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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the UC Alumni Association all about? What does it do?

The UC Alumni Association helps alumni become more connected:

  • with each other
  • with their university
  • with services and opportunities that enhance their UC alumni experience

Is there a fee to join the Alumni Association?

The UCAA has not operated under a donor-based membership model since Fall of 2010. Rather, every UC alum, without paying a fee, is part of the UC family through the Alumni Association upon graduation. The UCAA is designed to represent and serve everyone in the UC family, meaning all alumni have access to the association’s full range of programs and services. Please see the full Q&A about the UCAA model change for additional information.

What is the UC Alumni Association’s definition of “alumni”?

An alumnus or alumna is anyone who has attended the university for at least an academic quarter. You do not need to be a graduate in order to be considered a UC alum.

What is the difference between the UC Alumni Association and alumni associations for certain groups, such as my college, or Honors grads, or young alumni, or alums who live the same city as me?

The UC Alumni Association is the overarching organization for all UC alumni. It works in collaboration with other alumni groups to enhance everyone’s alumni experience. Some alumni feel their strongest affinity to UC comes through certain specific groups, while others feel their primary connection is with the university as a whole. Either way, they benefit from supporting and being involved through the UC Alumni Association as the central point for all of UC’s alumni relations efforts.

Is the UC Alumni Association involved in fundraising?

The UC Foundation is charged with the specific, critical role of cultivating financial gifts to the university from alumni, friends, corporations and other donors. On the large scale, it provides the private funding that enables UC to keep doing great things, especially as direct support from the State of Ohio declines. And it has recently launched Proudly Cincinnati, the most ambitious campaign in UC’s history.

The UC Alumni Association’s role is to encourage and facilitate engagement by alumni — with each other and their university — in whatever ways are most meaningful to them. That can be through attending events, participating in networks, volunteering, contributing financially, etc.

However, the UC Alumni Association needs dedicated private funding to sustain and enhance its important work. Therefore, a philanthropic program is in place to cultivate ongoing support through annual gifts, while major gifts are also sought to elevate the Alumni Association’s performance and impact.

What is the best way for UC alumni to network with each other?

Many alumni say the best way to network is to simply be involved — attend events, volunteer, take part in activities on campus or in the community, participate in the UC regional alumni network in their area, etc.

Leveraging online opportunities, the UC Alumni Association oversees pages/groups on Facebook and Linkedin, and has many followers on Twitter. In addition, the UC Alumni Association offers inCircle, the free e-community exclusively for UC alumni and students.

How do I contact fellow alumni, or submit updates about an alum’s success and/or professional recognition?

The best alternative for sharing good news or finding fellow alumni is through social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and inCircle. The UC Alumni Association’s available communications channels operate at the all-university level and aren’t conducive to announcements about individual alumni, so an option may be to contact your college or student/alumni constituent group and inquire about their communications opportunities.

If I don’t live in the Cincinnati area, how do I find out if there are other UC alumni living in my area?

The UC Alumni Association coordinates about 35 regional alumni networks from coast to coast and around the world. You’re encouraged to contact your network leader(s) to learn what UC alumni are doing in your area and get involved.

How can the UC Alumni Association help me with career development, job search and professional networking?

The UC Alumni Association, in partnership with the College of Business, has launched CareerToolsPlus, a powerful and comprehensive online resource for career management and job search. It was created by Lee Hecht Harrison, one of the world's top providers of career management services. And CareerToolsPlus is FREE to all UC alumni.

In addition, many jobs are posted the UCAA Linkedin official job board, by companies that are specifically interested in hiring UC alums.

Of course, given the interactive nature of UC family, simply being an actively engaged alum can easily lead to career-related opportunities.

What insurance programs and discounts are available through the UC Alumni Association, and how do I learn if I qualify?

The UC Alumni Association partners with several insurance providers to leverage the size of the UC community for high-quality services and competitive rates. Contact the individual providers for specific information.

How do I get to the Myers Alumni Center on campus?

Click here for directions to UC and a campus map.

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