Oxford, OH
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is a classic beauty to Miami Campus. There is a lot of grass and outdoor space to use and enjoy the scenery and wildlife on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have state-of-the-art facilities that are always conveniently available.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's always something to do on campus! You have to actually try to be bored lol!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The most exciting and unique part of my school, to me, is the major that I added to Marketing called Interactive Media Studies. This major is not available at many schools and I think the program Miami offers for it will set me apart in the growing media world.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Miami is a gorgeous campus. Beautiful green quads, extremely clean and well kept. There are plenty of places to eat, study and hangout.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 97th
    Best Library
  • 130th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 282nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 327th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1231st
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The facilities on Miami's campus are phenomenal. Whether it is on the on-campus restaurants, the technologically advanced computer labs, or the workout center, Miami has spent its money well. All of the buildings on campus are brick and beautiful, as well as functional and luxurious on the inside. Some of the older dorms could use some work, but they are typically nicer than the dorms you’d usually find at a public university.

When asked about the best facilities on Miami's campus, the Recreational Center is usually first on the list. With an Olympic-sized pool and a full rock-climbing wall, it is easily the nicest workout center in Ohio. All of the machines are state-of-the-art and well maintained, and there are workout classes offered to students at all times of the day. The third floor is a full track that overlooks the four basketball courts below. There are vending machines here that offer typical snacks and refreshments, but they are hardly used due to the kiosk Hydrations, which provides smoothies and healthy food options. The classrooms at Miami are state-of-the-art, as well. Many classrooms provide Smart Boards, and those that don’t have slide projectors that students can copy notes from.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
2,000 acres
Student Centers
Phillip R. Shriver Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Amos Music Library
  • Brill Science Library
  • King Library
  • Wertz Art & Architecture Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bell Tower Place
  • King Library
  • Outside in the quads
  • Uptown
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
King Café
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
The University is involved with green initiatives. It participates in Recyclemania and is constantly looking for ways to conserve energy. The University even has a wind turbine!
School Slang
  • The Arch: Upham Arch, located by the Hub under Upham Hall in the academic quad
  • CAB Building: Campus Avenue Building, located on the corner of Spring Street and Campus Avenue; this building houses the bursar's office, registration, and student employment, among many other offices.
  • CPPO: The Career Planning and Placement Office, located in Hoyt Hall on Western Campus
  • Frolf: Frisbee golf, a popular game students play in their free time; Miami's frolf course is on Western Campus.
  • Ghetto: Nickname for the neighborhood immediately to the north of campus; also the site of Miami's popular annual GhettoFest
  • The Hub: The Miami seal in the center of campus near the academic quad
  • J.Crew U.: One of Miami's many nicknames; this one refers to the unofficial dress code and the dressy appearance of most Miami students.
  • Late Night: Planned parties that don't get underway until 2 a.m. Most occur at fraternity houses, but some regular student houses have hosted late nights, as well.
  • The Metro: Miami's public transportation system, which has four routes; the Red and Yellow routes run north and south, while the Blue and Green buses run east and west. There are also two express routes that circle the immediate campus.
  • Plus Number: Your student ID number
  • Rape Van: The crude nickname students give the Campus Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) van
  • The Rec: Recreational Sports Center, located south of campus
  • Sex pants: Tight black pants worn by uptown Miami girls
  • Slant Walk: The slanted sidewalk that runs through the middle of the academic quad to the corner of Campus Avenue and High Street; in a city and campus that was planned using a grid system, this sidewalk really stands out.
  • Townies: Permanent Oxford residents
  • Uptown: Oxford's shopping and restaurant district; High Street is the main road through this slightly inclined area of Oxford.
  • Walk of Shame: When a girl spends the night at a guy's place after a night out and must walk home the next day in her "sex pants" and tube top
  • The Seal: Students avoid stepping on the Miami seal at the Hub in the heart of campus. It is believed that doing so will cause you to fail your next exam.
  • The Sundial: If you happen to misstep and land on the seal, you can walk to central quad and rub the turtles' heads that support the sundial. Do this and you will ace your next exam.
  • Upham Arch & Miami Mergers: If you really want to marry your sweetheart, kiss him or her under the Upham Arch at the stroke of midnight. Rumor has it your fate is sealed if you do this. The percentage of students who meet and marry a fellow Miamian is a whopping 8.5 percent, and "Miami Mergers" receive Valentines from the University for the rest of their lives.
  • Victory Bell: The bell travels between Miami and the University of Cincinnati depending on which football team wins the rivalry each year. This tradition began in the 1890s.
Urban Legends
  • In April 1953, Ron Tammen, a Miami student, left his Fisher Hall room and never returned. His roommate came home to find the lights on and Tammen's psychology book open as if he had been studying. Tammen was never found, alive or dead. His fate remains a mystery, but people claim to have seen his ghost. Fischer Hall was demolished in 1978 and replaced by the Marcum Conference Center.
  • In May 1959, an RA, Roger Sayles, was shot and killed when he attempted to break up an argument between one of his residents and another Miami student. His bloody handprints supposedly remain under a coat of varnish on a doorway in the hall. Strange noises are reportedly heard in the general area where the argument occurred and in the bathroom where Roger crawled after the shooting.
  • It is said that if you drive to Earhart Road, face south, and flash your headlights three times, you will see the headlights of a ghostly motorcycle appear and disappear at the curve where the rider died. Tip: Remove your keys from the ignition and set them on your dashboard before you flash your lights.
  • Ms. Peabody, the principal of the Western Female Seminary, allegedly haunts Peabody Hall. The seminary was located on Western Campus before it became integrated with Miami University. Ms. Peabody did not like the Miami men and apparently still holds a grudge against them to this day. Most of her "victims" are men who either report strange disturbances in their rooms or who have seen her ghost on campus grounds.
Favorite Things To Do
Many Miami students enjoy playing broomball or other intramural sports, and there are often big name artists who come to campus and play at Millett Hall. In recent years, the University has hosted Bob Dylan, Moby, Guster, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, John Mayer, Counting Crows, 50 Cent, G. Love and Special Sauce, Phantom Planet, and Howie Day. Band Fusion is a large concert hosted every spring and is usually a hit with students. Students involved with sororities and fraternities never seem to lack entertainment options, as philanthropic events are hosted all year long.

Miami offers an After Dark program, which gives students free on-campus entertainment opportunities on Friday nights after 10 p.m. The weekend, of course, belongs to Uptown, which is the best place for students at Miami. Concerts, shows, and Greek initiations usually take place on campus, and if that does not suit you, there are pool tables in almost every dorm.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 300 student organizations. Students can sign into the Student Organizations Portal for more information about starting a new organization.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 96 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 54% Green Beer Day
  • 23% Upham Arch & Miami Mergers
  • 23% The Seal
  • 0% The Sundial
  • 0% Victory Bell

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 43% Outside in the quads
  • 29% Uptown
  • 14% King Library
  • 7% Bell Tower Place
  • 7% Armstrong Student Center

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 36% Teacher's aids
  • 27% Offices
  • 27% Dividends
  • 9% Armstrong

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 42% Up town
  • 26% Hockey
  • 21% The Rec
  • 11% Cook Field

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 120 responses

  • 14% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 22% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 43% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 21% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 103 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 37% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Peabody Hall is haunted
  • 38% The seal
  • 25% The cook field house has an underground tunnel.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 57% Dining halls
  • 29% Armstrong
  • 14% Rec center


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