Miami Regionals History
Reaching out with opportunities
In the fall of 1946, with returning GIs pursuing college degrees through the GI Bill of Rights, Miami University began offering classes in Hamilton and Middletown to meet the needs of people living in those communities who could not leave jobs or families to attend college. Over the following 20 years Miami expanded its outreach by creating five academic centers as new locations in Norwood, Dayton and Piqua joined Hamilton and Middletown.
The steady growth of student populations, combined with strong local support for higher education and communities’ desires to have full-service campuses, led to the opening of Miami Middletown in 1966 (the first regional campus in Ohio to open), followed by Miami Hamilton in 1968. The construction of the permanent campuses was made possible by a unique combination of federal and state funding, plus a substantial amount of local donor support.
Miami had been doing outreach work with Ohio State in the Dayton area, and this led to the creation of Wright State University in 1967 as a separate institution replacing Miami’s academic centers in Dayton and Piqua. As it became part of the state system of higher education, the University of Cincinnati assumed responsibility for the people originally served by Miami’s Norwood center.
Academic programs expand
Engineering technology, nursing and business technology are the longest-running academic degree programs at Miami Regionals. Since opening in the mid-1960s the Regionals have responded to local student and employer needs by adding new courses and programs, combining the convenience of location with class schedules offering multiple options. Today, in response to Ohio’s increasing number of bachelor’s degree-prepared people in the workforce, Miami University Regionals offers 15 bachelor's degrees and 12 associate degrees, some of which are completely available online.