OXFORD, Ohio - Thursday is move-in day for freshmen at Miami University in Oxford. University President David Hodge will join staff and student volunteers to greet more than 3,650 first-year students who will arrive with boxes and suitcases in hand.
The Class of 2015 earned some impressive stats. Among freshmen, 31 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their classes and nearly half of the students have earned college credit through high school programs.
This year, the university has its largest enrollment of international students. There are more than 900 students from a variety of different countries. Also, 350 of the students are brand new to Oxford this year. They will take an extra class called Miami 101, which introduces them to life at the university and American culture. For the new international students, the school plans a field trip to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield this fall and a shopping trip to buy a winter coat before temperatures dip for the winter season.
The university has new technology offering better security for students this year. At the residence halls, students will use a "tap 'n' go" electronic lock to open doors by using their ID card that is imbedded with a smart chip. This will prevent unauthorized entry into the living space for students.
Miami's two oldest residence halls, Elliott and Stoddard, also feature new energy-efficient upgrades to make dorm life more comfortable.
For the upcoming school year, there is a new focus on the arts. In addition to the traditional performing and fine arts, there will be a new focus on the arts included in academics across campus.
Miami's incoming class comes from a record application pool of 18,450 students.
Classes begin Aug. 22.