Miami's official admission policy is in The Student Handbook, available online at www.muohio.edu/handbook.
The State of Ohio limits the number of students who can enroll at the Oxford campus, which means Miami must be selective in admissions, accepting only a portion of those who apply.
You may apply for admission online, download and print an application, or request undergraduate application materials from:
Office of Admission
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, Ohio 45056-3434
Phone: 513-529-2531 (TTY accessible)
Admission information for international students and for Hamilton and Middletown campuses appears later in this chapter.
Freshman Admission Standards
Freshman admission to the Oxford campus is based upon high school performance (curriculum, grade point average, and class rank), test scores (ACT and/or SAT I), essay, high school experience and community activities, and recommendation of your high school. Personal interviews are not required.
Students who have not graduated from a state-chartered high school or have not earned a General Educational Development (GED) certificate must submit descriptions of their curriculum and educational resources used during the last four years. If sufficient information to assess academic achievement and ability is not provided, samples of work in such areas as English, mathematics, natural science, social studies, foreign language, and fine arts may be requested.
Special abilities, talents, and achievements, as well as diversity of the student body, are also considered in making admission decisions. The university believes that diversity enhances the quality of education its students receive. Diversity may include socioeconomic factors, under-enrolled minority group members, career interests, artistic abilities, geographical backgrounds, and other special characteristics.
For information about open admission for freshmen to Hamilton and Middletown campuses, see that section in this chapter and the Hamilton and Middletown Campuses chapter.
High School Preparation
To be admitted to Miami, you must have ordinarily earned a high school diploma from a state-chartered high school or have a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Alternatively educated students without a GED certificate can be considered for admission by presenting credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of academic achievement, ability, and performance. (Please contact the appropriate admission office for guidelines.)
All candidates are also expected to have completed:
- four units of college preparatory English
- three units of college preparatory mathematics (at least to the Algebra II level)
- three units of college preparatory natural science (including both a physical and a biological science)
- three units of college preparatory social studies (including one unit of history)
- two units of foreign language, both in the same language
- one unit of fine arts, including art, drama, dance, or music, either appreciation or performance
Making Up Requirements
If you have otherwise qualified for admission, but not fulfilled these unit prerequisites, you must complete them before you graduate with a baccalaureate degree from Miami. These regular courses will count toward graduation, and many of them can fulfill other university requirements. Normally, students complete these prerequisites within their first 64 credit hours of college work.
The following courses will fulfill the requirements:
English: Complete the English composition requirement of the Miami Plan; no additional courses are required.
Natural Science, Social Studies: Complete natural science and social science requirements of the Miami Plan; no additional courses are required.
Mathematics: Complete MTH 102 Intermediate Algebra, or MTH 104 Precalculus with Algebra, or another math course of at least three credit hours at the level of MTH 123 or higher.
Fine Arts: Complete the fine arts requirement of the Miami Plan; no additional courses are required.
Foreign Language: Take one year of foreign language selected from the following beginning level sequences (or higher level courses):
Arabic 101 and 102
Chinese 101 and 102
French 101 and 102
German 101 and 102
German 111 and 201
Greek 101 and 102
Hebrew 101 and 102
Italian 101 and 102
Japanese 101 and 102
Latin 101 and 102
Portuguese 101 and 102
Russian 101 and 102
Spanish 101 and 102
These prerequisites are not required in order to earn a two-year degree. Students who continue their studies to earn a baccalaureate degree, however, are required to fulfill these standards.
Students graduating from high school prior to 1986 must have completed 17 units of study; at least 10 of those units must include any combination of English, speech, mathematics, science, history, social studies, and foreign language.
Students who qualify for admission by earning the General Educational Development (GED) certificate must submit a transcript of completed high school course work to evaluate fulfillment of these standards. Credentials of alternatively educated students will be evaluated to determine fulfillment of these standards.
ACT or SAT I Scores
Miami requires official scores on the ACT or the SAT I. Exceptions to this are if you have been out of high school five or more years or have already completed 29 transfer credits.
