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 2005, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. 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.

Faculty and Staff

The tables and charts in this section pertain to counts of active employees at Miami University.

All counts are taken from an extract of active employees on the Banner system as of November 1 of the Fall term (in this case, Fall 2006). This is the date used for federal reporting to the IPEDS system and generally represents the 'high water mark' for employment for the academic year. Because the IPEDS Faculty and Staff reporting is intended to be a comprehensive look at the number and type of employees on campus, employees are counted only once, in their primary job.

For reporting teaching faculty, such as in the Common Data Set (used for college ranking surveys such as U.S. News America's Best Colleges), we want to include everyone who teaches, in addition to those with faculty status. Miami had approximately 72 employees for Fall 2005 on the Oxford campus alone who had a teaching appointment but whose primary job was not as a faculty member.

Miami University reports data for three campuses: the main campus in Oxford; and branch campuses in Hamilton and Middletown. (A small number of employees at the Dolibois Center in Luxembourg are omitted from federal reporting and thus are not included here.)

Finances

The tables and charts in this section all pertain to fiscal-year based financial reporting, as used in the IPEDS Finance Survey (reported by Miami University to the federal government each Spring). Miami uses GASB 34/35 standards for financial reporting, though the affiliated Miami University Foundation uses FASB standards.

Since FY 2002, all Miami branches have been reported as a single entity. Tables and charts in this section which use data previous to FY 2002 show all 3 campuses combined, to ensure comparability.

Miami's fiscal year, like that of most universities, runs from July 1 through June 30 of the next calendar year. For example, FY 2005 began on July 1, 2004 and ended on June 30, 2005. Please note that because financial information is not generally reported until it has been certified by independent auditors, there is a lag of several months before the information is available.

The endowment information shown in this section matches what is reported in the NACUBO Endowment Study and includes Miami University and the Miami University Foundation.

More detail may be found in Miami's annual Financial Reports.

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.

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

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tables and charts in this section pertain to student tuition rates and financial aid at Miami University.

Tuition, Fees, Room & Board

Tuition and fee rates used in this section are intended to represent the most common yearly charge for full-time students. Miami's tuition for full-time students is charged as a flat rate. Part-time students (those taking less than 12 hours) are charged per credit hour. We have not included charges that apply only to specific subsets of students, such as admissions fees and course fees (e.g. materials fees for studio art classes). Detailed information on tuition & fees is kept by the Office of the Bursar.

Miami is a public university and tuition and fee rates are subject to regulation by the state of Ohio. The Ohio state legislature meets biennially with sessions adjourning at the end of June. Thus Miami's tuition rate for the upcoming academic year may not be finalized until the end of June.

In the 2004-05 year, Miami changed its tuition structure so that Ohio residents and non-residents pay essentially the same rate (there is a slight difference in fees). Resident students receive a scholarship which is roughly equivalent to the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates (the exact amount of the scholarship varies by family income). Because of this change, comparisons with previous years are not particularly meaningful unless the resident scholarship is taken into account.

Financial Aid

The financial aid data presented in this section comes from the Common Data Set. Note that the 2004 change in Miami's tuition structure greatly affects some areas of financial aid.