Miami University-Oxford Visit Report by DON HO

Visit to Miami University-Oxford in November 2010 by DON HO
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2011)
(Member since January 17 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

Admissions Interview: No - Did attend an Honors College presentation & to be honest, we were not impressed by the presentation given by the student. Felt a bit slighted that a honors staff member wasn't present.

Information Session: Yes - We felt it to be one of the best we've listened to. Lots of examples and attention paid to covering issues of interest to parents as well as students. Not too many facts, but those given were m

Campus Tour: Yes - Informative and well breifed tour guide and fairly comprehensive tour. Guide answered all questions.

Classroom Visit: No - We visited on a Saturday, but were lucky enough to know a current student take us on an expanded tour following our one by the Admissions Department.


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
We felt every student involved with the Admission Depart was Excellent. Didn't have a lot of interaction with student population as a whole, but those we met seemed happy, but not overly outgoin

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Excellent job by the Admission's Department.

Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Miami has a gorgeous and well laid out campus and has clearly gone to great lengths to ensure continuity of its buildings. New Business School building is gorgeous & fits right in with all the oth

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Was especially impressed with the maintenance of the dorms and buildings. Restrooms were spotless, even on a weekend. Not so much as a stray cigarette butt or gum wrapper to be seen on campus.

4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Older style 3 or 4 story dorms. Not huge but well painted and common areas looked comfortable and well maintained.

4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
You can't help but feel safe in this insular college community. Probably not as many "safety boxes" around as found on larger, urban campuses.

Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We felt that the academic programs and opportunities at Miami are first rate. Son felt he would feel comfortable within with the student population.


Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
College town of Oxford is small, but has a number of restaurants and dining options.

4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Oxford is nice, but a bit remote for a city kid. However, Cinncinati is a short 50 minute drive away, and there are plenty of funtions held there.

Campus Visit Notes for Miami University-Oxford

Visit Description:

Miami University has an awful lot going for it and we can see why its popularity outside the state of Ohio is growing. We have a family member who is a current student, so we got a complete picture of student life. Focus is undergradute students (I believe only 2,000 graduate students) and they have been placed #2 on the USNWR ranking of institutions with faculty unusually strong "committment to undergraduate teaching."

Strong emphasis on overseas study and they sited a figure of 44% students currently going overseas for some type of program. They have a goal of raising that to 50%. Incentives, particularly for Honors students, are given to assist in this endeavor.

Honors program is nice in that it permits tons of flexiblity for students to create their own course of study. Also, as an extra bonus for Business school candidates, those admitted to honors are automatically admitted to the highly rated Farmer Business School. Nice merit based scholarships too, particularly for out of state students.

Greek scene is big here, although the tour guide states a 32% participation figure, our family member tells us its higher and that the lower figure is probably for all of the Miami campus combined (regional campuses included). In any event, perhaps the fairly remote location enhances bonding, but the student population seems to be a very cohesive group. Students take studies seriously, but make time for plenty of fun.

For our son, the school seems like it would be a great fit.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Consider staying in downtown Cinncinati if you can't get into the Holiday Inn or Campus Inn.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

We ate lunch at 45 East, a lively bar/restaurant with good food. Dinner was at a great Mexican restaurant called Fiesta Charra. Of note: In OH those between the ages of 18-21 are permitted to drink

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

Plenty of parking.