You can take either test. These tests must be taken at an authorized testing center on one of the national testing dates. Test scores must be sent by the testing agency.
Registration forms are available at your high school; you must complete them several weeks before the test date.
Freshmen admitted to the Oxford campus (except those who reside with their parents, legal guardians, or spouses; are at least 21 years of age; or are married) must live in university residence halls. For information about the housing requirement for transfer students, see "Transfer Student Admission."
See more about residence halls in the General Information chapter.
Medical and Insurance Requirements
You are required to complete medical forms for the Student Health Service. Students under age 30 must present proof of immunity for measles (rubeola). Within the first three months of entering Miami, some international students will be notified of the requirement of a tuberculin skin test. Failure to meet immunization requirements will prevent course registration.
You must have health and accident insurance. If you are not covered by another policy, you must buy the university-sponsored coverage. The insurance rate is in the Fees and Expenses chapter.
Freshmen who live within commuting distance and live in the home of their parents, legal guardians, or spouses may apply to the Oxford campus. See Freshmen Admission Standards for information regarding admission.
The Hamilton and Middletown campuses are commuter campuses and have an open enrollment policy for freshmen. Local area residents who are not accepted to the Oxford campus can begin their Miami studies by commuting to the Hamilton or Middletown campus. After completing 20 semester hours in good academic standing at a regional campus, they can continue at the Oxford campus.
International Student Admission
Basic requirements for admission of international students to undergraduate study include:
- Completion of formal secondary education in a pre-university curriculum that culminates in the award of a secondary school diploma or certificate which is generally recognized as the educational qualification necessary to gain admission to higher studies in your own country.
- Adequate financial support
- English language ability sufficient for you to undertake a full course of study. See the following section, "English Proficiency."
- Scores on the SAT I or CEEB achievement tests are required only for admission of international students from Canada, those who are attending U.S. secondary schools or secondary schools in another country that follow a U.S. high school curriculum, and those who intend to participate in the intercollegiate athletic program and need to comply with NCAA eligibility requirements.
International applicants (nonimmigrants with F-1 or J-1 visa status) whose native language is not English are required to submit evidence of English proficiency prior to their admission. In most cases, applicants will need to present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning this examination and location of test centers can be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A. or at www.toefl.org.
Undergraduate international students, like all Miami undergraduates, must satisfy the freshman English requirement. If you are accepted, you will take a Department of English placement examination before you register for classes. The score on this test determines whether you will be placed in English (ENG) 108, 109, or 111 (regular beginning freshman course).
ENG 108 is a pre-freshman level course designed to provide international students with basic competence in written and oral English. ENG 108 is followed by 109, similar to ENG 111 except ENG 109 concentrates on special needs of non-native speakers.
All students who begin in ENG 108 or 109 take ENG 112, which completes the freshman English requirement. This can be completed in two semesters or three, depending on whether you were first placed in ENG 108 or 109.
Non-native speakers can get additional practice in the use of written and spoken English at the Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Assistance Center, 23 Campus Avenue Building.
Information and Application
Information and admission application forms for undergraduate admission are available online (www.muohio.edu/apply/) and from:
Office of Admission
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, Ohio 45056-3434
Transfer Student Admission
If you attended another college after high school and registered for one or more courses, you must apply for admission to Miami as a transfer student. Credit earned at another college is subject to transfer regulations.
Information on transfer admission and services is in the brochure Opportunities and Guidelines for Transfer Students, available from the Office of Admission.
You are required to have earned a high school diploma and have a minimum of 2.0 g.p.a. on your college courses to be eligible for transfer admission. Transfer students are responsible for meeting all requirements that are in effect when they first enroll as degree candidates.
If you graduated from high school after 1985, you are required to complete admission prerequisites to earn a baccalaureate degree. These are listed under "High School Preparation" in this chapter. If you did not complete these specific curriculum standards in high school or at the college(s) you attended, you must fulfill them in the same manner described for beginning freshmen.
Transfer and Articulation Policy
The Ohio Board of Regents developed a statewide policy to facilitate the movement of students and transfer of credits throughout Ohio's state-assisted higher education system.
