Message from the President

UC President Neville Pinto

UC President Neville G. Pinto

Dear UC Community,

The year 2021 will be upheld as among the most significant years in the history of the University of Cincinnati. Though we were largely locked down and forced apart during the first half of the year, the last half of 2021 brought us together like never before. 

Our first large-scale gathering took place under blue skies in April when our graduates and their loved ones were able to celebrate inside Nippert Stadium for the first of three in-person commencement ceremonies this year. What an incredible joy to see our spaces re-energized by our students, faculty, staff and community during fall semester. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we landed another record class by welcoming the largest-ever enrollment at our Uptown campus.

No single day in recent memory stands out quite like September 10, the day we accepted an invite to the Big 12; announced signature investments in diversity, equity and inclusion; and celebrated the renaming of a building to honor a powerful bond between a student and his mentor. We also continued to make significant progress with our Next Lives Here strategic direction, including the launch of Research 2030, as we strive toward leading urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact.

I know all of you join me in congratulating our undefeated Bearcats who became the first-ever non-Power 5 team invited to the College Football Playoff. I look forward to cheering them on versus Alabama on New Year’s Eve. 

As we set our sights on 2022, I wish you all happy holidays.

Year in Review: 2021


'Unforgettable weekend': GameDay, Homecoming help Bearcats make...

November 9, 2021

The University of Cincinnati was in the national spotlight with ESPN’s College GameDay and Good Morning America featuring the UC Bearcat football team's rise in football ranking. UC defeated the University of Tulsa on the football field during Homecoming.


A milestone centennial

March 8, 2021

In 1920, UC became the first university in the nation to open cooperative education — founded at UC in 1906 — to women.

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Year in Videos

Record high enrollment at UC’s Uptown campus

Year of Discovery


Study uncovers clues to COVID-19 using MRI, CT

March 12, 2021

For the first time, a visual correlation has been found between the severity of COVID-19 in the lungs using CT scans and the severity of effects on patient’s brains, using MRI scans, according to a new UC study.


UC opioid study identifies at-risk populations in America

May 26, 2021

A new study by the University of Cincinnati finds that fatal opiate overdoses are most prevalent in six states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee. Researchers identified 25 hot spots of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study demonstrates how both widespread and localized the problem of substance use disorders can be.


New UC telehealth drone makes house calls

March 15, 2021

Three colleges at the University of Cincinnati collaborated to develop a semi-autonomous drone that can be dispatched right to people’s homes. The drones are big enough to carry medicine or medical supplies but small enough to maneuver the tight confines of a home using navigational algorithms developed by UC engineers so patients can talk face to face to their doctors or pharmacists.


UC reactor makes Martian fuel

September 22, 2021

UC College of Engineering and Applied Science assistant professor Jingjie Wu and his students used a carbon catalyst in a reactor to convert carbon dioxide into methane. The new processes promise to help scientists address climate change and provide fuel for astronauts traveling back from Mars.

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$95 million
Annual fundraising (2020-21)

For more on the power of giving, UC Foundation's 2021 Annual Report can be viewed here.



Messer Construction Co. supports diversity programming at UC...

March 5, 2021

Messer Construction Co. is partnering with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and UC Health to establish two funds that support diversity and inclusion programs. This contribution represents Messer’s philanthropic culture and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. “As an employee-owned company, this investment truly


Scholarship makes law school possible for UC student

August 26, 2021

When Damon Davis, a third-year University of Cincinnati College of Law student and Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) fellow, works with individuals in the prison system, he says he can relate—except for one important factor.


UC Day of Giving a success

April 28, 2021

University of Cincinnati Day of Giving’s 24-hour challenge was a tremendous success this year, raising $2,219,197 with 3,232 gifts. The fourth annual UC Day of Giving raised its most money to date with alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff joining together to support UC and UC Health.

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CREDITS: Digital Design by Kerry Overstake. Top video by Andrew Higley. Image of University Pavilion by Gabrielle Ramsay.