University description (as per official university website)
Named after the Miami Indians who once resided in Ohio, Miami University is one of the oldest public institutions in the country.
Painting depicting the first Miami University buildings in 1809.Miami was chartered in 1809 and opened its doors to students in 1823. Miami University's reputation grew quickly, and it became known as the "Yale of the West." During the 1870s and early 1880s, the school closed its doors due to a lack of funds, but in 1885, classes resumed after the Ohio legislature appropriated twenty thousand dollars to allow Miami to reopen.
One of Miami University's most famous graduates was Benjamin Harrison, who later became a President of the United States. Professor William Holmes McGuffey taught at Miami from 1826 to 1836, the year the first and second Eclectic Readers were published. Additionally, three national fraternities originated at Miami University: Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Chi.
Tradition is an important part of life at Miami, and learning Miami's traditions is an important way for new students to become a part of the Miami Community.