Academic Advising at Summer Orientation

Academic Advising at Miami University begins during summer orientation. At orientation, you will attend multiple sessions that address academic advising.

You’ll learn about Miami’s approach to Liberal Education, which is structured through our general education requirements, called The Miami Plan for Liberal Education. In this session, you’ll also learn about the advising process at Miami. You’ll also meet with Assistant Deans and faculty from the academic division of your major.  Even if you are undecided about your major (many students are), you will have a meeting with faculty and advisors.

In this divisional meeting on the afternoon of orientation Day 1, 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. You may also attend an optional session geared toward exploring other academic divisions and majors. If you are considering changing your major, curious about other programs, or considering a double major, this is your opportunity to meet with representatives from those divisions.  Note that you must wait until the start of the fall semester if you wish to declare a double major or a minor.  Of course, you can discuss your academic plans with your advisor at orientation as you select your fall courses.  

On the morning of Day 2 of orientation, you will attend your advising appointment, where you will discuss your academic plan with an adviser and review your course selections. After meeting with an adviser, you will proceed to registration where you will register for fall courses. Academic advisers are also present during course registration to answer questions and assist students. Advising and registration on Day 2 is restricted to students only.

Important resources for advising and registration

The New Student Guidebook (PDF) is the primary text that informs advising and registration at orientation. Students will receive a printed copy of the 2017-2018 Guidebook at orientation. The New Student Guidebook serves as a smaller version of the Miami University Bulletin, developed for new students. 

Additional 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. 

The Bulletin (2017-18 version; will be updated in Spring 2017): 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.

Academic Advising in Each College

College of Arts and Science
Farmer School of Business
College of Education, Health and Society
College of Engineering and Computing
College of Creative Arts