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Admission Review

Miami University is a selective public institution. Each year the number of first-year and transfer applications we receive greatly exceeds the number of spaces available. The number of undergraduate students we can accommodate is limited by several factors, including the physical capacity of our residence halls and the number of faculty we employ. As such, we practice selective admission.

Our review process is comprehensive and individualized; we look at applicants holistically, as Admission staff members read and review the entire contents of every application. We consider many variables during the review process, but rather than evaluating these variables independently, we strive to see the interrelationships between them and to establish the context of a student's achievements and demonstrated potential up to this point in his or her life.

The academic and contextual variables considered in our application review process include the following (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Class rank (6-semester cumulative), if available
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Employment status during high school
  • Extra- and co-curricular involvement
  • First-generation college student status
  • Grade point average (cumulative g.p.a., grade trends)
  • Legacy status (family members that have graduated from Miami)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Life experiences
  • Obstacles overcome
  • Potential contributions to diversity (breadth of experience, geography, ideology, lifestyle, race/ethnicity, world view)
  • Quality of high school (% of graduates going to 4-year colleges)
  • Significant extenuating circumstances
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Special abilities, talents, and achievements
  • Standardized test scores
  • Strength of high school curriculum (depth in each core academic area, honors or accelerated courses, AP/IB courses, PSEO)
  • Strong, ongoing commitment to social service and/or volunteer activities
  • Writing ability