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 22)

Students who are registered for orientation will receive an invitation to join the orientation Canvas course, which launches May 22 (postponed from May 13). Each module in the course will include important information about your academic and social transition to Miami. The content is designed to replicate topics addressed in our in-person program and 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: Academic advising and course 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. Advising appointments are available on select dates in June, July, and August (exact dates vary by academic college, but the earliest transfer advising/registration date is June 15). You’ll register for classes during your advising appointment.

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

Step 5: Schedule/attend a small group meeting

Connect with other new transfers as well as a current student leader by attending a small group meeting; you'll have a couple options to choose from. You’ll receive email instructions on how to schedule these meetings. You’ll also have a ‘go to’ student leader for any questions you have throughout the orientation and transition process. Use this peer resource to ask questions, learn about the Miami experience, 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: 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 8: 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 9: Look forward to fall

When you get to campus in August, 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