Miami's official admission policy is in The Student Handbook, available online
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
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 Reasoning Test), essay,
high school experience and community activities, and recommendation of your high school.
Personal interviews are not used.
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, MTH 104 Precalculus with
Algebra, MTH 123 Precalculus, or another math course of at least three credit hours
at the level of MTH 123 or higher. Consult with the chief departmental adviser for mathematics.
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
Hindi 101 and 102
Italian 101 and 102
Japanese 101 and 102
Korean 101 and 102
Latin 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 Reasoning Test Scores
Miami requires official scores on the ACT or the SAT Reasoning Test. Exceptions to
this are if you have been out of high school five or more years or have already completed
30 transfer credits.
You can take either test. These tests must be taken at an authorized testing center
on one of the national or approved state testing dates. Test scores must be sent by
the testing agency.
You can register online or obtain forms at your high school; you must register several
weeks before the test date.
First- and second-year students 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
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
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.
Basic requirements for admission of international students to undergraduate study
- 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 Reasoning Test 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 (non-immigrants 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) or International English Language
Testing System (IELTS). Information concerning these examinations and location of test
centers can be obtained at www.toefl.org or www.ielts.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
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 English speakers can get additional practice in the use of written and
spoken English at the Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Center, 23 Campus Avenue Building.
Information and Application
Information and application forms for prospective international undergraduate students
are available online (www.muohio.edu/admission/apply/international) and from:
Office of Admission
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, Ohio 45056-3434
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 Transfer
from the Office of Admission.
You are required to have earned a high school diploma and have a minimum of 2.00 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
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.
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
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 2.00 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.
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 India and Southeast Asia (MPF) (3)
ART 186 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 256 Perception and Audience (3)
ART 282 Art and Politics (MPF, MPT) (3)
MUS 135 Understanding Jazz, Its History and Context (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)
AMS 205 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
BWS 224 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)
ENG 132 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)
ENG 142 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)
ENG 164 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)
Religion (Comparative Religion)
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)
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)
GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity (MPF, MPT) (3)
GEO 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues (MPF, MPT) (3)
POL 101 American Political System (MPF, MPT) (3)
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (MPF) (4)
SOC 151 Social Relations (MPF) (4)
GTY 154 Aging in American Society (MPF, MPT) (3)
IDS 131 Law and Society (MPF) (3)
KNH 276 The Meaning of Leisure (MPF) (3)
WMS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies (MPF, MPT) (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
BWS 209 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)
BWS 224 Africa in History (MPF) (3) or
HST 224 Africa in History (MPF) (3)
BWS 225 The Making of Modern Africa (MPF) (3) or
HST 225 The Making of Modern Africa (MPF) (3)
HST 297 World History to 1500 (MPF) (3)
HST 298 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)
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)
AER 204 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)
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
Journalism: Selective admission based on completion of COM 143 and JRN 101, completion
of 18 hours of Miami Plan Foundation courses, the passing of a grammar and punctuation
proficiency test, and pre-major g.p.a.. Contact the journalism program director for
details on applying for admission.
Mass communication: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a., pre-major g.p.a., and qualifying
exam after taking COM 134, COM 135, and COM 142 (or equivalent) and completing 30 semester
Speech communication: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a., pre-major g.p.a., and
qualifying exam after taking COM 134, COM 135, and COM 142 (or equivalent) and completing 30
Speech pathology and audiology: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a. (3.00) and pre-major
courses g.p.a. (3.00). Student must complete SPA 127, SPA 216, SPA 222, and SPA 223 before
applying to the major.
Strategic communication: Selective admission based on cumulative g.p.a., pre-major g.p.a.,
and qualifying exam after taking COM 134, COM 135, and COM 142 (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.
- Farmer School of Business: 60 semester hours with 3.00 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,
Health and Society
Adolescent Young Adult and Foreign Language Education: 45 semester hours with a 2.50
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.
Kinesiology and Health: 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.
Middle Childhood Education: 45 semester hours with 2.50 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.
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 2.50 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
- School of Fine Arts: Contact the department as soon as possible for specific requirements.
Architecture: 3.00 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, completion of ART 190 and ART 201, and submission of a portfolio.
Enrollment is on a space-available basis. Contact the department as soon as possible for specific
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: 3.00 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.
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 or its website (www.units.muohio.edu/led),
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.
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 freshman or sophomore transfer student who has registered for nine or
more credit hours, you are required to live in university housing.
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.
Undergraduate evaluations are done by the Office of the Registrar.
Transfer credit is granted for grades of C or better from non-Ohio regionally accredited
institutions. Upon a student's first matriculation to the university, transfer credit
earned at Ohio institutions will be accepted for all passing grades for courses taken
in fall 2005 or after. 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 2.00
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
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.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
Miami University will be reviewing membership in SOC and at press time was in the
process. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.
A quarter hour is two-thirds (0.6667) of a semester hour. To figure semester hours,
multiply the quarter hours by 0.6667.
Students pursuing a bachelor's degree can graduate with distinction by achieving
a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.50 (cum laude), 3.75 (magna cum
laude), or 3.90 (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 3.50 (cum laude), 3.75 (magna cum
laude), or 3.90 (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 2.00 cumulative average.
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 (LPNs) 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
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 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, B, 3).
Orientation and Registration Program
All first-year students 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 first-year students after
they have confirmed their intention to enroll. If you cannot attend, you will register
for classes just prior to the beginning of the semester in August.
Hamilton and Middletown
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 Reasoning Test
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,
Admission and Financial Aid
Miami University Hamilton
1601 University Blvd.
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Phone: 513-785-3111 (Admission),
513-785-3123 (Financial Aid)
Admission and Financial Aid
Miami University Middletown
4200 E. University Blvd.
Middletown, Ohio 45042
Phone: 513-727-3216 (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
Transient students: Students who attend another college or university, have been
in attendance at the school during the past 12 months, are in good academic standing,
and have permission from their schools to attend Miami for one semester may enroll at
Miami. Students may not attend for two consecutive semesters 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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