Miami University is 35 miles north of Cincinnati in southwest Ohio. Founded in 1809, Miami's name reflects the history of the Native American tribe that once inhabited the Miami Valley region of Ohio. Miami maintains strong ties with the Miami Tribe, now located in Oklahoma.
Miami is one of eight original, national universities recognized as a Public Ivy. The term Public Ivy first appeared in the title of a 1985 book by Richard Moll, The Public Ivys: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities. It defines a Public Ivy as a public university that provides "an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price", and identified eight national universities that meet the criteria:
- Miami University
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- University of Virginia
- University of California system
- College of William & Mary
- University of Michigan
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Vermont
Miami University is first among public universities - second overall behind Princeton - for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching per the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is a residential university with faculty who are dedicated to learning and discovery. A liberal education core provides the foundation for the more specialized studies of the majors. Immersing students in both academics and co-curricular experiences has enabled Miami to achieve a top-tier national ranking among universities that provide the best student outcomes.