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University of Cincinnati

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About the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati (UC) was founded in 1870 by order of the city of Cincinnati. Its roots started in 1819, when Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were founded, and those two institutions later became part of UC. In 1977, UC officially joined the university system of Ohio. Today, the university's 473-acre campus serves as the scholastic home to over 42,000 students.

U.S. News & World Report ranked UC 139th among the top tier of U.S. Universities and 70th among public universities in 2012. The university is classified as a Research University by the Carnegie Commission and has been ranked as one of the top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation.


The University of Cincinnati offers around 308 academic programs via 14 colleges (includes graduate schools). The degree in registered nursing is the most popular bachelor's degree offered at UC, while the most popular master's degree is in criminal justice/safety studies. Students may participate in special learning opportunities that include: ROTC (Army or Air Force), teacher certification, weekend/evening college, and study-abroad programs.

UC offers distance-learning opportunities to students as well. Degree programs available include 2 associate degree options, 5 bachelor's degree options, and 6 master's degree options that may be completed entirely online, including a track of online master's degree options in nursing. Individual courses and certificate programs are available as well.


The University of Cincinnati evaluates a prospective student's class ranking and grade point average during the admissions granting process. A college-preparatory program is recommended as well, and the university requires all undergraduate applicants to take the SAT or ACT. The application fee is $50 and may be submitted online.

While outside of the classroom, students may participate in a variety of activities including athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, cultural/ethnic, and social events, to name a few. The Princeton Review named UC as one of the nation's top green campuses in 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Resident tuition and fees at the University of Cincinnati are around $10,784 for the 2012-2013 school year, while tuition for non-residents is roughly $25,816. These expenses do not include books, room and board, transportation, or other expenses; therefore, prospective students are encouraged to budget accordingly during the planning process.

Housing is available via 8 single-student residential facilities that can accommodate approximately 4,000 students. Private apartments and facilities are also available within walking distance of the campus. Estimated housing costs for 2011-2012 are $9,702.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting City: large**
Student Body About 32,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduates in 2011-2012*
Student Housing Available; 8 single-student residential facilities*
Schools and Programs 308 programs via 14 colleges*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Registered nursing (343)
Master's: Criminal justice/Safety studies (326)
Doctorate: Medicine (155)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 cohort 20% in four years
55% in six years
58% in eight years**
Admission Rate 65% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 4,325 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 85% (full-time students)
32% (part-time students) in 2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 25% of admitted students scored 1260 or above (Critical Reading & Math) in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date November 1 or February 1 depending on program and semester start selected*
Decision Notification Date December 1 for November deadline; May 1 for February deadline
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013 are roughly $10,784 for OH residents and $25,816 for non-residents (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (24%), state/local grant aid (15%), institutional grant aid (53%), loan (62%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 83%**

Sources: *University of Cincinnati; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063
  • Phone: (513) 556-6000
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