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Music and Architecture Recognized in 2016 Fiske Guide

Miami's Public Ivy experience lauded in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016

by Margo Kissell, university news and communications

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016 recognizes Miami University for "gaining national recognition as an excellent state university that has the true look and feel of a private." It has one of the best graduation rates in the nation among public institutions.

Colleges featured in the guide's list of "best and most interesting" schools are selected with several broad principles in mind, beginning with academic quality.

Students walking near Miami's Bell Tower.

Read more about Miami's Public Ivy experience (photo by Scott Kissell).

Highlights of Miami's 2016 entry include its high-caliber student body, beautiful campus, professors' knowledge and willingness to help, as well as the university's emphasis on study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities. Each year, more than 2,000 Miami undergraduates work with professors on funded research, many starting in their freshman year.

"Miami University of Ohio, with its strong emphasis on liberal arts and its opportunities for research, travel abroad and leadership, is looked upon as one of the rising stars among state institutions," the guide says. " The school effectively combines a wide range of academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller upscale institutions."

Miami's architecture major is among 21 similar programs at public universities cited for its strength.  Among the other pre-professional areas highlighted by the editors, Miami's business program is one of 34 public universities highlighted for strength. Miami also is among a list of 24 strong music programs at major universities (public and private.)