A year in review

A message from the president

As we reach the end of another record-setting year at the University of Cincinnati, I’d like to extend my deepest appreciation for the role you play in our Bearcats community. 

The year 2022 has been full of reasons to celebrate. We also faced difficult challenges together. It is through this togetherness that we emerge stronger as students, faculty, staff and alumni ready to face 2023 with excitement and resolve. 

I’m thrilled that our institution is fulfilling the educational needs of more students than ever. This fall, we enrolled nearly 48,000 students, an all-time high. UC’s star is rising, and applications for next year are up more than 25%. This growth in enrollment is necessary to meet our mission to educate a larger number of our citizens. 

We are also setting records for diversity at UC, with students of color representing 25.5% of our student body. In August, we welcomed 4,251 international students from 121 countries — the most in our history. 

We also continue to offer programs that expand opportunities for our students. For example, the second cohort of NEXT Innovation Scholars are now here. And the first group of Marian Spencer Scholars from Cincinnati Public Schools are pursuing their educational dreams at UC. 

In September, we opened our stunning new Digital Futures building in the Cincinnati Innovation District by inviting the larger community to see the innovative spaces that are home to 20 interdisciplinary research teams who are focused on solving problems that matter to our society. UC secured a No. 26 ranking among public universities from the Center for Measuring University Performance, driven by our impressive growth in external research funding, which is now a record $551 million. 

Our successes are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to meet the needs of our students. I believe to my core that the NEXT generation of society’s leaders are studying on our campuses today. 

In other words, “Next Lives Here.”

As we set our sights on 2023, I wish you all happy holidays. 

UC News Stories

Jack Miner speaking to gymnasium filled with high school students with announcement about Marian Spencer Scholar admittance

Inaugural class of Marian Spencer Scholars announced

February 8, 2022

Four Student Portraits

Young, gifted and Black

February 24, 2022

Window view from Wellness Center

UC celebrates grand opening of Student Wellness Center

March 24, 2022

Co-op student working on car model design

National rankings highlight UC’s co-op program, innovation

September 12, 2022

Ribbon cutting at bottom of stairs in the new College of Law Building

UC Law celebrates a new beginning with a move to the heart of Uptown campus

September 18, 2022

Digital Futures ribbon cutting with Cincinnati Mayor and Lieutenant Governor in front of large crowd

UC celebrates Digital Futures grand opening

September 23, 2022

Line of Champagne glasses etched with a UC Clermont's 50 year celebratory mark to commemorate college and celebration

UC Clermont celebrates 50 years

September 29, 2022

Image of the drones creating the Blink eye logo shape over the Cincinnati River with the Kentucky skyline and Roebling bridge in the background

CCM alumnus and students help produce BLINK 2022

October 21, 2022

Calm app badge overlayed on calming landscape of mountain and water

Investing in mental wellness: UC students and employees receive free premium subscription to Calm App

October 22, 2022

UC geologist Daniel Sturmer uses Raman spectroscopy to learn more about a painting titled Crucifixion at the Taft Museum of Art.

UC works with art museums to identify fakes and forgeries

December 6, 2022

Year in Video


record high enrollment

Year of Research & Discovery


Wireless sensor fits like a second skin

August 18, 2022

A University of Cincinnati electrical engineer has created a new flexible skin sensor that fits like a Band-Aid to monitor your health wirelessly without bulky electronics. Unlike previous generations of wearable sensors, the design has no rigid parts and relies on surface acoustic wave technology to transmit health data wirelessly.


Life on Mars

July 11, 2022

The first year of the Perseverance rover mission on Mars captured the imaginations of scientists and the public alike with an interplanetary helicopter flight and the first chance to hear the sounds of the red planet. But two students at the University of Cincinnati say the best is yet to come in year two as the rover and their NASA science team begin in earnest to look for ancient life on another planet.


Bearcats at the zoo

October 31, 2022

University of Cincinnati students and faculty get a chance to work on global wildlife conservation projects with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, considered one of the best zoos in North America.


School of rocks

September 20, 2022

A group of UC Geology graduate students, faculty and alumni saw billions of years of the Earth's history on a field trip to Northern Minnesota and the Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada region in early August 2022.


Using light to restore cell function

August 2, 2022

The University of Cincinnati's Jiajie Diao, PhD, and colleagues have published new research in the journal Nature Communications showing light-activated proteins can help normalize dysfunction within cells.

Query for this

$145 million

Record Annual Giving to NEXT/NOW Campaign

next lives here