Remote Orientation

Orientation for all new students entering fall term 2020 is being facilitated remotely via Canvas (Miami’s learning management system) and Google Meet for real-time meetings with advisors and SOULs (Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders).

Remote 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 remote orientation process.

Step 1: Register for Orientation

Within 24 hours after confirming your admission, you can login to our registration system and register for orientation. This process should take you less than 10 minutes. We’ll ask you to self-report any AP or CCP credits you’re expecting, request accommodations for any disabilities, and share contact information for any family or guests who should receive online materials for parent and family orientation. You can also change your major when you register for orientation.

Step 2: Join the orientation Canvas course (May 13)

Once you register for orientation (within about 24 hours), you will receive an invitation to join the orientation Canvas course, which launches May 13. (Invitations will be sent starting May 13 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 year. Be sure to review the instructions for using Canvas so you can successfully navigate all features of the Canvas orientation course.

Step 3: Complete the academic curriculum modules in Canvas

In preparation for your academic advising 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: Register for academic advising (appointments begin May 27)

Once you’ve successfully completed the academic curriculum knowledge check in Canvas, you’ll receive an email invitation to your Miami email address (within 1 business day) with instructions and a link to schedule your advising appointment. Advising appointments are available Monday-Thursday, and are each 30 minutes long. Appointments begin May 27 and conclude July 2.

Completing the academic curriculum knowledge check will also unlock the remaining Canvas modules, which you should complete before July 2.

Step 5: Schedule/attend your SOUL meetings

You should attend three small group meetings led by a SOUL, which you can schedule at your convenience. You’ll receive email instructions on how to schedule these meetings. In addition to the SOULs who will lead your small groups, you'll have a SOUL who is your ‘go to’ student leader for any questions you have throughout the orientation and transition process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to ask questions, learn about your SOUL’s experience at Miami, and make connections before you arrive on campus.

Step 6: Register for real-time workshops

If you have questions or you’re interested in more details about life at Miami, sign up for a Real Time online workshop. These workshops vary in content (including some general Q&A) and will feature Miami staff, faculty, and students sharing their experiences and insights on key topics for new students. Some workshops are students only, some are families only, and some are for everyone. Sign up online to spend some Real Time with us!

Step 7: Register for fall classes

On the Friday after your advising appointment, you’ll register for fall classes. There are two registration times each Friday - one in the morning (9am-12pm), and one in the afternoon (1-4pm). You'll register in the morning if your academic advising appointment begins before 12pm (see step 4), and you'll register in the afternoon if your academic advising appointment begins at or after 12pm. The orientation Canvas course includes instructions on how to navigate our course registration system, and how to connect with an advisor if you need assistance during the registration process. 

Step 8: Complete the remaining Canvas modules

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 (student orientation undergraduate leader), so you’ll have opportunities to ask questions and connect with other first-year students.

Step 9: Complete required online trainings (starting mid-July)

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 in mid-July:

  • AlcoholEdu - focused on alcohol and other drugs;
  • SAPU - Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • DEI - diversity, equity and inclusion

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.

Step 10: Look forward to fall

When you get to Oxford, we’ll have a full schedule of Welcome Weekend programs to introduce you to campus and to other new students. We also coordinate programs through the First 50 Days of the semester to help you connect with campus communities, support services, and involvement opportunities. More details are on our Welcome Weekend and First 50 Days website.

If you have questions about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to contact Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771 or