Miami University-Oxford: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the Miami University in Oxford, OH. Learn about its admission info, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Miami University

Miami University in Oxford, OH, was founded in 1809, but did not begin serving students until 1824. After a brief closure during the 1870s and 1880s due to funding issues, the university was able to reopen in 1885. Currently, the university maintains five campuses with the main campus located about 35 minutes north of Cincinnati. Regional campuses are in the Ohio cities of Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester; the school also has a European center in Luxemburg.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Miami University third best in the nation for undergraduate teaching in 2012. It has also been listed as a top 100 best value by Kiplinger every year since 1998.


Miami University is a public institution that offers degree programs in more than 100 areas through its six colleges and schools. Associate's, bachelors', master's, and doctoral degree programs are awarded in a variety of disciplines. Some certificate programs are also available.

Business, marketing, accounting, and related subjects were the most popular bachelor's degree programs at the university in 2011, with 931 degrees being awarded that year. Miami's business program, offered through the Farmer School of Business, is ranked 23rd in the US, and its entrepreneurship program is among the top 20 in the nation.

Other academic divisions at Miami University include the College of Arts and Science, the School of Creative Arts, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Education, Health, and Society. There is also a Graduate Studies school offering over 50 master's and 14 doctoral programs.


Prospective Miami University students may apply using the Common Application and Miami supplement, both of which are found on the university's website. Submitted materials must include one teacher recommendation, an official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores sent from the testing agency. A $50 fee or official fee waiver form is also required when submitting the application and supplement.

Some of the university's programs have requirements in addition to the standard admissions application. Many creative arts majors must audition or submit a portfolio of work for their chosen area of study. Honors Program applicants are required to write an essay as part of the admissions process.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012 tuition rate for an undergraduate Ohio resident is $13,067 per year, including instructional and general fees. Housing, meals, and additional fees for facilities and transportation bring the estimated annual cost to $24,143. Non-resident undergraduates can expect to pay approximately $39,707 per year with the same fees and room/board rates, but a higher base tuition rate of $28,631.

Three-quarters of Miami University students received some form of financial aid for the 2010-2011 academic year. Tuition may be offset by scholarships, grants, or wages earned through work-study programs. Federal and private student loans are also available.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None **
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Distant town**
Student Body 14,936 undergraduates, 2,459 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Over 30 residence halls & on-campus apartments*
Schools and Programs 6 colleges & schools, more than 100 majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: General studies (138)
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing, & related (931)
Master's: Education (117)
PhD: Psychology (13)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 71% in 4 years
83% in 6 years
83% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 74% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Roughly 3,500 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 83% (Full-time students)
33% (Part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 572 Verbal & 597 Math in 2011*
Application Due Date Freshman: February 1st for regular decision; November 15th for early decision*
Decision Notification Date March 15th for regular decision; December 15th for early decision*
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate tuition is $13,067 for OH residents, $28,631 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (21%), Pell grants (18%), other federal grants (21%), state and local grants/scholarships (10%), institutional grants/scholarships (67%), federal loans (47%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Miami University in Oxford, OH; **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Miami University, Campus Avenue Bldg., 301 S. Campus Ave, Oxford, OH 45056-3434
  • Phone: (513) 529-2531
  • Website:

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