August Orientation - Transfer Pre-Orientation Checklist

  1. Sign up to attend August orientation through the Orientation Registration System.

  2. Review information about August orientation throughout this site, as well as the confirmation email you receive immediately after signing up to attend. If you need to change your information, simply revisit the online reservation system and submit your new information. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must call the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771 (before Thursday, August 16 if possible). 

  3. Print the August orientation parking pass that will be emailed to each student in a reminder email sent several days prior to the program, and bring the parking pass with you to campus; leave the parking pass on the dashboard of your vehicle to access on-campus parking for free during orientation. Additional parking passes will be available at the Campus Services Center in the Campus Avenue Building (Room 034) and the Armstrong Student Center Information Desk.

  4. Take a foreign language placement tests (if needed). Access the Foreign Language Placement Tests. Take the foreign language placement test if you plan to take a foreign language course at any time during your Miami studies - OR if you are a student in the College of Arts and Science (as foreign language is required for Arts and Science students). Even if you plan to start a new foreign language at Miami, take the foreign language placement test for any language(s) you have previously studied. Please make every effort to complete these tests before August 16, 2018. If you are unable to complete placement tests by then, please do so as soon as you are able. Placement tests will continue to be available through myMiami and the Orientation and Transition Programs website - we won't restrict or remove access to placement tests. However, not taking placement tests at least five business days before your orientation session will disrupt your course registration at orientation.

  5. Submit an electronic medical form.  This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit Student Health Services to submit your information. The form will be available after May 1, 2018, and should be completed by August 1, 2018.  Failure to submit your immunization information will prevent changes in your registration after orientation.

  6. Review academic information and recommended courses for your major in the New Student Guidebook (PDF - opens in a new window). The University Bulletin (a more extensive list of courses that includes upper-level options) is online if you wish to review it.

  7. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card. You will pick up your Miami ID on date Wednesday, August 22 between 8:00am-11:30am at the Campus Services Center in the Campus Avenue Building, Room 034. We STRONGLY suggest that you upload your own photo for your Miami Student ID Card. If you don't upload a photo, you may have to wait in line to have your photo taken; uploading your own photo will be much more efficient, as you'll just need to pick up your card. Please upload your ID photo at least five days before your orientation session at the myCard online portal. If you have questions or need help uploading your photo, contact the HOME Office (Housing Options, Meals, and Events) at 513-529-5000.

  8. Find directions to Oxford on the Miami website.

  9. 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. Office contact information, documentation guidelines, how to apply for services, and additional helpful information can be found at the Miller Center website.

  10. 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.

  11. Review the information about the Miami Notebook Program.

  12. 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.

  13. Contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs with any questions. Many questions can be answered by information on this website. You may also call 513-529-9771, or email