History in Brief
The University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s premier urban research university, traces its origins to 1819 and is celebrating 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.
In 1906, the University of Cincinnati created the first cooperative education program in the world, and today, our students earn a collective $66 million annually via their co-op work placements.
For many years, the University of Cincinnati 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 UC joined the university system of Ohio.
Today, the University of Cincinnati is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission, and is ranked at No. 37 among U.S. public research universities by the National Science Foundation, as UC and its affiliates earned just over $424 million in FY2018 research funding.
U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges; The Chronicle of Higher Education has called UC a “research heavyweight,” 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.
The New York Times, Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have all highlighted UC as one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. In 2015, The New York Times Magazine contained an eight-page spread of images on the university’s architecture, calling the dramatic campus renovation of the past quarter century “the most ambitious campus-design program in the country.”
University of Cincinnati Faculty & Alumni
Among the historic faculty or alumni of the University of Cincinnati are found President and later Chief Justice William Howard Taft; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; Nobel Peace Prize winner and U.S. Vice President Charles G. Dawes; Joseph Strauss, chief engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge; Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Walt Handelsman; Doris Twitchell Allen, founder of Children’s International Summer Village; astronaut Neil Armstrong; soprano Kathleen Battle; prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell; Tony Award winner Faith Prince; Cleveland Abbe, whose work at UC led to the National Weather Service; Eula Bingham, environmental scientist and one-time head of OSHA; author Thomas Berger (Little Big Man, Neighbors); sports greats Sandy Koufax, Kevin Youkilis, Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman and Tony Trabert; architect Michael Graves; artists Tom Wesselmann and Gilbert Young; 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. The number of living alumni of the University (2017) is counted at more than 300,000 with approximately half (more than 140,000) residing in the greater Cincinnati area.
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.
- William C. "Wym" Portman III, Chair, Board of Trustees
- Neville Pinto, President
For more information about UC, contact: M.B. Reilly, Director of Public Relations (513) 556-1824, email@example.com