Miami University: Narrative Description

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Oxford, OH 45056
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State-related, university, coed. Part of Miami University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1809. Setting: 2,000-acre small town campus with easy access to Cincinnati. Endowment: $265.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $7.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8556 per student. Total enrollment: 17,151. Faculty: 1,161 (849 full-time, 312 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 14,977 applied, 71% were admitted. 37% from top 10% of their high school class, 75% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 102 National Merit Scholars, 412 student government officers. Full-time: 14,727 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 332 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 32 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 2% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, early action, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 1 recommendation. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/31, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 3/15, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $8236 full-time, $760 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $18,236 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1406 full-time, $59 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $7010. College room only: $3510. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Ohio residents receive $9,750 in resident scholarships.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 350 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 24% of eligible men and 27% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Alpha Phi Omega, Miami Marketing Enterprises, Campus Crusade for Christ. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Kids' Fest Weekend, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,970 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. King Library plus 3 others with 2.7 million books, 3 million microform titles, 14,089 serials, 143,868 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11.2 million. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A college town with many beautiful old homes, Oxford, the location of Miami University, is where Professor McGuffey compiled the first of his readers. Recreational facilities provide for tennis, bowling, golf, swimming. The Hueston Woods State Park also provides for swimming, boating, and picnicking.

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