Winter Term. January 2-27, 2018. On campus, online, abroad, away. Photo of snowy central quad and MacCracken Winter Term. January 2-27, 2018. On campus, online, abroad, away. Photo of snowy central quad and MacCracken

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a Winter Term?
Miami has added an optional Winter Term to provide additional and flexible academic opportunities. Students may not have time for study abroad, research, or additional class opportunities during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during Summer Term since many students need to work over the break. The Winter Term will enable more participation in these types of options that enhance the academic experience.

When is Winter Term 2018?
Winter Term will occur January 2-27, 2018, with some classes occurring more or less than the three weeks. Check the online class schedule, BannerWeb, as well as the syllabus for your class for specific meeting times.

Will Winter Term classes be offered on all Miami campuses?
Typically, yes, Winter Term classes will be offered on the following locations: Oxford, Hamilton, Middletown, Voice of America Learning Center, and Luxembourg European Center. In addition, online and study abroad options are available.

If I don’t take classes during Winter Term, will I have a longer winter break?
Yes! Students are not required to take classes during the Winter Term, as it is an optional term. For students not taking classes during Winter Term, the break will last until the start of spring semester, which begins on Monday, January 29. Extended work opportunities, applying for jobs, and completing graduate school applications are all possibilities with the extended break.

What Miami services will be available?
Residence halls, Dining Halls, the Rec Center, Goggin Ice Center, Miami University Bookstore, and the BCRTA (bus service) are some of the services that will be available during Winter Term. Food service locations will be limited based on enrollment and number of students attending the various locations, and meal plans will be accepted. Some of the services provided at the locations will be limited over the winter break. Please note that parking restrictions will be enforced during Winter Term. The Oxford Student Health Service is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Winter Term. Virtual career advising and resume reviews are also available and students can sign up through Handshake.

Oxford One Stop Hours:

Monday—Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Call Center
Monday—Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Regional Campuses Services Hours:

Academic Advising and One Stop (Records & Registration, Cashiers, Financial Aid)
January 2-5, 8-12: Monday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
January 16-19, 22-26: Monday—Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Food Service
Monday—Friday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hamilton Campus: Monday and Tuesday 12-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.–2 p.m., closed on Friday
Middletown Campus: Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 12-5 p.m., closed on Friday

How will I get connected with companies for an internship or job shadowing?
The Center for Career Explorations and Success (CCES) will provide guidance and advising to students seeking a Winter Term internship or job shadowing experience. Miami has strong partnerships with many companies and organizations nationally, and the career center can help you explore how to connect with employers about Winter Term opportunities. CCES and other University offices may sponsor career-related events during Winter Term as well.

Can I start at Miami during the Winter Term?
Admission to Miami for undergraduate students is only for fall or spring semesters. Admission for degree-seeking graduate students is primarily in fall or spring semesters, with some exceptions made based on program (please see each graduate program’s website for exceptions). Undergraduate and graduate students have the option of early enrollment to Summer or Winter Term. Non-degree seeking students may enroll in any of the four terms. Please contact the Office of Admission with undergraduate student questions and the Graduate School with graduate student questions.

Is the Health Services Center open during Winter Term?
Yes, the hours of operations for the Health Services Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


When can I sign up for classes and how many credits may I take?
Registration for Winter Term is open for all continuing students. New students can register beginning Tuesday, September 19 starting at 9 a.m. All students may register for up to six credit hours; requests for more than six credit hours must be made to your academic divisional advising office. For questions regarding course registration, visit the One Stop website or contact:

One Stop:

Regional One Stop:

How do I register for a workshop format class?
Workshop registrations and cancellations are processed through the Office of Global Initiatives. For questions about workshop registration, contact the Office of Global Initiatives at 513-529-8600 or by email at

What opportunities are available during Winter Term?
Academic experiences will include, but are not limited to, on campus, online, or hybrid courses including studying abroad or studying within the U.S., conducting research, completing a Miami Plan class, or fulfilling an upper division major's class.

What kind of research will be available?
Research projects will vary by department and academic division. Students are encouraged to meet with professors during the fall semester to set up research projects to work on during Winter Term or consult with the Office of Research for Undergraduates for assistance in identifying opportunities. Rresearch librarians will be available virtually though the libraries' chat service and in-person in the libraries to assist students taking classes online and on-campus.

