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What Does A Public Ivy Education Mean to Me?

Overall, it means you receive an immersive, intensely personalized learning experience and unparalleled opportunities. It means that you should expect close mentoring from faculty, an exceptional return on your education investment, and a large and influential alumni network. You'll find all of this at Miami plus the following hallmarks of a Public Ivy:

Among nation's best for commitment to teaching

  • For seven years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Miami among the top five universities nationally for best undergraduate teaching. In the 2017 report, Miami ranks first among public university and second overall for both public and private schools, just after Princeton and ahead of both Yale and Brown.

High graduation and retention rates

  • Miami’s four year graduation rate is 20th in the nation among public colleges and universities and 1st among publics in Ohio. Our six-year graduation rate is in the top 35 nationally, among public universities.
  • Miami's overall retention rate of 91.8% ranks it among the best in the nation for students returning for their sophomore year.

Active and ambitious students

  • Miami students are busy! 70% of them engage in internships and co- ops, and 33% of students are engaged in independent research as undergraduates.
  • Miami was one of five national universities to earn the 2012 President's Award for Community Service, and in 2014 won the Presidential Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the eighth year in a row.
  • Miami is ranked 1st in the nation for Study Abroad participation.

Outstanding preparation for a vast array of careers, from start to finish

  • 549 employers attended one or more of Miami's career fairs in 2015-16. Nearly twice as many employers recruit at Miami compared to other universities our size, and conduct 4 times as many interviews. 
  • More than 95% of 2014-15 graduates were employed or furthering their education by Fall of 2015.*
  • 58.3% of Miami undergrads are accepted into medical school (average is 43% nationally) and 98% are accepted into law school (average is 86%).
  • Miami ranks as a "Top University That Pays You Back" in the Princeton Review, 2016.

A quintessentially collegiate campus

  • Robert Frost, former U.S. Poet Laureate, described Miami as “the most beautiful campus that ever there was.”
  • Our students and graduates tear up whenever they read “To think in such a place, I lived such a life.” And our students tell us over and over again that Miami is “college as college should be.”
  • Miami is the 10th oldest public university in the nation, formerly referred to as the “Yale of the West” back in the early 1800s, and its stunning campus is beautifully preserved


*Based on research, surveys, and national data of 75% of 2014–2015 graduates.