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Miami University
Seal of Miami University
Seal of Miami University
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MottoProdesse Quam Conspici
Motto in EnglishTo Accomplish Rather Than To Be Conspicuous
Endowment$403.1 million[1]
PresidentDavid C. Hodge
ProvostConrado "Bobby" Gempesaw
Admin. staff1,400 system-wide
Students20,126 system-wide
Undergraduates18,863 system-wide; 14,872 Oxford
Postgraduates1,642 system-wide
LocationFile:Flag of Ohio.svg.png Oxford,
File:Flag of Ohio.svg.png Hamilton,
File:Flag of Ohio.svg.png Middletown,
File:Flag of Ohio.svg.png West Chester,
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Campus2,000 acres (8 km2)
Athletics18 NCAA Division I / Bowl Subdivision[2] Mid-American Conference Central Collegiate Hockey Association
Colorsred and white            
MascotSwoop the RedHawk
AffiliationsUniversity System of Ohio

Miami University (informally known as Miami, Miami U, Miami of Ohio, and MU) is a coeducational public research university located in Oxford, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1809, although classes were not held until 1824, it is the 10th oldest public university in the United States and the second oldest university in Ohio, founded four years after Ohio University.[3] In its 2012 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 3rd for best undergraduate teaching at national universities, and 90th in the overall rankings. Forbes also ranked Miami University as 34th among U.S. public universities and 1st among public universities within Ohio.[4][5][6][7]

Miami's Division I sports teams are called the RedHawks. They compete in the Mid-American Conference in all sports except ice hockey, in which the team is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Miami is nicknamed the "Cradle of Coaches" for the star-quality coaches that have trained through its football program and in early 2012 Miami trademarked the phrase. Its men's basketball team has appeared in 16 NCAA basketball championships, reaching the Sweet Sixteen four times. Miami's ice hockey team finished runner-up in the 2009 national championship game.


Old MiamiEdit


The foundations for Miami University were first laid by an Act of Congress signed by President George Washington, stating that an academy should be located Northwest of the Ohio River in the Miami Valley.[8] The land was located within the Symmes Purchase; Judge John Cleves Symmes, the owner of the land, purchased the land from the government with the stipulation that he lay aside land for an academy.[9] Congress granted one township to be located in the District of Cincinnati to the Ohio General Assembly for the purposes of building a college, two days after Ohio was granted statehood in 1803; if no suitable location could be provided in the Symmes Purchase, Congress pledged to give federal lands to the legislature after a five-year period. The Ohio Legislature appointed three surveyors in August of the same year to search for a suitable township, and they selected a township off of Four Mile Creek.[9] The Legislature passed "An Act to Establish the Miami University" on February 2, 1809, and a board of trustees was created by the state; this is cited as the founding of Miami University.[9] The township originally granted to the university was known as the "College Township", and was renamed Oxford, Ohio in 1810.

The University temporarily halted construction due to the War of 1812.[9] Cincinnati tried to move Miami to the city in 1822 and to divert its income to a Cincinnati college, but it failed.[9] Miami created a grammar school in 1818 to teach frontier youth; but, it was disbanded after five years.[9] Robert Hamilton Bishop, a Presbyterian minister and professor of history, was appointed to be the first President of Miami University in 1824; the first day of classes at Miami was on November 1, 1824.[9] At its opening, there were twenty students and two faculty members in addition to Bishop.[9] The curriculum included Greek, Latin, Algebra, Geography, and Roman history; the University offered only a Bachelor of Arts. An "English Scientific Department" was begun in 1825 which studied modern languages, applied mathematics, and political economy as training for more practical professions. It offered a certificate upon completion of coursework, not a full diploma.[9]

Miami students purchased a printing press, and in 1827 published their first periodical, The Literary Focus. It promptly failed, but it laid the foundation for the weekly Literary Register. The current Miami Student, founded in 1867, traces its foundation back to the Literary Register and claims to be the oldest college newspaper in the United States.[9] A theological department and a farmer's college were formed in 1829; the farmer's college was not an agricultural school, but a three-year education program for farm boys. William Holmes McGuffey joined the faculty in 1826, and began his work on the McGuffey Readers while in Oxford.[9] By 1834 the faculty had grown to seven professors and enrollment was at 234 students.[9]


