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Looking forward to Academic Advising 

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. 

For undergraduate students, academic advisors provide guidance on choosing a major, major requirements, Global Miami Plan, and career planning, and make referrals to appropriate campus support offices. Graduate students will work with an advisor from their department to provide guidance on fulfilling program requirements. Students will receive more informtaion about Fall 2020 academic advising and registration in the upcoming weeks.

Academic 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
The Howe Writing Center
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. 
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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.

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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. 
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Q. How was your academic advising experience?

A. "I feel like Miami has one of the best academic advising team out there. For freshman year, my advisor spent 2 hours going through the Miami Plan and my course requirements. She then gave class recommendations and helped me plan my schedule, which was extremely helpful for a new college student. The same went for Spring, where I again plan my whole schedule with an advisor and even got to discuss my academic performance, concerns, and the prospects of double majoring. If you don’t know what to take, how to register for class, or simply want someone to assess your schedule, academic advising is the place to visit.     ----Martin Le 
A. "I think academic advising is a valuable resource that you cannot miss at Miami. Everyone has designated advisors who can meet with you and help with class schedule. You can also drop-in different department offices at any time to learn more course information. I usually make an appointment with my advisor before choosing courses. Through academic advising, you can also learn about other Miami’s program, such as study Abord project. For example, I learned about Chicago’s J-term course through my advisor. Therefore, last winter, I went to Chicago for the program and completed three credits for Accounting courses."                                                                  ----- Junlei Wang

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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