August Orientation - First Year Student Pre-Orientation Checklist

  1. Sign up to attend August orientation, if you are unable to attend orientation sessions in June. To sign up before July 2019 - call Orientation and Transition Programs to register for August orientation. To sign up after July 2019 - visit the August orientation registration page on this website.

  2. Review information about August orientation using the navigation menu on the left side of this page, as well as the confirmation email you receive immediately after signing up to attend. If you need to make changes, simply revisit the online reservation system and update your information. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must call the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771 before Wednesday, August 14. 

  3. Download Duo Mobile for iPhone or Duo Mobile for Android on your mobile device, and plan to bring that device with you to orientation - you'll need it to login to campus computers, including for course registration. 
  4. 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. 
    • 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.
  5. Submit an electronic immunization form. This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit Student Health Services to submit your information. The deadline for completion is August 1, 2019. 

  6. Waive or enroll in University health insurance on the Student Health Service website. 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 opt out process must be completed. The deadline for waiver completion is August 1, 2019.
    • You must either waive or enroll in the Miami Student health plan every year.
    • Students who have not waived Miami's Student health plan will be automatically enrolled and the payment for the annual student health insurance premium will appear on the student's bursar bill.
  7. Prepare for your orientation advising appointment. See Academic Advising at August Orientation and review the New Student Guidebook (PDF - opens in a new window). These resources provide helpful details about registration and advising, including lists of typical first semester courses. You'll receive a printed copy of the 2019-20 New Student Guidebook at orientation, but don't wait until then to browse requirements and available courses in your academic division and write down some courses that sound interesting. This advance preparation will be extremely helpful as you attend sessions about academic requirements, meet with an advisor, and register for fall classes at orientation.  

    You may also consult the website transferology.com to identify Miami course equivalents for college-level courses that you have taken elsewhere and review the Miami University Orientation Advising Insights video for more information about the academic advising process at orientation.

  8. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card. You can pick up your Miami ID on Tuesday, August 20 between 8:00am-5:00pm or Wednesday, August 21 before 9:30 am at the Campus Services Center in the Campus Avenue Building, Room 034. We STRONGLY suggest that you upload your own photo for your Miami Student ID Card. If you don't upload a photo, you may have to wait in line to have your photo taken; uploading your own photo will be much more efficient, as you'll just need to pick up your card. Please upload your ID photo at least five days before your orientation session at the myCard online portal. If you have questions or need help uploading your photo, contact the Campus Services Center at 513-529-5000.

  9. Download and set up MobileID (if you will live on campus). This app will allow you to access your on-campus orientation residence hall from your phone. Follow the instructions on the MobileID website to get started. Commuter students - be sure to check out information on commuter student resources.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.

  12. Register for RedHawk Refunds. Take a minute to learn about the advantages of RedHawk Refunds - Direct Deposit program that is fast, free, and convenient. RedHawk Refunds gives you access to financial aid refunds, student account refunds, or other funds owed to you by Miami. Any refund owed to you will be electronically deposited into your bank account at any bank in the United States within 24 to 72 hours after processing. Signing up for RedHawk Refunds is easy and only takes a few minutes. All you need to do is login to the One Stop from any page on the One Stop website. Under “My One Stop” select the menu item “Bill/Account Information” and click on the “RedHawk Refunds” section to enter your checking or savings information. 

  13. 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.

  14. Students who anticipate the need for academic accommodation for specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder should submit appropriate documentation to the the Miller Center for Student Disabilities Services as soon as possible. For more information regarding qualifying for accommodations please visit Documentation Guidelines. Information regarding accommodations for students with physical, medical, psychiatric, neurological disabilities or spectrum disorders may be found at Student Disability Services.
  15. Review the information about the Miami Laptop Program. If interested, students can purchase a Miami laptop while at orientation.

If you have any questions about these items, contact us at Orientation and Transition Programs by phone or email at 513-529-9771 or orientation@miamioh.edu.