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Miami University International Student Orientation

In this Issue:

  • Miami ID Card & Technology
  • Getting Involved on Campus
  • Living in Oxford, OH 
  • Did you know?
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Miami ID Card & Technology

You will use your Miami ID card for many things on campus. You will obtain your ID card when you arrive, and submitting your photo online in advance will expedite the process.

If you are thinking of purchasing a laptop or a cellphone before/upon arrival, the Miami University Bookstore provides the Miami Laptop Program and MiTech Cellular Plan

We encourage you to start checking your Miami email account before arrival. If you have questions or technical issues with your computer, email, Miami's wireless internet network, or Banner/unique ID and password, you can check out our Technology page below or email
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Getting Involved on Campus

Please note that many of the opportunities covered below may be limited or altered for the upcoming semester in accordance with government regulations on public health.
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Student Organizations 

With over 600 student organizations, hundreds of service opportunities and beyond, there are countless ways for students get involved on campus. The Hub is a great place to find a variety of organizations to join on campus, including three graduate student organizations you can be a part of:
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Club Sports and Intramural Sports

Club sports teams compete against other colleges and universities, whereas intramural sports teams compete on campus between other Miami students. Intramurals provide the Miami community with structured sporting activities that have an emphasis on participation, fun and safety. 
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Intercollegiate Athletics

With eighteen sports teams, Miami University Athletics has a proud tradition of excellence. The RedHawks compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, and the U.S. Figure Skating Association. All students get into varsity athletics games for free with their Miami student ID. 

Living in Oxford, OH 

For the next few years of your life you will call Oxford, Ohio home. Oxford is an idyllic college town that offers a safe, picturesque community for your educational journey. The heart of Oxford life is Uptown, which features a park, farmer’s market, restaurants, shops and more. For details about local shopping, dining and events, Enjoy Oxford is a useful resource.
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Local Transportation

Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) offers bus service throughout campus, Oxford, and surrounding areas. BCRTA buses can be used by all Miami students, who only need to swipe their ID card to ride. Additionally, BCRTA offers a curb-to-curb service, similar to an Uber/Lyft trip, within Butler County and a limited service area in Hamilton and Warren Counties.
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Setting up a bank account and mobile phone are usually at the top of new students’ to-do lists.  Please check out the Oxford Chamber of Commerce Business Directory for local banks and other businesses. On Miami's campus, PNC bank offers ATMs, a Miami VISA debit card, and a full-service branch right in the Shriver Center. To learn more about student banking services with PNC, visit  
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Cell Phone Service

Students can visit MiTech Cellular to learn more about the Verizon telephone services through Miami University. Also, there are Sprint and T-Mobile store in Oxford as well. ISSS has SIM cards available from campusSIMs, and students can pick one up during check-in. 

Did you know? 

Benjamin Harrison, President of the US from 1889-1893, lived in Oxford while he was a student at Miami. First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison was born in Oxford.
William McGuffey, a Miami professor, wrote a series of books for school children learning to read. Over 100 million copies of McGuffey’s Readers were printed and used in US schools from the1830s until the 1920s. The house where McGuffey wrote his Readers is now a museum on Miami’s campus.
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