Chartered in 1809 and opened in 1823, Miami University is one of the oldest institutes of higher education in the country. Famous alumni include former President of the United States Benjamin Harrison and William Holmes McGuffey, the author of the Eclectic Readers, was a professor at the university when the first two books were published. Miami University is also the founding home of three national fraternities including Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Chi.
Miami University offers bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees and is well-respected as a research-intensive institution. Not only is the school one of the top educational providers in the country, but it is also a social mecca for students. There is an active Greek life, a plethora of student clubs and organizations, and an abundance of activities both on campus and in the surrounding community.
There is a wide array of recreational and sports activities available at several different levels. The school offers intercollegiate sports as well as club sports and intramurals. There are several facilities including a fitness center, outdoor center with a climbing wall, and an equestrian center that allows students to participate in activities not offered by many schools. In addition, there is housing available for students that wish to live on-campus.
Miami University offers more than 100 majors of study to choose from as well as several pre-professional programs that help prepare students for graduate school. There are five undergraduate academic divisions including the College of Arts and Science, the School of Education, Health, and Safety, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, The School of Fine Arts and the Farmer School of Business. Students may choose from such topics as art history, finance, bioengineering and kinesiology as well as the standard majors that are typically found at the university level.
Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree from Miami University may choose from over fifty master’s degrees and nearly 15 doctoral degrees. One of the more unusual degrees offered is in the area of zoology. The school offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in zoology and has the facilities to provide excellent academic training and research experience. This program is recognized as one of the top in the country, as are many of Miami University’s graduate programs.
Other Academic Programs
Miami University offers several programs that either provide more educational opportunities or help students become successful. Some of these programs include freshman year orientation, the sophomore second year program, the Rinella Learning Center, the Study Abroad Program and the Disability Services Office.
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Students applying as freshmen to Miami University will need to submit the Common Application and Miami Supplement to the Common Application along with the application fee, high school transcripts, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and official ACT or SAT scores. Students applying to the School of Fine Arts will also be required to submit a portfolio or schedule an audition depending upon the particular program they wish to enter. Miami accepts applications for the spring term in one application period. Students applying for fall admission may apply in either the Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Admission cycles. There are different deadlines for each cycle so students should decide which cycle is best for them and determine when that deadline is by contacting the university.
Students wishing to apply to one of Miami University’s graduate programs will need to submit their completed application and application fee, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and appropriate graduate school entrance test scores by the deadline dictated by their program of interest. It should be noted that there may be different requirements for certain programs, so students should work closely with their program to be sure that all applications materials are submitted.
Miami University’s graduate programs do require that every student earn a baccalaureate degree prior to being accepted into any program. There are also GPA requirements that may vary per program. Students wishing to apply for assistantships should indicate this when applying for admission.
Transfer and International Students
Transfer and international students should be aware that there are separate application requirements for them. As such, they should work closely with the school in order to make sure that all required materials are submitted.
Financial assistance is available to undergraduate students via need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study programs. Graduate students may also receive assistance in the form of assistantships, scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students wishing to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is available online starting in January. Because many grants and scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, students should apply and complete the FAFSA as early as possible.
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The Miami University Redhawks are an NCAA Division I athletics organization that participates in the Mid-American Conference, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and the U.S. Figure Skating Association. There are a diverse number of opportunities available so students have a wide array of athletic options. Students have the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate sports via men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, swimming and diving and track and field. Men have the additional options of baseball, football, ice hockey and golf while women may also choose to participate in field hockey, softball, soccer, synchronized skating, tennis and volleyball.
In addition to intercollegiate sports, MU offers nearly 50 club sports including ultimate frisbee, baseball, lacrosse, rugby, swimming, and equestrian events. There are also numerous intramural sports available as well as physical fitness facilities so that students may exercise via standard equipment or utilize an ice rink for recreation. For students that are interested in horses, there is an equestrian center that offers not only team competitive events but also lessons, classes and various exhibits and shows. Students may also choose to take a number of horse-related courses for actual credit toward graduation. Finally, the Outdoor Pursuit Center offers academic courses, an indoor climbing wall, center-sponsored trips and activities ahd the opportunity for students to rent outdoor equipment such as backpacks, tents and other equipment.
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- MURedhawks.com The Official Athletic Website of Miami University. CBSSports.com College Network. 2011. Web. 15 July 2011.