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, the University of Cincinnati has everything to make your college experience more than what you ever thought possible.


UC at a glance

44,000+ total enrollment

350+ programs of study

17:1 student-faculty ratio

219 National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholars

1819 founding year

100% participation in experiential learning (co-ops, internships, study abroad, research, community engagement, performances, student teaching, and leadership development)

Over 110 nations represented by UC international students

300,000+ living alumni

$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)

It’s your competitive edge

Born from an institutional commitment to provide real-world opportunities for every student, Cincinnati provides 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 110 years ago. Today the Cincinnati classroom extends to nearly every corner of the globe, from internships at the city’s Fortune 500 companies to study abroad experiences to our trailblazing joint venture with China’s Chongqing University.

That kind of “roll-up-your-sleeves” immersion means that Cincinnati students graduate with a résumé, ready to make an impact on day one. Over the past four years, new Cincinnati graduates have been hired by nearly 160 Fortune 500 companies and are employed in over 40 states, and nearly 95% of recent graduates are employed or otherwise engaged in post-graduation activities (graduate school, PeaceCorps, etc.).

Cincinnati ranked
Listed in the top tier of national universities, Cincinnati 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. 

Cincinnati has been 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 over 500 student organizations, 100+ learning communities, and a robust first-year experience program, Cincinnati 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 45,000 students calling the University of Cincinnati “home.”

Live well
Cincinnati’s campus is alive with activity, from Division I sports—like Bearcats football played in the nation’s fourth-oldest playing site, historic Nippert Stadium—to the highly acclaimed annual fashion show held in our #1 ranked Campus Recreation Center. You won’t be at a loss for things to do. 

Approximately 80% of first-year students live on campus. And no wonder—Cincinnati’s 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 disciplines 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, which was recently recognized as the second-best mid-sized college town in the country (WalletHub). 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, the city of Cincinnati is your playground and an extension of your classroom.

Take it to the next level
All Cincinnati 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; typically students invited to join the University Honors Program are among the top 5%–7% of Cincinnati students. 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 University Honors Program. Transfer and non-traditional students should contact the Office of Admissions or visit admissions.uc.edu/transfer. 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 admissions.uc.edu/apply