Points of Pride

Miami's Value

  • Miami's ongoing investment in student success has led to the following:

Graduate salary potential among the top tier nationally, according to Payscale.com and Forbes magazine

1st place ranking among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for "efficiently spend(ing) their limited resources in order to produce the highest possible educational quality"

Recognition for academics, affordability/financial aid, and getting "graduates out the door to satisfying and rewarding careers," in the 2017 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Most Bang for Your Tuition Buck, published by The Princeton Review

40th nationwide among public universities in Forbes magazine’s list of Best Value Colleges 2016

  • Miami offers merit scholarship packages for top students, recognizing academic ambition and accomplishment. 67% of the Fall 2016 first-year students received a scholarship or grant from Miami.

  • Factoring in financial aid, 13% of Ohio students pay no tuition and fees and an additional 37% pay less than $5,000 in tuition and fees to attend Miami's Oxford campus. (2016)

  • The Miami Access Initiative ensures that students from an Ohio family with an income of $35,000 or less pay no tuition and fees. (2016)

  • In Miami's ongoing LEAN initiative to reduce costs and maximize efficiency, the University has gained more than $52 million in additional revenues or cost reductions while reinvesting in critical strategic priorities and building academic quality. (2016)

  • In addition to 10 associate degree programs at Miami's campuses in Middletown and Hamilton, 16 majors in 6 bachelor's programs are available at our regional campuses: applied science, commerce, criminal justice, integrative studies, information technology, and nursing. These campuses have among the lowest regional campus tuitions in the state. (2016)

High Academic Standards

  • Miami's student-to-faculty ratio is 17-to-1. 67% of courses have fewer than 30 students. 
(2016)

  • Faculty and skilled instructors (not graduate students) teach 94% of undergraduate credit hours at Miami — the highest percentage of any public university in the state. (2016)

  • Each year, more than 2,000 Miami undergraduates work with professors on funded research, many starting in their freshman year. Approximately 36% of Miami seniors report that they have worked on a research project with a faculty member. (2016)

  • Miami's retention rate of 92% ranks it among the best in the nation for students returning for their sophomore year. 
(2016)

  • Miami ranked 18th among the nation's 25 Best Public Colleges, according to CollegeRaptor.com. Miami is the only Ohio school to make the list. Factors included retention and graduation rates, faculty salaries, ACT scores, selectivity and other data as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics. (2016)

  • G.I. Jobs magazine named Miami a Military Friendly School for 2017 and U.S. News and World Report ranks Miami 47th among "Best Colleges for Veterans."

  • Miami's Farmer School of Business ranked 25th among public universities on College Choice's list of 50 Best Undergraduate Business Schools for 2017. It ranks 38th among private and public business schools on the list.

  • Miami's Institute for Entrepreneurship ranks 8th among publics, and 16th overall nationally, for best entrepreneurship education, according to Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. (2017)

  • The Supply Chain Management Journal ranks Miami's supply chain and operations management program 1st among American public universities without a doctoral program, 3rd among all nondoctoral schools, and 17th overall internationally. (2016)

  • Miami's accountancy program is ranked 3rd in the nation among schools without doctoral accounting programs by Public Accounting Report. Miami's master of economics program is 4th nationally among schools without doctoral economics programs. Job placement for accountancy graduates is 99%. (2016)

  • Great College Deals ranks Miami's disabilities studies program 9th in the nation, from a pool of 60 universities.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Miami's Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) Games Center 25th best in the nation. (2017)

  • In a ranking of the 25 Best Bachelor's Degrees in Special Education for 2017, College Choice included Miami.
  • College Choice ranked Miami University’s software engineering program 7th in its list of the top 20 software engineering programs in the country.

  • According to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools, Miami is ranked among the top 30 schools in the nation for part-time MBA programs. Other Miami graduate programs ranked among the top 100 in their respective program areas include speech-language pathology, English, and history.

  • U.S. News placed Miami on its "Top 30 Public National Universities" list. Overall, Miami ranks 79th among both public and private institutions in U.S. News' ranking of "Best National Universities." U.S. News ranked Miami 31st in the category of "Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools" and 48th in the category of "Best in Undergraduate Business." (2017)

Extracurricular Engagement

  • Nearly 71% of Miami seniors are involved in internships, fieldwork, or co-ops. (2016)

  • Students engage in immersive pre-professional and leadership experiences through the following:

Digital Innovation Centers in Cincinnati and San Francisco

Inside Washington and Inside Hollywood programs

Harry T. Wilks and Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute

Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute

  • Miami earned a spot on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Miami, in its 8th appearance on the honor roll, reports approximately 4,300 students volunteered during the 2014-2015 academic year, clocking in 35,000 hours. (2016)

  • Miami offers unique public service immersion opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels through the Urban Teaching Cohort, the Center for Community Engagement in Cincinnati’s Over- the-Rhine neighborhood, Government Relations Network, and the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs.

  • Miami's Bridges program, focused on diversity, last year hosted 617 high school students, mostly from Ohio, for an overnight campus visit. 588 (97%) of the Bridges participants applied to Miami. Of those who were admitted, 50% are now Miami students.

  • The Miami University chapter of Best Buddies, an organization that promotes inclusion and friendship for people with intellectual disabilities, won the Overall Most Outstanding College Chapter of the Year Award at the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in July, 2015. In October, 2014 the chapter won an Advocacy Award from the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities.

