High School Students

Step 1

Apply and review the application checklist

Step 2

Choose an FSB major on your application

You must choose an FSB major to be considered for FSB Direct Admission.

FSB Major and Career Information

The Farmer School of Business offers eight majors from a variety of business focal areas. The most recent major and career placement data for the class of 2020 can be found at the provided link.

To hear from faculty, staff, and students from each of our majors please see the videos below. The skills gained by pursuing each major, typical job titles upon graduation, and the top recruiters of each major can be viewed by clicking on the title of each major.


Business Analytics

Business Economics


Human Capital Management and Leadership

Information Systems


Supply Chain and Operations Management

How Competitive is Admission to the Farmer School of Business?

Each year, the number of first-year applications for the Farmer School of Business (FSB) exceeds the number of spaces available. Admission to the FSB is competitive and based on a holistic and comprehensive review process that considers many factors to establish the context of students' achievements and demonstrated potential to be successful in its rigorous curriculum.

For Fall 2020, the middle 50% of students gaining direct entry into the FSB held an ACT Composite Score of 26-31 and/or an SAT score of 1210-1380. In addition, the middle 50% held a GPA of 3.56-4.13 (on a 4.0 scale). Twenty-five percent of the students offered direct admission had an academic profile that exceeded these ranges and 25% had a profile that fell below. The academic qualifications required for admission are wholly dependent on the strength of the applicant pool, and we encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Learn About the FSB Difference

What is the First-Year Integrated Core (FYIC)?

The FYIC curriculum builds a strong foundation for Farmer School students. Business is searching for new hires who can think critically, creatively, and conceptually, can understand coding and computational work, and can thrive in a constantly changing environment. Employers believe that college graduates are not adequately prepared in:

  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Analytical and Research Skills
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Working with Diverse Groups

We reviewed academic and practitioner literature and talked with our valued business partners. Then we researched the other top 50 business schools to see how they were helping students develop these key skills within their curriculum.

We learned that while some schools might work with students on an “as-needed” basis, no other school has an integrated core curriculum in the first year that is specifically designed to build the skills needed for student success in the workplace.

The eight credit-hour integrated core, which consists of four courses - Foundations of Business; Foundations of Business Communication; Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Introduction to Computational Thinking for Business - is required for all Farmer School first year students. Students move through these classes in teams, working together from the beginning of the semester to the end, culminating with a final client project.

The integrated core allows students to individually build critical skills and to work collaboratively for a real client while working with real data. Students learn skills, apply knowledge, and present their creative, computational, and analytic findings to senior executives.

What Student Organizations are in the Farmer School of Business?

Define your Farmer experience! Today’s global and competitive job market demands that schools of business prepare their students to be dynamic leaders, great communicators, skilled collaborators, and bold visionaries. Active and engaged learning starts in the classroom but students must continuously sharpen and practice these skills.

In the Farmer School, student organizations provide the perfect place where students can lead teams, communicate with members, and problem-solve. FSB challenges our students to actively participate in one of our 25 organizations and 5 honorary societies. Employers expect students to be actively engaged in student organizations and extra-curricular activities. In fact, many organizations host employer functions and activities specifically for and with our clubs!

We believe that we gain valuable life skills learning, living, and working with people with different cultures, viewpoints, and lifestyles. As our students graduate and join an increasingly global workforce, this appreciation for individuals as individuals will better equip them to succeed and will create new communities that celebrate diversity.

How Diverse is the Farmer School?

We realize that top students have many options when selecting a business school. We want to make the choice to attend the Farmer School even easier by offering competitive scholarships, pipeline programs, and robust recruiting and retention initiatives to highly talented, motivated diverse students.

We have created several new scholarships aimed at attracting and retaining talented students of color and first-generation students. In addition to scholarships, we offer summer bridge programs and camps designed to attract students from a variety of backgrounds. Recently, the Farmer School has:

  • Established an FSB recruiting network comprised of alumni, current students, student organization leaders, and faculty to act as ambassadors to high school students. Target elite college prep programs in key geographic areas.
  • Established formal mentoring programs for underrepresented students.
  • Engaged corporate partners to assist with job shadowing and career placement opportunities.
  • Expanded academic advising, career development, and tutoring support.
  • Offered networking and support through the Multicultural Business Association (MBA).
  • Collaborated with veteran-friendly companies.

How are Farmer Students Equipped to Engage in a Diverse Workforce?

The Farmer School of Business is committed to ensuring its graduates are “BEYOND READY” for their lives and careers. The world is becoming increasingly diverse and complex. Within this environment, effective use of diversity within the workforce has proven to impact positively on both organizational and individual performance. According to the latest McKinsey report on Diversity and Inclusion. embracing different cultures and viewpoints drives innovation, improves decision-making, increases employee productivity and retention, and leads to higher profitability.

However, when working in culturally diverse organizations, most people struggle to communicate and work effectively. The key to being BEYOND READY to adapt to rapidly-changing and diverse environments is Cultural Intelligence [CQ].

The Farmer School of Business is developing students who are BEYOND READY for the complex business environment that awaits them in the workplace, marketplace, and society. The BEYOND READY CQ program is designed to provide students with a unified strategy and skill set for how to relate and work across cultural differences at home and abroad. All components of the program will be available as curricular offerings to Farmer School of Business students.

