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Miami University – Oxford
"Miami University provides a rigorous collegiate curriculum. They are given the opportunities of a...

Miami University – Oxford

Oxford, Ohio

“Miami University provides a rigorous collegiate curriculum. They are given the opportunities of a large university while experiencing the personalized teaching and attention of small colleges.”

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
15,975 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
49% male 51% female
39% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
949 full-time faculty
243 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
98% of first year students live on campus
46% of all students live on campus

School Location

The University students make up almost half of the population of Oxford, Ohio. The tiny town has numerous activities for students to enjoy, from biking to shopping.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

90% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

80% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 10%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 3%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division I-A with over 13 Varsity Sports for both men and women including football, soccer, hockey, and baseball.  Mascot: Swoop the RedHawk  Colors: White and Red

Academic Programs

Architecture, African American Studies, American Studies, East Asian Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Speech, Education, Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical) Creative Writing, English, Rhetoric and Composition, French, German, Latin, Spanish, Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory, History, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Mathematics, Statistics, Gerontology, Environmental Science, Philosophy, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Psychology, Public Administration, Economics, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Art, Music, Drama

Honors Program

Miami’s honors program is an accelerated track best suited for students looking for a challenge. Members of the honors community enjoy amazing academic and social benefits, which enhance the undergraduate experience. Honors students work closely with faculty, receive academic and personal support, participate in research, and have the option to join an honors residence community. Overall, the program supports learning experiences outside of the classroom, which makes members highly marketable upon graduation.

Study Abroad

A large portion of Miami’s student body studies abroad and earns credit for their experience. There are incredible academic and social benefits to study abroad, chief among them being a greater understanding of the global community. Not only do students gain skills in cross-cultural communication, but they often develop a greater sense of respect and tolerance.

John E. Dolibois European Center: Miami has several different abroad options that range in duration and destination. One of the more popular programs is the Dolibois European Center, a Miami campus in Luxembourg. Students enrolled in the program engage in top-tier academics, community service, travel, and exploration.

Undergraduate Research

Miami has a longstanding commitment to undergraduate research. The university has always encouraged its students to pursue research opportunities, whether they are within one’s field of study or an extension of a professor’s work. Students that engage in research gain skills that are valued by both employers and graduate schools. Not only do students learn about the research process, but they gain practice with inquiry-based learning. Research extends beyond the laboratory and into areas like the humanities, engineering, and business. Essentially, there are opportunities available for all students.

Undergraduate Research Forum: The Undergraduate Research Forum is a public event that celebrates achievements in student research. Any individual that has conducted research is invited to apply online. The event is a great way for students to share their work and practice public speaking.

Summer Orientation

All domestic students that have confirmed their admission to Miami are invited to participate in Summer Orientation. In June, students travel to campus to get better acquainted with the university, administration, and future peers. During orientation, students meet with advisers, register for fall classes, meet faculty, take tours of the campus, and learn about Miami’s academic standards and traditions.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X

Accelerated and Combined Degree Options

Three-Year Pathways: Miami offers select students the opportunity to earn a degree in just three years. The option is only available to first year students that are entering the University with completed credits. The program selects high school students that have completed an array of college-level courses to begin their academic journey at an advanced level. The university encourages all interested and qualified students to meet with an adviser to assess goals and opportunities.

Combined Bachelors-Masters Program: Miami currently has 22 programs that offer a combined bachelors-masters degree. Students wishing to pursue a combined degree option may declare their interest at any point during their undergraduate experience. Of course, the earlier the better, as the programs take planning and academic advising. In a combined degree program, a student completes the undergraduate (bachelors) first, and then remains on campus to complete their masters.

Rinella Learning Center

It’s no mystery that college is challenging. This can be especially true for incoming freshman who have not yet adjusted to their new academic standards. In order to address the educational needs of each students, Miami established the Rinella Learning Center as a guide and resource. The center provides varying degrees of academic support, and ultimately pushes each student to play a vital role in their own progress.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 144 687 878 437 207 144 106 2603

Community Engagement and Service

The Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES) is responsible for connecting students to service opportunities, big and small. The office observes five “Guiding Principles” of: Mutuality, Integrity, Equity, Preparedness, and Inclusion. These principles form a foundation from which all service initiatives grow.

Service Learning: One of the most complex and effective forms of community engagement is called service learning. In a service learning course, students draw connections between their coursework and the needs of the community. This type of learning is especially dynamic because it pushes students to take academic theory and turn it into real-world application. Most often, service learning courses involve some degree of reflection. This allows faculty and students to assess their impact and make changes when necessary.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Academic Advising

Miami’s academic advisers work closely with students, teaching them to claim responsibility over their educational experience. Teaching students to make their own decisions fosters a sense of ownership and respect, which ultimately makes for a well-rounded leader. Advisers are especially helpful for guiding student decisions regarding major, career, and course selection.

Career Services

Miami knows that students have a ton of questions regarding career choice and options. There’s a lot to consider before graduation. What is an internship and how do you get one? How do you write a cover letter? Do you know what to say during an interview? Miami’s Career Services office is available to assist with all these questions and more. The office even hosts a series of workshops and fairs to prepare students for post-graduate success. Some of the workshops available include:

  1. Basic Interviewing Skills
  2. Resume Workshop
  3. LinkedIn and Online Networking
  4. Career Development Course
  5. Going Global Webinar
  6. Career Mapping and Planning
  7. Planning for Graduate School


Admissions Fall 2015

27,454 Total Applicants
17,980 Total Admissions
3,811 Total Freshmen Enrollment

65.49% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: Feb 1 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities

Extracurricular activities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 650
SAT Math 590 690
SAT Writing 540 650
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT Math 25 30
ACT English 26 32
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $13,533 $30,233
Fees $754 $754
Total $14,287 $30,987
Room and Board (on campus) $11,644 $11,644
Room Only $5,994 $5,994
Board Only $5,650 $5,650
Estimated Total On Campus $25,931 $42,631


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 Final

$13,580 First year students
$12,727 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 Final

57.7% on average, the percentage of need that was met
17% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,754 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,166 Average need-based loan

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