Transfer Orientation

Orientation for all new students entering for the spring 2022 term includes two main components:

  • asynchronous online content on Canvas (Miami's learning management system)
  • an orientation session, including academic advising and registration

Orientation includes several important steps that must be completed in order; please note the dates and timelines associated with each step. Orientation and Transition Programs staff will support new students throughout this process with regular reminders and outreach, typically via email. Please reach out to us if you have any questions as you move through the orientation process.

Students who have deferred admission from another semester should plan to take part in the spring 2022 orientation process. Refresh your knowledge about campus through the orientation Canvas course with a special emphasis on the academic curriculum information. 

Register for Orientation

Step 1: Register for spring semester orientation

On your orientation registration form, we’ll ask you to self-report any AP, CCP, or transfer credits you’re expecting, request accommodations for disabilities, and share contact information for any family or guests who will attend your orientation session with you and who should receive access to the orientation Canvas course. You can also change your major when you register for orientation. Register for orientation»

Step 2: Get started in Canvas (December 8)

Once you register for orientation (within about 24 hours), you will receive an invitation to join the orientation Canvas course, which launches December 8. (Invitations will be sent starting December 8 for students who are registered for orientation before that date.) Each module in the course will include important information about your academic and social transition to Miami. The content is designed to give you a comprehensive set of tools and resources for your first semester. Be sure to review the instructions for using Canvas so you can successfully navigate all features of the Canvas orientation course. Completing the orientation Canvas course through module 10 must be completed ahead of having an academic advising appointment.

Step 3: Complete the academic curriculum modules in Canvas

In preparation for your orientation session, including your academic advising and registration appointment, academic modules in Canvas will address general requirements for all students through our Global Miami Plan, the academic curriculum for your area of study (college and/or major), and academic options and opportunities.

Your Canvas course will be specific to your academic college, so if you are considering changing your major, let us know using our online form linked in the Canvas module titled ‘Academic Advising Preparation' so you’ll see the correct academic information.

Once you’ve reviewed all the academic information in Canvas, you’ll complete a 'knowledge check' before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Attend your scheduled orientation session 

Refer to your orientation session confirmation email for the details of your program, which was emailed to your Miami University email address. You will receive a reminder email three days ahead of your program. Completing the academic curriculum knowledge check will also unlock the remaining Canvas modules, which you should complete at least 48 hours before your orientation session. 

Step 5: Complete remaining Canvas modules and online trainings

Information and presentations on student services, campus life, transitioning to college, student expectations, university policies, and Miami traditions will make up the rest of your orientation Canvas course. You’ll discuss many of these topics in small group and/or individual meetings with your SOUL, so you’ll have opportunities to ask questions and connect with other first-year students.

Step 6: Attend the in-person orientation program on January 21 - 22

First-year students are required to attend the in-person orientation session on January 21 - 22.  Orientation sessions include opportunities for students to connect with one another and their Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL), a family Q&A session, and sessions about academic success, getting involved on campus, bill payment, technology resources, living on campus, commuting to campus, and career cluster options.  

Step 7: Complete required online trainings

Once you complete the student life material in your Canvas course, you’ll get access to three required online trainings about important information. These trainings are required for all new Miami students, and become available on a date to be determined:
  • AlcoholEdu - focused on alcohol and other drugs;
  • SAPU - Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • DEI - diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Collin's Law - hazing prevention

You must complete each of these online trainings in order to register for future classes; students who do not complete all of the above trainings will have a registration hold placed on their account until they are complete.

If you are a student who has deferred admission and have previously completed these training modules, you will not need to do so again.