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Before you Transfer

Transfer students are integral to the success of the Miami University community, and we are glad you are interested in joining the Miami community. We are here to help you at every step.

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Visit Miami

Miami’s Oxford campus has Transfer Preview Days, and Miami’s Regional campuses offer Exploration Days. Sign up for one of these events, or sign up for both if you are not sure which campus suits your needs. You can also contact one of Miami’s dedicated transfer advisors on the Oxford or Regional campuses to address your questions.
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Learn how your Credit will Transfer

Miami offers a variety of ways for you to transfer credit toward your Miami degree. You can learn more about how to transfer your previous coursework as well as other credits gained from AP, IB or CLEP to Miami University.

You can also explore possible course equivalencies and specially designed pathways with several two-year higher education institutions to help you fine tune your academic plan.


Explore Miami’s academic majors

When transferring to Miami University, it is important to know which major(s) or degree program(s) you may wish to pursue so that you apply and are accepted to the appropriate campus of study. The Oxford and Regional campuses offer unique majors; and you can learn more about majors that are most often requested by transfer students.

Transfer students in good academic standing, can be directly admitted into most majors. Because of limited capacity, a few other majors are selective and have special admission requirements.

Explore the majors you would like to pursue before beginning your application. While most majors can be completed on the Oxford campus, some majors are only available on the Regional campuses. If you choose to start an Oxford major on the Regional campuses, you will need at some point to change your campus to Oxford to complete the program.  

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Review Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Miami University offers its undergraduate students a “Tuition Promise,” which provides the certainty that Tuition, Housing and Food, Special Purpose Fees and Course Fees will be frozen for up to four years of a student’s experience at Miami. Browse the Admission webpages for your campus of study, and gather together the information and materials you will need, and make note of application deadlines.  

All transfer applicants are considered for scholarships. Transfer scholarships are awarded for academic merit and for students transferring from our partner community colleges. Transfer scholarships for the Oxford campus are available for membership in Phi Theta Kappa. 

Tuition, other costs and scholarships, however, can vary by campus and program.    

Prepare to Transfer

Consider all financial options and possibilities

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by December 1 or February 1 (Oxford campus) and by February 1 (Miami Regionals) to be considered for priority financial aid at Miami University. Miami University’s Federal School Code is 003077.

Create a budget and understand the types of aid available to you and the associated costs of being a Miami student. Make sure you understand what makes you eligible for aid at Miami University.

Note: The 2024-2025 FAFSA will be available in December 2023. The exact date has not yet been released by the Department of Education. Keep an eye on your email from Miami University to learn when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year is available. Please visit the FAFSA Simplification page for more information.

Continue meeting with an academic advisor at your current institution

Your advisor will continue to be a helpful resource as you start exploring what classes you will want to transfer and what classes you still want to complete while at your current institution.  Almost all students who transfer to Miami University will have requirements remaining to complete their Miami Plan (general education program).  However, many of these requirements also count for the major requirements.

The contact information for academic advisors at Miami are below:

Know the application deadlines

Miami Regionals

  • Spring Application Deadline - January 5
  • Fall Application Deadline - August 1
  • Application Deadline for Nursing Students - December 1

Oxford Campus

  • Fall Domestic Transfer: August 1
  • Fall International Transfer: June 1
  • Spring Domestic Transfer: January 1
  • Spring International Transfer: December 1

Submit your application and transcripts to the appropriate Miami campus

Follow the admissions webpage instructions for the Oxford campus or Miami Regionals to make sure you have everything you need to apply, and then submit your application!  

You will need to provide transcripts for each institution you have attended since high school. Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of application; official transcripts are required before enrollment. Military veterans must submit documentation for alternative credit. High school transcripts are required at the time of application if you haven’t completed 20 graded semester hours of college-level coursework.

Have questions?  Contact your admission counselor on the Oxford campus or Miami Regionals.

Submit your major application (if applicable)

Some Miami University majors require an additional application during the admissions process.  It is possible to be admitted to Miami University but not to a specific major.  Browse the list of majors with special admission requirements, and get in touch with the department of the major to find out more specific information about the requirements for admission into that program.

Evaluate your cost of living on or near campus

The Regional campuses are commuter campuses. Students live in their own residences.

On the Oxford campus, there are many options for living on or near the campus:  

Most first- and second-year students are required to live in university housing (see exceptions below). You'll be able to start working on your housing contract roughly 24 hours after confirming your enrollment. Transfer students should complete the online housing contract and select their meal plan options as soon as possible after accepting their admission offer.

Students are not required to live on campus if they:

  • Are at least 21 years old by the first day of classes
  • Live with a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or dependent child(ren)
  • Have been a full-time student at another college, university, or Miami Regional campus for two years or more

Students who are not required to live in university housing may use Miami’s Off-Campus Outreach website for help finding off-campus housing.

Learn more about university housing

Consult Disability Services to understand accommodation options

Did you receive disability accommodations at your current institution?  If you plan to study on the Oxford campus, contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services for information on how to manage your transition. The Regionals Student Disability Services provides support on the Regional campuses.

Make plans to attend the transfer student orientation at Miami

Both the Oxford campus and Miami Regionals offer special orientation sessions designed for transfer students.  For more information, check out information about transfer student orientation:

Oxford campus Transfer Student Orientation

Miami Regionals Transfer Student Orientation

Contact our Offices

Miami’s Advising, Admission, and Financial Aid Offices are ready to address your questions about majors applications, and cost: