University of Cincinnati Engineering and Science students have worked to launch history-making rockets from the California coast, dived underwater to help NASA train astronauts, turned fryer fat into power plant fuel, and developed artificial intelligence able to beat tactical experts in US Air Force combat simulations.
These are the anything-but-routine, real-world challenges and opportunities students find at UC, the university of choice for students who want the benefits of rigorous academic programs combined with the imperative to invent in and beyond the classroom. Putting education into action is the cornerstone of UC’s academic strength.
In classrooms, research labs, and with employers around the globe, UC Engineering and Science students are frequently tapped to take on big jobs involving real trust, real responsibility—and real money. That’s because an international array of about 1,800 employers annually partner with the University to support students and their work.
This creative drive stems from UC’s national and international preeminence as the cradle of cooperative education, more commonly known as co-op. The idea that students should alternate academic semesters with paid, professional work terms directly related to their majors had its global founding at UC more than a century ago. 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.
In addition, Engineering, Science, and Technology students are also able to pursue entrepreneurial efforts—in partnership with fellow students from other disciplines—with support from the UC Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization and the Entrepreneurship Bearcat Launchpad, the nation’s first student-led business accelerator.
These efforts go hand in hand with our cutting-edge campus, which The New York Times called the “most ambitious campus design program in the country.” This academic setting, with its A+ architecture and state-of-the-art smart labs, has been intentionally designed to both arouse intellectual curiosity and prompt a healthy social culture. People thrive on our campus because it’s a place where they can learn, problem-solve, and collaborate.
Throughout their academic careers, UC students earn many external honors and awards, including Fulbright and Goldwater Scholarships as well as grants and research project support from internal and external entities as varied as the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Geographic Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and many others. For instance, 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 outside the classroom.
TYPE OF SCHOOL: Urban public research campus world renowned for architectural diversity and beauty; ranked 35th among public universities by the National Science Foundation
STUDENTS: 44,000+ total students from 50 states and more than 110 countries; 11,000+ STEM majors
STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 17:1
PROGRAMS: 350+ degree programs; 14 colleges; 11 colleges with STEM programs
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)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Vary by program
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.
First-year Engineering students enter with an average composite ACT score of 27.8, with a mathematics score of 28.7, and an average SAT composite of 1234.
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.