Pre-Orientation Checklist

Have you signed up for an orientation session already? Are you excited for your first experience as a new Miami student? Use this list to make sure you're well-prepared for orientation, and let us know if we can help you with any questions.

  1. Students must confirm admission to Miami University via the Applicant Status Page and enroll in Duo two-factor authentication prior to registering for orientation. Students will be prompted to enroll in Duo automatically when accessing a Miami resource after confirming admission. If you have questions about Duo, see our IT Knowledge Base (, and/or our IT Services Duo guide (

  2. 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.

  3. Download MobileID, the app that will allow you to access your on-campus residence hall/room from your phone. Follow the instructions on the MobileID website to get started. This app is very popular during the year, and you'll likely use it as your residence hall key during orientation as well.

  4. Be sure you've set password recovery options for your Miami password (click on "I would like to update my recovery options"). It's certainly helpful to have your password saved on your laptop or phone, but you'll also need it to login to computers in the orientation registration lab. If your forget your password, it's much easier to re-set if you have set up password recovery options.

  5. Review summer orientation details on this website, particularly the orientation schedule.

  6. Register your vehicle for orientation parking privileges at  You'll need the license plate number of your vehicle.  This registration will serve as your parking pass - no actual "pass" is needed. 
  7. Review your Summer orientation reservation. If you need to make changes to your orientation reservation, log back in to the orientation registration system through the Orientation Registration system (or through your new student checklist on myMiami) no later than one week prior to your session start date. If you need to make changes within one week of your orientation program, call Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771.

  8. 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).

    • 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. This test is very important and deserves your careful attention.
    • 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.
  9. Submit an electronic immunization form. This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit Student Health Services to submit your information; students will also receive instructions for completing this requirement at your Miami email address. The deadline for completion is August 1, 2020.

  10. Waive or enroll in University health insurance. 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 by August 1, 2020.  
    • 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.
  11. Prepare for your orientation advising appointment. See the Academic Advising at Summer Orientation page and review the New Student Guidebook. These resources provide helpful details about registration and advising, including lists of typical first semester courses. You'll receive a printed copy of the 2020-2021 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 adviser, and register for fall classes at orientation.

  12. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card. All new students will receive their Miami Student ID Card at orientation. ID pickup is on Day 2 at the orientation closing session; you MUST attend the orientation closing session (bring a photo ID for proof of identity) to pick up your own ID. Parents/family members cannot pick up students’ IDs, and students who cannot attend the orientation closing session will receive their ID Card upon arrival to campus in August. 

    We strongly suggest that you upload your own photo for your Miami Student ID Card. Note that lines for photos after orientation closing can be long, so uploading your own photo will be much more efficient. Please upload your ID photo at least five days before your orientation session.  If you are unable to upload a photo before this time, please do so as soon as you're able; if your photo is submitted and approved by the end of your orientation Day 1, we will do our best to make sure you receive your Miami Student ID with other students at the orientation closing session. If you have questions or need help uploading your photo, contact Campus Services Center at 513-529-5000.

  13. Sign up for Omnilert, Miami's emergency text-messaging system. This option is for students only; the Omnilert system is not designed for family members.
  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Register for RedHawk Refunds. Take a minute to learn about the advantages of RedHawk Refunds - Direct Deposit 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.  The refund would 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.
  17. Review the information about the Miami Student Laptop Program. If interested, students can purchase a Miami Laptop while at orientation.

  18. Contact us with any questions. Many questions can be answered by information on this website. You may also call 513-529-9771, or email