First-Year Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Miami University! We are excited for you to join the Miami community. Orientation and Transition Programs serves as a central resource for new Miami students and their family members. 

The orientation process includes multiple steps to provide you with information, resources, and opportunities that support both your academic and social transitions to college. Orientation for first-year students will largely be completed online, with options to visit campus through Miami Bound programs.

Orientation for all new students entering for the fall 2021 term includes the following components, which must be completed in order:

  • orientation content via Canvas (Miami's online learning system)
  • real-time online orientation
  • academic advising and registration appointment
  • optional: Miami Bound Programs
  • Welcome Weekend and First 50 Days programs

Register for Orientation

Step 1: Register for Orientation

Registration for the orientation process will begin March 17 at 1:00 pm EST. Within 24 hours after confirming your admission, you can register using the orientation registration system. The registration process should take you less than 5 minutes. We’ll ask you to confirm your major, self-report any AP or CCP credits you’re expecting, request accommodations for any disabilities, and share contact information for any family or guests who should receive online materials for parent and family orientation. 

Step 2: Join the orientation Canvas course

Students registered for orientation will receive an invitation to join the course within one business day of registering for orientation. Students who register for orientation on or after May 3 will receive the invitation on the next business day. Each module in the course will include important information about your academic and social transition to Miami. The content is designed to give you a comprehensive set of tools and resources for your first year. Be sure to review the instructions for using Canvas in the first module so you can successfully navigate all features of the Canvas orientation course.

In preparation for your real-time orientation session and your academic advising and registration appointment, academic modules in Canvas will address general requirements for all students through the Global Miami Plan, the academic curriculum for your area of study (college and/or major), and academic options and opportunities.

The information you receive in Canvas will be specific to your academic college, so if you are considering changing your major, let us know using the orientation registration system or the online form linked in the Canvas module titled ‘Academic Advising Preparation' so you’ll see the correct academic information.

Once you’ve reviewed all the academic information in Canvas, you’ll complete a 'knowledge check' before moving on to the next step.

Completing module 10 is required prior to attending your real-time orientation program date and selecting your advising and registration appointment.

Because the orientation Canvas course is time sensitive, we suggest the following timeline for completion:

  • May 3 - May 14:  complete modules 1 - 4
  • May 15 - May 21: complete modules 5 - 7
  • May 22 - June 1: complete modules 8 - 10
  • June 1 - July 15: complete modules 11 - 14

Step 3: Attend Your Real-Time Orientation Session

Attend your real-time orientation session via Zoom. Orientation sessions include information about academic and student life, connections with Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) and other new students. Real-time orientation session dates will take place on the following days:

  • Friday, May 21, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Monday, May 24, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 25,  3:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 27, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 1, 3:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 2, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 5, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Monday, June 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 10, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday,  June 12, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Monday, June 14, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 22, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Within one business day of attending your real-time orientation session, you will receive an email invitation to sign up for an academic advising appointment. 

Step 4: Register for and attend your academic advising appointment (appointments begin June 1) & register for classes (Friday following your appointment)

Once you’ve successfully completed the academic curriculum knowledge check in Canvas and have attended your real-time orientation session, you’ll receive an email invitation to your Miami email address (within one business day) with instructions and a link to schedule your advising appointment. Advising appointments are available Monday - Thursday and are each approximately 30 - 40 minutes long. Appointments begin June 1 and conclude July 1. 

On the Friday following your academic advising appointment, you will register for fall courses. If your academic advising appointment was between 8am - 12:00 pm EDT, your registration block will be on the following Friday between 9am - 12pm EDT. If your academic advising appointment was between 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT, your course registration block will be from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT on the Friday following your appointment. 

Registration Friday dates are: 

  • June 4
  • June 11
  • June 18
  • June 25
  • July 2

Step 5: Optional - Attend a Miami Bound program

Optional Miami Bound programs (throughout summer 2021) offer opportunities for new students to engage in learning, leading, and connecting to Miami and other new students before fall semester classes begin.

Through Miami Bound programs, first-year students can meet other new students with common interests, build community that connects them to Miami, learn about campus services and resources. Miami Bound programs are optional and may require an additional cost to participate. Most Miami Bound programs take place on campus, with some virtual options available.

Students must attend a real-time orientation session before attending a Miami Bound program.

Step 6: Complete remaining Canvas modules (by July 30)

Information about student services, campus life, transitioning to college, Miami traditions, and next steps is included in the remaining Canvas course modules. Complete the second part of the orientation Canvas course by July 30.

Step 7: Complete required online trainings (starting mid-July)

After you complete the second part of your Canvas course, you’ll get access to three required online trainings about important information. These trainings are required for all new Miami students, and become available in mid-July:

  • AlcoholEdu - focused on alcohol and other drugs;
  • SAPU - Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • DEI - diversity, equity and inclusion

You must complete each of these online trainings to register for future classes; students who do not complete all of the above trainings will have a registration hold placed on their account until they are complete.

Step 8: Welcome Weekend & First 50 Days

A full schedule of Welcome Weekend programs will introduce you to campus and to other new students. We also coordinate programs through the First 50 Days of the semester to help you connect with campus communities, support services, and involvement opportunities.

If you have questions about any of these items, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771 or