The Transfer Module is a set of core courses that all Ohio public colleges and universities have agreed will count for credit at any Ohio school. It contains 54-60 quarter hours or 36-40 semester hours of specified courses in English composition, mathematics, fine arts, humanities, social science, behavioral science, natural science, physical science, and interdisciplinary course work.
If you have successfully completed the Transfer Module at an Ohio college or university, you will be considered to have fulfilled the Transfer Module at Miami. Additional Miami Plan requirements that are not included in the Transfer Module, however, may be required.
The policy encourages preferential consideration for admission to students who complete the Transfer Module and either the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree (60 semester hours) with an overall 2.0 g.p.a. Students should understand, however, that admission to a given institution does not guarantee admission to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration. Once admitted, transfer students will be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as all other students. Furthermore, transfer students will be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as all other students on the basis of credits earned. All residency requirements must be successfully completed at the receiving institution prior to the granting of a degree.
In order to facilitate maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study that will meet requirements of a degree program at the receiving institution. Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are language requirements or special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will articulate with the receiving institution's major. Students are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer from both their adviser and the college or university to which they plan to transfer. Students can appeal through the academic department and a university committee on the applicability of transfer credit. A statewide appeals committee considers appeals not satisfied at the university level.
Transfer Module (TM) for Miami University
Important: Please refer to the Courses of Instruction section for a full course
description and other details.
||Six (6) hours of English composition:
ENG 111 College Composition (MPF) (3) and
ENG 112 Composition and Literature (MPF) (3) or
ENG 113 Advanced College Compositon (MPF) (3)
|Mathematics and Statistics
||Select any three (3) hours from:
MTH 151 Calculus I (MPF, MPT) (3)
MTH 153 Calculus I (MPF, MPT) (3)*
MTH 249 Calculus II (MPF) (3)
STA 261 Statistics (MPF, MPT) (4)
||Select at least three (3) hours from:
ARC 188 Ideas in Western Architecture (MPF) (3)
ARC 221 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (MPF) (3)
ARC 222 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (MPF) (3)
ART 181 Concepts in Art (MPF) (3)
ART 185 Asian Art in Context: India and Southeast Asia (MPF) (3)
ART 186 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (MPF, MPT) (3)
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Gothic (MPF) (3)
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern (MPF) (3)
ART 189 History of Western Dress (MPF, MPT) (3)
ART 280 Art and Politics: The Body in Art (MPF, MPT) (3)
MUS 135 Understanding Jazz, Its History and Evolution (MPF, MPT) (3)
MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (MPF) (3)
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Muisc (MPF) (3)
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (MPF, MPT) (3)
THE 191 Theatre Appreciation (MPF, MPT) (3) and
Select six (6) hours from any of the following two areas:
EDL 204 Sociocultural Studies in Education (MPF, MPT) (3)
FST 201 Introduction to Film Criticism and History (MPF, MPT) (3)
WCP 111 Creativity and Culture I (MPF) (3)
WCP 112 Creativity and Culture II (MPF) (3)
||AMS 101 Introduction to American Studies (MPF) (3)
HST 111 Survey of American History (MPF) (3)
HST 112 Survey of American History (MPF) (3)
HST 121 Western Civilization (MPF) (3)
HST 122 Western Civilization (MPF) (3)
HST 224 Africa in History (MPF) (3) or
Africa in History (MPF) (3)
||CHI 255 Drama in China and Japan in Translation (MPF) (3) or
JPN 255 Drama in China and Japan in Translation (MPF) (3)
CLS 121 Introduction to Classical Mythology (MPF, MPT) (3)
ENG 121 Comedy or Tragedy (MPF) (3)
ENG 122 Popular Literature (MPF) (3)
ENG 123 Introduction to Poetry (MPF) (3)
ENG 124 Introduction to Fiction (MPF) (3)
ENG 125 Introduction to Drama (MPF) (3)
ENG 131 Life and Thought in English Literature (MPF, MPT) (3)
Life and Thought in English Literature (MPF, MPT) (3)
ENG 133 Life and Thought in English Literature (MPF, MPT) (3)