Alpha Delta Phi opened its chapter at Miami in 1833, making it the first fraternity chapter West of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1839, Beta Theta Pi was created; it was the first fraternity formed at Miami.[9] Eleven students were expelled in 1835, including one for firing a pistol at another student. McGuffey resigned and became the President of the Cincinnati College, where he urged parents not to send their children to Miami.[9]

In 1839 Old Miami reached its enrollment peak, with 250 students from 13 states; only Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth were larger.[9] President Bishop resigned in 1840 due to escalating problems in the University, although he remained as a professor through 1844. He was replaced as President by George Junkin, former President of Lafayette College; Junkin resigned in 1844, having proved to be unpopular with students.[9] By 1847, enrollment had fallen to 137 students.

Students in 1848 participated in the "Snowball Rebellion". Defying the faculty's stance against fraternities, students packed Old Main, one of Miami's main classrooms and administrative buildings, with snow and reinforced the snow with chairs, benches and desks from the classroom.[9] Those who had participated in the rebellion were expelled from the school and Miami's student population was more than halved. By 1873, enrollment fell further to 87 students. The board of trustees closed the school in 1873, and leased the campus for a grammar school.[9] The period prior to its closing is referred to as "Old Miami".[9]

New MiamiEdit

The university re-opened in 1885, having paid all of its debts and repaired many of its buildings; there were forty students in its first year. Enrollment remained under 100 students throughout the 1800s. Miami focused on aspects outside of the classics, including botany, physics, and geology departments.[9] In 1888, Miami began inter-collegiate football play in a game against the University of Cincinnati.[9] By the early 1900s, the state of Ohio pledged regular financial support for Miami University; enrollment reached 207 students in 1902. The Ohio General Assembly passed the Sesse Bill in 1902, which mandated coeducation for all Ohio public schools. Miami lacked the rooms to fit all of the students expected the next year, and Miami made an arrangement with Oxford College, a women's college located in the town, to rent rooms. Miami's first African-American student, Nelly Craig, graduated in 1905.[8] Hepburn Hall, built in 1905, was the first women's dorm at the college; by 1907, the enrollment at the University passed 700 students and women made up about a third of the student body.[9] Andrew Carnegie pledged $40,000 to the building of a new library for the University.[9]

Enrollment in 1923 was at 1,500 students. The Oxford College for Women merged with Miami University in 1928.[9] By the early 1930s, enrollment had reached 2,200 students. The conservative environment found on campus called for little change during the problems of the Great Depression, and only about ten percent of students in the 1930s were on government subsidies.[9] During World War II, Miami changed its curriculum to include "war emergency courses"; a Navy Training School took up residence on campus. During wartime in 1943, the population of the University became majority women.[9] Due to the G.I. Bill, tuition for veterans decreased; the enrollment at Miami jumped from 2,200 to 4,100 students. Temporary lodges were constructed in order to accommodate the number of students. By 1952, the student body had grown to 5,000.[9]

In 1954, Miami created a common curriculum for all students to complete, in order to have a base for their other subjects. Miami experimented with a trimester plan in 1965, but it ultimately failed and the university reverted to a quarter system; by 1964, enrollment reached nearly 15,000.[9] To accommodate the growing number of students, Miami University started a regional branch of the University at Middletown, Ohio in 1966 and Hamilton, Ohio in 1968.[9] Miami founded a Luxembourg branch, today called the Miami University Dolibois European Center, in 1968; students live with Luxembourgian families, and study under Miami professors.[9] In 1974, The Western College for Women in Oxford, was sold to Miami; and President Shriver oversaw the creation of the well-respected and innovative Interdisciplinary Studies Program known as the Western College Program.[9] The program was merged into the College of Arts & Science in 2007.[10] The newest regional campus, the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center opened in 2009.

