Academic Advising at Summer Orientation
Academic Advising at Miami University begins during Summer Orientation. At Orientation, you will attend multiple sessions that address academic advising issues.
You’ll learn about Miami’s approach to Liberal Education, which is structured through our general education requirements, called The Miami Plan for Liberal Education (Honors students follow slightly different requirements via the Honors Plan for Liberal Education). In this session, you’ll also learn about the advising process at Miami. You’ll also meet with Assistant Deans and faculty from the academic division of your major.
In this division meeting on the afternoon of Orientation Day 1, you’ll learn more about Miami's general education requirements, and divisional and major requirements, which will help prepare you for advising and registration. You may also attend an optional session geared toward exploring other academic divisions and majors. If you are considering changing your major, curious about other programs, or considering a double major, this is your opportunity to meet with representatives from the divisions.
On the morning of Day 2 of Orientation, you will attend your advising appointment, where you will discuss your academic plan with an adviser and review your course selections. After meeting with an adviser, you will proceed to registration where you will register for fall courses. Academic advisers are also present during course registration to answer questions and assist students. Advising and registration on Day 2 is restricted to students only.
Once you arrive on campus, you will work with the First Year Adviser who lives in your residence hall. First Year Advisers are full-time staff members with master’s degrees who live and work in the residence halls. Graduate students who work either as Assistant First Year Advisers or Graduate Academic Advisers assist the First Year Advisers. Commuter students work with the Commuter Adviser in the Commuter Center.
Important resources for advising and registration:
Guidebook for New Students: The Guide for New Students is produced by the Registrar's Office, and serves as a smaller version of the Bulletin, developed for new students. Particularly helpful are the lists of sample first-year course schedules for each major. Click on the publication title for the entire Guidebook, or see the links below for specific portions of the Guidebook.
- Liberal Education at Miami
- Planning Your Course Schedule
- Advising and Registration Information
- Academic Planning Sheets
- The Divisions, Majors, and Minors
- Miami Regional Locations
- Transfer Student Information
- International Student Information
- Reference Guide
Academic Planning Sheets: These worksheets - which reflect the academic planning process and requirements for both the Global Miami Plan and the Honors Miami Plan - will help you get started planning your schedule.
Advanced Placement Credit: This website lists the credit given for AP and IB exams for Miami courses. Advisers at Orientation can be of additional assistance to students in understanding and applying this information, especially since Miami doesn't receive this year's official AP scores until July.
English Composition Guide: This two-page document explains answers to commonly asked questions about enrolling in English courses as a first-year student.
BannerWeb registration tutorial: This video guide will illustrate the process of registering online through the BannerWeb system. While students may not register before Orientation, they may login to BannerWeb and browse class selections.
Honors Program Information: Students in the honors program work with advisers to develop an individualized Honors education plan to meet the Honors student learning outcomes. The individualized plans created by Honors students and their advisers will be inspired by the Miami Plan principles, but may not adhere to specific Miami Plan guidelines. The link above will connect you to more information about the Honors curriculum and Honors information at Orientation.
The Bulletin: The Bulletin is produced by the Registrar's Office, and includes complete information regarding general and major requirements as well as course descriptions and details regarding registration.
To learn more about academic advising at Miami University, visit the following websites:
Residence Life (Click on 'Academic Advising in the Residence Halls')
College of Arts and Science
Farmer School of Business
School of Education, Health and Society
School of Engineering and Applied Science
School of Fine Arts