Transfer Pre-Orientation Checklist

  1. If you haven't already, you'll need to confirm admission to Miami University via the Applicant Status Page and enroll in Duo two-factor authentication prior to registering for orientation. Students will be prompted to enroll in Duo automatically when accessing a Miami resource 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 on your mobile device.  

  3. Be sure you've set password recovery options for your Miami password (click on "I would like to update my recovery options"). It's helpful to have your password saved on your own laptop or phone, but it's common to forget your password when these devices remember have it stored.  If you need to sign in to a new device and you don't recall your password, it's much easier to re-set if you have set up password recovery options.
  4. Request final transcript(s) from your former institution(s); send to Office of Admission, 301 Campus Avenue Building, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056
  5. Request all AP credits be sent to Miami; call the College Board at 888-308-0013 or 609-771-7366, or login to your College Board account to submit the request online. Miami’s four-digit college code is 1463.

  6. Take your foreign language placement test (if applicable) online. Note that 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). These tests are very important and deserve your careful attention. If you do not take placement tests at least three business days before our orientation session, your course registration will likely be disrupted.  Note that tests are diagnostic in nature and are used for course placement; tests do not award academic credit.

    • Placement tests are offered for French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish (placement guides are available for most additional languages offered). 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.
    • 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 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.
  7. Submit an electronic medical form. This form asks for the dates of your required immunizations. Visit Student Health Services to submit your information. Failure to submit your immunization information will prevent changes in your registration after orientation.

  8. Opt to enroll in University health insurance (if needed) Miami requires that all students be covered by health insurance. Please pay special attention to the following details related to the Miami University Student health insurance plan.

    • You will have an opportunity to opt out (waive) if you have comparable insurance. The timeline to waive or enroll in the Miami student health insurance plan is December 7 - January 31, 2021.
    • You must either waive or enroll in the Miami Student health plan every year in the fall semester.
    • Starting with your first fall semester, students who have not waived Miami's Student health plan will be automatically enrolled and the payment for the student health insurance premium will appear on the student's bursar bill
  9. Prepare for your orientation advising appointment. See the Academic Advising at Summer Orientation page and review the 2020-2021 New Student Guidebook. These resources provide key details about registration and advising, including lists of typical first semester courses. This advance preparation will be extremely helpful as you learn about academic requirements, meet with an academic advisor, and register for spring classes during the orientation process.

    • You may also consult the website to identify Miami course equivalents for college-level courses that you have taken elsewhere. 

  10. Share access to your student records (including billing information, grades, and/or course schedule) with others who should see this information. Particularly if someone else will be paying all or part of your tuition bill, this is a very important step! Login to the myMiami portal with your Miami unique ID and password. Click on the "student" tab at the top, and find the section (in the middle column) that says, "Sharing Access to your Personal Records." Select the link in that section that says "add additional people and/or modify access" to control who has access to which information. 

  11. Upload a photo for your Miami Student ID Card  - Students will receive their ID Card upon arrival to campus in January. We strongly suggest that you upload your own photo for your Miami Student ID Card. Note that lines for photos can be long, so uploading your own photo will be much more efficient.  If you are unable to upload a photo at this time, please do so as soon as you're able. If you have questions or need help uploading your photo, contact Campus Services Center at 513-529-5000.

  12. 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.

  13. Review the information about the Miami Student Laptop ProgramPurchasing through the Miami Student Laptop Program means you'll have built-in campus support - including a loaner laptop - if your computer needs to be fixed.  This can be a great graduation gift! 

  14. Explore options for majors and careers. Nearly 1 in 5 college students change their majors, and a significant number of 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.

  15. Request disability accommodations (if needed). The Miller Center for Student Disability Services (Miller Center) provides accommodations for students with disabilities at Miami. To be eligible for services, students must self-disclose their need for accommodations and submit supporting documentation according to current Miller Center guidelines. Visit the Miller Center website for contact information, documentation guidelines, how to apply for services, and additional helpful information.

  16. Register for RedHawk Refunds. Take a minute to learn about the advantages of 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 would be electronically deposited into your bank account at any bank in the United States within 24 to 72 hours after processing. Signing up for RedHawk Refunds is easy and 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 checking or savings information.

  17. Contact us with any questions. Many questions can be answered by information on this website. You may also call 513-529-9771, or email