UC Facts

History and Highlights

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here, underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion.  

The university traces its origins to 1819 and recently celebrated its bicentennial. In 1819,  both Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were chartered. In 1870, the City of Cincinnati established the University of Cincinnati, which later absorbed the two predecessor institutions.

For many years, UC was the second-oldest and second-largest municipal university in the country. In 1968, UC became a “municipally sponsored, state affiliated” institution, entering a transitional period culminating on July 1, 1977, when the university joined the university system of Ohio.

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.

Our drive to invent in and beyond the classroom has been the source of many breakthrough contributions, including the oral polio vaccine and the first antihistamine. In fiscal year 2019, the university and its affiliates – renowned for premier patient care, health-related research and training of health care professionals – earned $452 million in research funding

Powered by an annual operating budget of $1.32 billion and an endowment of $1.38 billion (77th largest in U.S. and Canada, 31st largest among public universities), UC has a regional economic impact of $4.2 billion – and statewide, UC increases the economic base by $13.4 billion.

UC serves a diverse community of 46,388 students across 14 colleges – the highest enrollment in our history thanks to nearly a decade of steadily rising enrollment and unrivaled momentum. 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 3 in the country (No. 1 among public institutions), 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 with employers like Apple, Boeing, Disney, Fisher Price, HBO, NASA, Nike, P&G, Toyota and hundreds more.

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.

Research + Innovation

The university has nearly 200 years of history as a research pioneer, with a culture strongly emphasizing collaboration in order to achieve innovative results that can be applied to solving complex problems and furthering scientific advancement. The university fosters early stage research and launches start-up companies via  an expanding  innovation incubator, the 1819 Innovation Hub, providing a key location amidst Cincinnati’s rising Innovation Corridor. The UC innovation hub is the nexus for business and industry to partner with university faculty and students. Partnering with UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub are a wide range of visionaries: From seed-stage investors like CincyTech (one of the most active in the nation) to established corporations like Procter & Gamble to consultancies like the Live Well Collaborative that partners with international firms to improve products and services for those aged 50 and over.

Our endeavors as a university encompass science, medicine, business, education, engineering, technology, the humanities and the arts. Specific and cross-disciplinary areas of focus include analytics, digital media, precision cancer medicine, water and urban futures.

UC is located in “Uptown,” which is the second largest employment center in the Cincinnati region behind the central business district. Adjacent to downtown, Uptown is a diverse and vibrant urban area made up of an eclectic array of small businesses plus five major medical and research institutions, including UC and the nationally-acclaimed Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Uptown’s five anchor institutions (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Zoo, UC Health, Tri-Health, and UC), formed a non-profit development group in 2004 called the Uptown Consortium, Inc., which has secured more than $400 million in redevelopment, new construction and neighborhood improvements in Uptown Cincinnati since its inception.

The recently completed $80 million Martin Luther King (MLK) / I-71 highway interchange, coupled with UCI’s acquisition of nearly 44 acres of land along the MLK corridor less than a mile east of UC’s campus and a mile north of downtown, creates an alignment of the necessary elements for the development of a new innovation district.  

The Faculty

The University of Cincinnati and its affiliates are home to nearly 6,000 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 Cleveland Abbe, whose work at UC led to the National Weather Service; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Eula Bingham, environmental scientist and one-time head of OSHA.

Many UC faculty members have been awarded significant honors at the local, state, national and international levels. These include numerous National Science Foundation Career awards as well as Fulbright awards and Guggenheim grants. UC faculty and their work routinely receive support from the Ohio Board of Regents, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, U.S. EPA, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Geographic Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and many others.

UC is home to a number of Ohio Centers of Excellence where faculty research as well as their scholarly and creative endeavors serves to advance innovation and entrepreneurial activity as well as draw gifted students seeking to augment and apply their skills. The university is home to Ohio Centers of Excellence dedicated to advanced energy and sustaining the urban environment; transforming healthcare in the 21st century; intelligent air and space vehicle energy systems; nanoscale sensor technology; design and innovation; and music and theater arts.

The Students

Students coming to UC find a campus setting that is exceptional for its internationally noted green spaces and architecture, giving rise to premier academic and research facilities to promote effective teaching and innovative research. The campus setting, teaching and research resources, as well as community and industry partnerships, showcase the university’s commitment to the quality of student life, learning and growth.

