Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio, is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen. Driving into town, visitors are immediately greeted with handsome Georgian Revival academic buildings and dorms, state of the art aquatic and ice arenas, and a vibrant Uptown that never seems to sleep.
With a student body of nearly 19,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. Long known as one of the top state schools in Ohio, Miami is increasingly attracting students from out-of- state. Currently, 43% of Miami’s student body is from outside of Ohio.
Miami’s vision is to provide an outstanding undergraduate experience enhanced by superior, select graduate programs. Students talk about the ease of stopping in to talk to an advisor, sharing a meal with a professor, or joining President Crawford for a jog or a weekly yoga class on the quad.
Miami offers bachelor’s degrees in 122 areas of study. Graduate students choose from more than 60 master’s degree and 12 doctoral degree programs. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning and discovery, and Study Abroad in encouraged in all majors. 55% of students participate in Study Abroad or Study Away programs. Miami’s student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1 and 65% of courses have fewer than 30 students.
Strong focus on liberal arts and research has long been an emphasis at Miami, but programs in engineering and business are becoming increasingly more popular and selective. In 2018, The Farmer School of Business was ranked as the #1 business school in Ohio and the #17 ranked public business school in the country.
Miami offers a three-week January term that many students take advantage of for Study Abroad programs, internships and sprint classes. It is not uncommon to hear students talk about participating in two or three J-term Study Abroad or Volunteer Abroad trips during their time at Miami. Seeing all the posts from these exciting winter break trips is often the envy of students from schools without this option!
Miami University is a residential campus, with nearly all first and second-year students living in residence halls. These halls represent various Living Learning Communities (LLCs), which provide an opportunity for students to live with others who share their interests, creating a vibrant, social atmosphere.
A quarter of all Miami students join the active Greek Life scene, while others become involved in one of the over 600 registered student organizations on campus. Miami has eight men’s and ten women’s Division 1 varsity sports teams and boasts over 50 club sports teams.
The picturesque campus merges with the quaint yet active town of Oxford and students flock to the many bars and restaurants that cater to all students eighteen years of age and over. (Wristbands identify 21+)
Miami has a definite midwestern feel but is increasingly attracting more students from the Northeast and the West Coast. One student reflected that in any class, there is bound to be a student from a “C” town: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, or Chicago. 17% of the student body is domestic multicultural and 9% is international. While no longer described as preppy, students tend to pay attention to their appearance.
Oxford, Ohio, is a true college town, meaning it was built as a result of the college. It’s small enough to get around by foot and big enough to fill the needs of any student. Follow the Slant Walk to Uptown and discover a quaint college town brimming with metropolitan ideals. Oxford is about 35 miles north of Cincinnati — near enough for last-minute adventures in the city, but far enough away to feel like a world apart.
Admissions and Financial Aid
The average ACT score at Miami University is 29, with a GPA of 3.6-4.2. Rigorous high school coursework is expected. Miami offers Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision applications and accepts The Common Application.
Miami’s Tuition Promise provides all first-time undergraduate students and their families the certainty that tuition, room and board, and course fees will be frozen, making them completely predictable for four years. Stability in costs also means that renewable scholarships and financial aid dollars will retain their value over the entire four-year period. Miami was recently listed in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” 75% of Miami undergraduate receive some form of financial assistance.
Miami University is a perfect choice for students looking for a true college town experience where strong academics partner with a festive atmosphere.
501 E High St
Oxford, OH 45056