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University of Cincinnati (UC) is one of the top 25 public research universities in the United States. Located in Ohio on what is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, the University of Cincinnati is ranked among the best national universities in 2010 by "US News and World Report" magazine.  The UC has also been named a "green university" by the Princeton Review.

Among its notable alumni are Joseph B. Strauss, who designed San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and George Rieveschl, who invented Benadryl, the world's first antihistamine. Albert Sabin, another UC graduate, developed the first oral polio vaccine.


Founded in 1819 as the Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio, which merged around 1870 to become the University of Cincinnati. The first "Cooperative Education" program was established at UC in 1906. In 1977, the University of Cincinnati joined the University System of Ohio.


The academic calendar of the University of Cincinnati currently follows the quarter system, but will be transitioning to the semester system in the fall of 2012. Students may contact their academic advisors for assistance and guidance for successful semester conversion of academic units.

UC has 308 programs of study, and offers 49 Associate's, 103 undergraduate, 152 graduate and four professional degrees.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Cincinnati's 14 colleges and schools are:

  • McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • Clermont College
  • College-Conservatory of Music
  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Raymond Walters College
  • Graduate School

Student Life

Many choices for on-campus housing are offered at UC, including suite-style living, lifestyle floors (where you live with students from major, athletic team or honors program), and more.  There are also numerous dining venues on the UC campus, including a Starbucks café and vegetarian options.

The Student Life Offices on the UC campus offers many resources and choices of clubs, groups, organizations and leadership opportunities including the African American Cultural & Resource Center, Bearcat Bands, Early Learning Center, Women's Center, Greek Leaders Council, Student Government, and more.


The University of Cincinnati has several traditions, including its bearcat mascot, Lucy.  The former bearcat mascot, Alice, was a fixture at UC's home athletics games for more than 12 years.  Since 1008, Lucy has attended many "Bearcat" sporting events.


The Cincinnati "Bearcats" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports and they have won many national championships.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main, Cincinnati Uptown Campus, the University of Cincinnati has several satellite campuses in the Cincinnati area:

  • Cincinnati Uptown Campus: Uptown East Campus; Uptown West Campus
  • Clermont Campus
  • Medical Campus
  • Raymond Walters Campus
  • Reading Campus
  • Victory Parkway Campus

Community Life

The Campus Recreation Center (CRC) is located on UC's Uptown Campus and is open to students, employees and the community for recreation and fitness.  Many amenities are available, and events and activities at the CRC include guest lectures, parties, team-building events and sports tournaments. The Uptown East Campus offers recreation and exercise facilities at The Fitness Center.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers excellent productions in drama, musical theatre and opera for students and community members.  The CCM's annual Mainstage Series is a big attraction for the local community.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students UC accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting into UC.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading500 - 620
SAT ® Math520 - 640
SAT ® Writing480 - 590
SAT ® Total Score1500 - 1850

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English22 - 27
ACT ® Math23 - 27
ACT ® Composite Score22 - 27

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UC

The chances of getting into University of Cincinnati can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions11,048 (65%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled4,300 (39%)

Student Enrollment

University of Cincinnati has a total student population of about 32,000, with undergraduate students making up about 70% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,100. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $9,100-$11,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $24,000-$28,990
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $380-$460 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,000-$1,200 per unit

UC contains multiple schools that oversee specific programs and their respective curriculums. These schools may also have varying admissions procedures and tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Medical School (Tuition: $28,000/yr)
  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $14,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $22,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid83%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships58%$7,287
Receiving Student Loans62%$5,743

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 5%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of Cincinnati may offer services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of University of Cincinnati is around 50%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years17%
Graduating in 5 Years23%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Nurse Midwifery Education Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Cincinnati is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big East Conference)
  • Basketball (Big East Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big East Conference)
  • Football (Big East Conference)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Nursing (B)
  • Medicine (D)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (B, C)
  • Communication Disorders (B, D, M)
  • Pharmacy (D, M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B)
  • Women's Health Nurse (C, M)
  • Nursing Midwifery (M)
  • Dietetics (B, C, M)
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (B, M)
  • Adult Health Nursing (M)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (M)
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling (B, C)
  • Family Practice Nurse (C, M)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (B)
  • Physical Therapy (D)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (M)
  • Medical Scientist (C, M)
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (M)
  • Nursing Administration (M)
  • Public Health (M)
  • Athletic Training (B)
  • Pediatric Nurse (M)
  • Public Health Education and Promotion (M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (D)
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (D)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (M)
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene (M)
  • Public Health, Community Nurse (M)
  • Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nurse (M)
  • Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse (C, M)
  • Nursing Education (C)

Security and Protective Services

Communications and Journalism

Business and Marketing Studies


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B, D, M)
  • Physiology (M)
  • Molecular Biology (D)
  • Human Genetics (M)
  • Neuroscience (B, D)
  • Molecular Medicine (D, M)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (D, M)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Developmental Biology and Embryology (D, M)
  • Environmental Toxicology (M)
  • Immunology (D, M)
  • Biostatistics (M)
  • Toxicology (D, M)
  • Pharmacology (D, M)
  • Cell Physiology (D)
  • Epidemiology (D, M)



  • Kindergarten and Preschool Education (A, B, C, M)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (M)
  • Special Education (B, D, M)
  • Middle School Education (B, M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (C, D, M)
  • Health Teacher Education (B, D, M)
  • Secondary Education (B, M)
  • Education, Teaching Individuals with Hearing Impairments (C)
  • Reading Teacher Education (C, D, M)
  • Art Teacher Education (M)
  • Education (C)
  • Music Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (D, M)
  • Teaching English As Second Language Instructor (C)
  • Guidance Counselor (D)
  • Educational Administration (D)
  • Educational Assessment, Testing and Measurement (C)
  • Science Teacher Education (M)

Public Administration and Social Services

Legal Professions and Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Music Performance (B, D, M)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B, M)
  • Fashion Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Voice and Opera (B, D, M)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology (B, M)
  • Art History (B, C, M)
  • Piano and Organ (B, D, M)
  • Design and Applied Arts (M)
  • Music Management (M)
  • Dance (B)
  • Conducting (D, M)
  • Music Theory and Composition (B, D, M)
  • Music (B)
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory (B)


English Language and Literature

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, C, M)
  • Museum Studies (C)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation (C)

Social Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences


Physical Sciences

Engineering Technology

  • Civil Engineering Technology (A)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A, B)
  • Architectural Engineering Technology (A)
  • Mechanical Technology Technician (A)
  • Manufacturing Technology (A)
  • Computer Engineering Technology (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (C)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, C, M)
  • Arabic Language and Literature (C)
  • German Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (D)
  • French Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (C)
  • Hebrew Language and Literature (B)
  • Ancient Greek Language and Literature (C)
  • Linguistics (B)
  • Italian Language and Literature (C)

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies (B, D, M)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Human Development, Family Studies (C)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (B, M)
  • African-American Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (B, C)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B)
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority and Gender Studies (C)
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies (C)
  • European Civilization Studies (C)

Science Technology

  • Chemical Technology (A, B)

Agriculture Operations

  • Horticultural Science (B, C)

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

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