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Health & Medicine Profile

Students at the four University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center (AHC) colleges are empowered to explore the boundaries of education thanks to an innovative and experiential learning environment steeped in a rich medical education history.

UC’s beginnings are rooted on its medical campus with the 1819 founding of the Medical College of Ohio, known today as the UC College of Medicine. This history has laid the groundwork for the discoveries and innovations in education, research, and patient care that continue today. 

The College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy are dynamic centers of education and research and serve as the foundation for training exceptional patient care providers across a range of health fields and specialties. 

Students of each AHC college enjoy the best of all worlds: a close-knit, personable learning environment that benefits from opportunities and resources made possible only by being part of a large, nationally known academic health center.

The four UC AHC colleges are located within walking distance of one another as well as several nationally recognized health care facilities, and a centralized location provides valuable opportunities to collaborate with health care leaders in the community. The AHC maintains longstanding and close working relationships with many distinguished affiliates, including the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

The UC College of Medicine has a proud tradition of training outstanding clinicians and leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine, providing a stimulating and challenging environment that prepares graduates for the demands of clinical practice. Accepted students embody the qualities of successful physicians by having a firm understanding of the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills. The Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences is an innovative pathway based in the College of Medicine that provides students with integrated academic, experiential, and mentored opportunities, preparing them for advanced training in biomedical science, medicine, and other health sciences.

At the College of Nursing, a comprehensive approach to collegiate nursing education is manifested in the many and varied undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs of the College. As the only nursing program in the country to earn the Apple Distinguished Program recognition, students are taught by faculty who are innovatively using technology to prepare students to lead the transformation of health care. Additionally, students can take part in an international experience in which they receive a global health care perspective.

The College of Allied Health Sciences plays an increasingly important role in our modern health environment. With the aging of the baby boomer generation, the expectation for continuing excellent health care services is at an all-time high. That need is met by graduating professionals who are exceptionally prepared to contribute to health care from day one of entering the workforce, armed with the latest developments in their field and real-world experience with patients or in the community.

The AHC’s Health Sciences Library ranks at or near the top in many categories in Ohio and in the top 10 nationally among medical school libraries. It offers extensive journal, database, and reference resources as well as extensive online accessibility.

UC offers a different kind of education, one guided by distinguished professors who understand that experience is the best teacher and that greatness lies beyond 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

STUDENTS: 44,000+ total students from 50 states and more than 110 countries; 11,000+ STEM majors


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)


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 College of Nursing students enter with a mean composite ACT score of 26.9 and a mean high school GPA of 3.82.

First-year students in the College of Allied Health Sciences have an average composite ACT score of 25.1 and an SAT score of 1087. First-year students in the College of Medicine in the Medical Sciences program have an average ACT score of 31, an average SAT score of 1383, and an average high school GPA of 3.8.

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%. Independent International Student Barometer survey of students at 172 universities ranks 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 the 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.