Early Decision applications have reached a record at Miami University, the second year in a row. Students applying Early Decision have declared Miami as their top college choice and are committed to attending if accepted.
Early Decision applications rose from 916 in 2011 to 1,007 this fall, a 10 percent increase. Miami has experienced unprecedented growth in number of students applying Early Decision in recent years. From 2010 to 2011, Early Decision applications nearly doubled, from 531 in 2010 to 916 in 2011, a 96 percent increase.
“Students selecting Miami as their top choice when they have such extensive options for higher education is a testament to the quality of the university,” said Michael Kabbaz, associate vice president for enrollment management. “We believe students across Ohio, the country and internationally are clearly recognizing that a Miami education is an investment in their future.”
Several national rankings have recognized the value of a Miami education. For 2012, smartmoney.com ranks Miami University 11th in the nation for return on (tuition) investment. Miami has also been identified as a best value in Kiplinger's annual list of the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" (2012). Miami has appeared on the list ever since it was published in 1998.
University officials believe other factors have also contributed to the growth in applications:
- It's the third year in a row U.S. News & World Report has ranked Miami as one of the top three universities nationwide committed to teaching undergraduates.
- Payscale ranks Miami first in Ohio for best salary potential after graduation and 42nd among public universities nationwide.
- Forbes magazine ranks Miami as the top public school in Ohio and 35th in the nation.
Other application deadlines are Dec. 1 for Early Action (non-binding) and Feb. 1 for Regular Decision (non-binding). Students can apply online through the office of admission.