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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Diverse and working together

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 

Application
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.

It’s all here, and it’s here for all
The University of Cincinnati is made up of a large, diverse community where tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff come together each day to learn and live alongside one another. Our community embraces diversity and inclusion as core values, empowering individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential. Home to nearly 46,000 students from all 50 states and 120+ countries, Cincinnati empowers and challenges students to change the world, thanks in large part to deliberate integration of experience-based learning with rigorous academics. 

Experience is calling
As the global birthplace of cooperative education, UC has—for more than a century—successfully integrated students’ academic semesters with alternating periods of paid, professional work related directly to their majors. Today, UC is home to the largest co-op program at any public university in the United States. It’s the third largest in the world, consistently ranked among the top by U.S. News & World Report. 

UC co-op students earn a collective $66 million annually working for 1,800 local, regional, national, and international employers such as Apple, Disney, Fisher-Price, General Electric, HBO, Kroger, NASA, Procter & Gamble, SpaceX, Toyota, and many more. And 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—Cincinnati students are ready to make an impact on day one.

Cincinnati’s diverse and inclusive community prepares students to be high-performing members of today’s global workforce, in demand by employers and recruiters. UC’s commitment to experience-based learning means that every student participates, whether through co-op, internships, service learning, community engagement, research, study abroad, or artistic performance. 

But we’re not content to rest on our laurels. UC is continually reinventing “beyond the classroom” education. Our 1819 Innovation Hub and initiatives such as UC Forward provide opportunities for collaboration with students and faculty from other disciplines to solve real-world challenges. Such forward-leaning programs are part of the reason UC was named among the world’s 100 most innovative universities by Reuters. 

You’ll find your niche
With over 600 student organizations, including LGBTQ and ethnic groups, as well as 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.”

In addition, both undergraduate and graduate students can receive funding and mentoring to pursue research through specialized programs like ROSE (Research, Observation, Service, and Education Experiences), WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), and SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship). Such opportunities allow students to directly contribute to innovation, build a meaningful portfolio, and engage with faculty and other leaders inside and outside the classroom.