UC Facts


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 as well as Olympic gold medalist runner Mary Wineberg; 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. Others include Austin Allison, creator of Dotloop and U.S. diplomat Pamela Bridgewater.

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.


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.



  • 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, reillymb@ucmail.uc.edu


Tuition & Fees


Ohio  Resident, undergraduate, per academic year:    $11,000

Out of State, undergraduate, per academic year:        $26,334

Ohio Resident, graduate, per acadeic year:                   $14,468

Out of State, graduate, per academic year:                  $26,210

Room & Board, per academic year:    $ 11,340 to 12,822depending on room type and occupancy.



The University of Cincinnati attracts students from all 50 of the United States and from 114 countries outside the U.S.

Total Enrollment
  Undergraduate: 34,819
  Graduate & Professional:
Full Time Undergraduate:


  Graduate & Professional: 






  Graduate & Professional: 




  African American: 









  International 3,557 7.7%
  Two or more races 1,537 3.3%
  Unknown 1,417 3.1%
  White 31,934 69.5%
Ohio Residents    











Unknown: 0.3%

On-Campus Residents  


Average Age  




Student / Faculty Ratio




Programs of Study

Associate (A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., etc.)


Baccalaureate (B.S., B.A.,BSW, etc.)


Master’s (M.A., M.S., MBA, etc.)


Doctoral (Ph.D., D.Sc., etc.)


Professional (MD, JD)






Minors 68
Graduate Certificates 78




University of Cincinnati Libraries

13 Library locations

  • Holdings: 4.3 million volumes; 1.5 million e-books.
  • Use: 1.94 million annual visitors; 106,000 annual items circulated; 35,000 annual reference transactions; 2 million full-text article downloads annually.


Personnel Data
(September 2018)

(includes affiliates and volunteers)

  • Faculty Full Time: 3,039
  • Faculty Part Time: 3,768
  • Staff Full Time: 3,751
  • Staff Part Time: 436
  • Total (Without students): 10,994 
  • Student Workers and Graduate Assistants: 7,067
  • Grand Total :18,061


Annual Payroll

Calendar Year 2017: $628,146,366.03


Annual Budget

General Funds  $667.5 million
Restricted Funds      $301.5million
Designated Funds  $206.3 million
Auxiliaries  $149.1 million
Total  $1.324 billion


(December 2017)

$1.38 billion (77th largest of 818 in U.S. and Canada)


Annual Giving 



External Grants & Contracts

$424,248,316 (including affiliates)


Community Engagement Impact 

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.

Economic Impact 

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.


U.S. News & World Report Rankings

In September 2018, the University of Cincinnati was again named in the Top Tier of the country’s “Best National Universities,” placing at 147 in the special issue carrying the 2019 rankings. UC is ranked at 75 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 20 schools for co-ops and internships. UC students earn a collective $66 million annually, working in more than 7,000 co-op placements for about 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.

In addition, UC has numerous programs ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation. And UC is listed among national universities with substantial economic diversity as measured by the percentage of undergraduates (38 percent) receiving federal Pell Grants for low-income students.

Importantly, UC is also listed among those national universities with a healthy retention rate (87 percent) for the four- year period tracked by these rankings. (UC’s current retention rate is now actually higher - at 88 percent.)

In the U.S. News global rankings (released in October 2016), UC placed at No. 200 globally. The ranking is based on the institution’s global and regional research reputation, publications, books, conferences and more.


University-wide rankings

  • Top 20 — Cooperative Education, 2018
  • 75 — Top public school, 2019
  • 102 — Best colleges for veterans, 2019
  • 130 — Best value schools, 2019
  • 209 — High school counselor rankings, 2018

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


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


Campus Acreage Gross SF Number of Buildings

Center Hill Research Facility




Clermont College




Victory Parkway Campus




Reading Campus




UC Blue Ash College




UC East




Uptown Campus East




Uptown Campus West




1819 Innovation Hub









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; and the 1819 Innovation Hub renovation.

Ongoing/upcoming projects: Radiation Safety Building, Wherry Hall; Carl H. Lindner College of Business; Fifth Third Arena renovation; Health Sciences Building renovation; Faculty Enrichment Center (Langsam Library); Clermont College utility plant; Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies exterior; UC Blue Ash Muntz Hall and College of Law.