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Academic Advising

All first-year students at August orientation participate in academic advising and registration - and don't worry, we hold seats in many first-year classes for August orientation, so you'll be able to get the classes you need.  Academic advising and registration for first-year students will take place on the second day of August orientation.  Advising and registration sessions are for students only; parents and family members may not attend.  However, on the first day of August orientation, you AND your guests will attend multiple sessions on academic advising that will help you prepare to register for classes.

First, you’ll learn about Miami’s approach to Liberal Education, which is structured through our general education requirements, called The Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. In this session, you’ll also learn about the advising process at Miami. Then, you'll attend a divisional meeting (based on the academic division of your major), where you’ll learn more specific information about Miami's general education requirements and divisional and major requirements, which will help prepare you for advising and registration.  Faculty and/or staff advisors will be available at the divisional meeting to answer your questions.

Before you arrive for orientation, we recommend you review some of the important resources below.

Important resources for advising and registration:

Guidebook for New Students

The Guidebook for New Students (PDF) serves as a smaller version of the Miami University Bulletin, focusing largely on the all-university requirements known as the Global Miami Plan. All students who will register for classes at orientation will receive a printed copy of the Guidebook.

Other Resources

Advanced Placement Credit: This website lists the credit given for AP and IB exams for Miami courses.  Advisers at orientation can be of additional assistance to students in understanding and applying this information, especially since Miami doesn't receive this year's official AP scores until July. 

English Composition Guide: This document explains answers to commonly asked questions about enrolling in English courses as a first-year student.

The Bulletin: The Bulletin is produced by the Registrar's Office, and  includes complete information regarding general and major requirements as well as course descriptions and details regarding registration.

Questions about Academic Advising?  Contact Your Division:

  • College of Arts and Science/University Studies (513) 529-3031
  • College of Engineering and Computing (513) 529-0700
  • Farmer School of Business (513) 529-1712
  • College of Education, Health and Society (513) 529-6317
  • College of Creative Arts (513) 529-6010

To learn more about academic advising at Miami University, visit the following websites: