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Miami University Oxford

Students choose to participate in the Honors Program for a variety of reasons.  The following are just some of the benefits for students who join Miami University's Honors Program:

Scholarship: Students who remain in the University Honors Program receive an annual award of $1,250 as part of their financial aid package

Priority class registration: After their first semester at college, Honors students have the opportunity to register before other students on campus. 

Summer Tuition Credit: Honors students who meet certain requirements are eligible to receive a tuition credit for up to 8 hours of Summer study, for use either on campus or in any Miami-sponsored study abroad program. 

Honors Courses: The Honors Program offers small learning-enhanced seminars that foster close contact with faculty and peers, interactive, discussions and activities, and stimuating class assignments that intellectually challenge students. 

Faculty Mentoring: Honors students may choose to particpate in the Faculty Mentor Program.  In this Program, groups of 8-12 students are paired with an exemplary faculty member with whom they attend social gatherings, cultural events, and book discussions. 

Research Funding: The Honors Program supports undergraduate research in the following ways:

Honors students may apply for funds to help pay for expenses related to research projects or travel expenses related to presenting their research. 

Each year two Honors students are awarded a Research Scholar Room, which funds their housing for the entire academic year in a single room, and use of a laptop computer. 

Transcript Notation: Students completing the Honors Program will have “University Honors” or “University Honors with Distinction” as a permanent notation on their college transcript. 

Housing: First-year Honors students receive priority placement for participation in the Honors and Scholars Theme Learning Community.  Events that took place in the Honors and Scholars Hall last year included: A Rave Dance Party, Undergraduate Research Series—The What, How's and Why's of Research, Bowling for Columbine: Film-Viewing and Discussion, Pizza and Prof monthly meetings, Pre-Med Study Series, Finals Week Midnight Breakfast, Massage Therapy and Stress Relief Workshops, Formal Hall Dinner (in the style of Cambridge University), Service-Learning with the Developmentally Disabled, Sensual Foods and Aromatherapy Night, Casino Night, and a March Madness Finals Party

Admission

All students interested in gaining admission to the Honors Program, must submit an Honors application.  Except for students who have completed applications for the Harrison Scholarship.  These students will automatically be considered for the Honors Program, and need not submit a separate Honors application. 

The Honors application must be submitted in addition to the application that is submitted to the Office of Admission at Miami University (Parts I and II).  Both applications can be submitted concurrently; however students must gain regular admission to the University in order to be considered for admission to the Honors Program. 

Selection Criteria:

Selection into the Honors Program is based on indicators of academic excellence such as a superior application essay, high test scores, high class rank, and outstanding performance in high school.  In general, most of the students admitted to the Honors Program in recent years received a 32 ACT/1410 SAT score or better and graduated in the top 5% of their class.  However, the Program also accepts a limited number of excellent students who do not meet all of these requirements.

In making Honors admission decisions, the University Honors Program, like Miami University as a whole, also takes into consideration applicants' special abilities, talents, and achievements.  We believe that the diversity of the student body enhances the quality of education our students receive.  Diversity may include under-enrolled minority group members, career interests, geographical backgrounds, and other special characteristics of the population. 

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