Miami Pathways Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Basics

What is the Miami Pathways program?

Pathways is a short-term, intensive learning program for students who have a solid academic record but who are not initially admitted to selective majors on Miami's main campus in Oxford. Through Oxford-based academic advising and mentoring as well as a Pathways Living-Learning Community, students prepare for their successful transition to becoming full-time Oxford students beginning in the spring semester of their first year.

What regional campus can I attend for the fall semester?

Pathways students will attend classes on the Hamilton (MUH) campus. The Hamilton campus is approximately a 20-minute drive from Oxford. 

Can I take online classes?

Except for courses that may be modified because of pandemic-related restrictions, participants must take in-person classes on the Hamilton campus, combined with limited coursework in Oxford.

How many credits do I need to complete to move to the Oxford campus for the spring semester?

You will need to complete 16 graded credit hours of non-remedial coursework with a minimum 2.00 GPA, before transitioning to full-time coursework on the Oxford campus for the spring semester.

Do AP credits count toward the 16 hours needed to relocate?

No, AP, CLEP, CCP/dual enrollment, or transfer credits do not count toward the 16 hours needed to relocate. All 16 hours must be taken at Miami following high school graduation.

Can I take a Winter Term class to complete the 16 hour requirement?

No, you must complete all qualifying requirements, including 16 hours and having the minimum 2.00 GPA, before the end of the fall semester to being taking full-time coursework on the Oxford campus for the spring semester.

How does tuition work?

You will be charged regional campus tuition and Oxford campus housing, meal, and general fees for the fall term; Oxford tuition, housing, meal, and fees beginning in the spring term.

Do I have to live in university housing on the Oxford campus?

Yes. Pathways students are assigned to a Living-Learning Community (LLC) within university housing.

Will we live together in university housing on the Oxford campus?

Pathways students are assigned to live in the same community within university housing. When you complete the housing contract, you can request a specific roommate to live in the Pathways community with you.

What if I do not want to relocate to the Oxford campus after fall semester?

You are not required to transition to full-time coursework on the Oxford campus; you may stay on the regional campus. However, you cannot continue living on campus in Oxford if you are eligible to transition to full-time Oxford coursework but choose not to.

What happens if I do not meet the relocation requirements after fall semester (16 graded credit hours with a minimum 2.00 GPA within the first semester and an acceptable conduct record)?

The Miami Pathways Program is intended to be a one semester transition program. Students who do not meet the relocation requirements are eligible to appeal their enrollment in the program and request a possible second semester to meet eligibility requirements. Students who meet eligibility requirements at the end of the first semester will be expected to relocate fully to the Oxford campus for the following spring semester.

Academics & Facilities

Are there any restrictions on what majors can participate in the Pathways program?

Pathways is not available to nursing and Farmer School of Business students. Students who want majors that are offered only at Miami Regionals are not eligible for Pathways.

What academic support will I receive?

You will have access to the same academic support as all other Miami-Oxford students. You will have a Pathways-specific academic advisor.

Will the students in my Pathways cohort take classes together?

You will have some classes with other Pathway students, but not all of them.

Do I have to take the pre-registered cohort classes?

It is highly recommended that you take the pre-registered cohort classes. Doing so will enable you to build stronger relationships with the other Pathways students, which is one of the main benefits of the program. If there is a justifiable reason that you are unable to take the cohort classes (such as already having AP credit for one of the classes), then you will not be required to take that class. All Pathways students will be required to take a Pathways section of the First Year Experience Course: UNV 101 in the fall semester.

When can I get my Miami Oxford ID card?

You will receive a Miami ID card along with other new-to-Miami students, during orientation or move in. Miami ID cards are not campus-specific, so you will not need a new ID when you transition to full-time Oxford coursework.

Will I have access to Miami University Oxford facilities?

Yes. You will have full access to facilities in Oxford. You also will have full access to regional campus facilities during the fall semester.

Can I participate in activities on the Oxford campus?

Absolutely! Pathways students have participated in activities, such as: MU marching band, cheerleading, ROTC, glee club, and intramural sports.

Next Steps & Confirming

I am on the waitlist to be offered admission to the Oxford campus. Will confirming for Pathways hurt my chances for admission to the main campus?

Your enrollment status will have no bearing on our forthcoming decision regarding your admission to the Oxford campus, and your application will be given a fair, holistic review in the context of a competitive applicant pool. If you are strongly considering Miami, early admission to Pathways is an exclusive opportunity for you to explore Miami's options as an admitted student now.

What is the process to register for the Pathways program?

Complete the online response form on your Applicant Status Page and complete the "Confirm Your Enrollment for Fall 2021: First-Year Students" form no later than May 1, 2021. Be sure to indicate that you would like to be considered for the Pathways program.

How much is the deposit to enroll in the Pathways program and when is it due?

The Pathways deposit of $95 and the housing deposit of $330 is due May 1, 2021. 

Who do I contact with questions about financial aid?

There are very specific policies and procedures for financial aid that are often unique for every student. Financial aid information can be found through the One Stop.

One Stop

Campus Avenue Building
301 S. Campus Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: 513-529-0001
Fax: 513-529-0003

Preparing to Relocate

How do I start the process to relocate from taking courses at the Regionals to taking courses at Oxford?

You will be guided through the entire relocation process by your Pathways advisor, who will assist you with the paperwork, policies, and procedures. All Pathways students are required to take the First Year Experience Course: UNV 101 course in the fall. 

When will I register for my Oxford classes?

Pathways students will register for Oxford classes during the first-year student registration window during the fall semester. They will meet individually with the Pathways advisor to plan their spring schedules and select classes.

Am I eligible to participate in fraternity/sorority recruitment?

Yes, you are eligible for fraternity/sorority recruitment. To participate, you need to register online at the Fraternity & Sorority Life website. Make sure you indicate that you are a regional student relocator. You need to meet the eligibility requirements of a 2.50 minimum GPA, 12 credit hours completed, and you must be registered full time at the Oxford campus for spring semester.

How do I travel between campuses?

The Butler Country Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) operates an Oxford/Hamilton connector bus route, the R3 route. Weekday shuttles run hourly from early morning until late at night. The R3 bus stop is located within walking distance of the Pathways residence hall and is free to ride with your Miami student ID.

Can I have a car on campus?

Pathways students are able to purchase yellow parking permits. For more information, visit Miami's parking permit website.

Will my meal plan work at the Hamilton Campus?

Yes, there are several meal plan options available which provide varying opportunities for buffet meals and flexible spending dollars.

The Hamilton campus offers Miami University Dining Services at the Harrier’s Nest in Schwarm Hall. Breakfast and lunch are served daily during Fall and Spring semesters. Vending machines and microwave facilities are available year round for your convenience.