Organization and AdministrationEdit

Miami University's endowment was valued at US $376 million in 2009.[4]



Miami's student body consists of 14,872 undergraduates and 2,395 graduate students on the Oxford campus (as of Fall 2011).[11] The class of 2013 comes from 39 U.S. states and 13 countries (65 countries are represented in the whole student body).[12][13] Despite attempts by the University, Miami is known for its low level of diversity; the student body is 85% Caucasian.[14][15] Politically, its student body is more conservative than those of comparable universities.[16]

For the undergraduate class of 2012, Miami received 15,009 applications and accepted 80% of them. 30% of those accepted enrolled.[17] For the class of 2013, 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their class.[12] The middle 50% range of ACT scores for first-year students is 24-29, while the SAT scores is 1110-1280 (old scale).[12]


University rankings
Forbes[18] 183
U.S. News & World Report[19] 90
Washington Monthly[20] 71

U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate program 90th among national universities, and 39th among public universities. U.S. News also ranked the university 3rd for best undergraduate teaching at national universities.[5] Forbes ranked Miami 183rd in the United States among all colleges and universities and listed it as one of "America's Best College Buys".[21] In March 2010, BusinessWeek ranked the undergraduate business program for the Farmer School of Business at 16th among all U.S. undergraduate business schools and was ranked 6th among public schools.[22] Entrepreneur ranked Miami's Institute for Entrepreneurship 15th among undergraduate programs in the nation.[23] The Wall Street Journal ranked Miami 22nd among state schools for bringing students directly from undergraduate studies into top graduate programs.[24] The Journal also ranked Miami's accelerated MBA program ninth globally.[25] Miami's accountancy program received high marks from the Public Accounting Report's rankings of accountancy programs; its undergraduate and graduate programs ranked 12th and 15th respectively.[26] In 1985, Richard Moll wrote a book about America's premier public universities where he describes Miami as one of America's original eight "Public Ivies", along with the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, University of Texas, University of Vermont, and the University of North Carolina.[27]

Miami also receives high marks for its beautiful campus. Newsweek rated Miami No. 19, in its 2012 list of Most Beautiful Schools.[28]


Miami is a large, primarily residential research university with a focus on undergraduate studies.[29]

Miami University has six academic divisions—the College of Arts & Science, the Farmer School of Business, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Education, Health, & Society, the School of Creative Arts, and the Graduate School.

The College of Arts & Science is the oldest and largest college at Miami, with nearly half of the undergraduate student body enrollment. The college offers 56 majors, 48 minors, and 2 co-majors (Environmental Science and Environmental Principles & Practice). Ten of the 11 doctoral degrees offered by Miami are provided through the College of Arts & Science.[30]

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Miami's Farmer School of Business is a nationally recognized school of business that offers eight majors. The school also offers graduate MBA, accountancy, and economics degrees. The Farmer School of Business (or FSB) is housed in a Script error state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building."[1] The FSB building, opened for classes in 2009, was designed by leading revivalist architect Robert A.M. Stern.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science offers 12 accredited majors at the Oxford campus,[2] and moved into a new engineering building—a $22 million-dollar facility—in 2007.[3] The school also offers master’s degrees in Computer Science and Paper & Chemical Engineering[4]

The School of Education, Health & Society–formerly known as the School of Education and Allied Professions–offers 26 undergraduate degrees[5] spanning areas from teacher education, kinesiology and health to educational psychology, and family studies and social work.[6] As of fall 2009, nearly 3,500 full-time and part-time undergraduates were enrolled in the school.[5]

Miami's School of Creative Arts comprises four departments—architecture and interior design, music, theatre, and art. Each department has its own admission requirements separate from the standard admissions requirements for the University. Art majors choose a concentration in areas such as ceramics, metals, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, and interior design. Music majors specify either music performance or music education.[7]

Graduate studentsEdit

Miami offers master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study and doctoral degrees in 12, the largest of which are doctoral degrees in psychology. In order to enroll in graduate courses, students must first be accepted into the Graduate School, and then into the department through which the degree is offered.[8] Although tuition for the Graduate School is roughly the same as for an undergraduate degree, most of the graduate programs offer graduate assistantships as well as tuition waiver.


