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Room and board rates set for 1999-2000
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's board of trustees today (Sept. 18)
unanimously approved room and board rates for the 1999-2000 academic year.
The annual cost of room and board for most first-year students, currently at
$5,070, will be $5,330 next year--a 5.1 percent increase.
"Miami's room and board rates remain quite competitive," said Edward J.
Demske, senior vice president for finance and university services. "Our
combined room and board rate is the lowest of the state-assisted universities."
The value provided does not come at the expense of quality, he said,
explaining that student customers consistently rate Miami's residence hall and
food services highly in annual surveys.
Last year, more than 90 percent of students surveyed expressed satisfaction
with the halls' cleanliness and 95 percent approved of the attitudes of housing
staff. More than 90 percent reported that overall they were satisfied or very
satisfied with campus food service operations. The National Association of
College and University Food Services reviewed Miami's food services in 1997,
concluding that the university had "one of the finest and cleanest operations
they had ever seen" and that Miami's program "should be emulated by
universities around the country."
The increase in housing charges is due to the need to incur additional debt
for repair and renovation work in the university's 36 residence halls and seven
Room and board rates are traditionally set by Miami in September so that
current students can compare costs as they investigate next year's on- and
off-campus housing options.
Demske explained that Miami provides a variety of meal plan packages and
residence hall options and individual costs vary depending on the option
In other action, trustees: