40 Facts About Miami University


Miami University is a public research university in Oxford, Ohio.

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Miami University maintains an international boarding campus, the Dolibois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg.

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Miami University provides a liberal arts education; it offers more than 120 undergraduate degree programs and over 60 graduate degree programs within its 8 schools and colleges in architecture, business, engineering, humanities and the sciences.

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Miami University is ranked as having the 25th-best undergraduate teaching nationally.

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Miami University was one of the original eight Public Ivy schools, a group of publicly funded universities considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

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Miami University has a long tradition of Greek life; five social Greek-letter organizations were founded at the university earning Miami the nickname "Mother of Fraternities".

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Foundations for Miami University were first laid by an Act of Congress signed by President George Washington, stating an academy should be Northwest of the Ohio River in the Miami Valley.

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Miami University temporarily halted construction due to the War of 1812.

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Miami University created a grammar school in 1818 to teach frontier youth, but it was disbanded after five years.

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Miami University students purchased a printing press, and in 1827 published their first periodical, The Literary Focus.

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The Miami University Student, founded in 1867, traces its foundation back to the Literary Register and claims to be the oldest college newspaper in the United States.

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In 1839 Old Miami University reached its enrollment peak, with 250 students from 13 states; only Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth were larger.

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Miami University was replaced as president by George Junkin, former President of Lafayette College; Junkin resigned in 1844, having proved to be unpopular with students.

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Miami University reopened in 1885, having paid all of its debts and repaired many of its buildings; there were 40 students in its first year.

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Miami University focused on aspects outside of the classics, including botany, physics, and geology departments.

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In 1888, Miami began inter-collegiate football play in a game against the University of Cincinnati.

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Miami University lacked the rooms to fit all of the students expected the next year, and Miami University made an arrangement with Oxford College, a women's college in the town, to rent rooms.

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In 1928, Miami University founded the School of Business Administration and acquired the Oxford College for Women.

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In 1954, Miami University created a common curriculum for all students to complete to have a base for their other subjects.

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Miami University founded the Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg in 1968, which would move to Differdange Castle in 1997; it is home to a study abroad program where students live with Luxembourgish host families and study under Miami University professors.

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Miami University is renowned for its campus beauty, having been called "The most beautiful campus that ever there was" by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost, a friend of then Miami University artist-in-residence Percy MacKaye, a poet.

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Miami University has added campus buildings, such as the Farmer School of Business building, in the style characteristic of Georgian Revival architecture, with all buildings built three stories or less, or "to human scale".

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Miami University's dining options includes about 30 dining destinations on campus, including the Bell Tower Commons, Garden Commons, MapleStreet Station, Martin Commons and Western Commons dining halls, each with multiple dining options.

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Miami University has appeared on the list since it was first published in 1998.

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Miami University's Farmer School of Business is a nationally recognized school of business that offers nine majors.

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Miami University 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.

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Ethnic diversity at Miami University is low among public universities in the United States.

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The student body at Miami University remains predominantly white, despite efforts to recruit more minority students.

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Miami University ranked 95th out of 100 national universities for academics by diversity and as of Fall 2016, it had the lowest percentage of domestic students of color among all five major public universities in Ohio.

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Residential life is a primary characteristic of the undergraduate education at Miami University and is embedded in the university's Mission Statement.

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Miami University requires first and second year students to live on campus.

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Miami University has 21 active sorority and 30 active fraternity chapters.

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Miami University is nicknamed the Mother of Fraternities for the number of fraternities that started on its campus: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Phi Kappa Tau .

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The Miami University Triad refers to the first three fraternities founded at Miami University: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, and Sigma Chi.

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Miami University is nicknamed the "Cradle of Coaches" for the coaches that have trained through its football program, including Hall of Fame inductees Paul Brown, Carmen Cozza, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Earl Blaik, Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and Jim Tressel, to name some from a selection of over 80.

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Ben Roethlisberger, a quarterback from Miami University, has gone on to be a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Miami University won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, the first medal ever won by Team USA for synchronized skating.

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The collegiate-level team has won 18 national titles; Miami University created a junior-varsity level team beneath the senior level.

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In 1999, Miami University eliminated the wrestling program, along with men's golf and tennis, to better comply with Title IX regulations .

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Miami University alumni are active through various organizations and events such as Alumni Weekend.

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