(Student Handbook 1.1)
Application for Admission (Student Handbook 1.1.A)
Application for admission must be filed in the Office of Admission on the campus the student plans to attend. It must be accompanied by an application fee. A registration fee and room deposit, if applicable, is requested when the applicant is accepted for admission. A student applying for admission to Miami University who graduated from high school five or more years prior to application and who has never taken the ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is not required to take such an examination for admission purposes.
Information and application forms for prospective international undergraduate students are available online (www.MiamiOH.edu/admission). Mail applications to: Office of Admission, 301 South Campus Avenue, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056-3434, U.S.A. Phone: (513) 529-2288. Fax: (513) 529-0682. Email:goglobal@MiamiOH.edu.
First-Years (Student Handbook 1.1.B)
To be considered for admission, students must ordinarily have earned a high school diploma from a secondary program accredited by their respective state departments of education or the General Education Diploma (GED) of High School Equivalency and be at least 16 years of age.
Students who complete their secondary education through an alternative program (graduates of non-state-chartered or non-accredited secondary programs or home-schooled students), and have not earned the GED may be considered for admission by presenting credentials that demonstrate levels of academic achievement, ability, and performance equivalent to that of graduates of state accredited high schools.
Candidates for admission to all campuses must present documentation of their academic achievement and performance. Official transcripts of all coursework taken in high school and/or a Certificate of a General Education Diploma (GED) of High School Equivalency must be submitted.
Students who have not graduated from a state-chartered or accredited high school or do not have a GED must also submit a description of the curriculum and educational resources used over the last four years. If sufficient information necessary to assess the academic achievement and ability of the applicant is not provided, applicants may be requested to submit samples of work in such areas as English, mathematics, natural science, social studies, foreign language, and fine arts demonstrating their achievement and ability.
All students who have completed their secondary education less than five years prior to their intended enrollment must take the ACT or SAT. The test must be taken on a national testing date at an authorized testing center (students with disabilities may submit test scores utilizing special testing procedures if they present documentation of the need for accommodation). Applicants to the regional campuses who have graduated from state-accredited high schools or have a GED may be admitted without submitting ACT or SAT scores, but must take one of these and have the scores sent to the appropriate campus in the semester in which they will complete 12 or more credit hours.
Open Admission (Student Handbook 1.1.B.1)
The regional campuses have an open admission policy for first-time college students. Open admission is granted to individuals who have earned a high school diploma from a secondary program accredited by state departments of education or are recipients of the General Education Diploma (GED) of High School Equivalency. Alternatively educated students who have not earned the GED can demonstrate equivalent levels of academic achievement by submitting a description of the curriculum and educational resources used over the last four years and information necessary to assess the academic achievement and ability of the applicant. Admission is for fall or spring semester; however, students have the option of early enrollment to the preceding summer or winter term.
Selective Admission (Student Handbook 1.1.B.2)
Miami’s Oxford campus typically receives more applications for admission than it can accommodate. Therefore, admission to the Oxford campus is selective. The review process is individualized and holistic. Admission is based on academic performance (strength of curriculum, class rank, and grade point average), test scores (ACT and/or SAT), secondary school experience and community activities, personal essay, and recommendations of the high school. In making admission decisions, Miami also considers the diversity of the student body and applicants’ special abilities, talents, and achievements. Miami believes that the diversity of the student body enhances the quality of the education students receive. Therefore, diversity may include socioeconomic factors, under-enrolled minority group membership, career interest, artistic ability, geographical background, and other special characteristics of the population. Admission is for fall or spring semester; however, students have the option of early enrollment to the preceding summer or winter term.
- Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP). Persons admitted to Miami’s Oxford campus who show academic promise, but whose academic profiles, as evaluated by the Office of Admission and the Director, Rinella Learning Center, suggest potential difficulty in completing a Miami degree will be required to work with the Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP) and follow individually developed educational plans provided by that program, which may include: additional assessment of academic skills; early advising and supervised course selection; academic and personal counseling; and selected other scholastic enhancement activities. Mandatory participation will be required of all participants for at least two years, or until participants achieve program release standards. Persons admitted under this educational plan will be refused course registration for subsequent semesters if they do not fulfill the requirements of the Scholastic Enhancement Program.
