Miami University ranks as the top public university in Ohio for a quality education based on student satisfaction, affordability and success, according to The Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP)/Forbes.com's first ranking of America's Best Colleges. While Miami's tuition is higher than other public Ohio universities, the ranking considers several factors in gauging affordability.
Overall, Miami ranks 277th out of 569 colleges nationwide and is in the top 35 public universities in the country for quality, beating out Ohio State University (295), Wittenberg University (314), Ohio University (349), University of Cincinnati (516) and University of Dayton (526).
CCAP's ranking focuses on student satisfaction and educational outcomes. The ranking looked at five components, including four-year graduation rates, enrollment-adjusted numbers of students and faculty receiving nationally competitive awards, average four-year accumulated student debt of those borrowing money, student evaluations of professors, and alumni lists in the 2008 "Who's Who in America."
Miami is listed 24th for its graduation rate and 140th for alumni in "Who's Who in America" among all the ranking colleges.
"College is a huge investment, particularly during the current economic downturn, which is why we've devoted so much time and funding into need-based scholarship programs like the Miami Access Initiative and the Miami Grant," said Chuck Knepfle, director of student financial assistance. "Miami University provides a high-quality education, including personal contact with professors, more opportunities to do research as an undergraduate, and the ability to complete a degree in four years."
Miami provides need-based financial assistance to students through federal, state and university grants. Additional merit scholarships may be awarded for academic excellence. About 57 percent of Miami students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, work-study employment and campus jobs.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 4,000 college campuses exist in the country. CCAP ranks only the top 15 percent of all undergraduate institutions. CCAP is dedicated to research on the issues of costs and efficiency in higher education.