University of Cincinnati
Where ambition meets real-world experience.
For the ambitious and determined, the path to success will be filled with real-world work experience. At the University of Cincinnati, you’ll earn while you learn through our top-ranked cooperative education program. Home to 50,000 students across three unique campuses, the University is a national leader in career-ready education. In 1906, Cincinnati founded the nation’s first-ever cooperative education program. Since then, UC—which ranks as the #1 public university for co-op and internships by U.S. News & World Report—and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) have continued to innovate co-op to develop the best engineers who make a real difference in the world
We learn by doing
At UC, every student puts their classroom knowledge to the test—rotating semesters between coursework and real-world positions in their field of study. Co-op students from CEAS earn an average of $57,000 while in school, working at employers around the globe including Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, and NASA. You’ll have five different co-op positions to learn what interests you in your career field and gain up to a year and a half of paid experience before you graduate, helping you stand out from the crowd and land your dream job. In fact, 75% of CEAS students receive a full-time job offer from one of their co-op employers.
A legacy to live by
Today, more than 332,000 living alumni count themselves as Bearcats—united not just by their loyalty to UC’s nationally known sports teams but by their common love of the place, people, and ideas that make up the University.
Top 5 university for co-op and internships | U.S. News & World Report, 2024
Named a top 40 public research university and designated a “research heavyweight” | The Chronicle of Higher Education
Ranked #76 among the "Top Public Schools" in the country | U.S. News & World Report, 2024
With a metro population of over two million, Cincinnati isn’t your average college town. With five Fortune 500 companies and a vibrant startup scene, Cincinnati is an excellent choice to establish a career—and a life. Named the best place to live in Ohio and one of the top places to live in the US, Cincinnati is home to multiple professional sports teams, a thriving arts community, top-ranked parks, and a diverse restaurant and nightlife scene. This city is such a great place to call home, that 50% of UC’s 332,000 living alumni have remained in the Greater Cincinnati area.
At the forefront of developing new technology like self-driving cars, disease diagnostics, and unmanned aerial systems, the University of Cincinnati’s engineering and science programs immerse students in a rigorous curriculum that blends classroom instruction with real-world experiences. From launching history-making rockets to developing artificial intelligence that beats tactical experts in US Air Force combat simulations, UC supports student-led research that’s shared around the world. As the global birthplace of cooperative education, UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science has established partnerships with thousands of companies, providing students with opportunities to jump-start their careers before they graduate.
“The co-op program drew me to UC even before stepping on campus. UC offered a way to help me pay for college and find a job after graduating. Being able to gain the experience while still in school was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.”