- Conditional Admission. A student who is competitive for admission, but does not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement, may be offered conditional admission. Conditional admissionis only granted through approved English intensive-language programs, including the Miami University American Culture and English (ACE) Program and the Miami University Middletown English Language Center (ELC). For a student’s status to be changed from conditional admission to regular enrollment, the student must complete and fulfill all criteria established by the approved program.
- Curriculum Standards. Prospective students who intend to complete a baccalaureate degree are expected to have completed four units of college preparatory English, four units of college preparatory mathematics (including algebra II), three units of college preparatory natural science (including both a physical and a biological science), three units of college preparatory social studies (including one unit of history), two units of foreign language (both in the same language), and one unit of fine arts (including art, drama, or music, either appreciation or performance). Students not meeting these specific curriculum standards will not be denied admission to Miami if they are otherwise qualified. Instead, they will be required to complete additional courses after they enroll. These courses will count toward graduation, and many of them can fulfill other requirements. They are regular college courses, not remedial courses. Students do not need to fulfill these requirements to complete an associate degree.
Students graduating from high school prior to 1986 must have completed 17 units of study, at least ten of which must include any combination of English, speech, mathematics, science, history, social studies, and foreign language.
International Student Admission (Student Handbook 1.1.B.3)
Basic requirements for admission of international students to undergraduate study include:
- Completion of formal secondary education in a pre-university curriculum that culminates in the award of a secondary school diploma or certificate which is generally recognized as the educational qualification necessary to gain admission to higher studies in the student’s own country.
- Adequate financial support.
- English language ability.
- ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) test scores are required for admission of international students who are attending U.S. high schools or secondary schools in countries that follow a U.S. high school curriculum and those who intend to participate in the intercollegiate athletic program and need to comply with NCAA eligibility requirements.
English proficiency. International applicants (non-immigrants with F-1 or J-1 or other visa status) whose native language is not English are required to submit evidence of English proficiency prior to their admission. In most cases, applicants will need to present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information concerning these examinations and location of test centers can be obtained at www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org. See also, Conditional Admission.
Undergraduate international students, like all Miami undergraduates, must satisfy the freshman English requirement. If accepted, the student may be required to take a Department of English placement examination before registering for classes. Students will be placed in the appropriate English courses based on test scores or other English proof of proficiency received at the time of admission. Consult the Miami Bulletin-General Edition.
American Culture and English (ACE) Program. A student who is admitted through the American Culture and English (ACE) Program is conditionally admitted to Miami University. For a student’s status to be changed from conditional admission to regular enrollment, the student must complete the ACE core curriculum with a B- or higher in each of the required English language classes (ACE 112 and ACE 113) and with a passing grade (D- or higher) in an approved American Culture course. If a student does not achieve a grade of B- or higher in both ACE 112 and ACE 113 or fails the appoved American Culture course in his/her first semester or term, the student’s enrollment status will remain conditional, and the student will be required to retake the pertinent course(s) during his/her second semester or term, excluding summer or winter term. If the student does not earn a grade of B- or higher in ACE 112 and ACE 113 and does not pass an approved American Culture course at the conclusion of his/her second semester or term, that student has not met the requirements of conditional admission and will not be allowed further enrollment at any Miami University campus.
Transfer Students (Student Handbook 1.1.C)
1.1.C.1 Eligibility. Students who have attended another college in which they have been registered for one or more courses must apply for admission as transfer students and notify Miami of the colleges or universities attended. Each student must submit a transcript and evidence of honorable separation from each institution in which the student has been registered, regardless of whether or not credit has been granted and whether or not the student desires to receive transfer credit. Submitted transcripts will not be returned to the student, nor sent elsewhere at the student’s request. Posted transfer work will not be removed. However, students whose only college credits have been earned while attending high school are not considered transfer students, but such credit is subject to all regulations on transfer credit (see below concerning advanced placement credit). Each student must submit a transcript and evidence of honorable separation from each college in which he or she has been registered, whether or not credit has been granted and whether or not the student desires to receive transfer credit upon admission (submitted documents will not be returned to the student, nor sent elsewhere at his or her request). Upon receipt of evidence of an acceptable conduct record from the institutions attended, Miami University will determine the student’s admission status by grade point average (on a 4.00 basis) on all non-remedial previous college work attempted as follows:
- Miami Oxford:
- If the average is 2.00 or higher, the student is eligible for admission consideration.
