Location: Oxford, Ohio
Funding: Public university
Size: 15,460 undergraduate students; 2,260 graduate students
Percent Women: 52 percent of the campus is made of up female students
Tuition (one year): $24,646 for Ohio residents, $40,434 for non-Ohio residents
Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, related Supported Services; Education, Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Greek Life: Yes!
Acceptance Rate: 66.7 percent acceptance rate
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Miami University's website at http://miamioh.edu/!
Why Choose Miami (OH)?
"When I heard about Miami, I knew I had to visit and see what all the fuss was about. As soon as I stepped foot onto Miami’s flawless campus, I knew exactly what everyone had been talking about. The bright leaf colors on all of the trees, the freshly trimmed grass, and the beautiful buildings were just the beginning of the reasons I immediately fell in love with this school. Not only was it beautiful, but it was also in a perfect college town. Uptown is a fun, relaxing area to experience fine Oxford dining. After experiencing Miami for only a few hours on a crisp, fall day, I knew I had to attend this school. It allured me in every way possible, and I could not wait to become a Miami student."
"While going on college tours, the one thing that really captivated me about Miami University was the campus itself. The brick buildings gave a comfy atmosphere, and while it seemed a bit tricky to navigate the campus because all the buildings looked similar, it looked exactly like the way I have imagined college campus to be like. In addition, more research about college in the Ohio area showed that Miami is one of the few in the state to actually have a creative writing major. I have always loved to write, and seeing the college campus that I have always imagined in my mind come to life, I knew Miami was the place for me."
"When I began to look at colleges, Miami was the only school I found that had my major - professional writing - and was a good distance from my home . I came for a campus tour and was hooked. The campus was beautiful, and I felt at home immediately. I also loved the employment rate that came after graduation and the fact that Miami is #1 for study abroad, something I have always dreamed of doing."
"Throughout high school, I would receive flyers pertaining to Miami University; however, I always threw them away and told my parents that I would never go there. They basically had to carry me into the car for my college visit there. During my college visit, it was freezing and pouring down rain the entire time, so I had a bad attitude from the start. Because my visit was on such a nasty weather day, my parents and I came back once the weather broke. That was the deal breaker for me. So many people were uptown and hanging out. Everyone looked like they were all completely happy with where they were at. After leaving that day, I knew I was going to go to Miami. It is such a great, safe college town where familiar faces are everywhere. I grew up in an extremely small, farm town, so I love running into people all the time on campus and uptown. I would not trade this place for any other school. As Robert Frost said, “The most beautiful campus that ever there was.”
"While Miami features a lot of your normal popular majors - business, psychology, etc., - I heard about it because it has a strong, somewhat hidden writing program. As an aspiring writer, that little piece of Miami attracted me. The process of applying to college was a total blur - some schools I applied to I had never visited, or even felt a connection with. It sounds totally cliche, but as a little high schooler visiting the campus for the first time with my dad, I walked on campus and it just clicked. There’s a vibe about Miami that completely scoops you up and makes you feel at home. And don’t believe the hype; I didn’t join Greek life, I wear every day brands, and I joined quirky clubs and I still have no doubt that I belong here."
"The campus is absolutely beautiful. No matter the weather, the brick buildings always look gorgeous. Whenever I am feeling stressed about classes, I just take a stroll outside and soak in my surroundings. The size of the school is also amazing because it’s big enough as to where you can walk around without seeing the same people, but you also see more familiar faces around campus the older you get. One of the best part about Miami is its strong Greek system. I am so lucky to be a part of something so strong and am thankful to have such amazing sisters."
"Besides having one of the most beautiful campuses in Ohio, Miami is ranked #3 in the country for academics. The professors and classes are amazing, and even if you're stuck taking a course you don't need for your major, you still walk out of it learning something new, making a few new friends, and getting to know one of the university's outstanding professors. Miami University is also amazing because of its loyalty and love for its students. The moment you move in as a freshman, you're officially part of the Miami family. There's really no better example of this than the brand new Armstrong Student Center. The university and 11,000 alumni came together and built Armstrong solely for the students of the university. They didn't do it for the university staff and department chairs, they did it for the students; they gave Miami's student body a place to go 24 hours a day, seven days a week to do homework and study, eat, and just hang out with friends. This building that is for the students and completely run by the students truly shows how much the university loves and cares for its student body."
"Miami University is of course the greatest college there ever was but there is one area which needs improvement….parking! Parking is absolutely awful at Miami and luckily we have a very walkable campus but when you have to drive it is very difficult to find a parking spot."
