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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

  • Miami is ranked #1 among public universities for commitment to teaching and has been in the top 5 for 7 years in a row. — US News & World Report, 2016

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 92% ranks it among the best in the nation for students returning for their sophomore year; our domestic students of color retention rate is 90%; our international student retention rate is 93%.

Active and ambitious students

  • Miami students are busy! 70% of them engage in internships, 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 2nd 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 in grad school by Fall of 2015.*
  • 60% of Miami grads are accepted into medical school (average is 42% nationally) and 95% 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. It looks like what I thought college should look like.”
  • 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.