Academic Advising at Fall Semester Orientation

Academic advising at Miami University begins through the fall semester orientation process. The orientation process consists of several components:

Online Orientation Modules

Between May 6 and your in-person orientation session, you will be required to complete a series of online modules that will prepare you for your in-person orientation program. Modules will include information to prepare you for the in-person academic advising and registration process.

Academic Sessions During Your Orientation Program

When you attend an in-person orientation program, you’ll first learn about Miami’s approach to liberal education, which is the philosophy behind our broad set of academic requirements. You'll also learn more about these general requirements, called The Global Miami Plan, and the curriculum for your area(s) of study through your academic college. If you are uncertain about your area of study (many students are), you can learn how to explore the curriculum based on your potential interests. While you're on campus for orientation, you will experience the following academically focused sessions:

  • understanding the Global Miami Plan
  • academic college meeting
  • academic workshop
  • course registration

All new students should review the New Student Guidebook (available in early May), which is a key resource for new student academic advising and registration. It includes:

  • an explanation of the Global Miami Plan
  • requirements for academic colleges and majors
  • lists and descriptions of classes that fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements
  • details about academic advising
  • instructions and worksheets to help you prepare for registration
  • guides for AP and transfer credits
  • instructions for academic planning and course selection
  • recommended first-year courses for every major
  • FAQs and campus resources

In short, the New Student Guidebook is quintessential to your academic transition. It is designed particularly for new students, as it focuses on requirements for the Global Miami Plan and courses for your first year. If you have more detailed questions or would like to review complete information on all Miami courses and academic information, please reference the Miami University Bulletin

Note that you must wait until the start of the fall semester if you wish to declare a double major or a minor. Of course, you can discuss your academic plans with your advisor at orientation as you select your fall courses.

Academic Advising in Each College

For additional advising resources, please visit the advising website for your academic college/program. Note that advisors will not be available for academic consultations prior to your orientation program. Questions about the advising process, appointments, and logistics should be directed to Orientation and Transition Programs at or 513-529-9771.

College of Arts and Science
Farmer School of Business
College of Education, Health and Society
College of Engineering and Computing
College of Creative Arts
Nursing Program