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History of Miami University

Miami University, established by legislative act in 1809, is a body politic and corporate and is the second oldest of the 13 state universities in Ohio. The main campus of the University is located in Oxford, a city of 8,000 approximately 40 miles north of Cincinnati. Branch campuses are maintained in nearby Hamilton and Middletown, and a European Center is operated in Luxembourg. The University has a 2004 Fall semester headcount enrollment of 16,307 at the Oxford campus and a total of 4,596 at the two branch campuses.

The University endeavors to maintain high academic standards while providing educational opportunity to a wide range of students. The University offers programs leading to undergraduate degrees in 107 areas of study. The master's degree is offered in 54 areas of study. The Ph.D., Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees are offered in 12 areas of study.

The University is organized academically into the College of Arts and Science and six schools: the Richard T. Farmer School of Business; the School of Education and Allied Professions; the School of Fine Arts; the School of Engineering and Applied Science; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Graduate School.

The University began instruction in 1824. The first degrees were awarded in 1826. In 1902, a teachers college was established; in 1928 it became the School of Education, and in 1976 extended its program to include the allied professions. A School of Business Administration was added in 1927. The School of Fine Arts, with curricula in architecture, music, painting, printmaking and design, was created in 1929. In 1947, graduate study was incorporated into a Graduate School. The School of Applied Science was organized in 1959. Branch campuses were opened in Middletown and Hamilton in 1966 and 1968, respectively. In 1974, Western College, a 120-year old small private institution adjoining the Oxford campus, became a new division of the University and was named the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Western College Program).

The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a degree-granting institution at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, and is accredited by and holds membership in the various professional associations most closely identified with its instructional programs and educational activities.

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