- If the average is below 2.00 the student is not eligible for admission consideration unless he or she has not been a student at any college or university for the two calendar years preceding the term for which application is made. The decision will be made on the basis of the college transcript and supportive information requested by the Office of Admission.
- Miami Regionals:
- If the average is 2.00 or higher, the student is eligible for admission consideration.
- If the average is below 2.00 and the student has not been a full-time student at any college or university for the two calendar years preceding the term for which application is made, the decision will be made on the basis of college transcript and supportive information requested by the Regional Office of Admission.
- If the average is below a 2.00, the student may be considered for admission under “Academic Warning” on the basis of the college transcripts and additional information requested by the Regional Office of Admission.
Acceptance of qualified transfer students will depend on the availability of facilities. Transfer credit for new transfer students will be posted to fall or spring semester academic records. Admission is for fall or spring semester; however, students have the option of early enrollment to the preceding summer or winter term. (See also 1.1.E regarding transcript submission)
1.1.C.2 Credit. Evaluations of academic transfer credit are conducted by the Office of the University Registrar and the Regional Records and Registration Office based upon course equivalencies approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Miami’s academic departments and the general guidelines articulated below. Students are encouraged to confer with their academic advisor to determine whether the credit satisfies specific curriculum requirements within their plan(s) of study.
Most college level courses taken from institutions of higher education that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) or other regional accrediting agency commissions that have been recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be accepted for transfer credit by Miami University. Credit earned from institutions not accredited by these commissions will not be accepted unless the institution was in candidacy status at the time the credits were earned and subsequently received full accreditation. A course which is not applicable for Global Miami Plan or degree requirements may transfer as elective credit but may not count towards the total credits required for the degree (e.g. duplicate credit would not count).
Miami University follows the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy established by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. All accepted coursework will be posted to the credit which will be accepted in transfer is posted on the student’s academic record Miami University transcript without grade, including credit for work taken at recognized degree granting institutions outside of the United States. Posted transfer work will not be removed from the academic record.
Students who earn credit at institutions outside the United States must provide (in addition to their academic records) course descriptions or course syllabi that include a list of required readings for the course, number of class hours required in each course, and the length of the academic term(s) when enrolled. Course descriptions or syllabi in the English language should be provided at least one month before the semester begins, if offered admission. Credit can be transferred only for studies completed at a degree-granting institution that is recognized by that country’s Ministry of Education or equivalent organization. These credits are evaluated by the University Registrar’s Office in consultation with the Academic Divisions.
A course which is not transferrable for Miami Plan or degree requirements may transfer as elective credit but may not count towards the total credits required for the degree (e.g. duplicate credit would not count). If a student wishes to transfer credit from an institution that has not been accredited, he or she must wait until the institution receives full accreditation, and only those credits earned while the institution was in accreditation candidacy status will be accepted for transfer.
Upon the student’s request, graduate-level work can be reviewed for articulation toward an undergraduate degree.
Acceptance of nontraditional credit, such as credit by examination, correspondence credit, credit by portfolio, armed forces credit or Joint Services Transcript (JST) coursework:
- Nontraditional credit may not exceed 32 semester hours.
- Credit earned either by taking national standardized examinations, such as CLEP, International Baccalaureate, or Advanced Placement tests which are recognized by an academic department of Miami University as equivalent to one or more of its course offerings, or by taking proficiency examinations administered by an academic department of Miami, is traditional credit and will not be counted in the admissible 32 semester hours of nontraditional credit (see also Proficiency Examinations).
- Credit earned through portfolio submission is traditional credit and will not be counted in the admissible 32 semester hours of nontraditional credit.
- Courses taken at U.S. military services schools will be accepted for transfer credit on the basis of the publication, “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services,” prepared by the American Council on Education (ACE). Transfer credit will also be accepted for military training and experience in the Armed Services based on the evaluation by ACE for students entering the University fall 2012 or after.
- Credit earned through non-collegiate sponsored instruction that has been evaluated by ACE (listed in the “National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training”) will be accepted for transfer. The appropriate academic department may evaluate the course for equivalent Miami credit.
Students may learn more information about courses approved for specific Miami course equivalencies by consulting www.transferology.com , an online course equivalency guide.
A transfer student is responsible for completing degree requirements as published in the Bulletin in effect at the time of matriculation.
