Pre-Orientation Checklist

Before January Orientation To-Do List:

  1. Request final transcript(s) from your former institution(s); send to Office of Admission, 301 Campus Avenue Building, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056
  2. Take placement tests online through the placement test page of the Orientation and Transition Programs website. These tests are very important and deserve your careful attention. If you do not take placement tests at least three business days before our 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. 
  3. College of Arts and Science Transfer Students - Complete Your Online Pre-Advising Modules. Students whose majors are in the College of Arts and Science should complete the Online Pre-Advising Modules after registering for an orientation date (you'll also find this link in the orientation registration system on your completion page). These online modules will better prepare you for advising at your orientation session. If you have questions about the Pre-Advising modules, please contact College of Arts and Science Academic Advising at 513-529-3031. 
  4. Submit an electronic medical form. This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit MiamioOH.edu/health to submit your information. Failure to submit your immunization information will prevent changes in your registration after orientation.
  5. Opt to enroll in University health insurance (if needed).  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 deadline to waive or enroll in Miami student health insurance plan is February 15, 2018.

    • You must either waive or enroll in the Miami Student health plan every year in the fall semester.

    • Starting with your first fall semester, students who have not waived Miami's Student health plan will be automatically enrolled and the payment for the student health insurance premium will appear on the student's bursar bill.
  6. Prepare for your orientation advising appointment by visiting the Academic Advising section of the Orientation & Transition Programs website and reviewing the New Student Guidebook.

    • You may also consult the website transferology.com to identify Miami course equivalents for college-level courses that you have taken elsewhere. 
  7. Share access to your student records (including billing information, grades, and/or course schedule) with others who should see this information. Particularly if someone else will be paying all or part of your tuition bill, this is a very important step! Login to the myMiami portal with your Miami unique ID and password. Click on the "student" tab at the top, and find the section (in the middle column) that says, "Sharing Access to your Personal Records." Click the link in that section that says "add additional people and/or modify access" to control who has access to which information.
  8. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card - it'll make things easier and quicker when you arrive on campus, as you can simply pick up your card rather than having a photo taken and waiting for your card to be printed. 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. 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. 
  11. Request disability accommodations (if needed). Student Disability Services (SDS) provides accommodations for students with disabilities at Miami. To be eligible for services, students must self-disclose their need for accommodations and submit supporting documentation according to current SDS guidelines. Office contact information, documentation guidelines, how to apply for services, and additional helpful information can be found at the SDS website: MiamiOH.edu/SDS.
  12. Review the information about the Miami Notebook Program. If interested, students can purchase a Miami Notebook while at orientation.