What is a Public Ivy?

A public university that provides an exceptional return on your education investment, has rich history and tradition, and has a picture-perfect campus. And that's only part of the story.

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Original Public Ivy - Miami University - Oxford, Ohio - Est. 1809

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Number 2 for commitment to teaching among public universities. (US News and World Report Best Colleges 2016). Top 3 for 6 years and counting. Photo of an instructor teaching her class.
Miami's four-year graduation rate ranks 20th among public universities in the United States.
92% first-to-second year retention - Fall 2015 cohort

what does a public ivy education
mean to me?

  • Among the best for commitment to teaching
  • High graduation rates
  • Active & ambitious students
  • Outstanding career
  • A quintessentially
    collegiate experience
“…high caliber student body with the look and feel of an Ivy.”

— Princeton Review

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Code of Love and Honor - Who we are and what we aspire to be.


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College of Arts & Science

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Arts & Science

Experience CAS for yourself

Inside Hollywood

Students visited the set of Wheel of Fortune, where the word puzzle on the board spells out Miami University in Oxford Ohio.

Our popular "Inside" workshop programs take students behind the scenes and connect them to successful Miami alumni in media, government, business, and much more!

also available: Inside Chicago and Inside New York

Inside Washington

A group of Miami students gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.

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The acceptance rate to law school is 95% compared to a national average of 86%

Number 2 for return on investment of graduates with Humanities majors

60% of seniors are accepted to med school versus 42% nationally.

Marne Levine

Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

Miami Majors: Communications, Political Science

Harvard Business: MBA

The well-rounded liberal arts foundation that Marne received at Miami gave her the skills to adapt to any job. She recommends the same for today’s students. “In tech companies, the industry is changing so quickly. What we look for are just good, smart thinkers who can come in and solve any problem that is before them. So the skills one develops as part of a liberal arts education are very good for a tech company.”

College of Creative Arts

college of

Creative Arts

Experience CCA for yourself
An architecture student presents her latest project to her professor and classmates within the glass floored lobby of Alumni Hall.


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Steven Reineke wearing a tux

Conductor of The New York Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra

more than 70% of studentsin cca study abroad by the time they graduate.

students of all majors can participate inart classes, music ensembles, and theatre.

More than 600 students combine a Creative Arts minor with their chosen major.

Students can choose from  20 minors in a Creative Arts field.

College of Education, Health & Society

college of

Education, Health & Society

Experience EHS for yourself
EHS students, who focus on sciences, working in a lab, preparing for a future in education.

A Payscale.com survey asking students about deriving level of meaning from their work.

78%: Early Childhood Education

75%: Social Work

80%: Child Development

75%: Human Services

74%: Child and Family Services

At Miami, you can complete your teacher education licensure program in four years. At many other universities, it's a five-year program.

Miami is the only university inOhiowhere K-12 Special Education students graduate with both mild-to-moderate and moderate-to-intensive educational needs licenses.

College of Engineering and Computing

college of

Engineering & Computing

Experience CEC for yourself
Miami’s program in manufacturing engineering is 1 of only 21 such programs in the nation to be accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Engineering ranked as highest paying degree in 2015

- USA Today


Students get one on one direction from their professors.

Lunar Rover Engineering

Students work together to build their own version of the lunar rover.

Computer Science

A student works in a computer lab.

Students abroad helping local communities test their water supply

EWB supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

Jon Puz '13

Vice President, Sheilds Pharmacy Services

"In my experience, communicating ideas, thinking strategically, collaborating with teams, and solving problems are the four keys to success. These are the very skills that I developed as a student at Miami, and I would not be where I am today without the CEC.

Farmer School of Business


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Experience FSB for yourself

Entrepreneurship programs are in the top 25 among undergraduate schools eight years in a row per The Princeton review & Entrepreneur Magazine 2016.

Rachel Hou


DEGREE: B.S., Business (Organizational Leadership) and B.A., Psychology

CURRENTLY: Global Accounts Lead, Asia Pacific, Google

Successful Graduates of the Farmer School of Business

  • Richard Farmer, Founder, Cintas
  • Richard Smucker, Chairman, President & Co-CEO, The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Jamie Miller, Senior Vice President and CIO, GE
  • Tom McGrath, Partner and Principal, Ernst & Young LLP.
  • Tom Stalkamp, President, Chrysler and Daimler
  • John Smale, Former CEO, Procter & Gamble

Highwire Brand Studio

Not your average classroom experience.

Marketing and graphic design students work together with companies like Hasbro, Pepsi, Procter&Gamble and Nestle on advertising and branding projects.

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