University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a public research institution. Its 250-acre campus is located two miles from downtown Cincinnati.

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AT A GLANCE

CINCINNATI AT A GLANCE

The University of Cincinnati is an urban public research institution world-renowned for architectural diversity and beauty and ranked 37th among public universities by the National Science Foundation.

• Founded in 1819

• Global birthplace of co-op

• 45,000+ total enrollment; students representing all 50 states and 120+ countries

• 22.1% minority students

• 21.5% first-generation students

• 229 National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholars

• Top five most welcoming schools for international students (International Student Barometer)

• 26.36 average ACT score; 1258 average SAT score

• 400+ programs of study in 14 colleges

• 16:1 student-faculty ratio

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

• 300,000+ living alumni

• $1 billion raised in most recent capital campaign

• $11,660 in-state undergraduate tuition ($14,468 graduate)

• $26,994 out-of-state tuition ($26,210 graduate)

• $84 million awarded annually to undergraduates in merit-, talent-, and need-based aid and scholarships 

• $500 million in aid to all students in the form of federal, state, institutional, and private support

• 85.9% overall first-year, full-time baccalaureate retention rate 

• December 1: Early Action deadline for admission to selective programs; all applications received before December 1 are guaranteed to be reviewed. After December 1, programs with space continue to review applications on a rolling basis through March 1.

Why wait to change the world? 
At the University of Cincinnati, you don’t have to. We invented cooperative education in 1906, and we’ve never stopped reinventing it. Today, our “classroom” extends to nearly every corner of the globe, from internships at the city’s Fortune 500 companies to trailblazing experiences in places like China, Tanzania, and South America. That kind of roll-up-your-sleeves immersion means Cincinnati students graduate with a résumé, ready to make an impact on day one thanks to UC’s Bearcat Promise—a commitment to our students that they will graduate with a degree in one hand and a career plan in the other. Over the past four years, Cincinnati graduates have been hired by nearly 160 Fortune 500 companies and are employed in over 40 states and 22 countries. More than 93% of recent graduates are employed or otherwise engaged in postgrad activities such as graduate school.

UC’s world-renowned co-op program puts us on the short list of the nation’s top 20 schools for co-op and internships. UC co-op students earn a collective $66 million annually working for 1,800 national and international employers such as Apple, Boeing, Disney, Fisher-Price, General Electric, HBO, Kroger, NASA, Nike, Toyota, and many more.

UC ranks
Listed in the top tier of national research universities, Cincinnati boasts highly selective programs. 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. 

In 2018, in recognition of our contributions to scientific and technological advancement and our focus on powering new markets and industries, UC was named to Reuters’s prestigious list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities. Reuters ranked UC #80 overall among global institutions of higher learning.

Considered a research-intensive institution, Cincinnati is a top 40 public research university and has been called a “research heavyweight” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Cincinnati
Our home is an enormous part of our identity at the University of Cincinnati. As Bearcats, we live and learn on a campus that’s internationally distinguished in terms of its stunning architecture and design. Our urban campus is interwoven into a thriving city full of career opportunities, cultural diversity, and memorable experiences. More than anything though, it’s our people that make it home. 

Whether you’re looking for professional opportunities, creative inspiration, or just a great place to make memories with friends, you are in for something special in Cincinnati. It is a city in the midst of an exciting urban revival and a place known for its love of the arts, passion for sports, and seriously impressive local food selections.

As the center of culture and commerce for a region of more than two million people, the Queen City is an important hub of the Midwest. The area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies and one of the most vibrant start-up ecosystems in the nation. People here experience big-city amenities—professional sports teams, major museums, pristine parks, and cultural attractions—while enjoying small-town friendliness and a collaborative vibe.

Our city is diverse, our heritage is largely German, and our landscape is covered with hills, many of which offer a beautiful view of the scenic Ohio River. In recent years, Cincinnati has experienced an impressive renaissance of its urban core, from The Banks entertainment district and the downtown business corridor to the trendy Over-the-Rhine and Uptown neighborhoods near campus. 

Find your niche 
With over 600 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 friendship. It’s all about building a small-college feel without giving up big-time opportunities—and it’s why nearly 46,000 students call 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 festivals and events such as our annual Worldfest, a celebration of ethnic food and cultural heritage. 

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 groups based on academic disciplines such as Nursing, Engineering, and Performing Arts. 

Our campus—among the world’s most beautiful, according to Forbes—covers 476 acres. It’s surprisingly nestled within a vibrant metropolitan location less than two miles from the heart of downtown Cincinnati, recently recognized as the second-best midsize college town in the country (WalletHub) and #2 for new grads (SmartAsset). 

Take it to the next level
All Cincinnati students admitted to a baccalaureate program are considered for the University Honors Program. Students do not need to submit a separate application but are invited based on their admission application. Typically, students invited to join the University Honors Program are among the top 5%–7% of incoming 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 of essays, recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, test scores, and GPA. To learn more about the application process and timeline, visit admissions.uc.edu/apply