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UC History

History In Brief

The University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s premier urban research university, traces its origins to 1819. In that year both Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were chartered.

  • 1870: the City of Cincinnati established the University of Cincinnati, which later absorbed the two predecessor institutions.
  • 1906: the University of Cincinnati created the first cooperative education program in the world. For many years, the University of Cincinnati was the second oldest and second largest municipal university in the country.
  • 1968: UC became a “municipally sponsored, state affiliated” institution, entering a transitional period culminating on July 1, 1977 when UC joined the university system of Ohio.
  • Today, UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission, and is ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. 

U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of  America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight.” Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. UC has been named a “green university” by Princeton Review.