What can I do to support my Anthropology student?

You can’t experiment with 2000-year old artifacts—but you can experiment with models you’ve made through 3-D scanning and printing.

Teach Then to Manage Time Wisely

Students take notes during a lecture.You can help by knowing and emphasizing to students that doing well in the first semester is key.

Students take advantage of the studious environment of King Library.Help your student get off to a good start by discussing smart time management practices. Let them know that everyone can learn to manage time better and that they can receive support or help on campus.

school supplies lain out.Provide advice and encouragement but resist the urge to step in and plan for your son or daughter. Encourage him/her to undertake the necessary planning work (this can be hard for parents, but it pays dividends later).

Two students seem quite enthusiastic about working with their friends on campus.It might seem counterintuitive, but getting a job on campus not only provides a framework and extra money for your busy student, it also offers a built-in Miami family of support and advice.

Advise Them to Attend Class Regularly

Students engage in a lecture for one of their classes.You can help by encouraging your student to get the most out of college by attending every scheduled class regularly.

an alarm clock being silenced.Remind your student to resist the ‘skip just this once’ syndrome and that missing a class should only occur in an emergency.

Three students learn about non-human primates while looking at skulls from different species.Encourage them to talk to their classmates and the faculty member of any missed classes to ensure they get all of the covered material.

Faculty pose for a photo on the stairs of Upham Hall.Ask your student how their classes are going on a regular basis.

Encourage Them to Take Advantage of Academic Resources

A student receives help from the Howe Writing center.If your student has never had to ask for help in the past, it may not seem to be an option. Discuss the importance of “keeping up” with class assignments and taking immediate action after an unexpected low grade on a paper or test.

A student makes an appointment at the Roger and Joyce Howe Writing Center.It’s never too early to investigate the many resources available on campus. Asking for help is much more difficult than some families imagine. In college, successful students ask, ask, and continue to ask questions throughout their careers!

Webpage banner of the Rinella center.If your student has a learning disability, have a discussion about disclosing it to the disability services office at the Rinella Learning Center.

ramp to Shriver Center. While accommodations are provided whenever a student meets the requirements, seeking accommodations after a bad test result only adds to the pressure. There are students with learning disabilities at every university. Instructors are discreet and will not disclose confidential information to your student’s classmates.

Get Involved

A group of students pose for a picture with the Miami Redhawk mascot.Show your Love and Honor for your student’s university even if you aren’t a Miami graduate. It’s important that your son or daughter feel supported in his/her choice for an education.

Two students stand at a booth during Mega Fair.Do a little homework about the Miami traditions and encourage your student to attend Mega Fair and learn about (and hopefully join) one of Miami’s 435 student organizations.

a brochure of various lecturers as part of the lecture series.Campus-wide lectures are the hallmark of our liberal education and co-curricular tradition!

Prospective students stand around the seal during a campus tour.Make a campus visit, if that’s realistic for your family. These affiliations will provide yet another support base for your student.

Recommend That They Meet with Advisors and Professors

Students discuss their work during a group discussion exercise.It can be difficult for some students to introduce themselves to new people on campus, especially faculty and staff. Help your student understand that it’s well worth the risk.

Students practice gridding an area as preparation for an archaeological dig. Speaking to instructors and advisors before the first test or appointment makes the conversations easier when important questions must be answered.

Students pose with their mentor in front of Miami's collection of non-human primate bones.In the process, students may meet a life mentor. If you’ve had an important mentor in your life, share that story with your student again.

Take Advantage of Miami's Diverse Culture

Student with an African family during a study abroad trip.There are undreamed encounters awaiting the student who is willing to be open to the variety of opportunities on campus. It can be as simple as visiting a peer down the hall who is from another country or portion of the US, joining a student group, engaging in residence hall activities, attending an arts event, taking a course, traveling to a friend’s home or inviting a friend home for the weekend, or traveling to another country to study.

