Orientation and Transition Programs

The mission of Orientation and Transition Programs is to support student transitions and equip students for success inside and outside the classroom by:
  • Introducing students to university resources and support
  • Fostering environments that promote students’ sense of belonging
  • Empowering students to take an active role in their learning and development
  • Inspiring students to discover new ideas and experiences

Orientation and Transition Programs pursues its mission through its Four Cs framework, helping students become more Confident, Comfortable, Connected, and Curious.


Orientation and Welcome Week contribute to developing a sense of belonging by:

  • Building connections between new students, faculty, staff, campus, and the city of Oxford
  • Facilitating small group meetings with SOULs (orientation leaders)
  • Providing a one-night residential experience during orientation
  • Introducing students to involvement opportunities and campus resources
  • Connecting students with faculty and staff advisors


Orientation and Welcome Week communicate purposeful messages about the university community and its values. As a result of learning about the Miami University community at orientation, students report:

  • 96% feel more connected to Miami
  • 91% increased their awareness about community expectations (including alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, and safety issues)
  • 96% of respondents are more confident about their transition to Miami

Key Facts & Figures

  • Orientation and Transition Programs offers 39 orientation sessions throughout the year for nearly 10,000 new first-year, transfer, domestic, and international students and family members
  • In collaboration with each academic college, the office schedules individual advising appointments for new students at each orientation
  • 96% of first-year domestic students attend one of 16 summer orientation sessions
  • 125+ events are held during Welcome Week with 50+ contributing departments
  • 95.5% of summer orientation survey respondents remarked that orientation met or exceeded their expectations