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Undergrad Profile

Go beyond your “must have” list—because it’s all here.

From award-winning architecture on our breathtaking campus to an unparalleled commitment to experiential learning, UC has everything to make your college experience more than what you ever thought possible.

Cincinnati Smart
Born from an institutional commitment to provide real-world opportunities for every student, Cincinnati Smart is a unique brand of know-how. It’s an education that is both rigorous and relevant. It’s the enthusiasm you feel when you take ownership of your future. And it’s in our DNA. After all, we invented cooperative education more than 100 years ago. Today the UC classroom extends to nearly every corner of the globe, from internships at Cincinnati’s Fortune 500 companies to study abroad semesters or summers to our trailblazing joint venture with China’s Chongqing University.

That kind of “roll-up-your-sleeves” immersion means that UC students graduate with a résumé, ready to make an impact on day one. In 2013 the average starting salary for UC grads was $45,511, and nearly 80% of UC’s graduating class had accepted a position or had post-grad plans prior to commencement.

Cincinnati ranked
Listed in the top tier of national universities, UC climbed 27 spots in the U.S.News & World Report rankings over the past five years—no other institution in the top 130 has risen as much. UC boasts 50 programs ranked among the top 50 in the nation and many more that are highly selective. With an academic master plan focused on attracting the best and brightest, our class profile, retention numbers, and graduation rates are strong and continue to rise.

And that’s just the beginning. In 2013 UC was named “Public University of the Year” (The Washington Center), #1 in the nation for Return on Investment (PolicyMic), #3 Up-and-Coming School (U.S.News & World Report), and a “Research Heavyweight” (The Chronicle of Higher Education).

Find your niche
With more than 400 student organizations, 100+ learning communities, and a robust first-year experience program, UC provides new students with all the tools they need to successfully transition to college life. Welcome Weekend, Convocation, and many other first-year initiatives are specifically designed to create opportunities for friendships. It’s all about building a small-college feel without giving up big-time opportunities. It’s about nearly 44,000 students calling UC “home.”

Live well
UC’s campus is alive with activity, from Division I-A sports, like Bearcats football played in the nation’s fourth-oldest site, to the annual DAAP fashion show, held in our #1-ranked Campus Recreation Center, to one of the top 10 collegiate Relay For Life events in the nation. You won’t be at a loss for things to do.

Approximately 80% of UC freshmen live on campus. And no wonder—UC residence halls aren’t your parents’ dorm rooms. Fully furnished with air conditioning, cable TV, and high-speed Internet, many include kitchenettes and offer suite-style accommodations and panoramic vistas. In addition, living communities are available for first-generation college students, honors students, student-athletes, and those with other special interests, as well as students grouped by academic discipline such as nursing, engineering, or performing arts.

Our unique, “most beautiful” campus (Forbes), covering 473 acres, is surprisingly nestled within a vibrant metropolitan location less than two miles from the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The metro region lists a population of more than two million, with all the big-city amenities you’d expect. A source for professional opportunities, inspiration, and energy, Cincinnati is your playground and an extension of your classroom.

Take it to the next level
All UC students admitted to a baccalaureate program are considered for the University Honors Program. Students do not submit a separate application, but rather are invited based on information provided in your admission application; the top approximately 5%–7% of UC students are considered for the Honors Program. But it’s not just about academics. It’s about helping our most talented students find their passion—and their place in the world.

Cincinnati ready?
First-year students should complete the Common Application and submit all required application items no later than December 1 to receive maximum consideration for admission, scholarships, and the Honors Program. Transfer and non-traditional students should contact the Office of Admissions or visit Admission decisions and scholarship awards are based on a holistic review: essays, recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, test scores, and GPA. To learn more about the application process and timeline, visit



UC at a glance
43,691 total enrollment
308 programs of study
18:1 student-faculty ratio
169 National Merit Scholars
1819 founding year
100% participation in experiential learning (co-ops, internships, study abroad, research, community engagement, performances, student teaching, and leadership development)
19th most diverse campus in the country
9,854 degrees awarded in 2014
118 nations represented by UC international students
260,000 living alumni
50,938 Twitter users following UC President Santa Ono
$1 billion raised in most recent capital campaign

14 colleges
• Allied Health Sciences • McMicken College of Arts and Sciences • Lindner College of Business • College-Conservatory of Music • Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning • Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services • Engineering and Applied Science • Graduate School • Law • Medicine • Nursing • Winkle College of Pharmacy • UC Blue Ash College (regional campus) • UC Clermont College (regional campus)


Public University of the Year
(The Washington Center)

Ranked in the top tier of national universities
(U.S.News & World Report)

Top 25 public research university
(National Science Foundation)

Among the world’s most beautiful campuses

#1 in the nation for ROI

#7 in the nation
(International Student Barometer Survey)

#1 “most amazing” student recreation center
(Best College Review)

Top 10 producer of Fulbright Scholars
(Yale News)

A “research heavyweight”
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Top 10 programs: Opera/voice, interior design, criminal justice, pediatrics, cooperative education, musical conducting, paleontology, music, industrial design, music composition, orchestra/symphony
(U.S.News & World Report)

Top-tier “green university”
(The Princeton Review)