Students show off their Henna during a study abroad in India.This is another opportunity for parents and family members to share treasured memories of their own lives. Immersion into another culture can be a life-changing experience.

Inspire Them to Make a Difference

A Miami student shows two children pictures on her camera during a study abroad trip.It is likely that your son or daughter engaged in community service during the K-12 years. Our office of Community Engagement and Service can help your student connect to new people and new experiences in the Oxford community or around the world.

Logo for an organization, Adopt-a-School, with whom sororities and fraternities work.Fraternities and sororities, as well as many campus organizations engage in service opportunities through their individual and collective organizations.

Help Them Define Goals

Students admire skeletons of non-human primates.Some students seem to “just know” what they want to do, but it is more likely that students will change their minds several times about a professional life. Help to lead them in the right direction by introducing them to friends or neighbors who might provide some insight.

Students meet with career advisers in the center for Career Exploration and Success.Encourage them to visit the Career Center office and talk with one of the counselors and take some placement tests. Try your best to be open to these changes while allowing your students to set their own bar. Showing your love and support makes all the difference.


Cartoon image of a man choosing different paths.Your sons and daughters have been making choices for a long time.

Students consult a map while doing fieldwork in a forest.During the next four years, their development should be such that you see a significant improvement in the way in which they come to conclusions and decide on an appropriate action or reaction.

Students pose for a photo after a day of presenting projects to the class.Sometimes, it is necessary to stand back, disengage, and allow them to succeed or fail on their own.

Helpful Campus Resources

A student meets with an Adviser for advice on classes and scheduling.Academic Advising:

First-Year Advising 513.529.9771

College of Arts & Science 513.529.3031

Farmer School of Business 513.529.1712

School of Creative Arts and Undeclared Students 523.529.6010

School of Education, Health & Society 513.529.6317

School of Engineering and Applied Science 513.529.0700

Sign in front of the Campus Avenue building, indicating the various services they provide, including the Office of the Bursar.Billing

The Bursar's office will help you with all of your bill-paying questions, due dates, etc.

Financial Aid

You will find financial answers to questions about student loans, scholarships, and deadlines for applying.

Oxford Campus: OneStop@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.0001

Hamilton and Middletown Campus: RegOneStop@MiamiOH.edu 513.217.4111

A student visits Career services for advice on future career options.Center for Career Exploration and Success

The place to start exploring a new or current major/area of interest and how it will look as a real job. There is a special place for parents and families on the Career Center website.

careercenter@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.3831

Students take a photo with their families on family weekend in Armstrong Student Center.Parents Office

The staff in the Parents Office work full-time answering questions, responding to emails, and making information available to parents and family members. If you are unsure about where to find specific information, this office will find the answer or point you in the right direction. This is the “go-to” office for information about myMiami for Families.

parents@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.3436

Front of the Registrar Building at Miami UniversityRegistrar

At the university, the Registrar is the official keeper of all of the student records. This office can answer questions about grade records, but has nothing to do with giving or changing grades. Only the student can print an official copy of his/her grade report.

Oxford Campus: registrar@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.8703

Hamilton Campus: regrec@MiamiOH.edu 513.785.1820

Middletown Campus: regrec@MiamiOH.edu 513.727.3217

Inside of the Bernard B. Rinella, Jr. CenterRinella Learning Center

The Rinella Learning Center is the place to go for tutoring help, time management issues/instruction, learning disability questions, etc.

rlc@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.8741

The Hub HomepageStudent Activities and Leadership

The Student Activities site will help you get to know the many student organizations and groups on campus.

studentactivities@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.2266

Health Center at Miami UniversityStudent Health Services

Students and families need to be familiar with Student Health Services: its services, hours of operation, and professional resources.

shsmiami@trihealth.com 513.529.3000

Student Counseling

Miami's Student Counseling Service provides primary, secondary, and tertiary level interventions in an effort to achieve and/or maintain a mentally healthy status for each student and to create a learning environment that facilitates and supports that status.

studentcounseling@MiamiOH.edu 513.529.4634