Miami University on track to welcome largest, most academically accomplished incoming class in history

By Ashlea Jones, director of executive communications

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Miami University is on track to welcome its largest and most academically accomplished first-year class in history, with more than 4,600 first-year students confirming their intention to begin this fall.

Although ACT or SAT test scores were not required for admission for Fall 2021, average GPAs increased by nearly 2 percent among admitted students, with an average of 3.84. Thirty-seven percent of the class of 2025 confirmations are from out-of-state students.

Enrollment of students of color is up 9.6 percent since last year. First-generation student enrollment is up 24 percent. 

“We are excited that these brilliant minds have chosen to further their education at Miami University,” Miami University President Gregory Crawford said. “At Miami, we are committed to providing a world-class education to students from diverse backgrounds, from 43 states and 28 countries, and helping them carve a pathway for success through academic excellence, mentorship, and experiential learning that will prepare them for impactful careers and life beyond the classroom.” 

Miami’s new Honors College, which will launch this fall, has 491 confirmations from students with an average GPA of 4.26, exceeding the goal by nearly 100 students. The Honors College is Miami’s only residential college, giving students an opportunity to live and learn together while having more one-on-one interactions with faculty-in-residence.

 “This confirms that even amidst the pandemic, these bright and enthusiastic scholars are eager and excited about acquiring new knowledge and making new discoveries,” Crawford said. “The Miami faculty, staff and administration are more than ready to inspire and support them as they embark on this new chapter.”

To further support these students, Miami has offered strong scholarships and financial aid in the wake of the pandemic. 

“The pandemic continues to shape the thoughts and attitudes of families during this recruitment cycle, said Brent Shock, vice president of enrollment and student success.  “Nationwide surveys indicate that cost and affordability are at the top of nearly everyone's mind, with 55 percent of college seniors indicating that their families had endured a significant financial hardship due to the pandemic.” 

Among the students who confirmed their admission this fall:

  • 4,600 students come from 43 states and 28 countries.
  • 129 incoming students were ranked No. 1 in their class.
  • They have an average GPA of 3.84.
  • 63% are Ohio residents; students come from 85 of the 88 counties in Ohio.
  • 13.7% are first-generation college students.