University Of Dayton Application Essay Prompt

Admission Process

When your application arrives in the admission and financial aid office, our committee reviews it for admission to the academic major or program you selected. The quality of your academic record is shown by your:

  • Grade record and pattern throughout high school.
  • Selection of courses in preparation for college.
  • Class standing or ranking.
  • ACT or SAT scores. (Learn more about our SAT policy for 2017 applicants.) 

The admission committee also considers the recommendation of your high school guidance counselor, along with other factors, including your demonstrated interest in the University, which could be shown by attending an official campus visit or event in your area. Over the past several years, we have experienced a significant increase in the number and academic quality of applicants to the University. Based on the overall academic quality of applicants, along with the requirements for a particular major or division, the admission committee may choose to admit students to a different academic program.

Balanced consideration is given to all aspects of your college preparation. While no minimum grade point average, class rank or standardized test score is specified, these measures must provide evidence of your readiness for college studies in your chosen academic program.

Priority notifications will be mailed in mid-December, and regular notifications will be mailed later in the spring. To receive priority notification regarding your admission and scholarship decision, you must apply by the early action date as well as visit campus and file the FAFSA.

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First-Year 2018 (Spring or Fall)

To apply for first-year admission, submit the following items online or send to the address below.

Common Application

  • Apply online at
  • Please complete the Accessible Version of Application for Admission if you use assistive technology and need an accessible​ ​version of the application for admission.​
  • Early Decision candidates must also submit the Common Application Early Decision Agreement by November 15. If you have already submitted your Common Application and now wish to apply under Early Decision, you may do so by using Miami University's Early Decision Agreement (PDF 118KB).

$50 Application Fee (non-refundable)

The application fee may be submitted online at with a credit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account or through the mail with a check or money order made payable to Miami University. Online application fee payments are made at the time of submission of the Common Application. For students who qualify, an official fee waiver form may be submitted in lieu of the application fee. Students requesting a fee waiver must submit a waiver form from the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), or a letter from a guidance counselor or representative of a social service/community agency stating that the fee would cause financial hardship.


A recommendation must be submitted by your counselor or an academic teacher on your behalf. This recommendation can be in the form of a letter; the Common Application School Report (preferred), completed by your counselor; or the Common Application Teacher Evaluation, completed by an academic teacher. Both forms can be submitted online at The recommendation must be submitted directly from the school official.

Only one recommendation is required.

Official High School Transcript

Your counselor must submit your official high school transcript electronically or by mail. A copy of your entire senior year course schedule must be included. We do not require the Common Application Mid-Year Report.

ACT/SAT Scores

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency (we do not require, nor use writing scores in our review process). You can request submission of these scores to Miami by contacting ACT or the College Board (SAT). Miami's ACT code is 3294; the SAT code is 1463.

No preference is given for ACT or SAT; Miami superscores, using the highest test scores submitted for admission and scholarship consideration. For ACT, the highest scores for each subtest from different exams will determine a combined highest composite score. For SAT the best Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and (Math) subscores will be used to calculate a maximum single score. For students with scores from the previous SAT (administered through January 2016), the best Critical Reading (CR) and Math (M) subscores will be used to calculate a maximum single score. Miami University does not superscore across the previous SAT and current SAT exams.

Application Materials

All admission requirements not submitted electronically should be mailed by the appropriate application (postmark) deadline to:

Miami University
Office of Admission
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056-3434

Additional Application Requirements

Other application requirements may exist, depending on your academic interest (including majors in the College of Creative Arts and the Farmer School of Business) or financial need, see additional requirements.

Students applying for Fall 2018 admission to Miami University can apply using the Common Application.

Miami University is a proud member of the Coalition Application and the Common Application. 

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