1.1.C.3 Appeals for Transfer Credit. The student will submit an electronic request to the Office of the University Registrar using the Transfer Appeal Form (http://miamioh.edu/onestop/your-money/other/forms/index.html). This request will be forwarded to the appropriate academic division for evaluation and applicability of credit. If needed, the course will be reviewed by the academic department where the course resides. If the student is seeking to apply this transfer credit to the Miami Plan or to a specific requirement in the division or major, then he/she will be advised on the petition process by a divisional academic advisor. Results of such appeals will be communicated to the Office of the University Registrar.
Non-Degree Students (Student Handbook 1.1.D)
A non-degree student is one who is not seeking a degree at Miami University. While attending Miami non-degree students are subject to all rules, regulations, and fees governing degree-seeking students. The admission of qualified non-degree students will depend on the availability of facilities in any given semester or term.
Unclassified Students. Students who have baccalaureate degrees from other colleges or universities and do not want to get an additional undergraduate degree from Miami may apply as unclassified students.
Visiting (Transient Status). A student who attends another college or university, has been in attendance at the school during the past 12 months, is in good standing, and receives permission from that institution to attend Miami University.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Students. Miami University participates in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) established under Ohio Senate Bill 140. This program provides opportunity for outstanding high school students to earn college credit (Option A) or college and high school credit (Option B). Course scheduling is subject to availability. This program is available for fall and spring semesters. Students should first consult with their high school guidance counselors. Questions regarding admission to Miami and eligibility should be directed to the appropriate Office of Admission (Hamilton, Middletown, or Oxford). http://www.MiamiOH.edu/pseop
Senior Citizens. Ohio law provides an opportunity for persons sixty years of age or older who have resided in Ohio for at least one year to attend classes without paying tuition or admission fees, provided the attendance is for audit basis, is in courses where classroom space is available, and is approved by the instructor. Fees such as lab fees and books are a responsibility of the senior citizen.
Re-enrollment of Former Students (Student Handbook 1.1.E)
Former students may apply online on the One Stop website for re-enrollment at the University for any semester or term. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester or term. Each student (except active duty military and veteran students – see 1.1.C.2) must submit a transcript and evidence of honorable separation from each institution in which he or she has been registered since last attending Miami, whether or not credit has been granted and whether or not the student desires to receive transfer credit upon readmission. Submitted transcripts will not be returned to the student nor sent elsewhere at the student’s request. Posted transfer work will not be removed. Once re-enrolled, students register for courses online through BannerWeb. Registration must be completed by the end of the first week of classes of the re-enrollment semester or term. Former students with active holds preventing registration must receive clearance from hold-issuing office(s) before registration will be permitted. Students who have been academically suspended or dismissed are subject to the regulation set forth in Section 1.3.G. Please refer to Section 1.10.B relative to validation of credit over ten years old. Students denied re-enrollment for academic reasons under this section have the right to submit a written petition to their academic division for consideration by the Interdivisional Committee of Advisors (see Exceptions to Scholastic Regulations, 1.3.G). If a student is not eligible to re-enroll due to non-academic reasons, the first contact should be through the Office of Student Ethics and Conflict Resolution.
Fresh Start. The Fresh Start Policy is designed to help Miami University students return to good academic standing after an absence of at least two calendar years. Students who have been academically suspended or dismissed or who voluntarily left the University with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 are eligible for Fresh Start after a two-year absence.
Fresh Start status must be requested within one semester (fall or spring) of completing at least 12 graded credit hours on which a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher has been earned. The Fresh Start option applies only to courses taken before re-enrollment.
After Fresh Start status is approved, a notation will be added to the student’s academic record indicating that all Miami University credit hours earned prior to re-enrollment will be subject to the following conditions:
- Courses taken prior to Fresh Start are excluded from the cumulative grade point average calculation, and the student starts with a new cumulative grade point average.
- Grades from all coursework taken at Miami University after Fresh Start will be used in calculating eligibility for graduation with honors.
Students choosing to re-enroll under the Fresh Start policy are subject to the academic regulations and degree requirements in effect at the time of their re-entry. Fresh Start students must re-declare their major or majors, or re-apply for admission to the major if admission is required, and must complete all current academic requirements. Fresh Start status is applicable only to associate and baccalaureate degrees and may be granted only one time. Following re-enrollment, students opting for Fresh Start must complete at Miami a minimum of 50 percent of the total hours required for their degree program. Fresh Start status will be recorded on the student’s academic record as follows: “(Date) Fresh Start Approved. New Grade Point Average Established.” Catalog year is changed to reflect the first term of re-enrollment after the term of Fresh Start is established. The Transfer Student Policy (1.1.C) applies for students who completed transfer credits while absent from Miami University.
