Transfer Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Miami University! We are excited for you to join the Miami community. Orientation and Transition Programs serves as a central resource for new Miami students and their family members. 

The orientation process includes multiple steps to provide you with information, resources, and opportunities that support both your academic and social transitions to college. Orientation for transfer be completed online, with planned welcome programming when you get to campus in August.

Orientation for all new and deferred transfer students students entering for the fall 2021 term includes the following components, which must be completed in order:

  • orientation content via Canvas (Miami's online learning system)
  • real-time online orientation
  • academic advising and registration appointment

Register for Orientation

Step 1: Register for Orientation

Within 24 hours after confirming your admission, you can register using the orientation registration system. The registration process should take you less than 5 minutes. We’ll ask you to confirm your major, self-report any AP, transfer, 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. 

Step 2: Join the Orientation Canvas course (May 17)

The orientation Canvas course launches May 17 and students already registered will receive an invitation to join the course that day. Students who register for orientation on or after May 17 will receive the invitation on the next business day. 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 in the first module so you can successfully navigate all features of the Canvas orientation course.

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

The information you receive in Canvas will be specific to your academic college, so if you are considering changing your major, let us know using the orientation registration system or the 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.

Completing module 10 is required prior to attending your real-time orientation program date and selecting your advising and registration appointment.

Step 3: Attend Your Real-Time Orientation Session

Attend your real-time orientation session via Zoom (offered periodically throughout the summer). Orientation sessions include information about academic and student life, connections with Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) and other new students.

After attending a real-time orientation session, you will receive an email invitation to sign up for an academic advising and registration appointment.

  • Wednesday, May 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
  • Tuesday, June 8, 3:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
  • Monday, June 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
  • Thursday, July 15, 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
  • Friday, July 30, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
  • Tuesday, August 3, 5:00 - 7:00 pm EDT

Step 4: Register for and attend your academic advising appointment

Once you’ve successfully completed the academic curriculum knowledge check in Canvas and have attended your real-time orientation session, you’ll receive an email invitation to your Miami email address (within one business day) with instructions and a link to schedule your advising appointment. Advising and registration appointments are available on the following dates:

  • Monday, June 14
  • Monday. June 21
  • Friday, July 16
  • Friday, July 23
  • Friday, August 6
  • Monday, August 9

Step 5: Complete remaining Canvas modules (by July 15)

Information about student services, campus life, transitioning to college, Miami traditions, and next steps is included in the remaining Canvas course modules. Complete the second part of the orientation Canvas course by July 15.

Step 6: Complete required online trainings (starting mid-July)

After you complete the second part of 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 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 7: Welcome Weekend & First 50 Days

A full schedule of Welcome Weekend programs will 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.

If you have questions about any of these items, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at 513-529-9771 or