Campus Life


Welcome from the Dean of Students


The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) provides advocacy, support, and care through student-centered programs, services, and resources to foster growth, learning, and success. The DOS also engages students in upholding the Code of Love and Honor, which connects all Miamians and underscores the values of our community.

Time in college involves much more than classes and the basic necessities of life. This page has information about ways students make deeper connections and make the most of their Miami experience. To help you navigate the content, start with this list of services and click on the link to be taken to that section of the page. And when you're done, head back to the Family Orientation page »

Students have information about connecting with their Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) in their orientation Canvas site.

Getting involved: Organizations and activities

Watch this overview of student organizations and activities, then read on for more information:

There are hundreds of clubs and organizations on campus, with endless opportunities for students to find their niche at Miami.

Is your student looking for something to do tonight? Join Miami Activities and Programming (MAP) at one of their events! If they can't find what they're looking for, or want to connect with a student about getting involved, students can talk with one of our Student Engagement & Leadership (SEAL) Ambassadors.

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Fraternity and Sorority Life

This video provides an introduction to the Greek community at Miami:

  • Visit the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life website to learn about organizations and resources to support them.
  • How to Join: There are three ways to join the fraternity and sorority community. Formal recruitment hosted by our Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association, Informal Recruitment, and Intake. All three processes are very different but each provide a way for students to learn about the councils and individual chapters. There are eligibility requirements and more information outlined on the How to Join site »
  • Learn about our organizations: With three councils and 49 individual chapters, there is a home for everyone in our fraternity and sorority community. Every chapter is part of a larger council and a larger national organization. Learn more about each organization by viewing their profiles on our website and checking out their social media pages.
  • Programs & Events: We are proud to offer nationally recognized programs and engaging, community-building, events for our fraternity and sorority members. From personal leadership development programs to community-wide service days fraternity and sorority members have opportunities to learn and grow throughout their experience.
  • More information for parents: There are many frequently asked questions that we receive from parents. If your questions are not listed on our parent page please reach out to us at so we can help!
  • Social Media:

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Career Development: The Miami Career Advantage

Learn about how we intentionally weave career development throughout the Miami Experience and prepare students for success after graduation:

The Career Center empowers undergraduate and graduate students to engage in career exploration and experiential learning to optimize their professional and personal potential through connections with employers and the Miami career community. This engagement also deepens self-knowledge, enabling students to choose meaningful career paths and excel in a diverse, global society.

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Campus safety

Oxford is a safe place, though students should still exercise caution and utilize safety resources on campus and in the local community. The Miami University Police Department, commonly known as MUPD, helps keep the Miami community safe. Crime statistics are available on the MUPD website »

The MUPD phone number is 513-529-2222. Your student should put this number in their phone now!

Emergency Numbers

We recommend that all students put the following numbers for safety and emergency resources in their phone, so they can easily reach help when needed.

  • Emergency: 911
  • Student Counseling Service: 513-529-4634
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator: 513-529-1870
  • Confidential Sexual Assault Support: 513-431-1111
  • Miami University Bias Reporting:
  • Harassment/Discrimination Reporting (MU Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity): 513-529-7157
  • Saferide: 513-785-5237 or 855-42-BCRTA
  • Oxford Police: 513-524-5240
  • Butler County 24-hr Crisis Hotline: 844-427-4747
  • McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital: 513-523-2111
  • Women Helping Women 24-hr Hotline: 513-381-5610
  • Oxford Bias Reporting: 513-524-5201

Visit the Miami University Police Department site »

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Commuting from Home

The Commuter Center

The Commuter Center, located in the Armstrong Student Center, room 2045, is a resource for students who commute to the Oxford campus during the academic year. The center is a great place for students to study, take a break between classes, and connect with other commuter students. Staffed by student Commuter Center Assistants (CCA's, similar to Resident Assistants in a residence hall), the Commuter Center offers free lockers and provides social events that promote personal and academic growth.

Commuters of Miami student organization:

Commuters of Miami (COM) is a registered student organization comprised of Miami University students (including Oxford and regional locations). The organization meets regularly during the academic year and occasionally over the summer. The mission of COM is to improve the experience of commuting and relocating students by providing them with means to properly resolve complaints in a timely fashion, and to schedule programming and events which will increase community.

If your student is a commuter, we encourage them to also enroll in the Commuter Center's module to learn more about the center and begin connecting with other students. Just email and request to be added on Canvas. They look forward to welcoming you on campus in the near future!

For additional information about the Commuter Center, please call 513-529-0738 or visit »

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Living on Campus - Residence Life

Miami has over 30 residence halls, and most students share the experience of living on campus for their first two years. Living on campus is about more than sharing space; Miami residence halls are places where students, staff, and even faculty build strong and thriving communities.

Life in the Residence Halls

The Office of Residence Life collaborates with students, parents, and university partners to assist students in successful adjustment to, and transition through, their college experience. We develop communities that are inclusive and safe extensions of the academic learning environment. Moreover, we create opportunities that allow students to ease into adulthood while persisting in their academic goals and using their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society.

View the video for an introduction to the residential experience at Miami from the Director of Residence Life, Dr. Vicka Bell-Robinson.


Living with Roommates

Living with a roommate may be a new experience for your student. We want students to be prepared for that experience. The video below provides tips to help your student have the best roommate experience possible.


View the Roommate Success Guide »

People in Your Student's Neighborhood

Living on campus affords your student the opportunity to engage with different people besides their roommate. This short video introduces you to the different people in your student's neighborhood who will provide support for their transition to college.


Are you interested in learning more about Resident Assistants (RAs)? Watch this “I’m a Miami RA” video.

Housing Assignment Received

Once your student has received their housing assignment in late July or early August, there are a few helpful tips that will assist you and them in getting ready to move to campus. Watch this video to learn more about those tips.

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What to bring to campus

Once you have received your housing assignment, you will want to think about what to bring to campus. Review the presentation below for a list of what to bring and what to keep at home.

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