Transfer One-Day Orientation

One-Day Orientation for Transfer Students

As an alternative to our two-day orientations in August and January, new transfer students may attend transfer one-day orientation sessions.  Transfer one-days are small-scale orientation sessions that allow transfer students to meet other new transfer students, be introduced to the university's requirements and important policies, explore housing and meal plan options, discuss financial aid and bill payment options, learn about campus expectations, consider student involvement opportunities, learn about their academic curriculum, meet with an academic advisor, and register for classes.


Register for Transfer One-Day Orientation 2018 (beginning Monday, April 30, 1pm EST)

Registration for each session closes three business days prior to the start of the session.  If you have any questions, please call 513-529-9771.

Students can register for a Transfer One-Day orientation by clicking on the button above. Once in the orientation registration system, select an orientation date -- either one of the dates listed below, or the two-day August (for entering fall students) or January (for entering spring students) program. Students may register for any session where their academic college will be present (see details below).  To request a date that is not listed below/not listed in the orientation registration system for your college, please call Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771. 

Transfer One-Day Orientation Sessions - Summer 2018 (note: program dates for College of Engineering and Computing will be added in April 2018)

  • Friday, June 8, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; College of Creative Arts)
  • Monday, June 11, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; Farmer School of Business; College of Education, Health and Society; College of Creative Arts)
  • Monday, June 18, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; College of Creative Arts)
  • Monday, July 9, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; Farmer School of Business; College of Creative Arts)
  • Friday, July 13, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; College of Creative Arts)
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; College of Creative Arts)
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; Farmer School of Business)
  • Monday, July 30, 2018 (College of Arts and Science)
  • Friday, August 3, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; College of Education, Health, and Society)
  • Monday, August 6, 2018 (College of Arts and Science; Farmer School of Business; College of Education, Health, and Society; College of Creative Arts)


Check-in for all Transfer One-Day orientation sessions is at 9:15 a.m., and the program concludes by 4:00 p.m., though students and families may wish to arrive earlier or stay later for optional parts of the program (see schedule below). Students who attend a Transfer One-Day orientation will not need to attend our August or January two-day orientation program.

Program Schedule

  • 8-8:45 a.m. (optional): Arrive to campus, get your student ID card, open a bank account.  Campus banking options include PNC Bank and the First Miami Student Credit Union (FMSCU) in the Armstrong Center (note that FMSCU does not open until 11am).
  • 8:45am: check in for Transfer One-Day orientation
  • 9:00am-11:30pm: Student life info, including housing, dining & student ID card functions (HOME Office); bill payment, financial aid & student records (One Stop for Student Success Services); community expectations (Dean of Students Office); overview of campus resources (Orientation and Transition Programs)
  • 11:30-12:30pm: Lunch at Armstrong Student Center (please bring your own money for lunch)
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Academic information/degree requirements for your college/department/major 
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Student advising meetings / Family & guest session with Office of Parent & Family Programs
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Student registration / Family & guest break time
  • 3:30-4:30pm: Advisor available at the Farmer School of Business, for students interested in pursuing a business major
  • 3:30-4:30pm (optional): Time to visit campus offices where you may need to do business (e.g., get your student ID if you didn't do it in the morning, purchase a parking pass, etc.)

Note: During the summer, campus offices close at 4:30pm; plan to complete any visits to campus offices before that time.

Pre-Orientation Checklist

  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 your foreign language placement test (if applicable) online through the placement test page of this website. Note that there is no placement test for math courses; your SAT or ACT math score will be used for placement into math and related courses (e.g., chemistry, economics).

    • 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 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. This test is very important and deserves your careful attention.
    • If you do not take your foreign language placement test at least one week before the start of your orientation session, your course registration will likely be disrupted. 
    • Note that tests are diagnostic in nature and are used for course placement.  Foreign language placement tests do not award academic credit.
    • 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 to submit your information. Please note that it takes two weeks after the date you confirmed your enrollment to set up your account and submit your medical form. This delay will not affect your ability to register for courses; however, failure to submit your immunization information after your account is set up 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 August 1, 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 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:
  12. Review the information about the Miami Notebook Program. If interested, students can purchase a Miami Notebook while at orientation.