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Diversity Profile

The University of Cincinnati is home to more than 44,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 110 countries—a diverse population of Bearcats coming together in the classroom, the research lab, in service to the community, and in social and leadership opportunities. As students working collectively, Bearcats are empowered to challenge and change the world thanks to the University’s deliberate integration of experience-based learning with rigorous academics.

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

Via cooperative education, UC students earn a collective $65 million annually, working for local, regional, national, and international employers, including Apple, Boeing, Disney, Duke Energy, General Electric, Honda, Kroger, NASA, Procter and Gamble, Toyota, and many others. 

Employers participate in “hire education” at UC and recruit our students because our diverse and inclusive campus—and the cultural competence acquired in this environment—better prepares students as members of a vital, in-demand workforce for today’s global economy. Not to mention that our UC co-op is combined with internships, service learning, community engagement, research, overseas opportunities, extracurricular activities, and campus leadership opportunities—all of which enjoy strong participation rates.

And of course, when stepping beyond the classroom and workplace, there are also hundreds of student groups at UC and, as one student recently put it, “a million and one activities.” These allow students to come together to work on issues they care about, be it sustainability, social issues, or professional development.

Our diversity, along with our focus on inclusion, allows each student to find his or her niche—be it in LGBTQ groups, ethnic groups, academic and professional advancement organizations, cultural organizations, creative and performing arts associations, sports and athletic clubs, social organizations, political and activist groups, fraternities and sororities, or religious organizations. Everyone can find friends and a place to fit in here, and our retention rates bear that out.

UC’s overall first-year, full-time baccalaureate retention rate stands at 88%. That encompasses UC’s diverse student population earning bachelor’s degrees:

• The first-year, full-time baccalaureate retention of international students is 93.5%;

• 90.5% for Asian students;

• 88.3% for students of two or more ethnicities;

• 87.8% for white students;

• 87.1% for African American students; and 

• 83.6% for Hispanic students.

We retain our students because of the opportunities and support we provide. For instance, among many other support services, UC provides opportunities for structured living-learning environments as well as tutoring and mentoring support specifically geared to help meet the needs of first-generation college students.

In addition, both undergraduate and graduate students 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 thought leaders both within and outside the classroom.



At A Glance 

TYPE OF SCHOOL: Urban, public research campus world renowned for architectural diversity and beauty; ranked 35th among public universities by the National Science Foundation

• 44,000+ total students from 50 states and more than 110 countries
• Minority students: 21%
• Students of color in first-year baccalaureate class: 17%
• First-generation students in first-year baccalaureate class: 21%
• Pell-eligible students among first-year, degree-seeking undergrads: 28%

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE & EARNINGS: Students earn a collective $65 million annually by alternating semesters spent in school with paid, professional work experiences related directly to their majors (cooperative education). 

FINANCIAL AID: Multiple scholarships and other forms of support are available. The University provides close to $50 million annually to undergraduates in merit-, talent-, and need-based aid and scholarships. All told the University administers close to $500 million in aid to all students in the form of federal, state, institutional, and private support. 

COSTS Per academic year:
• Tuition, Ohio resident, undergrad: $11,000
• Tuition, out of state, undergrad: $26,334
• Tuition, Ohio resident, graduate: $14,468
• Tuition, out of state, graduate: $26,210
• Room and board: $10,964–$13,311 (depending on room type and occupancy) 


PROGRAMS: 350+ degree offerings 


UNDERGRADUATE PROFILE: Incoming first-year students on Uptown Campus boast, on average, an ACT score of 25.7, SAT score of 1163, and high school GPA of 3.58. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Enrollment of international students is up 63% since 2009, due to focus on service, support, and retention. Retention of first-year, full-time international baccalaureate students is 93.5%. The Independent International Student Barometer survey of students at 172 universities ranks UC in the top five “most welcoming” in the United States.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1 is the Early Action deadline for admission to selective programs the subsequent fall. All applications received before Early Action deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed.  After December 1, programs with space continue to review applications on a rolling basis through March 1.