Day 2 at the orientation closing session; you MUST attend the orientation closing session (bring a photo ID for proof of identity) to pick up your own ID. Parents/family members cannot pick up students’ IDs, and students who cannot attend the orientation closing session will receive their ID Card upon arrival to campus in August. 

    We STRONGLY suggest that you upload your own photo for your Miami Student ID Card. If you don't upload a photo, you should arrive early for your orientation Day 1 to have a photo taken (location TBA) and you will receive your Miami Student ID with other students at the orientation closing session. Note that lines for photos after orientation closing can be long, so uploading your own photo will be much more efficient. Please upload your ID photo at least five days before your orientation session on the myCard online portal. If you have questions or need help uploading your photo, contact the HOME Office (Housing Options, Meals, and Events) at 513-529-5000.

  9. Sign up for E2Campus, Miami's emergency text-messaging system. This option is for students only; the E2Campus system is not designed for family members.
  10. Register for RedHawk Refunds: Take a minute to learn about the advantages of RedHawk Refunds - a direct deposit option that is fast, free, and convenient.  RedHawk Refunds gives you access to financial aid refunds, student account refunds, or other funds owed to you by Miami.  Sign up, and if due a refund, you’ll receive reimbursement quickly and securely.  The refund is electronically deposited into your bank account at any bank in the United States within 24 to 72 hours after processing.  Be on the lookout for a registration email from that will be sent to your Miami email account soon (if not already).  Follow the steps in the email; registration is quick and easy!  For additional information on RedHawk Refunds, please visit

  11. Explore options for majors and careers. Nearly 1 in 5 college students change their majors, and a significant number of Miami students don't declare their major until after orientation. Use the Focus 2 online career and education planning tool (access code "redhawks") to find out more about majors and careers that fit best with your skills and interests.

  12. Students who anticipate the need for academic accommodation for specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder should submit appropriate documentation to the Office of Learning Disabilities Services (housed within the Rinella Learning Center) as soon as possible. For more information regarding qualifying for accommodations please visit Qualifying Learning Disabilities. Information regarding accommodations for students with physical, medical, psychiatric, neurological disabilities or spectrum disorders may be found at Student Disability Services.

  13. Review the information about the Miami Notebook Program. If interested, students can purchase a Miami Notebook while at orientation.

  14. Contact us with any questions. Many questions can be answered by information on this website. You may also call 513-529-9771, or email