Can I Study Abroad and Graduate on Time as an FSB Student?

Want to study abroad? We will help make it happen! Over 65% of students in the Farmer School of Business study abroad! FSB Global Studies offers semester, winter, and summer term programs specifically designed for students studying in the Farmer School of Business. These programs offer business courses and professional development experiences specifically designed to help students prepare for the global marketplace. Current programs are offered in a variety of countries, including: 

  • Australia
  • Barcelona
  • Budapest
  • London
  • Luxembourg
  • Maastricht

Students work with the academic advisor to review program application logistics, scholarship opportunities, course equivalency options, and more. 

FSB students also have the option to take advantage of study abroad programs outside of FSB and are encouraged to collaborate with the appropriate office: 

FSB Passport Program for FSB Admission

The FSB Passport Program is a high-touch student success program for first-year students enrolling on the Oxford campus for Fall 2020 who have been directly admitted to the Farmer School of Business and have opted into the Passport Program. Passport targets talented students who have strong academic credentials and have an interest in studying business. Passport students will receive comprehensive academic support along with professional development and service learning opportunities.

Our goal is to provide FSB Passport Students added support to ensure their success at Miami. Through a series of activities, Passport students will work with their assigned FSB Academic Advisor to further expand upon skills related to transitioning to college, career development, time management, study skills, and degree planning, among others.

Contact Michelle Thomas (mthomas@miamioh.edu) for general inquiries.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Schedule a Visit?

The Farmer School of Business is offering many different opportunities this Summer for you to learn more about Miami University and the Business School.

Want to Join us In-Person?

The Farmer School of Business is offering in-person campus tours throughout the Summer. Each session is limited to two families, so join us for a time that works for you!

Schedule Your FSB In-Person Campus Tour Here

The Office of Admission is also offering small in-person campus tours throughout the week if you would like to tour Miami University.

Want to Join us Virtually?

Prospective high school students can schedule an appointment to meet with a Farmer School of Business staff member and student in a virtual setting. Summer 2021 visits are held on Wednesdays at 3:00pm ET, lasting approximately 50 minutes.

Schedule Your Farmer School of Business Virtual Information Session Here

I Would Like to Speak with an Advisor. Who Can I Contact?

We encourage all prospective students and families to attend an Admission Information Session first. After attending this session, students and families can schedule a one-on-one phone or video appointment with Dr. Jim Stearns, Academic Advisor & Professor Emeritus. 


513-529-2070 or stearnjm@miamioh.edu.

What Honors Opportunities are Available at Miami University?

Farmer School of Business students often take advantage of institutional Honors Programs. Miami has several high-powered programs that connect exceptional students with extraordinary academic opportunities

Presidential Fellows Program

Earn Miami’s top scholarship and participate in exclusive programming. Top faculty will be your mentors and help you compete for prestigious national and international fellowships.

Prodesse Scholars Program

Work closely with an outstanding faculty member and a team of scholars as you engage in one of nearly a dozen interdisciplinary areas of study, such as social justice, environment & sustainability, creativity & innovation, and leadership.

Honors College

Access rigorous courses and funding for research, independent projects, and study abroad while benefiting from personalized advising that supports your studies and career goals.

How Much Does it Cost to Attend the Farmer School of Business?

The cost of college is largely dependent on individually awarded scholarships and financial aid. Upon admission to the Farmer School, students will pay tuition and fees set by Miami University, as well as an additional per-credit hour business surcharge for most business courses. For detailed information on current tuition costs for your anticipated graduation year, visit the Office of the Bursar.

More information regarding the business surcharge can be found in the section below.

What is the Business Surcharge?

The business course surcharge is a per credit hour fee, in addition to general Miami tuition, applicable to the majority of courses offered by the Farmer School of Business. For specific tuition, costs, and fee information, visit the One Stop.

Do other business schools have similar charges?


What is the purpose of this charge?

The business course surcharge was instituted several years ago as a means to ensure that the Farmer School can continue to provide our students with a world-class educational experience. The additional funds allow us to effectively compete with the business world and other universities in attracting and retaining the best faculty. The positive impact on our students is significant.

The surcharge also increases our ability to maintain and enhance our:

  • Focus on teaching innovative experiential learning opportunities
  • Small class sizes accessible international study opportunities
  • Cutting edge in-class technology supportive learning environment

What courses have this surcharge?

The following courses, at all levels, carry the surcharge:

Accounting (ACC)

Business Legal Studies (BLS)

Business (BUS)

Economics (ECO)

Entrepreneurship (ESP)

Finance (FIN)

Information Systems & Logistics (ISA)

Management (MGT)

Marketing (MKT)

Are there surcharges for courses at Miami’s regional campuses?

No. The surcharge applies only to courses offered on our Oxford campus.

Are there any business courses on the Oxford campus that do not carry the surcharge?

Yes. The surcharge does not apply to:

The MBA program or other business program with premium tuition rates.

Students taking business courses through a business school workshop or internationally, to include SBI, and courses taught in Luxembourg, Miami Plan Foundation courses and BLS 235 (Mock Trial practicum).