"It's really hard to think of things that need improvement on campus, especially when the university just built us a new student center and is developing new buildings, dorms, and food places all over campus for the students! However, there are two nit-picky things I can think of: first, parking is pretty awful around campus. The university has a new bus system this year, and raised parking garage prices to make people use the new bus system...but because the bus system is so awful, people are still driving to campus! More parking would be such a blessing at Miami. The second issue that I sometimes have is the recreation center. I like to lift weights besides do cardio, but the weight room isn't always big enough and the machines are getting older now, so sometimes they break down and no one can use them. This can be extremely inconvenient, BUT our recreation center is still pretty amazing. As I said, these are just small things if I have to pick out any Miami flaws."
New Collegiette On Campus
"As a freshman at Miami, I can honestly say that adapting to campus was quite easy. While several dorms are for freshmen only, I live in a dorm where upperclassmen live as well. In fact, my roommate is a sophomore, and she has been an amazing role model and friend. Orientation takes place in June and July, and each incoming student is required to complete a two day program before move-in day. We mostly played games, learned about classes, and signed up for courses. I spent the days hanging out with new students and navigating around campus. It was definitely a fun time."
"While I originally thought I would only be hanging out with freshmen most of the time, I am happy to announce that I was very wrong. I have met so many wonderful upperclassmen in my classes, my dorm, and my extracurricular activities. However, I have also gotten close with the freshmen in my corridor as we experience our first months of college together. From Pretty Little Liar viewings to late night bonding sessions, I will keep these fantastic memories forever in my heart."
"When you’re involved, it is so easy to meet people, under and upperclassmen alike. First years shouldn’t feel intimidated by the prospect of college - it seems scary at first, and it is a completely different world away from home, but in a place with thousands of students who are here to learn and grow as well as have fun, you’re bound to find people you get along with. I do live in a first year housing dorm which is pretty typical for freshmen, as well as participating in Living Learning Communities (LLC’s), which are programs you get to pick upon choosing your housing. You get to know people better when you join an LLC - mine is pretty small so a lot of us have become almost inseparable."
All About Academics
Majors/Departments: "I’m not sure if there is a most popular major or department, but I would definitely say the College of Arts and Science is the largest school at the university, as a result of all the majors within the college. The Engineering School and the Farmer School of Business are also extremely popular options for Miami students."
Workload: "In all departments and majors, students are definitely challenged by the workload, but every student has the time outside of their classes and homework assignments to get involved on campus, whether it’s by getting a job, or joining Greek life, a sports team, or another student organization. Most majors do require a large project at the end of the semester, whether it’s through a capstone class or a research thesis project. Thanks to Miami’s great academics and professors, students are well prepared for these final projects by time they reach their senior year."
Advising: "Every college and department at Miami has their own advisors. Students can visit their major advisor or talk to an advisor in their college. Students can also visit advisors at career services to receive resume, internship, and career advice. Miami's career services also offers all sorts of career workshops to help you prepare for your job and internship search, and you can even do mock interviews so you can learn how to improve your interviewing skills. Miami definitely prepares you throughout your four years here."
Course registration: "This can get tricky. When living on campus in a dorm, make sure to have all your class numbers ready to go so you can type them in real quick once registration opens. This will secure you a spot in all your classes. With so many people trying to access Miami’s registration system at once in a single building, the internet can definitely be a bit slow. Make sure to hook your laptop up with an ethernet cord to avoid this issue! As for if classes are easy to get into, it really depends on the department, major, and how many sections of the class are available. For example, computer science classes can be hard to get into because there are not a lot of sections to choose from. On the other hand, there are plenty of English classes and sections to choose from."
General Academic Requirements: "These are relatively easy to fulfill, and are extremely useful if coming in undecided. However, one way you can avoid having to follow the Miami Plan is by applying for the Honors Program. This program has its own requirements, but you get to take honors courses that have fewer numbers of people in them. You get a lot more out of these types of classes than the 200-300 person lecture halls!"
Best Places to Study: "People definitely use King Library 24/7. When Finals Week and the weeks leading up to Finals Week approach, you can see people literally camping out at the library, studying, eating, and sleeping at the library until their exams are complete. The Armstrong Student Center is already the perfect place for students to study even though its only been open since the beginning of this spring semester. Since Armstrong was built FOR Miami students and is run BY Miami students, there really is no better place for students to go when they need to study!"
