First Year Checklist

Once you have confirmed your admission to Miami, use this list to make sure you're well-prepared for orientation, and let us know if we can help you with any questions.

  1. Enroll in Duo two-factor authentication. Students will be prompted to enroll in Duo automatically when accessing a Miami resource (including orientation registration) after confirming admission. If you have questions about Duo, see our IT Knowledge Base (, and/or our IT Services Duo guide (

  2. Download Duo Mobile for iPhone or Duo Mobile for Android. It's the easiest way to do two-factor authentication, which you'll need to do regularly throughout the year.

  3. Register for orientation via the orientation registration system. It takes less than 10 minutes. See additional steps for remote orientation (including signing up for academic advising and registering for classes) on our remote orientation web page

  4. Set password recovery options for your Miami password (click on "I would like to update my recovery options"). If you need to sign in to a new device and you don't recall your password, it's much easier to reset if you have set up password recovery options.
  5. Check your Miami email regularly and set up your Miami email on your phone or mobile device. You'll receive important emails (including - but not limited to - communication about orientation) at this account that will not be sent to your non-Miami email address. It is very important to check your Miami email regularly!

  6. Take your foreign language placement test (if applicable, see below), through the Interactive Language Resource Center. If you do not take your foreign language placement test at least five business days prior to your academic advising appointment, your course registration will likely be disrupted.

  7. There is no placement test for math courses; your SAT or ACT math score will be used for placement into math and related courses (e.g., chemistry, economics).

    • You are required to study a foreign language if: your major is in the College of Arts & Science, you are majoring in Teacher Education with a foreign language emphasis, or you have a major in the College of Creative Arts that requires a foreign language.
    • If you are planning (or required) to study a foreign language, you should take a placement test in every language you've previously studied - even if you are considering starting a new language.
    • Placement tests are taken on the Interactive Language Resource Center for French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
    • Placement advice guides are available for: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese on the Interactive Language Resource Center website.
    • Students interested in continuing their study of American Sign Language should communicate with Speech Pathology & Audiology (call 513-529-2500 or email for placement information.
    • Tests are used for course placement and do not award academic credit.
    • Upon completion of each placement test, print or record your score for use during academic advising. 
    • If you have questions about the placement tests, please contact the advising office for the college of your major. College of Arts & Science: 513-529-3031; College of Creative Arts: 513-529-2209; College of Education, Health and Society: 513-529-6317; College of Engineering and Computing: 513-529-0700; Farmer School of Business: 513-529-1712.
  8. Submit an electronic immunization form with the dates of required immunizations. Visit Student Health Services to submit your information and learn more. Students also receive instructions at your Miami email address. The deadline for completion is August 1, 2020.

  9. Waive or enroll in University health insurance. Miami requires that all students are covered by health insurance. 

    • You may opt out (waive) if you have comparable insurance; the opt out process opens June 1, 2020 and must be completed by August 1, 2020.  
    • You must either waive or enroll in the Miami Student health plan every year.
    • Students who have not waived Miami's Student health plan will be automatically enrolled and the payment for the annual student health insurance premium will appear on the student's bursar bill.
  10. Review the 2020-2021 New Student Guidebook. This helpful guide includes details about Miami's general academic requirements (called the Global Miami Plan), a chart of AP exam equivalencies, lists of typical first semester courses, and many more details that will help you prepare for your academic advising appointment during orientation. For more details about academic advising at orientation, see our Remote Orientation website and our Academic Advising at Summer Orientation website. 

  11. Upload a photo for your Miami student ID card.  Students will receive their ID card upon arrival to campus in August. We strongly suggest that you upload your own photo for your Miami Student ID Card. Lines for photos will be long, so uploading your own photo is much more efficient.  If you are unable to upload a photo, do so as soon as possible. Contact the Campus Services Center at 513-529-5000 for ID card questions.

  12. Schedule an individual consultation with the One Stop (if desired).  If you have questions about finalizing your financial aid, tuition and billing, payment options, VA Benefits, FAFSA, or types of financial aid, you don't have to wait until orientation. Starting in mid-April, students and/or families will be able to schedule an individual consultation with the One Stop via phone or video chat. (Students must first grant access to parents, family, or others before staff can discuss students' individual records.) You can also contact the One Stop at or 513-529-0001. 

  13. Sign up for Omnilert, Miami's emergency text-messaging system. This option is for students only; the Omnilert system is not designed for family members.

  14. Share access to your student records (if desired). Students must first grant access to parents, family, or others before staff can discuss students' individual records - including your bill, grades, class schedule, financial aid information, and housing information. 
  15. Review the information about the Miami Student Laptop ProgramThe Miami Student Laptop Program means you'll have built-in campus support - including a loaner laptop - if your computer needs fixed. This can be a great graduation gift! 

  16. Explore options for majors and careers. Nearly 1 in 5 college students change their majors, and many Miami students don't declare their major until after orientation. Use the Focus 2 online career and education planning tool (access code "redhawks") to find out more about majors and careers that fit best with your skills and interests.

  17. If you are a student with a disability, request accommodations for classes or campus life. The Miller Center for Student Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students with physical, medical, psychological, neurological, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Register for services to receive accommodations. We recommend registering as soon as possible so accommodations can be coordinated in advance. 

  18. Order books for your fall classes through the Miami Campus StoresMiami partners with Books by eCampus for textbook ordering through our Campus Stores. Find all the books for your classes easily, and order with confidence knowing you can return unused items up to 30 days after the first day of class. 

  19. Register for RedHawk Refunds. RedHawk Refunds - Direct Deposit is fast, free, and convenient. RedHawk Refunds gives you access to financial aid refunds, student account refunds, or other funds owed to you by Miami. The refund is electronically deposited into your bank account within 24 to 72 hours after processing. Signing up for RedHawk Refunds only takes a few minutes. All you need to do is login to the One Stop from any page on the One Stop website. Under “My One Stop” select the menu item “Bill/Account Information” and click on the “RedHawk Refunds” section to enter your bank information.

  20. Pay your bill – it’s due in mid-August. If you have questions about bill payment, please contact the One Stop.
  21. Contact us with questions. Many questions can be answered by information on this website. You may also call 513-529-9771, or email