First-Year ExperienceUniversity of CincinnatiOffice of the Senior Vice President & ProvostFirst-Year Experience

First-Year Experience

Prospective and Current Students

Whether you have lived in Cincinnati all of your life or you are moving here for the first time to attend the University of Cincinnati (UC), you will find that opportunities abound to get out and get connected to the rich historical community in which the school is situated. Located in the Uptown district of Cincinnati the university is close to a wide array of educational, cultural, and social opportunities. You will also find that being a Bearcat means not only learning from nationally recognized faculty in the classroom, but having the opportunity to expand your personal growth and knowledge beyond the classroom walls and out into the community. UC’s unique approach to undergraduate education is designed to emphasize learning opportunities in real-world contexts, not just in the classroom. As a result, you will enter the world prepared to be a life-long learner who is a socially responsible citizen and actively engaged in your community. Regardless of the path that you choose to take, the Center for First Year Experience & Learning Communities is here to help ease your transition to college life and make the most of your first year at UC.

So come and explore with us! For starters, a wealth of information about UC and the city can be found at their official websites, including interesting links for new residents. Also, one will find an array of resources regarding UC’s unique partnerships with area corporations.

Need more information about Bearcat Bound Orientation? Visit the Bearcat Bound Orientation page or contact the Orientation Hotline at (513)556-2486.

Quick Links 

Find information about First-Year learning Communities here.

Read about 10 ways to get started at UC. 

Find information and links to the many campus departments you need to know about here. 

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Read more about orientation

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