The projections in this section are done for the Oxford
Miami University is a highly selective school, with
an excellent academic reputation and state-imposed
enrollment caps. Therefore, in general, enrollment
does not fluctuate widely. The size of the admitted
freshman class is determined by the administration
based on a variety of factors including the number
and quality of freshman applications and recent class
yield data (see the Admissions section of this fact book for application and yield
trends; see the Admissions
Office home page for more information about admissions
Graduate admissions are similarly constrained by
size limitations and the number and quality of applicants.
Miami receives a relatively small fraction of its
undergraduate students through transfer (from other
schools or from Miami's regional campuses) or returning
former students. Trends for these groups are tracked,
but as long as their numbers stay relatively stable,
they are not separately estimated in the projections.
Given these constraints, the enrollment projections
contained in this fact book are comparatively simple.
Categories of incoming students (new freshmen and
new graduate students) are projected as targets and
are subject to change. Continuing students are projected
by formulas using 3-year rolling averages of past
performance. For example, the projection for the junior
class of Fall 2006 is 82% of the previous year's sophomore
class, where the "82%" factor is determined
by averaging the actual ratio of (junior class) :
(previous sophomore class) for the past three years.