Registering for Classes at Other Miami Campuses (Student Handbook 1.1.F)
Permission to Take a Class(es) at Another Miami University Campus(es) (Student Handbook 1.1.F.1)
Regional campus students may take classes at any regional campus. In order to register for class(es) on the Oxford campus, regional campus students must obtain special permission from their regional campus advising office.
Oxford campus students may take classes at Hamilton, Middletown, and Voice of America Learning Center generally without special permission.
Intra-Campus Relocation (Student Handbook 1.1.F.2)
Students admitted to Miami University Regionals may apply to either fully relocate, or to be permitted to register for an Oxford course with at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, an acceptable conduct record, and after earning at least 16 hours of graded Miami University college-level course work (not including developmental 00_classes, CLEP, AP and College Credit Plus credit). At least one fall or spring semester must be completed on a regional campus.
Winter term grades are not posted until after spring semester begins. Therefore, winter term does not count towards spring relocation or permission to register at Oxford. Likewise, spring semester grades are not posted until after the summer term begins, prohibiting Regional campus students from taking Oxford full term or sprint classes which start the first day of Summer Term.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, Regional campus students must complete the steps for the required relocation or the permission to register in order to have access to register for Oxford classes. These requirements will be verified by the start of the approved term by the Regional Director of Enrollment Operations and the Regional Director of Advising. Students wishing to relocate or take an Oxford class with exceptions to these requirements must contact the Oxford campus divisional office in consultation with the student’s regionals campus advising office.
Oxford students wishing to change their campus to the Regionals, must submit the CHANGE OF CAMPUS FORM.
Permission for Undergraduate Students to Enroll in Graduate Courses (Student Handbook 1.1.G)
Undergraduate students who have earned 64 or more credit hours and have a GPA of 3.00 or greater may request permission to enroll in 500 or 600 level graduate courses. Students must obtain permission from the instructor, the department chair, and the Dean of the Graduate School. Students may double-count up to 12 hours of graduate course work toward their undergraduate degree. With permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s), these students may count the graduate courses toward their major, minor, electives, and university requirements. Graduate courses taken in this manner will be treated as graduate level CGS (non-degree) courses. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate continuing graduate status courses may count toward a graduate degree program at Miami (see Miami Bulletin).
Physical Examinations and Immunizations (Student Handbook 1.1.H)
Miami University requires that all entering students meet the following requirements. Exemptions from these requirements will be considered for certain medical conditions and documented religious convictions; requests for exemptions should be submitted in writing to the Medical Director of Student Health Service. Failure to meet the requirements will result in students being prevented from registering for classes.
All students who are accepted for admission to the Oxford campus tarting in any term or semester are required to submit a completed medical history to the Medical Director of Student Health Service before final enrollment can be approved. For submission of the medical history, please visit the student health website at www.MiamiOH.edu/health, where the medical form webportal will be accessible. This shall not be a requirement for admission to a regional campus, except in the nursing program. Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in cancellation of classes or registration for the next semester or term.
The following immunizations are required (or lab report confirming immunity) for all oxford students, domestic and international, as well as regional students in the nursing program, and regional ELC students living in assigned housing:
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): 2 doses; or 2 doses of measles, 2 doses of mumps and 1 dose of rubella
- Tdap– (diphtheria, tetanus, pertusiss, polio): 1 dose of adult Tdap within the past 10 years
- Hepatitis B – series of three vaccinations
- Varicella (chicken pox)
On-Campus Residents: Students who will reside in residence halls are required to have the meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) vaccination recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) – 1 dose since age 16
In addition to these required immunizations, screening for tuberculosis will be required for the following:
- New international students
- Any student returning from travel to a high risk country for greater than 6 weeks (as determined from the CDC data)
If the test is positive, the student must return to Student Health Service for a medical evaluation. Students who fail to comply will have their classes cancelled and a registration hold put on the current semester until they comply. Regional campuses are also required to comply with TB testing practices. Failure to comply will result in cancellation of classes for the student.
Revised 2017; Revised 2016; Revised 2015