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UC Rises in the Latest U.S. News and World Report Rankings

The University of Cincinnati moved up five places in the latest U.S. News and World Report national rankings and is now 135th among the Best National Universities. The new 2017 edition of U.S. News’ annual college guide continues to credit UC as one of the nation’s best for co-ops and internships as well as one of the best for veterans.

Date: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati now ranks 135th among America’s Best National Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2017 rankings of best colleges shows UC up five places among the top tier of national universities.
UC co-op student at work
UC co-op student at work

Among the Nation’s Elite for Co-op and Internships

UC’s overall emphasis on experiential learning earned the university placement on the list of the nation’s best 22 schools for co-ops and internships. UC students earn a collective $63 million annually, working for more than 1,800 local, regional, national and international employers, including Apple, Boeing, Disney, Duke Energy, P&G, General Electric, HBO, Fisher Price, Nike, Kroger, Toyota, and NASA among many others. Beyond impressive salary earnings, co-op and internships (as well as other forms of experience-based learning) promote students’ sense of independence and professional maturity and increases their career options following graduation. From an academic standpoint, co-op, service learning, internships, career education and research are integrated into the curriculum with specific learning objectives.

Among the Best for Veterans
The rankings also listed UC among the best schools for veterans. UC has more than 2,400 military-affiliated students, including veterans; those serving on active duty, in the Reserve or the National Guard; and their dependents. That number has been steadily rising and has more than doubled since the 2008-09 school year when UC counted a veteran enrollment of 1,116.

UC studio classroom
UC faculty and students in class

UC’s rise in the rankings is a result of improvements in retention and graduation rates, and a smaller student-to-faculty ratio. 

Currently, the university’s overall retention rate for baccalaureate students is 88 percent, up from 84.7 percent five years ago and up from 80 percent 10 years ago. The same trend is true for graduation rates. The six-year graduation rate for baccalaureate students is 66 percent. Five years ago, it was 58.6 percent, and 10 years ago, it was 49.7 percent.

"Interim President Beverly Davenport's mantra of 'Onward and Upward' is alive and well in UC's rise in rankings," says Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Peter E. Landgren. "We are proud that students of all backgrounds share the same high retention rate, given our investments in student success. UC's goal and intentional effort is to achieve a 90 percent retention rate by the time of our university's bicentennial in 2019."