Today, the university consists of nine research and campus locations in the Greater Cincinnati region with an impact and reach that extends from the local to the global. This includes strategic partnerships in subject areas like engineering, economics, humanities and business administration with the University of Bordeaux, France; Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany; Chongqing University, China; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Future University, Egypt, and many more, including institutional partnerships with 43 colleges and universities in Europe alone.

Throughout their academic careers, UC students earn many external honors and awards, including Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships as well as grants and research project support from internal and external entities as varied as the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Air Force and others. At UC, both undergraduates and graduate students receive both funding and mentoring support to pursue research through specialized programs like ROSE (Research, Observation, Service and Education Experiences), WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), and SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship). Such opportunities allow students to directly contribute to innovation, build a meaningful portfolio, engage with faculty and other thought leaders outside the classroom, and hone their inquiry and investigative skills according to the scientific method.

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Alumni

The number of living alumni of the university is tallied at more than 300,000 with approximately half (more than 140,000 residing in the greater Cincinnati region.

Among our notable alumni are President and later Chief Justice William Howard Taft; Nobel Peace Prize winner and U.S. Vice President Chargles G. Dawes; Joseph Strauss, chief engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge; Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Walt Handelsman; soprano Kathleen Battle; prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell; Tony Award winner Faith Prince; author Thomas Berger ("Little Big Man"); sports greats Sandy Koufax, Kevin Youkilis, Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman and Tony Trabert as well as Olympians Mary Wineberg (track) and Becky Ruehl (diving); architect Michael Graves; U.S. diplomat Pamela Bridgewater; Douglas Dayton, who helped design Apple's original mouse; Vinod Dham, father of the Pentium chip; Unilever CEO Paul Polman; Starbucks Chairman Mike Ullman; AK Steel CEO Roger Newport; and Louise McCarren Herring, the mother of credit unions. Others include Austin Allison, creator of Dotloop; and Allbirds CEO Tim Brown.

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.

Leadership

  • Ronald D. Brown, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Neville Pinto, President

For more information about UC, contact: M.B. Reilly, Executive Director of Public Relations, (513) 556-1824, reillymb@ucmail.uc.edu

Enrollment

In 2019-20, the University of Cincinnati is home to students from all 50 of the United States and from 114 countries outside the U.S.  

  • Undergraduate: 35,498
  • Graduate & Professional: 10,890
  • Total Enrollment: 46,388

  • Full-time Undergraduate: 28,820
  • Full-time Graduate & Professional: 5,754

  • Part-time Undergraduate: 6,678
  • Graduate & Professional: 5,136

Diversity

  • African American: 3,771 (8.1%)
  • Asian: 1,999 (4.3%)
  • Hispanic: 1,815 (3.9%)
  • International: 3,500 (7.5%)
  • Two or more races: 1,662 (3.6%)
  • Unknown: 1,157 (2.5%)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 65 (.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 25 (.01%)
  • White: 32,384 (69.8%)

  • Male: 21,310 (45.9%)
  • Female: 25,023 (53.9%)
  • Unknown: 55 (0.1%)
  • Ohio Residents: 34,501 (74.4%)
  • On-Campus Residents: 6,593 (14.4%)

  • Average Age: 24

Personnel Data

October 2019 (includes affiliates but does not include volunteers)

  • Faculty Full Time: 3,197
  • Faculty Part Time: 2,790
  • Staff Full Time: 3,967
  • Staff Part Time: 393
  • Total (Without students): 10,347
  • Student Workers and Graduate Assistants: 6,368
  • Grand Total :16,715

UC Colleges

Programs of Study

  • Associate (A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., etc.): 66
  • Baccalaureate (B.S., B.A.,BSW, etc.): 128
  • Master’s (M.A., M.S., MBA, etc.): 128
  • Doctoral (Ph.D., D.Sc., etc.): 85
  • Professional (MD, JD): 7
  • Total: 414  

  • Certificates: 117
  • Minors: 68
  • Graduate Certificates: 77
  • Total: 262

Libraries

13 Library locations

  • Holdings: 4.4 million volumes; 1.7 million e-books.
  • Use: 1.84 million annual visitors; 88,000 annual items circulated; 34,000 annual reference transactions; 2.4million full-text article downloads annually.

