About UC

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 more than 46,000 students and has been named "Among the top tier of the Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report.

Today, more than 300,000 living alumni count themselves as Bearcats - united not just by their loyalty to our nationally known sports teams, but by their common love of the place, the people and the ideas that make up the University of Cincinnati.

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University of Cincinnati Quick Facts

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Number of Buildings: 118 facilities on 476 acres
Majors & Programs: 414 degree programs, 262 minors and certificates
Athletics: NCAA Division I; American Athletic Conference
Mascot: Bearcat 
Colors: Red and Black
Famous Alumni & Faculty: Astronaut Neil Armstrong; President and later Chief Justice William Howard Taft; Eula Bingham, environmental scientist and one-time head of OSHA; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; and prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell
Students from: 50 states and 114 countries
Living Alumni: over 300,000 with approximately half (more than 140,000 residing in the greater Cincinnati region).

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University Leadership

UC President Neville Pinto

University President

Neville Pinto
UC Provost Valerio Ferme


Valerio Ferme
UC Board Chair Wym Portman

Board Chair

Ronald D. Brown

Mission & Vision

The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research.

We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish.

Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.

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UC Colleges

Top Rankings:

As the global founder of cooperative education, UC remains a world-class leader in experience-based learning. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC’s co-op program in the Top 5 in the country, and our students earn a collective $75 million annually working for about 1,300 international employers via their co-op work placements, alternating academic semesters with professional, paid work directly tied to their majors.

The National Science Foundation places UC in the top 40 among America’s public research universities, and UC is one of only 115 institutions classified as housing the very highest activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges (64th among public universities), and Reuters recently named UC among the world’s top 100 most-innovative universities, one of only 46 U.S. universities to make that prestigious list.

Finally, our campus setting continues to garner worldwide acclaim, with The New York Times highlighting UC’s dramatic campus renovation of the past quarter century “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.” In addition, Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have all highlighted UC as one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. It’s also a sustainable one where all new construction and major renovations are completed to LEED Silver standards or higher whenever possible.

UC students earn $65 million annually working in about 6,000 co-op placements for 1,800 local, regional, national and international employers, including Apple, Boeing, Disney, Duke Energy, Fisher Price, General Electric, HBO, Kroger, NASA, Nike, Toyota and many more.


University-wide Rankings

  • Top 5 — Cooperative Education, 2020
  • 139 — Top tier, Best National Universities, 2019
  • 64 — Top public school, 2019


UC Firsts

First program of cooperative education - Herman Schneider (1906)
First oral polio vaccine - Albert Sabin
First observations leading to the National Weather Service - Cleveland Abbe
First antihistamine, Benadryl - George Rieveschl
First heart-lung machine - Samuel Kaplan, Leland Clark and James Helmsworth
First electronic organ - Winston Koch
First use of YAG laser to remove brain tumor
First bachelor's degree program in nursing
First emergency medicine residency program
First safe anti-knock gasoline
First degree program offered via satellite


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