January Orientation - Pre-Orientation Checklist

  1. Request final transcript(s) from your high school; send to Office of Admission, 301 Campus Avenue Building, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056

  2. Take your foreign language placement test (if applicable) online. 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). These tests are very important and deserve your careful attention. If you do not take placement tests at least three business days before our orientation session, your course registration will likely be disrupted.  Note that tests are diagnostic in nature and are used for course placement; tests do not award academic credit.

    • 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 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.
  3. Submit an electronic medical form. This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit Student Health Services to submit your information. Failure to submit your immunization information will prevent changes in your registration after orientation.

  4. Opt to enroll in University health insurance (if needed). 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 deadline to waive or enroll in Miami student health insurance plan is February 19, 2019.
    • You must either waive or enroll in the Miami Student health plan every year in the fall semester.
    • Starting with your first fall semester, students who have not waived Miami's Student health plan will be automatically enrolled and the payment for the student health insurance premium will appear on the student's bursar bill.
  5. Prepare for your orientation advising appointment by visiting Academic Advising and reviewing the New Student Guidebook (PDF - opens in a new window).

    • You may also consult Transferology to identify Miami course equivalents for college-level courses that you have taken elsewhere. 
  6. 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.

  7. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card - it'll make things easier and quicker when you arrive on campus, as you can simply pick up your card rather than having a photo taken and waiting for your card to be printed. If you have questions or need help uploading your photo, contact Campus Services Center at 513-529-5000.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 
  10. Request disability accommodations (if needed). The Miller Center for Student Disability Services (Miller Center) provides accommodations for students with disabilities at Miami. To be eligible for services, students must self-disclose their need for accommodations and submit supporting documentation according to current Miller Center guidelines. Visit the Miller Center website for contact information, documentation guidelines, how to apply for services, and additional helpful information.

  11. Review the information about the Miami Notebook Program. If interested, students can purchase a Miami Notebook while at orientation.