ENG 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (MPF) (3)
ENG 141 Life and Thought in American Literature (MPF) (3)
Life and Thought in American Literature (MPF) (3)
ENG 143 Life and Thought in American Literature (MPF) (3)
ENG 144 Major American Authors (MPF) (3)
ENG 161 Literature and Politics (MPF) (3)
ENG 162 Literature and Identity (MPF) (3)
ENG 163 Literature and Travel (MPF) (3)
Literature and Technology (MPF) (3)
ENG 165 Literature and Sexuality (MPF) (3)
FRE 131 Masterpieces of French Culture in Translation (MPF) (3)
GER 231 Folk and Literary Fairy Tales (MPF, MPT) (3)
GER 251 German Literature in Translation: Changing Concepts of the Self (MPF, MPT) (3)
RUS 137 Russian Folklore (MPF, MPT) (3)
RUS 255 Russian Literature from Pushkin to Dostoevsky in
English Translation (MPF, MPT) (3) or
ENG 255 Russian Literature from Pushkin to Dostoevsky in
English Translation (MPF, MPT) (3)
||PHL 101 Knowledge of World, God, and Morality (MPF, MPT) (3)
PHL 103 Society and the Individual (MPF) (3)
PHL 104 Purpose or Chance in the Universe (MPF, MPT) (3)
PHL 105 Theories of Human Nature (MPF, MPT) (3)
PHL 131 Problems of Moral and Social Values (MPF, MPT) (3)
|REL 101 Varieties of Religious Expression (MPF, MPT) (3)
REL 102 Religion and Modern Culture (MPF, MPT) (3)
REL 103 Religion, History, and Society (MPF, MPT) (3)
REL 213 Judaism in the Modern World (MPF, MPT) (3)
| Social Sciences
||Take six (6) hours from two of the following areas:
ATH 155 Cultures in Context (MPF) (4)
BWS 151 Introduction to Black World Studies (MPF, MPT) (4)
COM 143 Introduction to Mass Communication (MPF) (3)
SPA 223 Theories of Language Development (3)
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (MPF, MPT) (3)
ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (MPF, MPT) (3)
EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social
and Educational Contexts (MPF) (3)
FSW 160 Family Relations: Historical and Comparative Analysis (MPF, MPT) (3)
FSW 162 Men in Families: A Critical Analysis of Selected Topics (MPF, MPT) (3) or
NSG 162 Men in Families: A Critical Analysis of Selected Topics (MPF) (3)
FSW 261 Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle (MPF, MPT) (3)
GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity (MPF, MPT) (3)
GEO 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues (MPF, MPT) (3)
POL 141 American Political System (MPF, MPT) (4)
POL 201 Political Thinking (MPF, MPT) (4)
POL 261 Public Administration (MPF, MPT) (4)
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (MPF) (4)
SOC 151 Social Relations (MPF) (4)
GTY 154 Aging in American Society (MPF, MPT) (3)
Law and Society (MPF) (3)
PHS 276 The Meaning of Leisure (MPF) (3)
WMS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies (MPF, MPT) (3)
WCP 131 Social Systems I (MPF) (3)
WCP 132 Social Systems II (MPF) (3)
||Take three (3) hours from:
ART 279 Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (MPF) (4) or
JPN 279 Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (MPF) (4) or
REL 279 Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (MPF) (4)
ATH 175 Peoples of the World (MPF, MPT) (3)
ATH 207 Civilization of the Middle East (MPF) (3) or
GEO 207 Civilization of the Middle East (MPF) (3) or
HST 207 Civilization of the Middle East (MPF) (3) or
REL 207 Civilization of the Middle East (MPF) (3)
ATH 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF) (3) or
GEO 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF) (3) or
HST 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF) (3) or
ITS 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF) (3) or
POL 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF) (3) or
SOC 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF) (3)
ATH 209 Civilization of Africa (MPF) (3) or
Civilization of Africa (MPF) (3) or
GEO 209 Civilization of Africa (MPF) (3) or
HST 209 Civilization of Africa (MPF) (3) or
REL 209 Civilization of Africa (MPF) (3)
CLS 101 Greek Civilization in its Mediterranean Context (MPF, MPT) (3)
GEO 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues (MPF, MPT) (3)
Africa in History (MPF) (3) or
HST 224 Africa in History (MPF) (3)
The Making of Modern Africa (MPF) (3) or
HST 225 The Making of Modern Africa (MPF) (3)
World History to 1500 (MPF) (3)
World History Since 1500 (MPF) (3)
IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity (MPF) (3)
ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies (MPF, MPT) (3)
LAS 207 Latin American Civilization (MPF) (3)
LAS 208 Latin American Civilization (MPF, MPT) (3)
POL 221 Modern World Governments (MPF) (4)
POL 271 World Politics (MPF, MPT) (4)
WCP 231 Social Systems III (MPF) (4)
Take six (6) hours. One course must include a laboratory.
