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Parents of Prospective Students

Hello! We want to welcome you to Miami University. This website is designed especially for parents of prospective students! We recognize the importance of making an informed college choice and want to help you in any way that we can.

In addition to finding your answers here, we encourage you to visit our beautiful campus in Oxford, Ohio. We hope you'll agree that Miami deserves its reputation as one of the most outstanding public undergraduate institutions in the country.

--The Office of Admission

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Admission Review
See the list of variables considered in Miami's selective application review process.

General Bulletin
View the General Bulletin to find information on academic policies, program requirements, and course descriptions.

Additional Resources

Parents Office
The Parents Office at Miami provides a wealth of helpful information for parents of prospective students as well as those of current students. From planning calendars and directories to travel information and official reports, you will find all the resources you need for active participation in your student's college experience!

College doesn't just happen; you have to work to make it a reality. This site provides a wealth of information on the specific steps you need to take, with valuable tools and resources to help you along the way.

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10 Steps to Start the College Search

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    Step one

    Make this a family project.


    While it's appropriate for students to take the lead in their college search, parents play a vital role in encouraging, supporting, and guiding their student through the search process.

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    Step two

    Guide your student to include challenging courses in their schedule.


    Successfully completing advanced-level courses helps students develop the academic rigor, discipline, and study habits necessary to succeed in college. Miami and other universities consider the strength of a student's high school curriculum when reviewing applications.

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    Step three

    Encourage your student to take the ACT or SAT several times.


    Settle your student's nerves by helping them become familiar with college admission tests. Often, students first take one of the tests in spring of their junior year and again in the fall of their senior year. Have your student send Miami their scores to get a head start on their application. Miami's codes are ACT 3294; SAT 1463. We only use the best score when considering applications and scholarships.

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    Step four

    Study colleges' academic priorities


    All schools say they're focused on their students. But to find out what they mean by this, look beyond the student/faculty ratio. Are introductory courses taught by senior professors or by graduate assistants? Are undergraduate students encouraged to participate in meaningful research with mentoring professors? In U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2012” Miami ranks in the top three for “Best Teaching” with Princeton and Dartmouth tied for 1st and Miami 3rd. With that accolade, it’s no surprise that each year more than 2,000 undergraduates work with professors on funded research, sometimes as early as their first year. 

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    Step five

    Take a holistic look at the schools.


    While students are in college to get an education and prepare for their professional careers, life outside the classroom is also a big part of the equation. Students need to feel like they can fit in and find a place for themselves. Miami is a welcoming, social campus. Living in this college town creates close friendships that last a lifetime. Students have formed more than 400 clubs with themes of service, sports, career-related, spiritual, arts, and Greek life. Your student will find a niche (and probably more than one!) among all the choices.

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    Step six

    Visit the campus—seeing is believing.


    Researching rankings and academic programs help you evaluate a university, but a campus visit breathes life into what you've read. It gives you and your student the opportunity to discover the atmosphere and energy of a school. We encourage you to visit the Miami campus: stroll our tree-lined lawns. Chat with our friendly students and enthusiastic faculty. Find out if your student feels at home here. Make your reservation at

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    Step seven

    Investigate internship opportunities.


    Ask how universities help their students find internships. Miami students network with the Career Services Office and their internship fairs and database, with professors, and with our 200,000 loyal alumni to make internship and career connections. In fact, more than 70% of seniors report that they've participated in at least one internship.

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    Step eight

    Compare graduation rates.


    What percentage of students who enter a college continue on to their sophomore year and on to graduation? These rates indicate the academic guidance and support students receive. Miami students finish their degrees in less time than students at any other public university in Ohio, with a median time to degree completion of 3.7 years; 70% graduate in four years. On average, 81% of our students graduate, among the highest graduation rate nationally, in the top 10 among public universities (excluding military academies), and first in Ohio.

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    Step nine

    Look into school's job placement rates.


    What is the school's reputation among employers and other universities? One measure of a Miami education is the endorsement of the companies that hire our graduates. In a time when these companies are cutting back on campus interviews nationwide, Miami continues to attract record numbers of employers, with nearly twice as many employers recruiting at Miami than at other universities our size. Miami students' acceptance rate to professional school is significantly above the national average. Our law school rate is 97% for seniors (national average is 80%). Our medical school rate is 64% for undergraduates (national average is 46%).

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    Step ten

    Calculate your return on investment.


    There's no way around it: college is a significant investment. Miami works to help make it an affordable one. Overall in 2011-2012, 70 percent of entering freshmen received a scholarship or grant from Miami. And a Miami degree pays dividends for a lifetime. SmartMoney Magazine ranks Miami 9th nationally for return on tuition investment. Miami ranks 1st in Ohio and 34th nationally among public universities for best salary potential after graduation, according to

Measures of Quality

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    We encourage you to explore the latest version of our Report Card, which highlights facts and other measures of quality for 2013–2014.

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    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA


    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info:

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    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info:

  • Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info:

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info:

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    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: