Glossary

Admissions

The tables and charts in this section all pertain to the Fall semester entering freshman class, including full- and part-time students.

The SAT-Verbal and SAT-Math scores reported are the highest scores reported by each individual student who submitted them. The ACT Composite scores represent the highest composite score reported by each individual student who submitted them.

In Fall 2004, 76% of incoming freshmen submitted ACT scores; 70% submitted SAT scores. If individual students submitted both SAT and ACT scores, both are included. Similar percentages exist for Fall 2001 through Fall 2003. Between Fall 1998 and Fall 2000, only one score was included: the ACT score if present; otherwise the SAT score.

High school rank: 90%-91% of new freshmen reported a value for high school rank. This percentage is stable through the years included (1998 through 2004). Note that some high schools do not rank students.

High school GPA: data is not available for 1999 through 2001. For 1998 and 2002 through 2004, you may view Section C of the Common Data Set.

Degrees Awarded

The tables and charts in this section pertain to degrees granted at Miami University.

Degree data is presented by academic year, defined as the combination of the summer, fall and spring terms, e.g. Summer 2003, Fall 2003 and Spring 2004. Degree data are extracted from the Banner system after Spring degrees are posted, usually approximately one month after the end of the Spring semester. (Note that a handful of degrees may be 'backdated', or awarded at a later date - these will not get included in degree reporting.)

If a student is awarded more than one degree, each degree is counted.

Degrees at Miami are not awarded by campus, even though academic programs may be specific to one campus.

Enrollments and Credit Hours

The tables and charts in this section pertain to student enrollment at Miami University.

Since the Fall semester of each year usually represents the peak enrollment, most enrollment reporting is done for the Fall semester. Enrollment information is captured and "frozen" at two separate times during each semester: at the 15th day of the semester; and 30 days after the end of the semester. This ensures consistent reporting, as enrollment numbers may fluctuate slightly due to changes in the Banner transactional system.

The Factbook tables primarily use data from the 15th day of the semester. This is generally considered the earliest point of the semester at which enrollment is "stable", as it represents the end of the drop/add period.

Data reported to the Ohio Board of Regents comes from the end of the semester. End of semester enrollment figures are higher since they contain online and other non-standard course enrollments. Currently, end of semester figures show approximately 1,000 more enrollments than 15th day enrollments; the vast majority of the "extra" students are part-time, non-degree seeking graduate students enrolled in online courses.

Miami University reports data for three campuses: the main campus in Oxford; and branch campuses in Hamilton and Middletown. Students attending the Dolibois Center in Luxembourg are counted with the Oxford campus. Student campus is determined by the primary campus indicator on the Banner system. Students may take courses on campuses other than their primary campus.

Graduation and Retention Rates

The tables and charts in this section pertain to retention and graduation rate statistics at Miami University and its peers.

Data is presented to be consistent with national reporting guidelines for graduation rates as defined in the Student Right-to Know Act. This specifies that only students who are (1) first-time college students during the fall semester, and (2) enrolled full-time during their first semester, are to be included in each yearly cohort. Each cohort is then tracked for 6 years. All colleges which participate in federal financial programs are required to report this information to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for its Graduation Rates Survey. Graduation data on student athletes is also reported in this survey, and is included in the NCAA's Graduation Rates Report. Only those athletes who received athletic aid during their first year are separated out in this report.

Students not tracked by the GRS include: students who begin college in the Spring; students who begin college as part-time students; graduate students; and students who are transfers from other colleges. Also note that students beginning at the Hamilton and Middletown campuses are reported separately from Oxford students.

First-year retention is defined as the percentage of an initial cohort (as defined above) enrolled at the same institution one year later. For example, of 3,362 first-time, full-time Miami students in Fall 2003, 3,049 (90.69%) were enrolled in Fall 2004. Enrollment is counted as of the census date (the 15th day of classes, just after the end of drop/add).

In addition to federal reporting, Miami University participates in the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange, which gathers retention and graduation rate information from hundreds of universities across the country. The CSRDE contains summary information.