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. If individual students submitted both SAT and ACT scores, both are included. In Fall 2008, 90% of incoming freshmen submitted ACT scores; 62% submitted SAT scores.

High school rank: 57% of new freshmen reported a value for high school rank in 2008. This percentage has steadily decreased during the time period included in the 7-year history tables (2002 - 2008), from a high of 84% (2002) to a low of 57% (2008). Note that some high schools do not rank students.

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 2007, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. 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 Fact Book 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 regional 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 and are based on the data reported to IPEDS.

All counts are based upon an extract of active employees from the Banner system as of November 1 of the fall term (in this case, fall 2008). 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. Other reports which focus on the number of teaching faculty, e.g., the Common Data Set, include everyone who teaches, regardless of whether it is their primary job.

Miami University reports data for three campuses: the main campus in Oxford and regional 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.

Miami's fiscal year, like that of most universities, runs from July 1 through June 30 of the next calendar year. For example, FY 2008 began on July 1, 2007 and ended on June 30, 2008. 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 details may be found in Miami's annual Financial Report.

Graduation and Retention Rates

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

Graduation Rates

Data are 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. Students not tracked for the graduation rates 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.

All colleges which participate in federal financial programs are required to report graduation information to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 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 Reports. Only those athletes who received athletic aid during their first year are separated out in this report.

Retention Rates

First-year retention is defined as the percentage of an initial cohort (as defined above) enrolled at the same institution one year later (i.e., freshman to sophomore year). For example, of 3,463 first-time, full-time Miami undergraduates in Fall 2007, 3,101 (89.5%) were enrolled in Fall 2008.

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.

Success Rates

Students who do not complete a degree at Miami may transfer to other schools for a variety of reasons. The success rates identify the percentage of students who graduate with a degree or are enrolled at any institution of higher learning (i.e., Miami University or a different college or university) after 6 years. Approximately 6% of beginning freshmen at Miami University do not complete a degree or show any transfer school enrollment.

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.

Financial Aid

The financial aid data presented in this section comes from the Common Data Set.

Note: From 2003-2004 through 2007-2008, Miami changed its tuition structure so that Ohio residents and non-residents paid essentially the same rate, with a slight difference in fees. Resident students received a scholarship which was roughly equivalent to the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. The exact amount of the scholarship varied by family income. Because of this change, comparisons with these years, for both tuition and some areas of financial aid, are not particularly meaningful. For details on these years, please contact the Office of Institutional Research at InstitutionalResearch@MiamiOH.edu.