Academic Advising at Summer Orientation

Academic Advising at Miami University begins through the summer orientation process. The orientation process consists of multiple components: online modules through Canvas, Miami's learning management system, a real-time orientation session, and academic advising and registration.

First, you’ll 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. 

All new students should review the New Student Guidebook, 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

After reviewing the New Student Guidebook, the Canvas pages about the Global Miami Plan and curriculum for your area of study, and attending your real-time orientation session, your next step is to schedule an academic advising appointment, which will be conducted online. Academic advising appointments will be scheduled on Mondays-Thursdays from June 1 - July 1. 

Once you've completed the required academic preparation in Canvas and you've attended a real-time orientation session, you'll receive an email with a link that will allow you to choose an available appointment to meet with an academic advisor in your area of study. After you schedule your appointment, you'll receive instructions on how to access your advisor at the scheduled time. During your appointment, you'll discuss questions and plans that will prepare you to register for fall courses.

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.

On the Friday after your advising appointment, you will register for fall classes. You'll receive further details via email about when to log in to the system and how to access academic advisors for live support during the registration process. 

Academic Advising in Each College

For additional advising resources, please visit the advising website for your academic college/program. Note that advisors may not be available for individual meetings prior to orientation. 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