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Miami's NCAA Division I-A program offers 18 varsity sports for men and women. The RedHawks, the name of Miami's collegiate sports teams, participate in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in all varsity sports, except ice hockey, which competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Miami's athletic teams were called The Miami Boys, The Big Reds, The Reds, or The Red and Whites until 1928 when Miami Publicity Director R.J. McGinnis is credited with coining the term Redskins. The athletic teams continued to be known as the Redskins up through 1997 when the Oklahoma-based Miami tribe withdrew its support for the nickname; the board of trustees voted to change the nickname to the RedHawks.[1] The current athletic director is Brad Bates, who was promoted to the position in November 2002.[2]

Miami University has never won a national title in any team sport,[3] except in synchronized skating, which is not an NCAA-recognized sport.[4] The school has earned the nickname "Cradle of Coaches" for producing star football coaches.[5][6]


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Miami University has a rich history of football. Miami is known as the Cradle of Coaches for its quality football coaches that leave its program; Ben Roethlisberger, a quarterback from Miami, has gone on to be a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Miami's football team plays in Yager Stadium, a 24,286-seat football stadium on campus; they formerly played in the now demolished Miami Field. The current coach is Don Treadwell, who was hired December 29, 2010.[1][2] The RedHawks compete each year against the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Victory Bell, a tradition that dates back to 1888.


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Miami has appeared in 16 NCAA basketball championships and have four sweet sixteen appearances, most recently in 1999. The team competes in Millett Hall and was coached by Charlie Coles, a 1965 graduate of Miami, for 16 seasons until he retired on March 5, 2012. His replacement is John Cooper.

Men's ice hockeyEdit

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Miami's men's varsity ice hockey team started in 1978 coached by Steve Cady.[1] The RedHawks made the NCAA national title game in 2009, but lost in overtime to Boston University after leading much of the game.[2] The current head coach is Enrico Blasi, who has a total record of 262-169-46 after 12 seasons.[3] Since the Mid-American Conference does not include Division I men's ice hockey, Miami competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). It is one of three schools from the MAC in the CCHA along with Bowling Green State University and Western Michigan University. However, starting with the 2013-2014 season, Miami will begin competing in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which will also include Colorado College, University of Denver, University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota Duluth, and University of Nebraska Omaha. This brand-new conference may also add additional teams in the future.

The men's ice hockey team plays at the Goggin Ice Center. The center contains two rinks: a practice rink and Steve Cady Arena, which is used by the hockey team. The arena has a seating capacity of 3,200, and it replaced the Goggin Ice Arena in 2006.

Synchronized skatingEdit

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Miami's synchronized skating team began in August 1977 as a "Precision Skating Club" at Goggin Ice Center.[1] The program achieved varsity status by 1996.[2] The Miami University senior synchronized skating team are the 1999, 2006, and 2009 U.S. national champions.[2][3][4] Miami won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, the first medal ever won by Team USA for synchronized skating.[5] The collegiate-level team has won 14 national titles; Miami created a junior-varsity level team beneath the senior level.[2] Vicki Korn, after serving as the coach of Miami's program for 25 years, announced her retirement in May 2009.[2] The current head coach is Carla DeGirolamo. A 2003 graduate of Miami, Carla skated with the program all four of her undergraduate years and then spent seven seasons as an assistant coach.

Greek lifeEdit

Miami is nicknamed the Mother of Fraternities for the number of fraternities that started on its campus: Beta Theta Pi (1839), Phi Delta Theta (1848), Sigma Chi (1855), and Phi Kappa Tau (1906). However, Alpha Delta Phi (1832) was the first fraternity on campus.[6] Delta Zeta, founded in 1902, is the only sorority alpha chapter on campus.[6] The Miami Triad refers to the first three fraternities founded at Miami: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, and Sigma Chi. The Triad is sometimes celebrated with parties at other universities such as the University of Kansas.[7] As of Fall 2009, there are 2,036 sorority members and 1,492 fraternity members.[8][8]. Miami University's office of Greek affairs was endowed with a $1 million dollar gift from Cliff Alexander, a Miami University alumnus and a member of Sigma Nu; Miami believes this gift will support the Greek program well into the next century.[9] Miami currently hosts about 50 different fraternities and sororities governed by three different student governing councils. Miami's fraternities and sororities hold many philanthropy events and community fundraisers.[10] A spate of sorority sanctions on three different occasions in the 2009–10 school year reached national news for the actions that were involved. Sorority members of Miami's Alpha Xi Delta chapter and their dates at a formal held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center urinated throughout the venue, swore at staff, and attempted to steal drinks from the bar; two other incidents involving the Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha chapters at Miami involved similar behavior.[11][12] University President David Hodge called the behavior "deeply troubling" and "embarrassing", and vowed that "we are determined to live up to our values" in response to the incidents.[13]

