What are the 10 most popular college majors at UC?

The University of Cincinnati offers an education that’s both rigorous and relevant. As the global founder of cooperative education, real-world experience is at the center of a UC education.

Consistently ranked top 5 in the nation for co-op/internships by U.S. News & World Report, UC puts education into action across every academic program. From co-op and study abroad to artistic performances and portfolios, UC students graduate with a degree and a resume.

Offering more than 300 majors and 100 certificate programs, the opportunities are endless.

These are the most popular majors among current UC students:

10. Psychology

Psychology majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring all phases of human life. In this program, students embrace all aspects of the human experience, focusing on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Graduates will be prepared for roles in counseling, human resources or research.

9. Nursing

Prepare to lead on the front lines of hands-on patient care with UC's direct-admission Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As part of the UC Academic Health Center, our clinical partners include a Level I trauma center, Level III obstetric unit, the nation’s best pediatric hospital and multiple outpatient surgery centers and community hospitals.

8. Criminal Justice

UC's Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with an understanding of criminal offending and the criminal justice process. Consistently ranked among the Best Criminal Justice Schools by U.S. News & World Report, students explore criminology, law enforcement and criminal law, paving the way for careers in the police force, criminal investigation and even the U.S. Secret Service.

7. Information Technology (IT)

The Information Technology program prepares students to build their expertise by focusing on important IT concepts that are needed to thrive in the IT industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in IT occupations is projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. From programming to cybersecurity, this major prepares students for high-demand roles as software developers, system administrators or cybersecurity analysts.

6. Health Sciences

UC's Health Sciences programs allow students to embrace a diverse range of disciplines, with each track designed to prepare you for a specific career field and/or graduate program. Students will receive the education and skills to pursue a variety of careers or graduate degrees within the health care field, including athletic training, medical school, pharmacy, physical therapy and more.

5. Finance

Finance is an analytical discipline focusing on critical decisions faced by individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students will learn how to analyze financial markets, investment strategies and risk management, opening doors to careers in banking, investment management and corporate finance.

4. Interdisciplinary Studies

Have a major in mind that you don't see listed among the program finder? You're not alone. Every college journey is unique, and here students can tailor their experience to match their vision. This unique academic path allows students the opportunity to create their own major. To succeed, students must be highly motivated, goal-oriented and enjoy working independently.

3. Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering students gain knowledge to design, manufacture, and operate machines and mechanical systems that work in a safe and efficient fashion to advance today’s society. The program tackles design, manufacturing and energy systems, preparing graduates for roles in aerospace, automotive, energy and robotics.

2. Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences students explore the wonders of life. From genetics to ecology, students gain insights into living organisms, paving the way for careers in research, health care and environmental science.

The #1 most popular major: Marketing

When pursuing a future in marketing, students combine creativity and strategic thinking to help businesses provide products and services that satisfy customers. UC's program covers consumer behavior, market research and digital marketing, setting the stage for roles in advertising, brand management and market research.

Choosing a major

It’s one of the most impactful questions you’ll ask yourself as you prepare for college life. Check out our guide to choosing the right major or complete this quiz to be matched with your best-fit majors.

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