Learn From The Best
"As a double major in journalism and psychology, I’ve had the opportunity to be in class with many amazing professors. One of my favorite psychology professors, who also is my major advisor, is Dr. Joseph Johnson. He is extremely down to earth, easy to talk to, and is willing to work with you no matter what. He is also my advisor for my senior honors thesis project, and wouldn’t ask for another professor to advise me on my project. In the journalism department, you can learn a lot from any of the professors. The department chair, Dr. Campbell, is the reason I came to Miami in the first place. Dr. James Tobin was the first journalism professor I ever had at Miami and now I have him again for my senior capstone class. I’ve learned so much from him, and highly recommend journalism majors to take as many classes with him as possible. I have also enjoyed learning from Professors Cheryl Gibbs and Annie-Laurie Blair. All professors, no matter what major and department hold office hours, and students definitely utilize them. My advice: if you want to do well in your classes and build relationships with your professors so you have people to write you recommendation letters in the future, office hours is your best bet!
As for my favorite classes, I absolutely loved PSY 242: Abnormal Psychology. The class is definitely challenging, but it’s extremely interesting and recommend it for anyone interested in psychology. I also am really enjoying my 400-level social psychology seminar this semester about dog cognition. If you own a dog and just love dogs in general, this class is definitely for you! For journalism, I recommend taking online journalism and feature-writing journalism. They are both excellent classes and are necessary if you are serious about pursuing a degree in journalism."
Interests and Involvement
"One of the first things that caught my attention during my visit to Miami was the great variety of opportunities to get involved. The tour guides assured everyone that there are hundreds of student organizations on campus to fit a myriad of interests, and if that wasn’t good enough you could start a club of your own. When I went to Mega Fair, an event where all of the clubs come together to share information and attract new members, I definitely felt like the tour guide’s claim was accurate. Miami offers everything from a club for nutrition lovers to The Knotty Knitters, a group who knits/crochets items to donate to those in need. Because Miami is such a big school, it is important to find a small place where you feel like you belong and can connect with other students. I, for one, have really enjoyed being involved in Her Campus because it gives me something to look forward to when I am doing homework or having a bad day. Being involved at Miami is part of the experience; it’s all about networking, creating and doing."
"Everyone I know on Miami is apart of an additional club or extracurricular activity in addition to school. I think our university is very involved as students are continually looking for new opportunities. People find out about clubs and organizations by going to the Mega fairs in the fall and the spring semester. Also, clubs are very good about promoting themselves whether it's online or around campus. Mega Fair is an event where organizations of all kinds are setup in a large room with information and members informing prospective members about their clubs. I have enjoyed my extracurricular activities because I have met people I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I always enjoy meeting new people and learning new things so clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities are a great way to participate and become more involved on campus! I have also been able to obtain leadership roles with the clubs and organizations I am involved in. For example, my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, has provided me with leadership experiences as I have a leadership role as the the new incoming MVP."
"Miami is all about its ice sports! The Men’s hockey team, or “The Brotherhood” has been the most successful over the years, making the NCAA tournament since the 2006-2007 season, and making the NCAA National Championship in 2009. Men’s hockey has won two regular-season CCHA championships, including the 2012-2013 season, which was the last year of the CCHA. Miami is now a member of the power-house National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), competing against bigger and better competition from North Dakota, Denver, and St. Cloud State. Miami’s synchronized skating team has also been incredibly successful over the years, with the Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team winning nine straight national titles last season."
Attendance: "Steve Cady Arena is definitely the place to be on the weekends when the men’s hockey team is home. The student section is always packed, and the energy in the arena is incredible, no matter if the team wins or loses. Unfortunately, attendance at other sporting events like football and basketball haven’t been the greatest over the years, but I have seen a significant improvement since my freshman year four years ago!"Other athletics: "Miami definitely offers club and intramural sports, and these are all extremely popular year round. One sport that students should definitely try at least once as a RedHawk is broomball! As for if there is a separate athletic culture on campus, anyone who has ever been part of a sports team knows the kind of bond you make with your teammates. There is a bit of an athletic culture just like at any school, but all athletes on campus have other groups and student organizations they are part of."
Other athletics: "Miami definitely offers club and intramural sports, and these are all extremely popular year round. One sport that students should definitely try at least once as a RedHawk is broomball! As for if there is a separate athletic culture on campus, anyone who has ever been part of a sports team knows the kind of bond you make with your teammates. There is a bit of an athletic culture just like at any school, but all athletes on campus have other groups and student organizations they are part of."
