University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Pushing experience forward

The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a public research university with an enrollment of nearly 47,000 students and has been named among the top-tier “Best National Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. 

Today, more than 300,000 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, the people, and the ideas that make up the University of Cincinnati.

UC invented cooperative education in 1906 and has remained a global leader in experience-based learning ever since. Today, Cincinnati’s classroom extends to nearly every corner of the globe, from internships at Fortune 500 companies in the city to trailblazing experiences in places like China, Tanzania, and South America. UC’s co-op program is ranked among the nation’s top five, and students earn a collective $75 million annually, working for 1,600 national and international employers such as Apple, Boeing, Disney, Fisher Price, General Electric, HBO, Kroger, NASA, Nike, Toyota, and many more.

Career preparation is at the center of UC’s “push forward” philosophy, exemplified by the Bearcat Promise, a tech- and human-supported guide that helps students graduate with a degree in one hand and a career plan in the other. Over the past four years, Cincinnati graduates have been hired by nearly 160 Fortune 500 companies and are employed in over 40 states and 22 countries. More than 93% of students are employed or enroll in graduate school shortly after graduation.



Industrial Design program ranked #2 in the country | DesignIntelligence survey report, 2018


Myron E. Ullman School of Design ranked among the top design schools in the country | Graphic Design USA, 2020


City of Cincinnati ranked among the top 20 vibrant arts communities in the US | SMU’s National Center for Arts Research, 2020


Ranked #5 nationally for co-op and internship programs | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Recognized for “the most ambitious campus design program in the country” | New York Times, 2015

Designing It Better

With a studio-driven curriculum, students at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) impact quality of life through innovation. As a highly selective college, DAAP offers the benefits of a preeminent arts school within a comprehensive research university and a city of unparalleled opportunity. Next-level thinking and solving are at the core of a UC DAAP education. Students “push forward” by collaborating with faculty, industry leaders, and majors from across the University, and established partnerships with regional, national, and international clients provide opportunities for students to engage in real-world projects.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “As someone with very diverse co-op experiences, I’ll be leaving the University with wonderful connections and great confidence for my career in the arts.”

    • Devon Hensler ’20
  • “I'm very proud to have come from this school, and without my education here, Allbirds [footwear] doesn't happen.”

    • Tim Brown ’05
  • “UC has given me more opportunities than I could’ve ever hoped for. I’ve participated in co-op and research experiences that have prepared me for my future. I know I’ve developed the skills to succeed.”

    • Amy Drexelius ’18, ’22
  • “I have the most amazing faculty and staff at UC. They make the experience enjoyable. I know there are so many resources to help me succeed. I’m so proud to be a student here!”

    • Ashley Davenport ’19