Summer Orientation

Orientation is required for new Miami students, particularly because it serves as the vehicle for new student advising and course registration (but also because it helps students and families have a smooth and positive transition to Miami!).

In an effort to provide all new Miami students with access and information in a safe and timely manner, we have made the decision to move summer 2020 orientation online via Canvas, Miami's online learning platform. The orientation Canvas site will launch in the first part of May; all new students must register for orientation in order to be invited to the Canvas site.

Through orientation, new students will still build important connections with student leaders, faculty and staff, and the Miami community; learn about their academic curriculum and important resources and opportunities; set goals; and register for fall classes. The online format will allow new students to engage with most orientation materials when it is convenient for them; they will arrange several live meetings with orientation leaders and academic advisors at times that fit into their schedule. 

Orientation materials for parents and family members will be delivered online as well; new students should include family members and guests when registering for orientation, and we'll send them family orientation materials.

Through summer orientation, you can expect to:

  • Learn about Miami’s approach to Liberal Education
  • Develop an academic plan based on your selected major
  • Meet with academic advisors
  • Register for fall semester classes
  • Hear about Miami’s history and traditions
  • Meet faculty, staff, and student leaders
  • Learn about campus resources
  • Connect with other new students
  • Become more familiar with the physical space of campus
  • Understand more about the differences between high school and college
  • Consider the goals and outcomes you’d like to achieve at Miami