Financial Information

Breakdown of UC's Annual Budget (FY20)
Funds Amount
General Funds 
$682 million
Restricted Funds   
$308.8 million
Designated Funds 
$201.1 million
Auxiliaries 
$165.5 million
Total 
$1.357 billion
  • Endowment (FY18): $1.367 billion (77th largest of 808 in U.S. and Canada)
  • Annual Giving (FY19): $102,033,118 
  • External Grants & Contracts (FY18): $424,248,316 (including affiliates)
  • Annual Payroll (Calendar Year 2018): $648,989,092.94
  • Economic Impact (2018): UC has a regional economic impact of $4.2 billion and a statewide impact of $13.4 billion. This regional economic impact supports nearly 62,000 jobs.
  • Community Engagement Impact (FY16): 46,000 UC volunteers donated 700,000 hours with an equivalent $8.5 million impact in time, talent and philanthropic donations to our local, regional and global communities.

Facilities

UC Facilities by Campus
Campus
Acreage Gross SF # of Buildings
Center Hill Research Facility 25 24,061 4
Clermont College
91 213,297
7
Victory Parkway Campus
8
217,591
5
Reading Campus
23
382,185
10
UC Blue Ash College 132 298,244 10
       
Uptown Campus East
57
3,811,613
19
Uptown Campus West 137 8,506,833 62
1819 Innovation Hub 3 133,000 1
TOTAL
476
13,586,824
118

New Buildings & Renovations (Since 1992)

Vera Clement Edwards Center, Engineering Research Center, Library Plaza, Aronoff Center for Design and Art, French Hall addition, Cardiovascular Research Center, Sigma Sigma Commons, College-Conservatory of Music, Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, University Hall, Kingsgate Conference Center, Hastings and William French Building renovation, Science and Allied Health Building, Eden Avenue Garage addition, Campus Green, University Commons, Clermont College Educational Services Building, Clermont College Student Services Building, Center Hill Campus (Large Scale Test Facility, Combustion Research Lab, Leather Industries Research Building, Erosion Test Facility), Clermont College Facilities Management Building, Braunstein Hall renovation, Schneider Residence Hall, Turner Residence Hall, University Pavilion, Central Utility Plant, University Pavilion, Tangeman University Center expansion and renova- tion, College of Applied Science Classroom Building, Steger Student Life Center, Mews Garden, MainStreet open space, Schott Stadium, Gettler Stadium, Calhoun Street Garage, Clermont College Activities Center, Campus Recreation Center, Raymond Walters College Veterinary Technology Building, Van Wormer Library renovation, Varsity Village Garage, MRI Center, Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center, Lindner Center, Clermont College West Woods Academic Center, Eden Quad greenspace, CARE/Crawley, Stratford Heights Complex, Morgens Hall renovation, Nippert Stadium renovation; Scioto Hall renovation; Teachers College/Dyer Hall renovation; UC Blue Ash College Academic Building; Medical Sciences Building expansion and renovation; Kowalewski Hall; Marian Spencer Hall; the 1819 Innovation Hub renovation; Fifth Third Arena renovation; Gardner Neuroscience Institute; Carl H. Lindner College of Business; Health Sciences Building renovation, and the Faculty Enrichment Center (Langsam Library).

Ongoing/upcoming projects: Wherry Hall; Clermont College utility plant; Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies exterior; UC Blue Ash Muntz Hall; Digital Futures Buildings, DAAP Studio Annex, College of Law, Clifton Court Hall and Probasco Auditorium and Classroom.

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

Rankings

University-wide Rankings

  • Top 3 — Cooperative Education, 2019
  • 139 — Top tier, Best National Universities, 2019
  • 64 — Top public school, 2019

More rankings: magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/rankings

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

In September 2019, the University of Cincinnati was again named in the Top Tier of the country’s “Best National Universities,” placing at 139 in the special issue carrying the 2019 rankings. UC is ranked at 64 among top public universities.

Among the nation’s elite for co-op and internships: UC’s overall emphasis on experiential learning earned the university its spot on the short list of the nation’s top 3 schools for co-ops and internships and No. 1 nationally among public universities. UC students earn a collective $75 million annually, working for about 1,300 local, regional, national and international employers, including Apple, Boeing, Disney, Duke Energy, Fisher Price, General Electric, HBO, Kroger, NASA, Nike, Toyota and many more.

Importantly, UC is also listed among those national universities with a healthy retention rate, measured at 87 percent for the period covered by the rankings; however, UC’s current retention rate now stands at  at 88.3 percent. And the university's baccalaureate graduation rates now stands at a record 71.6 percent.

In the U.S. News global rankings (released in October 2019), UC placed at No. 196 globally. The ranking is based on the institution’s global and regional research reputation, publications, books, conferences and more.