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About the University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati (commonly referred to as UC or Cincinnati) is a comprehensive public research university in Cincinnati, in the U.S. state of Ohio, and a part of the University System of Ohio.
Founded in 1819 as Cincinnati College, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Cincinnati and has an annual enrollment of over 44,000 students, making it the second largest university in Ohio and one of the 50 largest universities in the United States.In the 2010 survey by Times Higher Education (UK), the university was ranked in the top 100 universities in North America and as one of the top 200 in the world. Beginning with the 2011 edition of the U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" rankings, the University of Cincinnati has been ranked as a Tier One university, ranking as the 140th National University and 71st Top Public University in the 2016 rankings. This includes being the number 3 ranked university in the nation in the "Up-and-Coming" National Universities section of the 2014 edition. In 2011-2012 academic year the Leiden University ranking put the University of Cincinnati at the 93rd place globally and at the 63rd place in North America by the proportion of top-cited publications. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC in the top 200 of universities worldwide.
The university garners roughly $400 million per annum in research funding, ranking 22nd among public universities in the United States. Numerous programs across the university are nationally ranked, including: aerospace engineering, anthropology, architecture, classics, composition, conducting, cooperative education, criminal justice, design, environmental science, law, medicine, music, musical theater, neurology, nursing, opera, otolaryngology, paleontology, pediatrics, and pharmacy.
The school offers over 100 bachelor's degrees, over 300 degree-granting programs, and over 600 total programs of study, ranging from certificates to doctoral and first professional education. With an economic impact of over $3.5 billion per year, it is the largest single employer in Greater Cincinnati. After extensive renovations through the implementation of the 1989 Master Plan, the university has been recognized by campus planners and architects as one of the most distinguished campus settings in the world.
College of Allied Health Science
The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) began as the Center for Health-Related Programs in 1995 and was granted college status in March of 1998. CAHS is part of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center with the College of Medicine, the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing.
The College of Allied Health Sciences is involved in enhancing and improving the quality of life for people everywhere by discovering, teaching and applying knowledge related to health sciences.
The college supports the mission of the University of Cincinnati and is committed to providing students “the highest quality learning environment” in all its programs. While teaching methods and curricula vary from program to program, high-quality education is relevant to patient needs and the changing patterns of skills that are demanded by modern health care.
McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Since 1906, we have placed students at the forefront of business by harnessing the power of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio and its community.
As part of a thriving top-25 research university in a city with eight Fortune 500 companies, the Lindner College of Business delivers academic excellence with an emphasis on experiential learning in a multi-disciplinary environment, adding real-world value to students and the communities they serve.
The college enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students and provides them with unique opportunities to build professional experience, cultural competency and leadership skills through co-operative education, internships, field-study research and cross-disciplinary studios.
In living and breathing this promise everyday, we provide an education students can’t get anywhere else.
College-Conservatory of Music
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.
CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.
The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage.
CCM's educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at our core since that time.
CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts.
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
The programs within the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning are, year-after-year, ranked among the very best in both a world and national class. For instance:
- Every two years, BusinessWeek magazine ranks the international elite of design programs, the top 30 design schools on the planet. UC routinely makes that world-class list.
- I.D. (International Design) magazine, listed UC among the globe's Top 10 design schools, and the only public institution to make that list.
- DesignIntelligence 2016 rankings place our undergraduate Industrial Design program among the top five in the nation!
- Also for 2016, DesignIntelligence ranked our undergraduate Interior Design program fourth nationally, our Master of Design program fourth nationally and our Master of Architecture program at number 17 in the nation.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks UC's graduate program in design at sixth in the nation.
- An industry publication, Planetizen, ranks our Planning graduate programs in planning amongst the best, fourth in the Midwest and 16th in the nation.
- GDUSA magazine rated DAAP as 2014 Top Design School.
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is dedicated to making a difference in our communities through outreach, academic programs, and community partnerships. Our students and faculty work side-by-side with teachers, athletic trainers, community wellness experts, intervention specialists, and law enforcement officials, because we value experiential learning as an important element of our degree programs. Current research is incorporated into every course to ensure our graduates are prepared to address the most urgent challenges of our society.
Our College is divided into four academic schools:
- School of Education
- School of Criminal Justice
- School of Human Services
- School of Information Technology
College of Engineering and Applied Science
The UC College of Engineering and Applied Science unleashes education by immersing students in a rigorous and innovative curriculum and culture of real-world, experience-based learning. The value of a CEAS degree is unparalleled, providing elevated placement, greater earning potential and unlimited post-graduate options.
Because here, WE ENGINEER BETTER™.
Experience-Based Learning. CEAS is the birthplace of cooperative education. Co-op has been integrated into its curriculum for more than 100 years. Students graduate with one full year of industry experience.
At the Urban Core. Robust opportunities exist for intern/co-op partnerships. Cincinnati is home to more Fortune 500s per capita than New York or L.A.
ROI. The UC CEAS degree is an exceptional value --engineering is ranked No. 1 in Ohio for ROI. 75% of co-op students receive a job offer from their co-op placement company.
What we do:
- Serve as an advocate for graduate education both on campus and at the state, regional and national level.
- Work to strengthen existing programs and foster excellence in teaching and research.
- Administer policies pertaining to supervision, rules and regulations of graduate education with the exception of the JD and MD programs.
- Maintain graduate student records.
- Provide central administrative services to the graduate programs.
- Assign and monitor allocations of university graduate scholarship and assistantship funding.
- Support the academic mission of the individual graduate programs and colleges.
