Miami Pathways Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Basics

What is the Miami Pathways program?

The Miami Pathways program is a short-term and intensive learning program. Students admitted to Miami Pathways have solid academic records but are not admitted immediately to the selective Miami University main campus in Oxford. The program allows Pathways students to live on the Oxford campus while taking classes at the Miami University Hamilton campus during the fall semester and then, after one semester and successful completion of the program, begin taking classes on the Oxford campus.

What regional campus can I attend for the fall semester?

Miami Pathways students will attend classes on the Hamilton (MUH) campus. The Hamilton campus is approximately 15 miles from the Oxford campus, which is about a 20 minute drive. 

Can I take online classes?

No. Participants in the Miami Pathways program must take in-person classes on the Hamilton campus.

How many credits do I need to complete to move to the Oxford campus for the spring semester?

You will need to complete 16 graded credit hours of non-remedial coursework with a minimum 2.00 GPA on the regional campus before being able to take courses in Oxford for spring semester.

Do AP credits count toward the 16 hours needed to relocate?

No, AP, CLEP, CCP/dual enrollment, or transfer credits do not count toward the 16 hours needed to relocate. All 16 hours must be taken at Miami following high school graduation.

Can I take a Winter Term class to complete the 16 hour requirement?

No, you must complete all qualifying requirements, including 16 hours and having the minimum 2.00 GPA before the end of the fall semester in order to begin taking classes on the Oxford campus for the spring semester.

How does tuition work?

You will be charged regional campus tuition and Oxford campus room, board, and general fees for the fall term; Oxford tuition, room, board, and fees beginning in the spring term.

Do I have to live in university housing on the Oxford campus?

Yes. Pathways students are assigned to a Living-Learning Community (LLC) within university housing.

Will we live together in university housing on the Oxford campus?

Pathways students are assigned to live in the same community within university housing. When you complete the housing contract, you can request a specific roommate to live in the Pathways community with you.

What if I do not want to relocate to the Oxford campus after fall semester?

You are not required to take classes on the Oxford campus. You may stay on the regional campus and continue taking classes, however, you will not be permitted to continue living in university housing.

What happens if I do not meet the relocation requirements after fall semester (16 graded credit hours with a minimum 2.00 GPA within the first semester)?

The Miami Pathways Program is intended to be a one semester transition program. Students not meeting the relocation requirements are eligible to appeal their enrollment in the program and request a possible second semester to meet eligibility requirements. Any student meeting those requirements at the end of the first semester will be expected to relocate fully to the Oxford campus for the following spring semester.

Academics & Facilities

Are there any restrictions on what majors can participate in the Pathways program?

Pathways students must follow the same guidelines and processes as other students on the Oxford campus in relation to majors. Students will have access to faculty advisors in all academic divisions. The Oxford nursing cohort does not accept students who were not directly admitted to the program, and students wanting to major in a program only offered at the regional campuses (such as Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Integrative Studies or Nursing) should not participate in the Pathways program.

What academic support will I receive?

You will be afforded the same academic support structures that all Miami students are afforded, including financial aid counseling and tutoring services. You will also be provided a specific Pathways academic advisor who will offer assistance on course scheduling and acculturation issues.

Will the students in my Pathways cohort take classes together?

You will have some classes with other Pathway students, but not all of them.

Do I have to take the pre-registered cohort classes?

It is highly recommended that you take the pre-registered cohort classes. Doing so will enable you to build stronger relationships with the other Pathways students, which is one of the main benefits of the program. If there is a justifiable reason that you are unable to take the cohort classes (such as already having AP credit for one of the classes), then you will not be required to take that class. All Pathways students will be required to take a Pathways section of the First Year Experience Course: UNV 101 in the fall semester.

When can I get my Miami Oxford ID card?

You do not need to get a new ID Card. Undergraduate student ID cards are the same on Oxford and regional campuses, so you will continue to use the same card you already have. If you have lost your ID card, you should visit the Campus Services Center (034 Campus Avenue Building) to purchase a replacement.

Will I have access to Miami University Oxford facilities?

Yes, you will, as well as having full access to regional campus facilities during the fall semester.

Can I participate in activities on the Oxford campus?

Absolutely! Many Pathways students in the past have participated in activities, such as: MU marching band, cheerleading, ROTC, glee club, and intramural sports.

Next Steps & Confirming

What is the process to register for the Pathways program?

Complete the online response form on your Applicant Status Page no later than May 1, 2019. Be sure to indicate that you would like to be considered for the Pathways program.

How much is the deposit to enroll in the Pathways program and when is it due?

The Pathways deposit of $95 and the housing deposit of $330 is due May 1. After we receive your response, you will receive more information about your next steps.

Who do I contact with questions about financial aid?

There are very specific policies and procedures for financial aid that are often unique for every student. Financial aid information can be found through the One Stop.

One Stop

Campus Avenue Building
301 S. Campus Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: 513-529-0001
Fax: 513-529-0003

Preparing to Relocate

How do I start the relocation process?

You will be guided through the entire relocation process by your Pathways advisor, who will assist you with the paperwork, policies, and procedures. All Pathways students are required to take the First Year Experience Course: UNV 101 course in the fall. 

When will I register for my Oxford classes?

Pathways students will register for Oxford classes during the first-year registration window. They will meet individually with the Pathways advisor to plan their spring schedules and select classes.

Am I eligible to participate in fraternity/sorority recruitment?

Yes, you are eligible for fraternity/sorority recruitment. To participate, you need to register online at the Fraternity & Sorority Life website. Make sure you indicate that you are a regional student relocator. You need to meet the eligibility requirements of a 2.5 minimum GPA, 12 credit hours completed, and you must be registered full time at the Oxford campus for spring semester.

How do I travel between campuses?

You have the option to ride the BCRTA R3 bus between the Oxford and Hamilton campuses. The R3 bus stop is located within walking distance of the Pathways residence hall and is free to ride with your Miami student ID.

Can I have a car on campus?

You may purchase a yellow parking pass allowing you to park in designated parking areas on the Oxford and Hamilton campuses. There is a yellow pass parking area located within walking distance of the Pathways residence hall.

Will my meal plan work at the Hamilton Campus?

Yes, there are several meal plan options available which provide varying opportunities for buffet meals and flexible spending dollars.

The Hamilton campus offers Miami University Dining Services at the Harrier’s Nest in Schwarm Hall. Breakfast and lunch are served daily during Fall and Spring semesters. Vending machines and microwave facilities are available year round for your convenience.