University of Cincinnati

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PO Box 210063

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063

Phone: (513) 556-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Cincinnati is a public institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,598 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Cincinnati's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 135. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,784 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,816 (2013-14).

The University of Cincinnati is a public school that offers hundreds of programs of study, including graduate degrees in business, law and engineering. The university also has several highly ranked fine arts and health master's programs. Located just east of the uptown campus, the UC Academic Health Center is home to four colleges, patient-care facilities and major research laboratories. This center is famed for offering the first nursing bachelor's degrees in 1916 and developing the first live, attenuated polio vaccine in the 1960s.

UC students today have much to do in and outside of the classroom. They can explore more than 300 campus organizations, join Greek life or educate themselves in the Racial Awareness Program (RAPP). Student athletes can get involved at the intramural or club sport level or try out for one of the many Cincinnati Bearcats varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Notable alumni include Joseph Strauss, who designed the Golden Gate Bridge, and Abe Bookman, who invented the Magic 8-Ball toy.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Students looking for real-world experience on a dynamic campus flourish at the University of Cincinnati. As the new, urban research university for the 21st century, UC is fully engaged with its community, in a region boasting 11 Fortune 500 companies, and "a city that rocks", according to Esquire magazine. As the founder of cooperative education, UC has led the nation in linking education to the workplace and the community. Beyond co-op, UC connects through partnerships, service learning, and research. UC offers more than 250 undergraduate degree programs, many nationally renowned, providing many pathways to success for motivated students.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1819
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $834,928,963


When applying to University of Cincinnati, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Cincinnati is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.1%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Cincinnati is 16:1, and the school has 43.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Cincinnati include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; Visual and Performing Arts; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 24%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Engineering 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Education 8%

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Student Life

University of Cincinnati has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,598, with a gender distribution of 48.1 percent male students and 51.9 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus. University of Cincinnati is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 31,798
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Cincinnati offers a number of student services including women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Cincinnati also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Cincinnati.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Cincinnati, 58.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,561.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,784 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $25,816 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,170 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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