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Science & Engineering Profile

Anything but routine

Students launch history-making rockets from the California coast; dive underwater to help NASA train astronauts; turn fryer fat into fuel; and develop 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 the University of Cincinnati in the Engineering and Science disciplines.

UC is the university of choice for students who want the benefits of rigorous academic programs combined with the imperative to invent in the classroom and beyond. Putting education into action is the cornerstone of UC’s academic strength.

In classrooms, in research labs, and with employers around the globe, UC Engineering and Science students are frequently tapped to take on big jobs involving real trust and 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 in and beyond the classroom stems from UC’s national and international preeminence as the cradle of cooperative education, or co-op. The idea that students should alternate academic semesters with paid, professional work 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 US. It’s the third-largest co-op program in the world, and UC consistently places among the very top of such programs, as ranked by U.S. News and 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 & Gamble, Toyota, and many others. 

In addition, UC Engineering, Science, and Technology students are able to pursue entrepreneurial efforts—in partnership with fellow students from other disciplines—with support from the UC Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization and the Entrepreneurship Bearcat Launchpad, the nation’s first student-led business accelerator. 

These efforts go hand in hand with UC’s 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 labs has been designed to arouse intellectual curiosity and prompt a healthy social culture. People thrive on UC’s campus because it is a place where they can learn, problem solve, and collaborate.

Throughout their academic careers, UC students earn many external honors and awards, including Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, and Schwarzman Scholarships, as well as grants and research project support from internal and external entities as varied as the National Science Foundation, US Departments of Defense and Energy, the National Geographic Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and many others. 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 contribute directly to innovation, build a meaningful portfolio, and engage with faculty and other thought leaders outside the classroom.



At A Glance

The University of Cincinnati: An urban public research campus world renowned for architectural diversity and beauty; ranked 35th among public universities by the National Science Foundation

Students: More than 44,000 total students from all 50 states and more than 110 countries
• Overall percentage of minority students: 21%
• Underrepresented minority students in first-year baccalaureate class: 18%
• First-generation students in first-year baccalaureate class: 20%
• Pell-eligible students among first-year degree-seeking undergrads: 28%

Student-faculty ratio: 17:1

Programs: Over 350 degree offerings

Real-world experience and earnings (cooperative education): Last year UC students earned a collective $65 million by alternating semesters spent in school with paid, professional work experiences related directly to their majors. 

Financial aid: Multiple scholarships and other forms of support; the University provides close to $60 million annually to undergraduates in merit-, talent-, and need-based aid and scholarships. Altogether, 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, undergraduate: $11,000
• Tuition, out of state, undergraduate: $26,334
• Tuition, Ohio resident, graduate: $14,468
• Tuition, out of state, graduate: $26,210
• Room and board: $11,082–$13,452 (depending on room type and occupancy)

Admission requirements: Vary by program

Undergraduate profile: Incoming first-year baccalaureate students have, on average, an ACT score of 25.7, SAT score of 1163, and a high school GPA of 3.63.

In fall 2017, first-year Engineering students entered with an average composite ACT score of 28.07, an average ACT Mathematics score of 28.68, an average SAT composite of 1313, and an average SAT Mathematics score of 665.

Retention: UC’s overall first-year, full-time baccalaureate retention rate stands at 87.5%.

International student services: Enrollment of international students has increased 75% since 2009 due to a focus on service, support, and retention. Retention is more than 90% for first-year, full-time international baccalaureate students. The 2015 independent International Student Barometer survey of students at 172 universities ranked UC in the top five “most welcoming” in the US.

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