Orientation Schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change. 



10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Orientation & Residence Hall Check-In.  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Beechwoods/Hillcrest/Stonebridge Halls, 231 Western College Drive
Check in at Beechwoods Hall (women) or Hillcrest Hall (men). Parents and families who are staying overnight on campus will drop their bags and recive room keys at Stonebridge Hall, just across the street from Beechwoods and Hillcrest. At check-in, you will drop your bags in our bag check room, and receive all of your orientation materials. You'll be able to access your room during the dinner break or at the end of Day 1. Temporary parking is available while you check in. Parents/families who are not staying on campus can wait in the car while you check in and drop your overnight bags. Once you have checked in, park your car in the North Parking Garage (see orientation map, or look for on-campus signs), and make your way to the Armstrong Student Center (550 E. Spring Street) to eat lunch before the program begins with the resource fair (11:30 am - 12:30 pm).

Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP) Session. 10:30-11:00 a.m. Rinella Center, Shriver Center, Room 310
Students in the Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP) will receove a program overview and complete an interest inventory. Families are welcome to attend.

Mandatory session for varsity athletes and their guests. 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Kreger Hall, Room 221
All varsity athletes and their family members should attend this important session to learn about NCAA eligibility.

Mandatory session for Pathways program students and guests. 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Kreger Hall, Room 227
All students in the Pathways Program are required to attend this session, where you will learn about the Pathways program, meet the Pathways advisor, and connect with other students in this program. We will also review important information specific to Pathways students including program requirements, course registration instructions, and details for your visit to Miami's Hamilton campus on Day 2 of orientation.

Access Fellows Session.  11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Rinella Center, Shriver Center, Room 310
Students who are admitted to Miami as a Miami Access Fellow are highly encouraged to attend this session with their guests to learn more about the program and opportunities such as undergraduate research, support services, and extracurricular involvement.

University Honors Program. 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Engineering Building, Room 270
All admitted Honors students and their families should attend this important session to learn about the requirements, benefits, resources, and opportunities provided by the University Honors Program. Honors advisors will provide guidance on registering for a required first-semester Honors course.

MUGradU8 Scholars, Bridges Scholars, and Cincinnati Public Scholars (CPS).  11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Kreger Hall, Room 319
All MUGradU8 Scholars, Bridges Scholars and Cincinnati Public Scholars (CPS) and their orientation guests should attend this important session to learn more about support from the Student Success Center and expectations and opportunities related to their scholarship. In addition to learning key information, students and families can connect with one another and with the Student Success Center staff, and discuss any questions. At the end of this session, each student and family member will feel more confident, comfortable and curious about orientation, course registration and the overall transition to Miami University.

Campus Tour. 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Meet at the Orientation Campus Tour sign outside the North entrance of the Armstrong Student Center (near Bishop Woods Circle)
If you haven't taken a campus tour - or you'd like another one - join us to learn more about our beautiful campus and its facilities.  Those unable to attend this in-person tour can take Miami's self-guided tour; printed instructions for the self-guided tour will be available at the information desk of the Armstrong Student Center during summer orientation. 

Lunch - on your own. Grab lunch at one of the dining locations in the Armstrong Student Center before the orientation program begins.  You can use the meal card you received at orientation check-in.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Resource Fair—Armstrong Student Center
Before the formal orientation program begins, you’ll have time to learn about Miami resources and involvement opportunities at the Resource Fair. Staff from many offices around campus will be available to answer your questions and let you know about a wide array of resources and support for Miami students. The formal program begins promptly at 12:45pm.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Food Drive—Armstrong Student Center, 2nd Floor, near the Emporium Market
If you brought canned goods for the orientation food drive, please drop them off at the Wilks Leadership Institute resource fair table (next to the Emporium Market) before the program begins. Forgot your donation, but still want to participate? You can purchase items for the food drive at the Emporium on the 2nd floor of the Armstrong Student Center.  If you miss the dropoff window, please bring your canned food items to the orientation office in the Armstrong Student Center, Room 1082.