||Select at least three (3) hours
BOT 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution,
Genetics, and Diversity (MPF, LAB) (4) or
MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution,
Genetics, and Diversity (MPF, LAB) (4) or
ZOO 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution,
Genetics, and Diversity (MPF, LAB) (4)
BOT 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function,
Cellular and Molecular Biology (MPF, MPT, LAB) (3) or
MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function,
Cellular and Molecular Biology (MPF, MPT, LAB) (3) or
ZOO 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function,
Cellular and Molecular Biology (MPF, MPT, LAB) (3)
BOT 131 Plants, Humanity, and Environment (MPF, MPT) (3)
BOT 171 Ecology of North America (MPF, MPT) (3)
BOT 191 General Botany (MPF, MPT, LAB) (4)
MBI 111 Microorganisms and Human Disease (MPF) (3)
MBI 121 The Microbial World (MPF) (3)
MBI 123 Experimenting With Microbes (MPF, LAB) (1)
ZOO 113 Animal Diversity (MPF, LAB) (4)
ZOO 114 Principles of Biology (MPF, MPT, LAB) (4)
ZOO 121 Environmental Biology (MPF, MPT) (3)
ZOO 161 Human Physiology (MPF, LAB) (4)
ZOO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology (MPF, LAB) (4)
||Select at least three (3) hours
AER 118 Introduction to Atmospheric Science (MPF) (3) or
PHY 118 Introduction to Atmospheric Science (MPF) (3)
Basic Aeronautics Laboratory (MPF, LAB) (2)
CHM 111 Chemistry in Modern Society (MPF, LAB) (4)
CHM 137 College Chemistry (MPF) (3) or
CHM 141 College Chemistry (MPF) (3)
CHM 144 College Chemistry Lab (MPF, LAB) (2)
CHM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory (MPF, LAB) (2)
EDT 181 Physical Science (MPF, LAB) (4)
EDT 182 Physical Science (MPF, LAB) (4)
GEO 121 Earth's Physical Environment (MPF MPT, LAB) (4)
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (MPF, MPT) (3)
GLG 115.L Understanding the Earth (MPF, LAB) (1)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (MPF, MPT) (3)
GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (MPF, MPT) (3)
PHY 101 Physics and Society (MPF) (3)
PHY 103 Concepts in Physics Laboratory (MPF, LAB) (1)
PHY 111 Astronomy and Space Physics (MPF, MPT) (3)
PHY 121 Energy and Environment (MPF) (3)
PHY 181 The Physical World (MPF) (4)
PHY 182 The Physical World (MPT) (4)
PHY 183 Physics Laboratory (MPF, LAB) (1)
PHY 184 Physics Laboratory (MPT, LAB) (1)
Limited Admission to Programs
Transfer admission to some programs is limited, requiring perhaps a higher g.p.a. and, in some cases, upperclass standing. These programs include:
- College of Arts and Science
- Mass communication: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a., pre-major g.p.a., and qualifying exam after taking , COM 135, and (or equivalent) and completing 30 semester hours.
- Speech communication: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a., pre-major g.p.a., and qualifying exam after taking , COM 135, and (or equivalent) and completing 30 semester hours.
