Miami University--Oxford

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501 E. High Street

Oxford, OH 45056

Phone: (513) 529-1809
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. National Universities

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Miami University--Oxford is a public institution that was founded in 1809. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,081, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 2,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Miami University--Oxford's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 75. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,799 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $29,589 (2013-14).

Miami University students make up nearly half the population of the approximately 7-square-mile town of Oxford, Ohio. Freshmen must live on campus, which is also home to more than 500 student organizations. The Greek system constitutes a large part of campus life, with about a third of the student body involved in more than 50 fraternities and sororities. In fact, the school often gets the moniker “Mother of Fraternities” because the Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau and Sigma Chi organizations were founded at Miami University. The school is also known as the "Cradle of Coaches" for the number of professional and collegiate coaches who once competed for Miami. The RedHawks, who compete in the Division I Mid-American Conference, were known as the Redskins until 1997. The name was changed after years of controversy and a request from the Miami Indian Tribe. (The tribe is the namesake of the university.) To help ease the transition into freshman year, older students often create a guide to life at Miami University, called the "M Book." Student couples who marry are known as "Miami Mergers" and are reminded of their alma mater each Valentine's Day, when the admissions office sends cards to congratulate former students on finding love at school.

To travel around campus and Oxford, students can use the Butler County Regional Transit Authority buses, free with student ID, and the door-to-door SafeRide shuttle service after dark. Cincinnati and Dayton are 35 and 45 miles away, respectively. Notable alumni of Miami University include Paul Brown, Hall of Fame NFL coach; Richard Smucker, chief executive officer of The J.M. Smucker Co.; and Benjamin Harrison, former president of the United States.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Miami University provides a rigorous academic experience in the quintessential collegiate setting of Oxford, Ohio. Here, the best and brightest students prepare for success as they are given the opportunities of a large university while experiencing the personalized teaching, attention, and sense of community found in the best small colleges. A public university, Miami offers a wide range of academic programs. The bachelor's degree is offered in more than 100 areas of study, the master's degree in more than 50 and doctoral programs in 10 disciplines.

Dedicated to fostering an environment of teaching for more than 200 years, Miami faculty guide both undergraduates and graduate students in conducting significant research, completing projects with real-world clients, and fostering leadership skills. In fact, we've been ranked number three on U.S. News and World Report's list of "schools with an unusually strong commitment to undergrads," just behind Princeton and Dartmouth. With a long-standing dedication to global learning, complete with a European center in Luxembourg, Miami ranks first among public colleges nationwide for the rate of undergraduate students who study abroad. Miami students and faculty have an intense appreciation for a global view and multicultural approaches to learning.

Retention and graduation rates are some of the highest in NCAA Division I schools, as is our students' successful entry into top graduate programs and professional schools. Additionally, nearly twice as many employers recruit at Miami as at comparable universities and conduct four times as many on-campus interviews. As a result, Miami is regularly cited by national publications as a best value in higher education. The Oxford campus encompasses more than 2,000 acres and, with its distinctive modified Georgian architecture, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in America. Enrollment is approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students; an additional 6,000 students are enrolled at Miami's regional facilities in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio. Founded in 1809, the university is located in the Miami Valley region of Ohio and is proud of the ties maintained with the Miami Tribe, now located in Oklahoma.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1809
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $534,315,036


When applying to Miami University--Oxford, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Miami University--Oxford is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 85.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.8%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Miami University--Oxford is 18:1, and the school has 29.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Miami University--Oxford include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Education 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Miami University--Oxford has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,081, with a gender distribution of 48 percent male students and 52 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. Miami University--Oxford is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 17,683
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Miami University--Oxford offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Miami University--Oxford also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Miami University--Oxford, 19 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Miami University--Oxford.

Students who have cars on campus 19%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Miami University--Oxford, 42.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,588.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,799 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $29,589 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,900 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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