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Miami University

Miami University, a student-centered public university founded in 1809, has built its success through an unwavering commitment to liberal arts undergraduate education and the active engagement of its students in both curricular and co-curricular life. It is deeply committed to student success, builds great student and alumni loyalty, and empowers its students, faculty, and staff to become engaged citizens who use their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society.

Miami Traditions

The university seal located at the hub looking near the Upham arches

The Seal

Located in the heart of campus, the seal, often referred to as “the Hub” is a bustling area. If you sit on one of the benches to observe the thousands of students that pass daily, you’ll notice that each one of them studiously avoids the seal. Tradition says that if you step on the seal you will fail your next exam. That’s enough motivation to keep Miami students continuing one of its oldest traditions. The text, written in Latin, reads, “to accomplish rather than to seek fame.”

The university seal located at the hub looking near the Upham arches

Sundial Turtles

The sundial, donated by Delta Delta Delta sorority, is located by Central Quad. Tradition says that if you rub the turtle’s heads at the base of the sundial you will have good luck on your next exam. The sundial only tells time correctly 4 times per year.

The university seal located at the hub looking near the Upham arches

Passing Trees

At Miami, if a group of friends is walking around campus and the group comes to a tree, everyone must pass the tree on the same side. If they split to pass on different sides, tradition says that the friendship will falter. With approximately 110 different species of trees on campus, this can be a tough tradition to continue! Locate your Tree Guide brochure in the directory to learn more or to take a self-guided tour.

The university seal located at the hub looking near the Upham arches

Miami Mergers

The Upham Arch, located in the center of campus on Academic Quad, has a lantern hanging from its ceiling. Tradition says that if you kiss under the lantern at midnight then you and your partner will be together forever. “Miami Mergers” is the name given to married couples who both went to Miami University. There are more than 13,000 Miami Mergers today. Every year, Miami University sends a Valentine to the Miami Mergers.