- Strategic communication: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a., pre-major g.p.a., and qualifying exam after taking , COM 135, and (or equivalent) and completing 30 semester hours.
- Technical and scientific communication: Completion of ENG 313 (or 215 on the Hamilton campus) and approval by the program faculty of the student's application, which includes a writing portfolio. To apply, refer to the Program Booklet or go to www.muohio.edu/batsc/ for more information and application form. Students may also consult with the Program Director.
Richard T. Farmer School of Business:
60 semester hours with 3.0 g.p.a. and the equivalent of ACC 221, ACC 222, DSC 205, ECO 201, ECO 202, MIS 235, and MTH 151. Depending on the demand for admission to the School of Business, higher standards may be adopted. See "Special Admission Requirements," in the School's chapter.
- School of Education and Allied Professions
Adolescent Young Adult and Foreign Language Education: 45 semester hours with a 2.5 g.p.a. at transfer institution and completion of courses equivalent to EDL 204, EDP 201, and EDT 190 and equal to 30 semester hours of specific equivalent content courses required in desired teaching area. Enrollment is on space-available basis. Science, mathematics, and foreign language majors are encouraged to apply. Contact the Department of Teacher Education for specific requirements.
- Early Childhood Education: Not available; however, a transfer student may apply for admission as a pre-major.
- Middle Childhood Education: 45 semester hours with 2.5 g.p.a. at transfer institution and completion of courses equivalent to EDL 204 and equal to four content courses specifically required in each of the two desired concentration areas. Enrollment is on space-available basis. Contact the Department of Teacher Education for specific requirements.
- Physical Education, Health, and Sport Studies: Each program within this department has its own criteria for admission. Students declare a pre-major prior to acceptance to a major. For further information, contact the department.
- Social work: Students declare a pre-major in social work and must apply and be accepted by the social work faculty. For further information on program requirements, contact the social work program office.
- Special education: Completion of EDP 201, 220, and 256 or the equivalent from the transfer institution; 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with a minimum 2.5 g.p.a.; and 100 hours service work with persons with exceptionalities.
- School of Engineering and Applied Science:
Contact the dean's office. If you have an associate's degree, special agreements may apply between the transfer institution and Miami.
- School of Fine Arts:
Contact the department as soon as possible for specific requirements.
- Architecture: 3.0 g.p.a.; submission of a portfolio; fall semester admission only. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. Contact the department as soon as possible for specific requirements.
- Art: Completion of a minimum of six semester hours of studio art, enrollment in an additional six hours of studio art, and submission of a portfolio. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. Contact the department as soon as possible for specific requirements.
- Art education: Completion of a minimum of six semester hours of studio art and submission of a portfolio. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. Contact the art department as soon as possible for specific requirements.
- Interior design: 3.0 g.p.a.; submission of a portfolio; fall semester admission only. Enrollment is on a space-available basis.
- Music and music education: Audition required; enrollment is on a space-available basis.
- Theatre: Submission of an artistic or writing portfolio, an audition, or an interview is required.
- School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Western College Program):
Enrollment is on a space-available basis. Students interestd in the inderdisciplinary studies major are advised to transfer during their first year or before the beginning of their second year. The environmental science and studies majors require four years to complete, beginning with a first semester registration.
Applying a Transfer Course To the Miami Plan
If you believe a course taken at another university or college satisfies the spirit of the Miami Plan for Liberal Education requirement, but does not correspond to a specific course, you may petition the Liberal Education Council to apply the course toward the Miami Plan. Obtain a petition from the Office of Liberal Education, your academic adviser, or the Transfer Credit Evaluation Office (in the Office of the Registrar), request the chair of the appropriate Miami department to evaluate your transfer course, and then present the petition to the Office of Liberal Education. A syllabus of the course must be attached to the petition.
Only one transfer course may be applied to the Thematic Sequence requirement.
Capstones are designed to culminate your baccalaureate study and are rarely taken off-campus or transferred from another institution. Students who plan to transfer any course to meet the Capstone requirement must obtain permission from the Office of Liberal Education before they take the course.
