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Ideal College Routine

tennis-dudeAchieving maximum benefit from your education is a lot easier with a healthy body and mind. At MIU, students are advised to maintain an ideal daily routine of meditation, academic work, meals, exercise, and rest. Staying on a good daily routine also helps develop the skill of time management — the ability to use time effectively for greater efficiency in action — something all college students need.

To get maximum benefit and growth for both you and your fellow students, we suggest the following schedule:

Transcendental Meditation

Practice the TM technique before breakfast, in a group, or on your own.


  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday brunch

Classes / Lunch / Afternoon TM

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  • Attendance at all classes is required. With the block system, you need to be there every day or you will get behind. (Note: Each nonstandard program has its own class schedule.)
  • Classes are generally from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an hour break for lunch, and 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday.

We make it easy for you by doing a 20-minute group meditation in the classroom beginning at 2:50 p.m., with class ending at 3:15 p.m.

After class

It’s a good time to exercise; our Fit for Life program offers you a personalized fitness program for energy, vitality and mind-body coordination. Some students also use this time for work-study, homework, or socializing.


6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


Evening Study Hours

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Early to Bed

Rest is the basis of activity. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to be in bed by 10:00 p.m. Typical daily homework loads can be comfortably completed by this time.

Quiet times in the residence halls

At times when people are usually sleeping, we ask that residence hall students discontinue talking loudly, playing music in their room, and talking in the hallways. These times are from 9:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. every day. At other times, please be respectful of others who may be studying, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.

Visiting Hours

To ensure that you can easily maintain a good daily routine, visitors are asked to leave the residence halls by 9:30 p.m. in the evening. Guests also should not enter the buildings before 9:30 a.m. Note: Visiting hours and locations for visits by opposite gender guests are posted in the residence halls.

Exercise and Fitness

Undergraduate students are required to participate in four hours of physical activity per week and complete a fitness assessment every semester. We also offer recreation and exercise classes in a variety of activities and sports, with class times to meet most schedules. The Recreation Center and the outdoor swimming pool are open to students at no charge.