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Miami University International Student Orientation

In this issue:

  • Placement Test and Academic Advising
  • Academic Resources and Support
  • Academic Expectations
  • Did you know?
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Placement Test and Academic Advising

Miami requires placement tests for most incoming students. As an ACE student, you might need to complete the Math placement test if you do not have an ACT or SAT Math score. The test result will be used to determine which mathematics course sequence students should begin during their first semester at Miami University.
Miami University advances a learner-centered academic advising system, in which students are given opportunities to make their own decisions and steadily gain ownership over their college experience. ACE students will work with an ACE advisor to determine what courses to take prior to your arrival. Please refer to the placement test and registration instructions email from the ACE department for details. If you have questions about the process, you may speak to your ACE advisor.

Academic Resources and Support

The Rinella Learning Center offers learning assessments, academic counseling and coaching, academic interventions, a study strategies course, a workshop series on effective study strategies, individual and group tutoring in high-demand subjects, and other specialized services.
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Rinella Learning Center
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The Howe Writing Center
There are two writing centers at Miami. The Howe Writing Center and English Language Learner Writing Center recognize that all writers have more to learn and provide free support to Miami students and alumni in this work. The Howe Writing Center offers help with academic, personal, and professional writing at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing. The English Language Learner Writing Center offers more specialized help for students whose first language is not English and who need particular assistance with grammar, word usage, style, and punctuation.
LLC promotional poster. The English Language Learner Writing Center is for you!

Academic Expectations

“Miami University is a scholarly community whose members believe that a liberal education is grounded in qualities of character as well as of intellect. We respect the dignity of other persons, the rights and property of others, and the right of others to hold and express disparate beliefs. We believe in honesty, integrity, and the importance of moral conduct. We defend the freedom of inquiry that is the heart of learning and combine that freedom with the exercise of judgment and the acceptance of personal responsibility.”
Academic integrity is taken very seriously at Miami University. You may find different expectations at Miami about academic integrity and dishonesty than you have had in your previous schooling, particularly when it comes to writing and using information from sources.
A professor is teaching a class Student consultant helping students with writing assignment at Rinella.

Tips on how to achieve academic success:

  1. Read the Academic Integrity Policies and Process Webpage and be familiar with university expectations.
  2. Attend classes regularly and actively participate in discussions and group projects. 
  3. Explore Miami culture and connect with your classmates, friends and professors inside and outside the classroom to expand your network of associates.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester.;
  5. Get involved outside the classroom.
  6. Practice speaking English as much as possible.

Did you know? 

Miami University MUDEC
Miami's Multiple Campuses
Miami University Regionals includes campuses at Hamilton, Middletown and Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) in West Chester. 
The Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center is in Luxembourg. John Dolibois, for whom the European campus is named, was born in Luxembourg, immigrated to the U.S., came to Miami as a student in 1938, and returned to his homeland as U.S. ambassador during the 1980s.

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Phone: +1-513-529-8600

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