Will there be final exams for Winter Term?
Consult the class syllabus for specifics on all class information, including assessment and examinations.

Can I graduate following Winter Term?
Students may graduate in any of the four terms at Miami University, following the University graduation process.

Tuition and Fees

What are the tuition and fees for Winter Term?
Tuition will be charged on a per-credit hour basis, based on the student's campus. A regional campus student will pay regional campus tuition and fees, unless taking the majority of hours at Oxford, in which case Oxford tuition and fees apply. Winter Term fees are available on the Winter/Summer Term Cost Per Credit Hour page

Will financial aid be available?
Limited need-based financial assistance will be available for eligible students for Winter Term. You must have filed your FAFSA for 2017-2018 to be considered for any need-based aid. Award recipients and amounts will be determined this fall. If you have questions, contact the One Stop at 513-529-0001 or

Campus Facilities

All information is subject to change, and is updated as of October 12, 2016.

May I live in the residence hall during Winter Term?
Yes, residence halls will be open, and on-campus housing is optional during the Winter Term. Students desiring to live on campus during this period must have a 2017-2018 Housing & Meal Plan Contract on file in order to reside on campus during any part of the winter break or Winter Term periods.

Resident students who are registered for at least 1 credit hour on the Oxford Campus during Winter Term, and already have a Residence Hall & Meal Plan Contract for the academic year will receive a discounted housing rate if they choose to stay on campus during the Winter Term. Housing for Winter Term must be requested through a students MyCard account.

Resident students who are not taking Winter Term classes, but do have a Residence Hall & Meal Plan Contract for the academic year and need to return to campus early for spring semester may do so beginning Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and pay $29.50 for the daily break housing rate. Please note that we discourage early return unless there is a significant need to be on campus. Residents should be aware that the halls are not fully staffed during break periods and a student could be the only occupant of a corridor or floor. Students wishing to return early must still place their request through MyCard, including a reason for return, so that card access can be programmed properly.

Residents of Heritage Commons will not incur additional charges for any break or Winter Term periods, as their contract covers the academic year (including fall, winter, and spring); however, they must sign up through MyCard so that our staff is aware of who is staying.

Winter Break housing, similar to other University housing over breaks, continues to be an option for students who need to stay on campus at any point during the time between the end of fall semester and beginning of spring semester. Students who have a need to stay on campus during the winter break and Winter Term periods, without taking any on-campus class, must request approval through the online MyCard sign-up. Approvals will be granted though the H.O.M.E. office, and approved students will pay a daily rate of $29.50.

Winter Housing Rates
Period Rate
Winter Term only (with on-campus class)
Daily rate (without on-campus class) $29.50

If you have further questions regarding housing during Winter Term, contact the Office of Housing Options, Meals & Events at 513-529-5000.

What dining locations are open during Winter Term?
For a full list of dining locations and their hours of operation during Winter Term, visit the Dining Services website.

Will libraries be open to students during Winter Term?
Yes; King Library, B.E.S.T. Library, the Art/Architecture Library, and the Music Library will have limited hours during Winter Term. For Regional Campus LIbrary Schedule visit the Regional Libraries website. The hours of operation are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. – midnight
Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – midnight

King Cafe: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

*Hours are subject to change.

More detailed hours are available on the library's website.

Parking and Transportation On Campus

Am I required to have a parking permit to park on campus during Winter Term?
Yes, a valid Miami University parking permit is required in order to park on campus. The fall term parking permits are valid through the end of Winter Term (Saturday January 27), and a spring term permit becomes valid at the beginning of Winter Term (Tuesday, January 2). If you do not have a fall or spring term parking permit, a temporary parking permit can be purchased at the parking services office in 128 Campus Avenue Building or online through BannerWeb.

Are transit services available during Winter Term?
Yes, the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) operates a limited service schedule during Winter Term including the U1 route that travels between campus, Uptown Oxford and Kroger, the U2 route that connects the remote parking lots to campus, the R2 route between Middletown and Oxford, and the R3 route between Hamilton and Oxford. Please visit BCRTA’s website or call 1-855-42-BCRTA for complete schedule details.