Organizations and clubsEdit


Miami University has over 400 student-run organizations.[14] Aside, from the university's student newspaper (see below), the university's oldest and longest-running student organization is the Miami University Men's Glee Club, founded in 1907.[15] It is estimated to be the 16th oldest Glee Club in the nation and is one the largest of its kind. Associated Student Government (ASG) is the student government of Miami University.[16] It has an executive branch run by a student president and a unicameral legislature in the student senate.[16] In campus-wide elections, students have a spending cap; in a recent change, the president and vice president run on a ticket and as of 2012 must create a political party. The current ASG President is John Stefanski.[17]


Miami has a variety of media outlets. The student-run newspaper, the Miami Student, was founded in 1826 and claims that it is the oldest university newspaper in the United States.[18] The undergraduate literature and art magazine, Inklings, is available in print and online.[19] RedHawk Radio (WMSR) is Miami's only student radio station.[20] Miami University Television (MUTV) is available on cable in Oxford, Ohio.[21]


Miami's Oxford campus is located in Oxford, Ohio; the city is located in the Miami Valley in Southwestern Ohio. Development of the campus began in 1818 with a multipurpose building called Franklin Hall; Elliott Hall, built in 1825, is Miami's oldest residence hall.[22][23] Miami has added campus buildings in the style characteristic of Georgian Revival architecture, with all buildings built three stories or less, or "to human scale". Today, the area of Miami's Oxford campus consists of 2,000 acres (8 km2).[23][24]

Oxford, Ohio is a college town, with over 70.0% of the residents attending college or graduate school.[25] All first- and second-year students are required to live on-campus and all dorms are three stories or less.[14] Miami gives students the options of choosing from 35 theme-based living learning communities (LLCs); all of the halls on-campus participate in the LLC program.[26] An LLC focuses on a certain theme, such as "Governmental Relations" or the "Technology and Society Program", which allows students to live with people who have similar interests to themselves.[26] Each residence hall has its own hall government, with representatives in the Residence Hall Association and the student senate.[16]

Historic landmarksEdit

Notable peopleEdit

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Miami alumni are active through various organizations and events such as Alumni Weekend.[1] The Alumni Association has active chapters in over 50 cities.[2] A number of Miami alumni have made significant contributions in the fields of government, law, science, academia, business, arts, journalism, and athletics, among others.

Miami University is one of four schools that have graduated both a U.S. President and a Super Bowl winning quarterback.[3] Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, graduated from Miami in 1852.[4] Charles Anderson, the 27th Governor of Ohio, graduated from Miami in 1833.[5] Chung Un-chan, the previous Prime Minister of South Korea, received his master's degree from Miami in economics in 1972.[6] Other current politicians include U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.[7][8] Rita Dove, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the first African-American United States Poet Laureate, graduated summa cum laude from Miami.[9]

Miami has been nicknamed the "Cradle of Coaches" for the success its coaches and athletes have had outside of the university. John Harbaugh is the current head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.[10] Paul Brown, the partial founder of both the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals and a head coach for both teams graduated from the class of 1930.[11] Bo Schembechler was a Miami graduate and coached at Miami before moving to coach the Michigan Wolverines for twenty years.[11] Miami alumni that play in professional sports leagues include Dan Boyle of the NHL, Andy Greene of the NHL, Ryan Jones of the NHL, Alec Martinez of the NHL, John Ely of the MLB, golfer Brad Adamonis, and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the NFL.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Alumni Weekend". Miami University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  2. "Chapters". Miami University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  3. Withers, Bud (2006-10-13). "College Football : Making a run at the BCS". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  4. "Benjamin Harrison Dead". New York Times. 1901-03-14. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  5. "Ohio Governor Charles Anderson". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  6. "Miami alumnus elected premier of South Korea". Miami University. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  7. "Maria Cantwell". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  8. "Paul Ryan Delivers Commencement Address at Miami University". Republican Policy Committee. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  9. "Librarian of Congress Appoints Rita Dove Poet Laureate". Library of Congress. 1993-05-19. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  10. "John Harbaugh Named Head Coach of Baltimore Ravens". Miami University. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Miami University Alumni on 50 Greatest Coaches List". Miami University. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-02-27.

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