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About Orientation and Transition Programs

Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) operates within the Division of Student Life to support new students on Miami University’s Oxford campus. 

Meet the Staff

Student leaders play an integral role in implementing the mission of Orientation and Transition Programs). Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) represent the Miami student experience and are the connection point between the campus experience and the new student transition. 

Meet the 2024 SOUL Team

Mission and Framework

OTP promotes a successful academic and social transition to college through the orientation process for new students, which includes:

  • introducing students to university resources and support
  • fostering environments that promote students’ sense of belonging
  • promoting interdependence between students and their communities of support (staff, faculty, peers, family members)
  • creating academic and co-curricular goals 
  • cultivating curiosity and action about new ideas, experiences, and directions 

The Orientation and Transition Programs mission is enacted through the PATHs framework. Through orientation programs and transition experiences, students will experience each of the concepts in the PATHs framework.

Your Miami PATHs will include:

  • Perspective: As a new Miami student, you will grow your own perspectives by considering the perspectives you'd like to share with others and the perspectives you'd like to learn about.
  • Ask: While you're a Miami student, asking questions will be paramount to your success. Remain curious about new topics and experiences, and ask for support when you need it.
  • Thrive: Consider what thriving at Miami University means to you. What does thriving through the ups-and downs of college life mean to you.
  • Habits: Having strong habits during the college experience will support your success. What habits do you have now that you'll keep? What new habits do you need to create in the new context of Miami?
  • Spark: How will your Miami experience spark new interests and create new paths?

Contact Us

Orientation and Transition Programs
213 Warfield Hall
451 E. Spring St. Oxford, OH 45056