Orientation Canvas course, Miami Bound
Orientation Canvas course, Miami Bound


We're excited for the orientation process to begin for incoming students and their families. If your student added you as a guest during their orientation registration, you will soon receive an invitation to join the orientation Canvas course as an observer, which means you can see all information, but are not required to complete knowledge checks (quizzes) and journal entries. Your student, if registered for orientation, has received their invitation. Your engagment with the course is a vital part of supporting your student's transition to Miami.
Please explore the course soon to understand the structure and our suggested timeline for completion. Visit our Family Orientation page for course log-in directions.
We’re using Canvas for Family Orientation information so you can learn about Miami and so you can see exactly what your student sees. Both of these prepare you to support them through their transition to Miami. Your access to Canvas is for this course only and is not connected to your student and their progress in this course or any future courses.

Love and Honor,
Mark W. Pontious, Ph.D. '19
Director, Parent & Family Programs
Nathan Flyzik
Graduate Assistant, Parent & Family Programs and Orientation & Transition Programs
Miami University Hawk Herald #MiamiOH
Class of 2025 Hawk Herald #2 | Orientation and Transition Programs | Division of Student Life
May 2021
In this issue: 
  • Orientation Canvas Course Now Available
  • Miami Bound Pre-Semester Programs
  • Review the New Student Guidebook 
  • Your Miami University Email Address
  • Follow Orientation and Transition Programs on Social Media
  • Contact Orientation and Transition Programs
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Orientation Canvas Course Now Available

The time has come! If you've registered for orientation, you now have access to your orientation Canvas course. The orientation Canvas course is a comprehensive introduction to the Miami experience - academic and student life communities, opportunities, and resources and people who are ready to support you. Here's what you need to know to get started:
  • The course has lots of content in it. To stay on track, we suggest the following timeline:
    • May 3 - May 14: complete modules 1- 4
    • May 15 - May 21: complete modules 5 - 7
    • May 22 - June 1: complete modules 8 - 10
    • June 1 - July 15: complete modules 11 - 14
  • Begin working through the orientation Canvas modules; as you complete a module, you will unlock the next one.
  • Once you complete the module about your academic curriculum (Module 10) and attend your real-time orientation session, you'll receive an email invitation (within one business day) to schedule your academic advising appointment.
  • Academic advising appointments begin on June 1 and must be completed by July 1. To stay on track, you should have your advising appointment scheduled by mid-June, meaning you have completed modules 1-10 of the orientation Canvas course and have attended a real-time orientation session by that time.
  • Continue to work through the remaining Canvas modules (11 -14) and plan to finish by July 30.
  • Revisit any part of the Canvas course as needed.

To access the orientation Canvas course:

  • Navigate to MyMiami. Login using your Miami Unique ID and password.
  • Under Quick Tools, navigate to your Miami University email account. In your inbox, you will have an invitation for the First-Year Orientation - Summer 2021 orientation Canvas course. You will need to accept the course invitation to move forward.
  • You can always return to MyMiami to access Canvas.
  • It is important that you check your Miami University email account regularly moving forward; official orientation communication will be sent to your Miami email. 
Family members who are registered for the orientation program will also receive access to the orientation Canvas course and will receive additional information about account setup from Mark Pontious, Director of Parent and Family Programs. 
If you haven't yet registered for orientation, you won't be able to access the orientation Canvas course. Learn more about the orientation process by visiting MiamiOH.edu/orientation.
Register for Orientation »
Access the Canvas Course »

Miami Bound Pre-Semester Programs

Miami Bound programs present an amazing opportunity for you to engage in learning, leading, and connecting to Miami and meeting other new students. Miami Bound programs take place throughout the summer and before fall semester begins.
By attending a Miami Bound program, you will: find community and connection at Miami, learn more about campus services and resources, and get a head start on getting involved.
Miami Bound capacity varies by program; you should register for the program that you are interested in as soon as you can. To register for a Miami Bound program, you must first be registered for orientation. Then, visit MiamiOH.edu/MiamiBound. You may only register for one program.
If you are going to be a member of the Miami University Marching Band (MUMB) or the Miami NROTC program, you will not need to register for a Miami Bound program.  The MUMB pre-season week in August and the NROTC New Student Orientation program will count as Miami Bound experiences. 
Register for Miami Bound »
Review the New Student Guidebook
The New Student Guidebook is a reference guide that will introduce you to the Global Miami Plan (GMP) and help you navigate advising and registration before, during, and even after the orientation process. It not only explains the GMP, but lists each course that satisfies GMP requirements.
You should review the Guidebook online before your academic advising appointment (scheduled through the orientation process) in order to be most prepared to register for fall classes at orientation.  As you review the New Student Guidebook, write down any questions you have, and be ready to discuss your questions during your scheduled advising appointment.  Many of your questions will be answered while progressing through the remote orientation modules (available May 13). We recommend that you focus on the following sections as you prepare for your academic advising appointment:
  • Understanding the Miami curriculum: p. 16
  • Determining credit earned and course placement: p. 28
  • List of courses that meet each Global Miami Plan requirement: p. 59 (with corresponding course descriptions beginning on p. 78)
  • Suggested first-year courses for each major: p. 114
Your Miami University Email Address is Ready for You
As a confirmed Miami student, you now have a Miami University email account -- and you should start checking it regularly! Important information about the orientation process, including information about how to sign up for an academic advising appointment, will be sent directly to your Miami email address.
As a Miami student, you have access to Google Workspace -- a collection of Google tools. Take advantage of Gmail, Calendar, Chrome, Docs, Drive, Meet, and YouTube with your Miami university account. Learn more about Google Workspace »
To get to your Miami University email account and associated Google tools, visit MyMiami, sign in using your UniqueID and password, and then choose the email option under the Quick Tools heading. If you're logging into MyMiami for the first time, you'll use your default password, formatted as the two digits of your birth month, the two digits of your birth day, and the last four digits of your social security number or Banner ID number. It will be formatted like: MMDD####. 
We recommend that you add your Miami email to your smartphone. Learn how to add your email to your phone on an iOS device or an Android device on the IT Knowledge Base. Having trouble with your Miami University email account? Contact IT Services by calling 513-529-7900 or chatting with a representative at MiamiOH.edu/itchat.
Get the Latest Orientation and Transition Updates on Social Media
Want the latest information, tools, and tips related to your college transition? Make sure to follow Orientation and Transition Programs on social media. By following us, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, follow the Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs), and stay in-the-know about the latest orientation and Welcome Weekend updates. Plus, you could be featured on our Instagram page-- just submit a photo, your name, and either your high school or hometown for a chance to be featured in our Instagram stories.

Have questions? Ask us!

We are ready to support you.
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