  • Miami was one of 361 universities to receive the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015. As a recipient of this classification, Miami will be included in the announcement of the newly classified and re-classified campuses from the 2015 classification cycle. The classification is effective for 10 years.

  • In the latest Institute for International Education report on the number of students studying abroad, Miami ranks 1st among public doctoral institutions nationwide. The latest figures show approximately 49.1% of Miami students study abroad before they graduate. Miami ranks #22 nationwide among all universities for total number of students, both graduate and undergraduate, studying abroad. (2016)

  • In addition to Miami’s Luxembourg campus, Miami students can study abroad in more than 90 countries. Miami offers more than 350 co-sponsored study abroad programs that permit scholarship transfer. (2016)

  • The Miami University James Lewis Family Mock Trial program team placed 3rd in the nation at the 2016 American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament. This was Miami's 9th consecutive top 10 finish at the national tournament. Miami won the national championship in 2001 and tied for first in 2010. Miami has qualified to appear at the Mock Trial National Tournament for 22 consecutive years, longer than any other program in the country.

First-Rate Facilities

  • Miami has completed a number of new facilities in recent years including a new student center, four new residence halls, two new food service facilities, and an upgrade of the amenities, safety, and capacity of Miami's existing housing and dining facilities. (2016)

  • Miami exceeded a state goal to reduce energy consumption/gross sq. ft. by 20% since 2004. For FY2016, Miami’s energy footprint was reduced 33.3% through commitments such as constructing buildings for LEED certification, geothermal heating/cooling, making strategic energy purchases, and minimizing utility use. (2016)

  • Miami is one of 11 Ohio colleges and universities sharing a five-year, $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant to help increase underrepresented student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) disciplines. 


  • Miami faculty perform significant, socially impactful research ranging from seeking cures for pancreatic cancer to neuroscience studies. The university has three Ohio Centers of Excellence: the Center for Structural Biology and Metabonomics, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the Scripps Gerontology Center. Multidisciplinary research is hosted in the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, the Augmented Reality Center, and the Ecology Research Center, among others.

  • The Scripps Gerontology Center was awarded a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to research older learners and their ability to complete college programs.
  • Miami was included in The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges for 2015, which noted our walkable campus, new bike paths, expanded transit, a major shift to geothermal heating and cooling, a comprehensive storm water master plan, and a commitment to the purchase of local/organic food.

  • Miami University ranks 18th among private and public colleges nationwide for its dining programs, according to thedailymeal.com’s annual list of the “Best Colleges for Food in America” (2015). Miami also earned an "A" on the 2015 Vegan Report Card compiled by Peta2.

  • Since 2004, Miami’s dining services has won more than 50 culinary awards from the National Association of College and University Food Service than any other university in North America, including nine grand prizes and 15 gold prizes in the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Competition.

  • Miami ranks 43rd in Business First's ranking of 499 four-year public institutions based on academic excellence, affordability, diversity and economic strength. Miami has made the top 50 elite list of U.S. public universities each of the three years Business First has conducted the rankings.

Successful Graduates

  • Miami’s four-year graduation rate of 65.5% ranks 21st among U.S. public colleges and universities and 1st among publics in Ohio. The national average is just 40% (for public schools the four-rate is 35%). (2016)

  • Miami’s six-year graduation rate is 79%, including 72.7% for African-American students and 69.4% for Hispanic students, ranking Miami 2nd among Ohio public universities for these groups. Miami’s overall six-year rate is 30th highest among public universities nationwide. (2016)

  • Miami University ranks 15th out of 37 "big" colleges (15,000 or more students) with the best four-year graduation rates by StartClass, an education research site. The list includes public and private universities and colleges.

  • Miami proudly boasts more than 208,00 passionate and successful alumni around the world. (2016)

  • In 2016, Miami made Money magazine's Top 10 list for CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Miami is the only school in the top 10 with two female Fortune 500 CEOs to its credit.

  • Miami ranks 33rd in the world for the number of millionaire alumni it produces, according to EliteTraveler.com. (2016) 

  • More than 95% of Miami's Oxford and Regionals graduates (per surveys and national data) were employed or in graduate school by Fall 2015. (2016)

  • Of the 2014 senior class, 100% of job-seeking student-athletes were employed within one year of graduation. 


  • Miami ranks 14th nationally among state universities for return on investment for graduates with humanities majors, according to Payscale.com. (2015)

  • In 2015-2016, about 1,800 employers recruited Miami students and placed more than 6,200 internship and job postings on the university's electronic job board. More than 5,100 on-campus interviews were conducted by 283 employers with more than 1,900 students.

  • Miami ranks 1st among public universities in Ohio for return on investment, according to PayScale's College ROI Report. (2017)

  • Miami ranks 1st among public universities in Ohio for best salary potential after graduation, according to the 2015-2016 College Salary Report by PayScale.com. Among Ohio's public universities, Miami has the highest-paid graduates on two lists — for all alumni (including those with graduate degrees) and those with only bachelor's degrees.

  • Miami students routinely get accepted into graduate and professional schools:

58.3% of Miami undergraduate applicants were accepted into medical school from 2012-15, compared to 43% nationally. (2016)

98% of senior Miami applicants were accepted to law school from 2014-15, compared to an 86% national average for the same period. (2016)

  • Among Ohio public universities, Miami graduates the highest percentage and the 2nd highest number of undergraduate students in the “hard sciences” (biological sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics).