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 2016?
Winter Term will occur January 2-23, 2016, 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.

If I don’t take classes during Winter Term, will I have a really long 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 25. 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 on 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-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during Winter Term.

For Regional Campus services, please visit or call Middletown at 513-727-3200, Hamilton at 513-785-3000, or VOALC at 513-895-8862. Hamilton and Middletown campuses services include food service open Monday through Friday from 10-2 and Bookstore hours Monday through Thursday from 9-5 and Friday 9-1. One Stop for Student Success Services will be open normal business hours.

How will I get connected with companies for an internship or job shadowing?
The Office of Career Services 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 Career Services can help you explore how to connect with employers about Winter Term opportunities. Career Services 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.


When can I sign up for classes and how many credits may I take?
Registration for Winter Term is open for all students. You 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, vist the One Stop website or contact:

One Stop for Student Success Services: or 513-529-0001 

Regional Records and Registration:
Middletown: 513-727-3217
Hamilton: 513-785-1820

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.

Will there be final exams for Winter Term?
Some classes may have final exams associated with their curriculum. Students should consult the syllabus for the class.

Why are the fall, winter, spring, and summer academic terms now showing up differently on the DAR?
An additional term code had to be added for courses taken in the Winter Term. When adding this code, a more user-friendly description was included. Courses will now be represented with the year the course was taken, coupled with an alpha code representing the term:

Fall - FL
Winter - WN
Spring - SP
Summer - SU

For example, if a course was taken in the winter of 2015, the associated text would be '15WN', and if a course was taken in the fall of 2015, the associated text would be '15FL'.

Can I graduate following Winter Term?
Students may graduate from 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 One Stop website

Will financial aid be available?
Limited need-based financial assistance will be available for eligible students on all Miami campuses for the Winter Term. You must have filed your FAFSA for 2015-16 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 for Student Success Services at 513-529-0001 or

Campus Facilities

All information is subject to change, and is updated as of October 20, 2015.

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 2015-2016 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 and Meal Plan Contract for the academic year and wish to return to campus early for Spring Semester may do so beginning Wednesday, January 20, 2016 and pay $26.59 for the daily break housing rate. These students must still request through MyCard 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).

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 HOME office, and approved students will pay a daily rate of $26.59.

Winter Housing Rates
Period Rate
Winter Term only (with on-campus class)
Daily rate (without on-campus class) $26.59

If you have further questions regarding housing during Winter Term, contact the Office of Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services 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.

What are the Winter Term hours at the regional campuses?
Regional Campus locations will be open normal business hours. For more information visit

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

Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - midnight
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – midnight

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

*Hours are subject to change.

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