At the time, the region in Ohio was thought of as the Western frontier. And it was here, that Miami University was founded by an ordinance of President George Washington, chartered in 1809. The first students enrolled in 1824. The progression of Miami University encompasses “five distinct historical eras,” ranging from the beginning marked growth of the institution, to developing professionalism, expansion, identifying an image, and most recently, the transition into a corporate university. Well-noted figures associated with Miami University include President Benjamin Harrison, who attended Miami University, and Professor William Holmes McGuffey, who produced his Eclectic Readers in the first half of the nineteenth century. Miami University is also cited for the founding of national fraternities Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, Phi Kappa Tau, and the Delta Zeta sorority.
Today, Miami University is a public, four-year not-for-profit institution with a main campus in Oxford, Ohio. In addition, the campus maintains campus locations including:
- Miami-Middletown campus, in addition to the Greentree Health Science Academy housing a number of nursing and health-science programs, located in Middletown,Ohio
- Miami-Hamilton located in Hamilton, Ohio
- Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) housing the Corporate & Community Institute located in Westchester, Ohio
- John E. Dolibois European Center, located abroad in Luxembourg
Campus enrollments and demographics include:
- Oxford - 15,081 undergraduates and 2,476 graduates
- Hamilton - 3,615 undergraduates
- Middletown - 2,092 undergraduates
- Voice of America Learning Center - 126 graduate students
- Minority student population of 11.6 percent
- 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Miami University continues to earn awards and recognitions. Miami University is a recipient of the Presidential Award for the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the university is ranked eleventh in the Peace Corps’ Top 25 list for the most Peace Corp volunteers. In addition, Miami University supports a number of community initiatives that focus on teacher education, research and scholarship, conservation and preservation, and community outreach and development. Miami University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
With a continued top ten ranking for graduation rates, Students can pursue a wide array of academic opportunities at Miami University. Students can enroll in more than 100 fields to complete bachelor’s degrees and more than 50 fields for master’s programs. Miami University also awards doctorate degrees and students can enroll in associate’s degree programs at the regional campuses. Miami University divides areas of study into five divisions.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Farmer School of Business
- College of Creative Arts
- College of Education, Health, and Society
- College of Engineering and Computing
- Graduate School
Furthermore, academic resources include:
- Career services
- Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment supporting scholarship, curriculum, and departmental development
- Howe Center for Writing Excellence
- Miami University libraries
- Lifelong learning programs
- Rinella Learning Center providing support for students with disabilities
Students can also participate in a number of online and/or hybrid opportunities through Miami University’s regional campuses. E-learning formats feature online courses, hybrid courses, and two-way interactive video classrooms. Online coursework is asynchronous while videoconferencing coursework allows students to participate in real-time class sessions from a remote site. Distance education courses are also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Available distance education programs include:
- Associate of Applied Business, Business Management Technology
- Associate in Arts, Saturday Select
- RN-BSN Completion Program
- Engineering Technology
Voice of America Learning Center
- Online master’s programs in Educational Technology, Special Education, and Reading Education
- Hybrid master’s programs in Reading Education, Special Education, and Transformative Education
- Online licensure and endorsements in Special Education and Educational Technology Coaching
- Hybrid Special Education and Middle Childhood Generalist endorsements
- Online Educational Technology graduate certificate
Prospective first-time students will need to submit the application and fee, in addition to a recommendation by a high school guidance counselor or academic teacher, official high school transcripts, and ACT / SAT scores. Added application materials may be necessary dependent upon individual departments and program requirements. Regional campuses at Miami University retain an open admissions policy accepting first-time college students with a high school diploma or GED equivalent. First-time applicants to regional campuses must submit the application and fee, official transcripts, and SAT / ACT test scores.
There is an abundance of extracurricular activities at Miami University including numerous student organizations, fraternities and sororities, community-based learning opportunities supported via the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, and service learning coordinated projects. Students can also engage in arts and cultural programs through on-campus venues and off-campus tourist sites, including workshops and retreats, museums, and the performing arts. The Miami University Redhawks compete in eight men’s and ten women’s varsity sports, participating in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and the U.S. Figure Skating Association. There are also 50 club sports and a wide range of recreational activities.
Furthermore, extracurricular activities at regional sites are campus-specific and include student organizations, ranging from campus events and fundraising activities to participation in volunteer services, religious clubs, and community service groups. Each campus also organizes campus-specific athletic programs. Miami University Middletown Thunderhawks compete in men’s baseball, basketball, golf, and tennis, while women compete in basketball, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Miami University Hamilton Harriers compete in men’s baseball, basketball, golf, and tennis, along with women’s basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, and cheerleading.
Tuition for first-year students at Miami University, Oxford Campus, costs $13,266 per year for in-state students and $29,056 per year for out-of-state students.
Miami University supports financial aid for qualifying students, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Scholarships include merit-based awards, special recognition awards, need-based funding, departmental scholarships, awards for athletic abilities, and ROTC program scholarships. A number of supported grant programs include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal TEACH Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Pennsylvania State Grant
- Rhode Island State Grant Program
- Vermont Grant
- Study Abroad Airfare Grant
Federal loans include the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, and the Federal PLUS Loan, in addition to access to external private loans. Veteran’s benefits are also available, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Sector Of Institution:4-year, public
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:4841
Percent Admitted:73% - Oxford, Open Admissions at Other Locations
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