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 46,700 students and is ranked No. 4 in the nation for co-ops and internships by 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).

University Leadership

UC President Neville Pinto

University President

Neville Pinto
UC Provost Valerio Ferme


Valerio Ferme
UC Board Chair Kim Heiman

Board Chair

Kim Heiman

Mission Statement

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.

Unleashing our Vision

Leading urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact

The University of Cincinnati has pioneered bold change for 200 years. Next Lives Here, which builds on our past, is meant to disrupt academia's conventional ways of thinking and doing, to define our next 200 years. It outlines an inventive framework that includes three platforms supported by nine pathways. We intend to use this inventive framework to ignite the curiosity of our students, inspire our faculty and staff, and unleash ingenuity to create an inclusive environment that provides freedom to learn, explore, and innovate.

Living Our Values


Intentionally engaging people and the contribution of diverse ideas.


Challenging existing practices and paradigms and discovering the unknown.


Positively transforming our community and society in measurable ways.

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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 4 in the country,  and our students earn a collective $58 million annually working for thousands of employers around the city and world 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.


U.S. News & World Report 2022 Rankings

No. 4 in the nation for co-ops and internships
No. 68 among top public universities
No. 147 for best value
No. 148 among top tier of national universities
No. 191 among best global universities


UC firsts & inventions

Steam-powered fire engine (Alexander Latta, 1852)
Observations leading to the National Weather Service
(Cleveland Abbe, 1860s)
Program of cooperative education
(Herman Schneiderm, 1906)
Electronic organ
(Winston Kock, 1930s)
Antihistamine, Benadryl
(George Rieveschl, 1940s)
Oral polio vaccine
(Albert Sabin, 1950s)
Heart-lung machine
(Samuel Kaplan, Leland Clark and James Helmsworth, 1951)
Degree program offered via satellite
Use of YAG laser to remove brain tumor
(John Tew, 1984)

Famous alumni & faculty

President William Howard Taft
Astronaut Neil Armstrong
Civil rights activist Marian Spencer
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax
Environmental scientist Eula Bingham
Inventor George Sperti
Prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell
Architect and designer Michael Graves
“Father of the Pentium chip” Vinod Dham
Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle
Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Thompson