"Honestly, it’s great being a woman on Miami’s campus! There are so many opportunities to take advantage of, and Greek life is definitely a huge draw for many of Miami’s women. This year, women have been wearing riding boots with skinny jeans, and North Face is still a must-have on campus. While there is a Miami stereotype about what girls wear, every woman on campus defies that stereotype with her own, unique style."
"Being a woman at Miami, especially one involved in Greek life, is wonderful. With nearly 3,000 women in sororities at Miami, it really does feel like one giant family: The girls in your own sorority become your sisters, while the women in all the other sororities are sort of like your cousins and good friends. It's great to have so many other encouraging women to lean on, and it's also wonderful to know that Panhellenic is there to guide and protect the women at Miami. Every year, Panhellenic organizes the Miami University Women's Empowerment Week. Both men and women at Miami come out to participate in lectures and activities to support the female student body at Miami. Being a woman at Miami is extremely empowering!"
Food and Drink
"The food at Miami is significantly better than many public colleges I have visited. Along with having a large variety of choices, Miami offers healthy options and provides nutrition information for the majority of its food. The school also offers a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, which is a huge bonus for a lot of people! My favorite place to eat is the new Armstrong Student Center because of all the new choices. Their stir fry is to die for because it is cooked on an authentic Mongolian grill and you get to choose your own vegetables and sauces. Most of the restaurants uptown are extremely close to campus and because Miami is relatively small in size, you can walk almost anywhere. I also love that most places offer delivery to the dorms and are open very late on weekends."
"Many students will attend hockey games on weekends, and go uptown for dinner and parties. Greek life is huge on campus, so there is always a fraternity or sorority party or social happening on the weekends. You’ll find many underclassmen at house parties, and the bars are always packed with juniors and seniors old enough to be there. Alcohol use is prevalent on campus just like at any other school, and I’m sure people do feel pressured to drink on weekends. However, when I was a freshman and sophomore no one ever judged me for turning down a beer.
If students don’t want to go to a party uptown and drink, there is still plenty to do around campus. The Princes Theater in Oxford is the perfect place to see a movie, and You’re Fired, a pottery shop right next to the theater is great for when you’re feeling crafty and want to paint something! There is also plenty of sports events, theater productions, and other activities to do on campus."
"I would say people are pretty open to meeting new friends, and the social scene is pretty inclusive, but people do like to stay with their own group of friends when they go to a party. Students at Miami are known for going out during the week, and the best place to be on Tuesdays is 90’s Night at Brickstreet!"
"Like on any campus, it’s best to walk home with another person or a group of people than by yourself. It’s just the safe and smart thing to do, even if you haven’t had a drink. If you are by yourself, there are campus buses and taxis you can take back to your dorm, house, or apartment. There is also a separate late night bus that will pick up students if they call."
"Dorm life at Miami is pretty typical of any other university. When I was a freshman, I was able to live in the “honors” dorms that had air conditioning because I was part of the honors program. Most dorms don’t have air conditioning, so this was definitely a plus during the early parts of the Fall semester and April and May! Most dorms were made for two people with community bathrooms, but there were other dorms that could house four people instead of two. Many of the sophomore dorms are designed like suites, where four people share a room and bathroom. Most R.A.s create bonding activities for their corridors, especially in the freshman dorms, and both the freshman and sophomore dorms are mixed around campus. If you are an incoming freshman at Miami or are thinking about coming to Miami, you’ll be in for a real treat because Miami has opened several new dorms and are currently renovating the majority of the current campus dorms.
"Freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus, but most upperclassmen move into a house or apartment after sophomore year. There are plenty of apartment options uptown, and many students live in the Oxford Commons, Hawks Landing, and Level 27 apartments that are located only a few minutes outside campus. Houses are also a popular option, and students like to come up with some pretty creative options for their houses!"
"I grew up in Oxford. I went to elementary school, middle school and high school here. I learned how to drive in this town, I had my first job here and I even had my first kiss here! To some people, this town may just be where the Miami Redhawks live or a “small town with a pretty campus”. To me, this place is home. There are a ton of awesome restaurants (Fiesta Charra, Wild Bistro, LaRosa’s and 45 East just to name a few) within a couple miles radius of each other and numerous cute boutiques within walking distance. I think what I like best about Oxford is the fact that it’s far enough away from Cincinnati that it is partially secluded and private but, when you want to get out of the town from the night or a day trip, you don’t have to travel far."
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