If the English composition requirement (Foundation I) was waived for you by another school, Miami's English department will evaluate your eligibility for a similar waiver. In most cases students are asked to submit a portfolio of their writing. Contact the English department for detailed instructions on preparing your portfolio. The department will notify the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Liberal Education of its decision. No petition is required for this procedure.
If you are a transfer student who has registered for nine or more credit hours, you are required to live in the university residence halls unless you meet the following criteria:
- You must have completed 20 college semester credit hours (excluding Advanced Placement credit).
- You must have lived on campus for a full year at the university from which you are transferring.
Even if you do not meet the 20-hour or previous on-campus residency requirements, you are not required to live on campus if you will commute from your parents' or legal guardian's home; if you are married; or if you are at least 21 years of age before the first day of classes.
If you transfer into Miami's Western College Program, you are required to live in a Western College Program residence hall for two years, typically corresponding to the time you are enrolled in the Western core curriculum. See the chapter about the School of Interdisciplinary Studies for more information.
Undergraduate evaluations are done by the Office of the Registrar.
Transfer credit is granted for grades of C or better from regionally accredited institutions. Credit received on a pass/fail or credit/no-credit basis may also be accepted if it can be verified that the equivalent letter grade earned was a "C" or better. Transfer credit is posted without grades on your Miami record and grades earned elsewhere are disregarded in the computation of your g.p.a.
If you attended an institution not fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency, you must validate your course work by earning 32 semester hours at Miami with a 2.0 cumulative g.p.a. and you must satisfy any divisional and departmental requirements.
Students who earn credit at institutions outside the United States should provide (in addition to their academic records) course descriptions that include a list of required reading for the course, number of class hours required in each course, and the length of the academic term(s) when enrolled. Credit can be transferred only for studies completed at a recognized degree-granting institution. These credits are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the Office of Admission.
Students who intend to study abroad are expected to consult with the Office of International Programs in advance of their departure to make certain that the credits earned will transfer to Miami University.
Acceptance of extra-institutional or nontraditional credit, such as credit by examination, extension credit, correspondence credit, and armed forces credit, is limited to 32 semester hours. Only 20 of the 32 hours may be in correspondence work and in extension work from other institutions.
You can receive credit for courses sponsored by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) program that are college level and completed with satisfactory final examinations. Credit earned through non-collegiate sponsored instruction, evaluated by the American Council on Education (listed in National Guide to Education Credit for Training Programs), may be accepted only with approval of the appropriate academic department.
Whenever possible, transfer credits are assigned corresponding Miami course numbers. The appropriate Miami department determines where credit applies. Courses that do not fulfill the Miami Plan for Liberal Education, divisional requirements, or major requirements transfer as free electives.
A quarter hour is two-thirds (0.6667) of a semester hour. To figure semester hours, multiply the quarter hours by 0.6667.
Graduation with Distinction
Students pursuing a bachelor's degree can graduate with distinction by achieving a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.5 (cum laude), 3.75 (magna cum laude), or 3.9 (summa cum laude), provided they earn at least 64 credit
hours from Miami.
Students pursuing an associate's degree can graduate with distinction by achieving a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.5 (cum laude), 3.75 (magna cum laude), or 3.9 (summa cum laude), provided they earn at least 32 credit
hours from Miami.
For students who earn fewer than 64 credit hours from Miami toward a bachelor's degree or fewer than 32 credit hours from Miami toward an associate's degree, the cumulative g.p.a. to determine eligibility for distinction at graduation is the lower of the following averages: (1) average for all courses taken from Miami or (2) combined average using grades from all college-level courses.
Credits earned at two-year colleges transfer only as freshman and sophomore level credits. Those courses are considered equivalent when validated by the appropriate Miami department and/or division.
If you attended an institution not yet fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency, you must validate your previous course work by earning 32 semester hours at Miami with a 2.0 cumulative average.
Armed Forces Credit
Some training courses provided by the Armed Forces may be equivalent to college courses. Courses that are college level and are completed with satisfactory final examinations are transferable. To receive transfer credit, you must present certificates, or form DD295, or DD214 describing your training to the Registrar's office. If you were in the U.S. Army, you should request a transcript through the AARTS program. Also, see "Credit Evaluations" earlier in this chapter.
