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Location
Oxford, OH
Undergrads
14,657
Tuition (in-state)
$29,158 ($13,594)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many of the professors i've seen are dedicated to encouraging the students to work smarter and not harder. Some even shape the way they teach differently in an attempt to help the students understand concepts by looking at the big picture and working their way down to the specifics and explaining how multiple concepts fit together.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Because the zoology program has been lumped in with the micro-bio, biology, and botany programs, the specific opportunities for strictly zoological studies is rare or non-existent.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a nationally ranked faculty that lives up to their accolades.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: In my major there are a variety of opportunities that can be found but there are even more that are presented to you.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging, but that's what I like. I want to9 struggle and then come up knowing I can do just fine.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 50th
    Best Course Variety
  • 267th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 436th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 483rd
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

At Miami University, students generally have the option to choose how difficult their schedules will be. Just like nearly every other college, Miami does have some standard "easy A" classes, but there are also a number of very challenging courses. The difficulty of each class usually has to do with the teacher and the amount of effort the student is willing to put in.

Miami's faculty is truly a well-educated and very involved bunch. The professors here are not only usually very knowledgeable on their subject matter, but the majority of them make themselves easily accessible to students through e-mail and office hours, and some even distribute their home phone numbers in class. However, there is not much a professor can do when a student is just not interested in the material, and with the Miami Plan still in existence, incoming students are likely going to be required to take a couple classes they don't enjoy. The Miami Plan is the main foundation of the liberal arts education received at the University—all incoming students are required to complete a series of core classes in topics ranging from math to art. While some students complain about the Miami Plan, others say they enjoy taking classes that allows them to explore other areas of interest.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
851
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
270
Total FT Faculty
851
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$73,415
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
80%
Programs/Majors Offered
130
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 32%
  • 20 to 49 students: 57%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Science
  • Farmer School of Business
  • School of Education, Health, and Society
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Fine Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Distance learning
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Miami offers online and hybrid (mix of online and on-campus) classes.
Best Places to Study
  • Brill Library
  • Gaskill Library
  • King Library
  • Psychology Building
  • Residence hall basements
  • Residence hall lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Communicate with other students in your classes.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your professors for help.
  • Go to class!
  • Join a student organization as soon as possible.
  • Learn your "Plus Number."
  • Make friends with someone who has a car.
  • Read The Miami Student and keep up-to-date with all campus news.
  • Use the resources at King and the other libraries. Libraries really aren't scary.
Did You Know?
Miami is one of the eight original Public Ivy League schools.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 29% Ben Rothlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
  • 21% Paul Ryan
  • 15% Benjamin Harrison - 23rd U.S. president
  • 12% Richard T. Farmer - chairman, Cintas Corporation
  • 8% Paul Brown - former NFL coach
  • 8% Zach Dysert - NFL Player
  • 2% Nick Lachey (transferred) - singer, reality TV star
  • 2% Wally Szczerbiak - former NBA player
  • 2% Ron Harper - NBA guard
  • 2% Paul Brown - Hall of Coach
  • 0% Rita Dove - youngest United States poet laureate
  • 0% Whitelaw Reid - politician and newspaper editor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 86 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 87 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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