University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Performing Arts Profile

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.



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


Musical Theatre program ranked #2 in the nation | BuzzFeed, 2018


One of the top 5 most represented colleges on Broadway | Playbill, 2019


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


Named one of “The World’s 100 Most Innovative Universities” | Reuters, 2018

From here to everywhere
Music. Theater. Performance. Media arts. Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts that’s uniquely embedded within a comprehensive research university and a city with unparalleled opportunity. The synergy created by this distinct advantage defines CCM’s objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage. CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the entire state of Ohio, and alumni can be found on Broadway, in world-class orchestras, and listed among the credits of successful productions everywhere.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a principal dancer and a student at the same time. CCM made this possible.”

    • Hannah Holtsclaw
  • “CCM was my first audition for grad school, and once I got in, I canceled all my other auditions—at Juilliard and everywhere else. I knew CCM was a great school and the facilities were beautiful.”

    • Joseph Lattanzi, ’15
  • “Being a student at UC has given me more opportunities than I could’ve ever hoped for. I know I’ve developed the skills to succeed.”

    • Amy Drexelius ’18, ’22
  • “Throughout my time at UC, I felt constant support and dedication from the faculty and staff.”

    • Nicole Senkiw ’19