University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati


Located 1.5 miles from the center of downtown Cincinnati (a metropolitan area with more than 2 million people), the University of Cincinnati is the second largest public institution in Ohio with more than 44,000 students. We invented cooperative education (co-op) in 1906; our focus on experiential learning is one unique – and well known -- aspect of our university. With real-world experience implemented in all 300+ programs, Cincinnati is the perfect choice for students looking to graduate not only with a degree, but a resume filled with relevant, hands-on experience. Cincinnati students also benefit from small class sizes and an 18:1 student/teacher ratio, which allows students to build meaningful relationships with their professors and peers. Campus tours are offered most weekdays and Saturdays. Come see for yourself why Forbes says we are "One of the world's most beautiful campuses."

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

First-Year Experience & Transition First Generation Theme Housing/Program

Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, Gen-1 is a groundbreaking University of Cincinnati program that is the nation's first living-learning community to focus on first-generation college students. The Gen-1 Theme House is a residence hall providing freshmen and upperclassmen with a structured environment in which to live, learn, and work. The Gen-1 Program helps first-generation, Pell-eligible students transition from high school into college, increasing their likelihood of successfully completing their freshman year and earning a degree. By helping these students achieve academic, personal, and social success, this program transforms lives and enhances our community. Learn more about First Generation Theme Housing/Program

Scholars & Leadership McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

The ultimate goal of the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds obtaining their doctorates. The University of Cincinnati works closely with McNair Program participants, using the following services: Academic Counseling (goal setting to complete the undergraduate degree as well as an action plan for graduate school entrance and completion) Assistance in obtaining Financial Aid Mentoring Program Research Opportunities Seminars and Workshops Summer Internships Tutoring McNair Scholars are expected to enroll in the McNair Seminar each semester through their junior year. Scholars conduct research and write a research paper during the summer between their 3rd and 4th year. The program continues to work with the student on the graduate school application process. Learn more about McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

Academic Advising & Support Academic Success and Support Services

Academic Excellence and Support Services (AESS) offices provide integrative resources to empower students to achieve academic success during and after their time at UC. With a focus on access and inclusion, they act as service providers, advocates, and mentors for UC students and the broader community. Disability Services The Disability Services Office is dedicated to empowering students with disabilities through the delivery of reasonable accommodations and support services by bridging post-secondary education with future real-world experiences. Learning Assistance Center The Learning Assistance Center helps University of Cincinnati students become engaged and empowered learners. Our undergraduate and graduate student staff are hired through a competitive selection process. Their goal is to help students become the best student they can be, whether through one-on-one tutoring, personal coaching, or Supplemental Instruction. The LAC offers an array of innovative programs designed to support student driven learning and academic excellence. Learn more about Academic Success and Support Services

Student Life & Support Ethnic Programs and Services

EPS encourages academic excellence, positive social interaction, cultural enrichment, student leadership development and community service. We value each and every contact with members of the university community and see every interaction as an opportunity to encourage positive relationships. EPS strives to actively promote the mission of the University by advancing the growth, matriculation, recruiting and retention of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American students. EPS provides a welcoming atmosphere where students can study, relax and experience a home away from home. We assist in educating the university community through innovative programming that embodies customs and traditions of students of color. We provide a receptive atmosphere where the university community can socially interact, intellectually engage and culturally connect. The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program (formerly known as the Minority Scholars Program) was established in 1976 to honor an African American student who, at the age of 16, was the youngest person ever to graduate from the University of Cincinnati. The Office of Ethnic Programs & Services offers this scholarship program to promote academic excellence, foster diversity and provide leadership opportunities to incoming students. In addition to providing full-tuition funding, Darwin T. Turner Scholars are expected to participate in programs and activities designed to improve their intellectual, personal and professional development. Learn more about Ethnic Programs and Services

Student Life & Support African American Cultural and Resource Center

The African American Cultural & Resource Center (AACRC) supports the mission of the university by recruiting and retaining students of diverse identities at the University of Cincinnati. The AACRC’s primary focus is to address the academic, social, spiritual, and cultural needs of the African American student population. The AACRC values each contact and interaction as an opportunity to encourage positive relationships, personal growth, and cultural awareness. The Center values the robust collaboration within the division, in addition to an array or partnerships within academic affairs. The influence of the AACRC does not stop at the perimeter of the campus, but touches the Greater Cincinnati community, as well as many communities across the United States. Transitions is a first-year student experience that uses a "Rites of Passage" curriculum to increase retention and graduation rates for African American students at the University of Cincinnati. The program assists students with their adjustment to college by providing workshops, mentorships, and other social and academic activities to ensure that all participants successful adjust to college. Transitions students are connected to faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university in order to provide a network of support, and to provide them means to establish their UC family. Program Objectives: Retain and Matriculate Black Students, Nurture and Develop Cultural Foundations, Develop of Leadership Skills, Provide Community Service Opportunities, Provide Scholarship Opportunities, Develop an Affinity for the University of Cincinnati. Learn more about African American Cultural and Resource Center

Student Diversity

  • 25,054
  • 50/50
  • 27%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 71%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 5%

Student Success

  • 88%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 66%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 80%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • n/a
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 2,767
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 18:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Marketing; Psychology; Criminal Justice; Nursing; Communications; Accounting; Finance; Mechanical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Biological Sciences; Industrial Design; Electrical Engineering; Civil Engineering

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Student Association, Black Student Association, Cariba Caribbean Student Association, Colors of Pride, Cultural Connections, Latinos En Accion, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Student Association, Shades of You, Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans, South Asian American Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $26,332
  • $11,000
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $10,964
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $47,911,904
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $11,889
    Average aid package
  • $27,677
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 23%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 79%
    Students with financial need
  • 75%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 62%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 20,155
    # of applicants
  • 75%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 510—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 530—660
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 12/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/01
    Early action application closing date