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

Miami University – Oxford

Oxford, Ohio

Miami University provides a rigorous collegiate curriculum. Students are given the opportunities of a large university while experiencing the personalized teaching and attention found at small colleges.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
16,387 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
37% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
976 full-time faculty
16 part-time faculty
15 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’s students make up almost half of the population of Oxford, Ohio. This tiny town has numerous activities for students to enjoy, from biking to shopping, and it is greatly supported by and supportive of its college-student community.

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 11%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 3%
White 76%
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 that enhance their undergraduate experience with a series of exciting challenges. Honors students work closely with faculty, receive academic and personal support, participate in research, and even have the option to join an honors-exclusive residence community. Overall, the program supports intellectual growth in every aspect of students’ lives, making them highly marketable upon graduation.

Study Abroad

A large portion of Miami’s student body studies abroad and earns credit while exploring the world around them. 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 also naturally develop a greater sense of respect, tolerance, and appreciation for unfamiliar cultures and perspectives.

Miami has several different abroad options that range in duration and destination, but one of the more popular programs is Miami’s own Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Directly learning from Miami staff, participating students are continually exposed to the same top-tier academics and community service that is so highly valued by the University.

Undergraduate Research

Miami has a longstanding commitment to undergraduate research. It has always encouraged its students to pursue research opportunities, whether they be within their specific fields of study or come as an extension of a professor’s work. of a professor’s work. Through research, students gain skills that are valued by both employers and graduate schools alike; not only do they learn about the research process itself, but they gain hands-on practice with inquiry-based learning. Miami research extends beyond the laboratory and into such areas as the humanities, engineering, and business. Essentially, this means that there are opportunities applicable to all students’ interests.

The Undergraduate Research Forum is a public event that celebrates achievements in student research. Any individual who has conducted research is invited to apply online, taking part in an event that helps them practice public speaking by sharing their work and exchanging groundbreaking ideas.

Summer Orientation

All new Miami students are invited to participate in Summer Orientation. In the June before their first fall semester, incoming freshmen travel to campus to get better acquainted with the University itself, the administration, and their future peers. Students spend orientation meeting their advisors, registering for their fall classes, taking tours of the campus, and learning about the University’s academic standards and community-building 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

Three-Year Pathways

Select first-year students who enter Miami with previously completed credits are given the opportunity to earn their degree in just three years. The Three-Year Pathways track is open to students who have completed college-level courses while in high school. Beginning their academic journey at an advanced level, three-year degree candidates hit the ground running with a cost-efficient plan that sends them straight to their future careers.

Combined Bachelor’s-Master’s 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, students complete their undergraduate courses first and then spend extra time on campus to complete their master’s through a shortened graduate-level curriculum.


It’s no mystery that college is challenging, especially for incoming freshmen who have yet to take on a new level of academic standards. Miami has established the Rinella Learning Center as a guide and resource for any student who needs educational support and tutoring. This Center provides varying degrees of academic support, ultimately pushing each student to grasp their subjects of interest and learn how to take charge 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, both big and small. It functions through the observance of five “Guiding Principles:”: Mutuality, Integrity, Equity, Preparedness, and Inclusion. These principles form a foundation from which all service initiatives grow.

One of the most complex and effective forms of community engagement is service-learning, an academic course that draws connections between what is learned in class and what is needed in the community. This type of learning is dynamically charged as it pushes students to apply academic theory to real-world application. Most often, service-learning courses involve some degree of reflection, allowing faculty and students to assess their impact and learn how best to utilize their drives to serve in the future.


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 advisors work closely with students, teaching them to claim responsibility over their own educational experiences. Students learn to take ownership of their work and make independent, thoughtful decisions for their lives. Advisors aim to help students become well-rounded leaders as they guide them through their choices of major and career goals.

Career Services

Miami knows that students are bound to stumble upon a ton of career-related questions. There’s a lot to consider before graduation: What is an internship and how does anyone get one? What is the best way to write a cover letter? What are the ins and outs of the interviewing process? Miami’s Career Services office is available to assist with all these questions and more. It even hosts a series of workshops and fairs to prepare students for postgraduate success. Some of the workshops available include:

  • Basic Interviewing Skills
  • Résumé Workshop
  • LinkedIn and Online Networking
  • Career Development Course
  • Going Global Webinar
  • Career Mapping and Planning
  • 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

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

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


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $11,673 $28,373
Fees $2,614 $2,614
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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