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University of Cincinnati: A Brief Introduction

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is an urban, research-intensive institution with an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion, an endowment of $1.1 billion and an economic impact of $4 billion.  UC serves a diverse community of more than 44,000 students across 14 colleges—the highest enrollment in our history thanks to rising retention and unrivaled momentum.  Having invented cooperative education in 1906, UC remains a world-class leader in experience-based learning.  This drive to invent in and beyond the classroom has been the source for many breakthrough contributions to society, including the oral polio vaccine, the first antihistamine and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Finally, our campus setting continues to garner worldwide acclaim, with The New York Times recently calling UC’s dramatic campus renovation of the past quarter century “the most ambitious campus-design program in the country.”

Our Home
Our Impact

Our home is an enormous part of our identity at the University of Cincinnati. As Bearcats, we live and learn on a campus that's internationally distinguished in terms of its stunning architecture and design. Our urban campus is interwoven into a thriving city full of career opportunities, cultural diversity and memorable experiences. More than anything however, it is our people that make it home. 

UC boasts a community of more than 44,000 students and about 10,000 faculty and staff, and about half of our 300,000 alumni learned to love our hometown so much that they’ve stayed after graduation. Overall, metropolitan Cincinnati boasts 2 million residents and tens of thousands of businesses. The area blends small-town charm with big-city amenities – all producing one of the most vibrant and affordable places in the country to live.  Cincinnati offers unique neighborhoods, abundant recreational opportunities, great food, top-performing Bearcats and big-league sports, and a lively and diverse music, arts and culture scene. 



Our Campus
Our Campus
Our People
Our Teams


Our City

Whether you are looking for professional opportunities, creative inspiration or just a great place to make great memories with friends, you are in for something special in Cincinnati. It is a city in the midst of an exciting urban revival and a place known for its love of the arts, passion for sports and for its seriously impressive local food.

As the center of culture and commerce for a region of more than 2 million people, the Queen City is an important hub of the Midwest. The area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies and lays claim to one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in the nation. People here experience big-city amenities — professional sports teams, major museums, pristine parks and cultural attractions — while enjoying a small-town friendliness and a collaborative vibe.

Our city is diverse. Our heritage is largely German and our hills create a landscape that offers beautiful views of the scenic Ohio River. In recent years, Cincinnati has experienced an impressive renaissance of its urban core —from The Banks entertainment district and the downtown business corridor to the trendy Over-the-Rhine and Uptown neighborhoods near campus. 

Aerial view of campus at night during football game.

Our Campus

We love talking about our inspiring campus, but don't only take our word for it. Forbes Magazine named UC one of the world's most beautiful campuses. Come for a visit, and we think you'll agree with the New York Times that UC has the "most ambitious campus-­design program in the country."

Our built environment and our buildings may be internationally known, particularly those designed by some of the world's top architects. The real beauty of the campus, however, extends well beyond impressive buildings with big-name designers.

The diverse academic settings, the cutting-edge labs, the open green spaces and pavered pathways all have been designed intentionally to both arouse intellectual curiosity and prompt a healthy social culture. People thrive on our campus because it is a place where they can learn, problem-solve, collaborate with one another or simply have meaningful and memorable college experiences.

UC students and staff make U and C symbol


Our People


The University of Cincinnati is home to more than 6,500 full- and part-time faculty internationally recognized for innovative teaching and research, especially in the practical applications of their discoveries. Among our celebrated faculty have been pioneers like Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Eula Bingham, environmental scientist and one-time head of OSHA.

Due to faculty scholarship and inquiry, UC is a public research powerhouse, classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission. In fiscal year 2014, UC faculty and affiliates earned more than $390 million in external grants and contracts. The National Science Foundation places UC in the top 30 among America’s public research universities, and The Chronicle of Higher Education has called UC a “research heavyweight.”

For generations, UC faculty have focused on rigorous academics, while also pushing beyond the four walls of the classroom. This drive to invent and innovate has been the source for many faculty contributions to society, including the creation of cooperative education, development of the oral polio vaccine as well as the first antihistamine.



The University of Cincinnati is the second largest employer in the region, with part of that workforce comprised of more than 3,700 full- and part-time staff.

Our staff – as well as all of our faculty and students – contribute their individual talents and expertise to the university in a wide range of disciplines. In supporting the operations of the university and serving a diverse student body of more than 44,000, UC’s staff contribute to the unparalleled momentum that has led to the highest enrollment in the university’s nearly 200-year history on a campus that is exceptional, frequently described as one of the most beautiful in the world.



Students thrive on the University of Cincinnati campus because it is a place where they can learn, problem solve, and collaborate – in short, have meaningful and memorable college experiences. UC is home to more than 44,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 110 countries – a diverse population of Bearcats coming together in the classroom, the research lab, in service to the community, and in social and leadership opportunities. As students working collectively – and later as alumni – Bearcats are empowered to challenge and change the world thanks to the university’s deliberate integration of experience-based learning with rigorous academics.

UC has been named No. 1 nationally for Return on Investment, and students collectively earn $60 million annually via the university’s vaunted cooperative education program – hire learning – that enables students to apply academics to local, national and international experiences in professional workplace, research and service settings.



Just as our University of Cincinnati campus is home to a large and diverse community of 44,000+ students representing more than 100 countries, our graduates are also succeeding in all walks of life and on a global scale. About half of our 300,000 alumni are in Greater Cincinnati with the other half living across the United States and around the world.

Leveraging their compelling student experiences, our alumni have made their collective mark in the broadest range of fields: Business, science, technology, engineering, design, medicine and health care, law, education, the performing arts, philanthropy, civil rights, public service and more.

Our illustrious alumni include William Howard Taft, the only person to have served as U.S. president and chief justice; Joseph Strauss, chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge; George Rieveschl, inventor of Benadryl, the first antihistamine; and Louise McCarren Herring, the mother of credit unions. Other notable Bearcats include former J.C. Penney chair Myron Ullman III and Unilever CEO Paul Polman; architect Michael Graves; Vinod Dham, father of the Pentium chip; Douglas Dayton, creator of Apple’s first mouse; soprano Kathleen Battle, prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell and trumpeter Al Hirt; and sports Hall-of-Famers Oscar Robertson (basketball), Sandy Koufax (baseball), and Tony Trabert (tennis).



UC's baseball team celebrates at home plate

Our Teams

University of Cincinnati student athletes are in it to win – both in the classroom and on the playing field. In spring term 2016, UC athletes averaged a 3.21 grade point average. Nearly 70 percent were named to the Bearcats Honor Roll (requiring a 3.0 GPA or better), and 45 percent earned Dean’s List honors (requiring a 3.4 GPA or better).

This spotlight on success also highlights UC’s winning record as an athletics powerhouse. Cincinnati is one of only three schools in the nation to have its football program compete in five consecutive bowl games and its men's basketball program compete in six consecutitve NCAA tournaments. Bearcats athletes have earned six national championships and 77 conference championships in 10 sports in the last 10 years.

There is nothing quite like the excitement of catching a game at UC, when the Bearcats spirit unifies our diverse campus. Red and black are in style whether with 40,000 other football fans inside Nippert Stadium, cheering the basketball Bearcats to victory inside a packed Fifth Third Arena or supporting one of 15 other men’s and women’s teams. And with the Olympics approaching, don’t forget that several U.S. medalists first competed wearing UC red-and-black before climbing the international podium wearing red-white-and-blue.

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Ranked among a national and international class, the University of Cincinnati has an impact that extends from the local to the global. As an urban research university, UC is classified by the Carnegie Commission as home to very high research activity. In fiscal year 2014, UC and its affiliates earned more than $390 million in external grants and contracts, and the National Science Foundation places UC in the top 30 among America’s public research universities. In addition, the university and its affiliates are renowned for premier patient care, health-related research and the training of health care professionals.

As the global birthplace of cooperative education, we continually enhance and expand our legacy of experiential learning. Our academic infrastructure provides students opportunities of real trust and real responsibility – by participating in our nationally ranked co-op and internship programs, by assisting real-world partners and clients in applied coursework, by studying abroad and by engaging with the local community via service learning.

UC is among the top 2 percent of universities in the United States to reach the $1 billion level or more in a single campaign to support the campus community and its mission. As such, UC is part of the exclusive CASE 50, along with Yale, Harvard, Stanford and others that house the 50 top-performing fundraising programs among members of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Our Research
Our Experience
Our Care
Our Support

Researcher with microscope

Our Research

UC has been called a "research heavyweight" and "one of America's top public research universities." In fact, the university has nearly 200 years of history as a research pioneer. UC scientists invented the world's first antihistamine, heart-lung machine and oral polio vaccine.

Today, UC researchers continue to blaze new trails in science, medicine, business, education, engineering and the arts — literally transforming the way we live, work and learn. And the world is paying attention. UC is awarded hundreds of millions of dollars annually for its research efforts from governmental, industrial and nonprofit sources. Visionary ideas born from the bright minds at UC generate dozens of patent applications every year.

 Student working at a drafting table

Our Experience

Experiential learning is part of our DNA - which only makes sense, since we invented cooperative education back in 1906. Ranked in the nation’s Top Tier by U.S. News & World Report, UC’s co-op and internship programs promote independence, foster professional maturity and increase career options following graduation.

Today, every UC student can put classroom knowledge to the test through experience-based learning opportunities — from study abroad to service learning to artistic performances. Whether researching flora in the Amazon or innovating homeless shelters in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine, students graduate with transcripts and a resume.

Experienced-based learning isn’t just real. It’s smart. With a collective $57 million in annual co-op earnings, UC students graduate with less debt. It’s one of the reasons we’re ranked No. 1 in the nation for return on educational investment.

Nurse in scrubs in Uganda

Our Care

Academic Health Center

Four of the University of Cincinnati’s colleges comprise what’s known as the UC Academic Health Center. The College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy are dynamic centers of education and research and serve as the foundation for training exceptional patient care providers across a range of health fields and specialties while also providing leading-edge biomedical research. The university’s beginnings date from the 1819 founding of the Medical College of Ohio, forerunner of the UC College of Medicine. This long, rich history has laid the groundwork for the discoveries and innovations in education, research and patient care that continue today. The Academic Health Center also includes UC Physicians, the College of Medicine’s 750-member faculty group practice, and Hoxworth Blood Center, which conducts research and provides blood products to 31 hospitals in our region. The four health colleges have a longstanding and close working relationship with several affiliates, including UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children Cincinnati.

UC Health

UC Health brings together the region’s top clinicians and researchers to provide world-class care to the Cincinnati community and beyond. From the flagship University of Cincinnati Medical Center to the state-of-the-art West Chester Hospital, UC Health delivers the absolute best in treatment and care. Continually recognized for excellence and backed by the academic strength of the University of Cincinnati, one of the nation’s top 30 public research universities, UC Health is revolutionizing how discovery-driven care is delivered. Because UC Health physicians are teachers and researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, they are able to provide patients with high-quality and innovative medical treatment and care. With Cincinnati’s largest and most distinguished group of board-certified physicians practicing in every medical and surgical specialty, UC Health offers patients what no other physician group, hospital or health system in Greater Cincinnati can – access to the best and brightest minds who are deeply passionate about solving the most complex medical cases.

Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit, pediatric, academic medical center established in 1883, is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. It is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, ranked third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. Its patient population includes the eight-county primary service area covering parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. A destination for children with complex medical conditions, it also served patients from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries during the past year.

The four health colleges have a longstanding and close working relationship with several affiliates, including UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children Cincinnati. Together, we are actively seeking National Cancer Institute [NCI] designation, which will bring millions of dollars in research support to the cancer center, and will draw the best scientists, physicians, and medical professionals from around the world.

Students holding One Billion Dollar Sign

Our Support

The University of Cincinnati Foundation, the private sector fundraising and separate 501(c)(3) entity for UC and UC Health, completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign in 2013, putting it in the top 2 percent of universities in the United States – universities that have reached a level of $1 billion or more in a single campaign. That campaign, Proudly Cincinnati, created hundreds of new scholarships for students, endowed faculty and faculty-led research and supported important building projects -- and provided a launching pad to a new level of achievement. One-third of those donations came from outside Cincinnati – places like New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Northern California – together, a statement about UC’s growing reach and impact.

Also in 2013, the UC Foundation became part of an exclusive group through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), along with the likes of Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Florida and University of Virginia. The prestigious CASE 50 Community of Interest initiative is comprised of universities with top-performing fundraising programs, leading advocacy and development for fundraising in higher education.

Most recently, our united efforts brought in more than $140 million in FY2015 annual commitments supporting our mission of teaching, learning, research, service and patient care. More than 36,000 alumni and friends gave back to the university, an increase of 20 percent in the number of donors. Our campus community – our faculty and staff – contributed $14 million, with a 72 percent participation rate.

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UC at a Glance


Among the world’s
Top 200 universities
[U.S. News & World Report]


Top 30 Public
Research University


"Excellence in Diversity Award" 
[INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine]


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