Miami University-Oxford Visit Report by Robinsnest

Visit to Miami University-Oxford in July 2018 by Robinsnest
(Parent of Student)
(Member since July 20 2018 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Given by a very vibrant graduate of Miami University. She did a good job drawing her audience into the presentation by asking questions. We saw a short video, she talked and only lasted 30 minutes.

Campus Tour: Yes - It was our tour guides first day and he did a great job! Only 3 prospective students in our group. Wish we could have seen the interior of more buildings but time did not allow.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Student body seemed engaged and happy. Campus had a very busy feel to it, maybe in part due to the nice spring day after a long, snowy winter.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Contact with staff and professors in Engineering Dept. and the Admissions Office.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I would bet the campus is beautiful in the fall! Buildings were clean and well keep. Larger campus than I expected and it is incorporated into the town of Oxford but still retains its continuity.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Beautiful Georgian style architecture.Construction ongoing including several new dorms (rumor has it they will be for freshmen). Engineering facilities very new and impressive. Awesome ice arena!



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
We saw an upperclassmen dorm room which compared to other schools seemed small and short on closet/storage. Did not see a bathroom.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Felt very safe on campus and also walking around the town of Oxford. Lots of students everywhere!



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We loved it. Period.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There is so much within walking distance specifically a street loaded with places to eat. Saw many local buses running to and from campus.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Small town. We discovered a Walmart, Walgreens, several fast food chains a short drive from campus on the north western part of Oxford. Most people we saw were obviously students. Town seem safe.

Campus Visit Notes for Miami University-Oxford


Visit Description:

We arrived on a Sunday night, after a 9 hour drive from Virginia. After settling into our room we (my h.s. junior son and I) walked to an area of town not far from campus loaded with restaurants (High Street) and ended up eating at Chipotle. We then walked 2 or 3 short blocks and came upon the University. As it was getting dark, we walked back to our hotel and called it a day. The next morning, we were signed up for the Engineering and Computer Science Dept. information session/tour. We were able to walk to the Engineering building (15 mins) from our hotel. Along the way, we peeked into the arena where the basketball court is and took a look at the football stadium right next door. We also walked over to the baseball diamond which is located behind the Engineering Building. There were 3 prospective students with a parent each in our info session. This session was given by a professor in the dept. and was very informative. We were able to ask many questions and both my son and I were glad we attended this program, even if he is not 100 percent certain he wants to major in engineering. Afterwards, a current junior Engineer student gave us a tour of the rather new facilities. We saw many labs, classrooms, etc. and she provided a lot of helpful information on the program. We left feeling we had gained a very good picture of the Engineering and Computing Dept. Since we had a two hour break between the end of this information session/tour and our next program, we walked back to our hotel for a little lunch in our room and a rest. Then we walked back to campus (about 20 min) to the Admissions Building. Our group of prospective students here was about 12. After the short admissions information talk we broke into smaller groups for a student led tour. Our group had only 3 students and was led by a young man who admitted we were his very first tour group! He had a veteran tour guide (senior) walking along with us but he did a great job on his own! We saw inside a few buildings (Library, Education Bldg, an upperclassmen dorm, student center, ice arena and more. However, I wish we had seen the interior of even more buildings such as the fine arts building, maybe the business school and a cafeteria. Time did not allow for all that but we still got a good glimpse of what the college has to offer. The campus was very busy with students and we were informed that they were in the middle of Mid-terms. Everyone seemed energetic, happy and polite. In general, my son and I loved Miami University. It had a much smaller feel to it than its true size of 15,000 undergraduates. The staff emphasized their commitment to undergraduate teaching which is a plus. We liked the way the student body makes up a large majority of the town's population. The town is small but has enough amenities that I doubt you would feel isolated.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Best Western Sycamore Inn - in walking distance of campus, friendly staff, well appointed rooms. Continental Breakfast.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Ate at Chipotle on High Street which was mobbed with students at 7:00 at night. Also ate at Arbys a short drive from campus in a quieter part of town.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Miami has two parking garages that visitors may park in but we did not use either since we were able to walk to campus.