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Orientation WelcomeArmstrong Student Center, Pavilion

  • Orientation Welcome
  • The Four Cs of Orientation and Transition at Programs at Miami
  • Introduction of Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs)

1:15 - 1:55 p.m.

Small Groups (Students) and Housing and Dining (Families & Guests)

1:55 - 5:30 p.m.

Academic Sessions, including:

  • Liberal Education Presentation – Armstrong Student Center, Pavilion
  • Curriculum overview of academic division and major – various locations
  • Opportunity to explore additional majors outside of students’ declared major (optional) – various locations
  • University Academic Scholars Program Session (for admitted UASP students and their guests)
  • Drop-in help for Math & Foreign Language Placement (optional)
  • Study Abroad Info Session (optional)

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner, Western Dining Commons

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuition, Billing, Payments & Financial Aid, Armstrong Student Center, Pavilion
Exploring the Paths to Your Future: Career ClustersArmstrong Student Center, Pavilion
Student Life at Miami, Armstrong Student Center, Pavilion
  • There will be an optional social for family members and guests at the Shriver Center, lower level, from 8-9:30pm

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. 

Student sessions, including: 

  • Small group discussions - various locations
  • Campus Safety and Residence Life - Armstrong Student Center
  • Student social - Hillcrest Hall


6:30 - 7:00 a.m.

Check out of residence hall 

7:00 - 7:45 a.m. 
Breakfast (students meet with SOULs) —Western Dining Commons

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Student Rotations - Students will rotate between Advising Appointment & Registration, Community Expectations, and Small Group Discussions)

11:45 a.m. - 12:15pm

Orientation Closing Session —Shriver Center, Multipurpose Room

12:15 - 3:45pm

Pathways Program Students & Guests

  •  Lunch and visit to the Hamilton campus — attend the Pathways session at 11am on Day 1 for times and locations (also emailed to Pathways students and guests) 


6:45 - 7:15 a.m.

Check out of residence hall (for families who stayed on campus) 

7:15 - 7:45 a.m. 
Breakfast — Western Dining Commons OR Armstrong Student Center 

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Parent/Family large and small group sessions - Armstrong Student Center, Wilks Theater

  • On-Campus Living at Miami OR Supporting Commuter Students
  • Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) Panel
  • Community Expectations & Campus Safety
  • Health Insurance & Immunizations
  • Parent/Family Breakout Sessions, including:
    • Academic support/tutoring
    • Textbooks and Miami Student Laptop Program
    • Banking
    • Financial Aid
    • Career Development
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • Student Involvement
    • Technology on campus
    • Health & Counseling
    • Miller Center for Student Disability Services
  • Building Family Partnerships

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Orientation Closing Session —Shriver Center, Multipurpose Room

*Families & students reunite at the Orientation Closing Session at 11:45 a.m. 


After 12:15 p.m. 

Optional, but helpful things to do:

  • Get Your Miami Student ID Card (for students who didn't submit a photo in advance)
  • Open a Bank Account – First Miami Student Credit Union (Armstrong Student Center) or PNC Bank (Shriver Center). PNC and First Miami Student Credit Union are two possible banking options for students; staff will be on hand to open accounts or answer questions.
  • Shop for Miami Gear or Purchase a Miami Notebook – Shriver Center, Miami Bookstore
  • Enjoy Lunch and Shopping - Oxford's uptown destinations

Note for students and families in the Pathways program:

  • After the closing session, you will meet at Emerson Hall and then travel together to our Hamilton campus for a tour and introduction to the spaces and support systems there.  Your Day 2 afternoon program will conclude at about 3:45pm.  Specific details about Pathways-specific programming at orientation will be sent to you and your student via email.  If you have questions, please contact Pathways Advisor Ginny Engwall at 513-529-3031.