Spring Semester Orientation

Orientation for all new students entering for the spring 2021 term includes three main components:

  • asynchronous online content on Canvas (Miami's learning management system)
  • real-time academic advising and registration appointments via video conference (scheduled throughout December and January)
  • real-time orientation sessions on Zoom about student life at Miami (January 22, 2021)

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 spring semester orientation

Orientation registration will be available on November 30, 2020. 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: Get started in Canvas (December 1)

Once you register for orientation (within about 24 hours), you will receive an invitation to join the orientation Canvas course, which launches December 1. (Invitations will be sent starting December 1 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 semester. 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 and registration 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 and registration 

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.  Appointments will be 1 hour long and will allow you to have a conversation with your academic advisor and register for courses. 

Completing the academic curriculum knowledge check will also unlock the remaining Canvas modules, which you should complete before January 20. 

Step 5: Complete remaining Canvas modules and online trainings

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 during real-time sessions on January 22), so you’ll have opportunities to ask questions and connect with other transfer students.

Step 6: Attend the real-time orientation program on January 22

Plan to attend real-time orientation program via Zoom on January 22, 2021. If you have questions or you’re interested in more details about life at Miami, attend a real-time online workshop on January 22. Orientation sessions include opportunities for students to connect with one another and their Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL), a family Q&A session, and sessions about academic success, getting involved on campus, bill payment, technology resources, living on campus, commuting to campus, and career cluster options. 

Step 7: Complete required online trainings

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 on a date to be determined:
  • 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.