Recipients of VA education benefits should note that sprint courses are not considered full semester courses for VA entitlement (pay) purposes.
Graduates of diploma and non-NLNAC accredited associate's degree programs are required to complete 32 Miami hours and pass NSG 301, 311, and 313 before their 28 hours of transfer credit will be validated. Graduates of accredited associate's degree programs can transfer 28 semester hours of nursing from a regionally accredited two year college. Additional transfer hours may be used as elective credit.Licensed practical nurses wishing to pursue the LPN-to-RN program must contact their adviser for information on validating credit from their LPN program.
If you are a registered nurse with credits from a college nursing program, your credits are evaluated on the same basis as other transfer students' credits, described earlier.
See the School of Engineering and Applied Science chapter for information about degrees in nursing.
Second Semester and Summer Admission
Freshmen may be admitted for second (spring) semester or for summer session. Admission to some programs in the School of Fine Arts and to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, however, is available only in the first semester except by special permission.
Notification and Acceptance
Dates for notification of admission and your confirmation of acceptance are listed online (www.muohio.edu/admission/) and in your admission application packet.
As a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors, Miami University supports the Statement of Principles of Good Practice and "permits candidates to choose, without penalty, among offers of admission and financial aid until May 1. Candidates admitted under an early decision program are recognized exceptions to this provision." (Section II, A, 6)
Summer Orientation Program
All freshmen and their families are invited to a two-day orientation and registration program. Held during June, the program provides an opportunity to learn more about the university and to register for classes.
Orientation program information is mailed to all incoming freshmen after they have confirmed their intention to enroll. If you cannot attend, you can register for classes just prior to the beginning of the semester in August.
Hamilton and Middletown Campuses
The regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown are commuter campuses and have an open admission policy for freshmen. To be admitted, you must have graduated from a state-chartered high school or have a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Alternatively educated students without a GED certificate can demonstrate academic achievement by submitting a description of curriculum and educational resources used during the last four years and other information necessary to assess ability. ACT or SAT I scores must be within at least one standard deviation of the average national norm for the previous three years of test administration for alternatively educated students without GED certificates.
A beginning freshman or transfer student admitted to a regional campus is required to earn at least 20 semester hours and be in good academic standing at a regional campus before continuing at the Oxford campus. A transfer student enrolling at a regional campus who is also eligible for admission to the Oxford campus may be exempt from the 20-hour regional residency requirement. Please see your regional campus admission office for details of this exemption.
More information is in the chapter about the Hamilton and Middletown campuses and online. To receive an application packet for admission to Miami Hamilton or Miami Middletown, contact:
Admission and Financial Aid
Miami University Hamilton
1601 University Blvd.
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Phone: 513-785-3111 (Admission),
513-785-3123 (Financial Aid),
Miami University Middletown
4200 E. University Blvd.
Middletown, Ohio 45042
Nondegree Student Admission
High school enrollment students (post-secondary enrollment option): This state program provides opportunity for high school students (grades 9-12) to earn high school and college graduation credit through successful completion of college courses. Courses are open on a space-available basis. Questions regarding eligibility and admission should be directed to the appropriate admission office (Hamilton, Middletown, or Oxford). University housing is not available to students in this program. Prospective students should consult with their high school guidance counselors.
Senior citizens: Individuals who are 60 years of age or older and have resided in the state of Ohio for at least one year can audit any course without charge if permission is granted by the instructor and facilities are available. Any special course requirements or fees are the responsibility of the student. Formal admission and registration are not required.
Transient students: Students who attend another college or university and have been enrolled during the past 12 months, are in good standing, and have permission from their schools to attend Miami for one semester may apply. Admission is granted as facilities are available. Students can attend one semester per year as transient students.
Unclassified students: Students who have bachelor's degrees from other colleges or universities and do not want to get an additional degree from Miami may apply as unclassified students. Admission is granted as facilities are available.
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