Miami University is seeking to be considered among the nation's elite schools wants to keep upgrading its recruiting classes.
But Miami University's quest to lure more top students to Oxford will need more funding. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Miami's latest freshman class came with an average ACT score of 27.5, a full point higher than last year. The goal is for a student average of 30 within six years.
School officials are looking for more private donations for scholarships and to attract more out-of-state students who pay higher tuition.
Miami also wants to keep its best prospects from deciding to go to Ohio State, Cincinnati, the University of Michigan or other leading competitors in the region.
And Miami also wants to stay affordable for Ohioans.