College of Law
The University of Cincinnati College of Law is a rare resource. An affordable legal education in an energetic urban environment. A small and supportive law school community committed to your professional success. We offer an intimate and distinctive legal education while drawing on the resources of a major research university. An academic enterprise that prides itself on its:
- Formative Learning
- Community Partnerships
- Focus on Experience
- Global Connections
College of Medicine
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, located in the heart of the city just east of the university’s uptown campus, has a distinguished reputation for training prominent health care professionals and providing leading-edge research.
Because of its excellence in education, patient care and research, students, researchers, physicians and patients travel from all over the world to take advantage of its many opportunities.
Established in 1819, the College of Medicine is considered the oldest medical college west of the Allegheny Mountains. It boasts an exceptional list of alumni and current and past faculty who have made considerable contributions to medicine and the medical sciences.
The College of Medicine is committed to providing a curriculum which offers diverse learning opportunities. Students develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice medicine. The curriculum has been carefully structured to balance subject-specific courses, integrated content blocks and clinical experiences.
College of Nursing
Following our roots back to 1889, the College of Nursing has a strong history of success. Our programs have expanded to include nearly 3,000 students in a wide variety of educational programs. We are committed to placing students at the center and achieving academic and research excellence in all areas of the college. Results of this commitment include:
- Awarded approximately $1 million in scholarships and graduate assistantship stipends for the 2012 academic year.
- Ranking in the top 10% of US nursing programs according the US News & World Report.
- Receiving over $2.6 million in extramural research awards during the 2009 fiscal year.
- Developing partnerships with over 300 local clinical sites in order to provide students flexibility and diversity in clinical experiences.
College of Pharmacy
The Cincinnati College of Pharmacy was the first college of pharmacy established west of the Alleghenies.
It was granted a charter by the Ohio Legislature in 1850 and operated as a private college until July 1954 when it became an integral part of the University of Cincinnati.
In 1967 the College of Pharmacy became a unit of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, along with the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, University Hospital, Christian R. Holmes Hospital, and the Health Sciences Library.
In 2000 a fourth College, the College of Allied Health Sciences joined the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The College occupies newly remodeled space in the Health Professions Building and Wherry Hall.
On June 6, 2007 the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy changed its name to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. The college is only the second in UC's history to be named.
The name change honors Jim Winkle's pledge of $10 million to his alma mater from his estate or trust. A Hamilton, Ohio, resident who graduated from the college in 1958, Winkle made the donation in 2005, but at his request his support was not publicly acknowledged 2007.
Blue Ash College
UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.
UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful wooded acres in Batavia Township. Opened in 1972, Clermont College is an accredited, open-access college offering more than 50 associate degrees and certificate programs. The college began offering a technical bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2011 – the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) in Applied Administration. The Applied Administration program is designed for people who already hold a technical associate degree, such as an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Applied Business (from a regionally accredited institution).
UC East, a Clermont County expansion in the former Ford plant in Batavia Township, opened in the fall of 2010. It is home to UC Clermont College's Allied Health programs, including Surgical Assisting, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, EMS-Paramedic Certificate, Medical Assisting, and Multi-Skilled Health Technician; BTAS; the Manufacturing Center which houses the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program; and Business and Educational Outreach. On the second floor of UC East, the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services offers Bachelor Degree completion programs in criminal justice and paralegal studies; and the College of Allied Health Sciences offers a Bachelor Degree completion program in Social Work.
The college is a regional college of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. Students who attend UC Clermont College have full access to UC's Uptown campus libraries, student support services, student clubs, fraternities, sororities, intramural sports and athletic events.
History of the University of Cincinnati
In 1819, Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were founded in Cincinnati. Local benefactor Dr. Daniel Drake founded and funded the Medical College of Ohio. William Lytle of the Lytle family donated the land, funded the Cincinnati College and Law College, and served as its first president. The college survived only six years before financial difficulties forced it to close. In 1835, Daniel Drake reestablished the institution, which eventually joined with the Cincinnati Law School.
In 1858, Charles McMicken died of pneumonia and in his will he allocated most of his estate to the City of Cincinnati to found a university. The University of Cincinnati was chartered by the Ohio legislature in 1870 after delays by livestock and veal lobbyists angered by the liberal arts-centered curriculum and lack of agricultural and manufacturing emphasis. The university's board of rectors changed the institution's name to the University of Cincinnati.
By 1893, the University expanded beyond its primary location on Clifton Avenue and relocated to its present location in the Heights neighborhood. As the university expanded, the rectors merged the institution with Cincinnati Law School, establishing the University of Cincinnati College of Law. In 1896, the Ohio Medical College joined Miami Medical College to form the Ohio-Miami Medical Department of the University of Cincinnati in 1909. As political movements for temperance and suffrage grew, the university established Teacher's College in 1905 and a Graduate School in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1906. The Queen City College of Pharmacy, acquired from Wilmington College (Ohio), became the present James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.
Public liberal arts university
In 1962, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music was acquired by the university. The Ohio legislature in Columbus declared the university a "municipally-sponsored, state-affiliated" institution in 1968. During this time, the University of Cincinnati was the second oldest and second-largest municipal university in the United States.
By an act of the legislature, the University of Cincinnati became a state institution in 1977.
Campus Master Plan and UC|21
In 1989, President Joseph A. Steger released a Master Plan for a stronger academy. Over this time, the university invested nearly $2 billion in campus construction, renovation, and expansion ranging from the student union to a new recreation center to the medical school.
It included renovation and construction of multiple buildings, a campus forest, and a university promenade.
Upon her inauguration in 2005, President Nancy L. Zimpher developed the UC|21 plan, designed to redefine Cincinnati as a leading urban research university. In addition, it includes putting liberal arts education at the center, increasing research funding, and expanding involvement in the city.
In 2009, Gregory H. Williams was named the 27th president of the University of Cincinnati. His presidency expanded the accreditation and property of the institution to regions throughout Ohio to compete with private and specialized state institutions, such as Ohio State University. His administration focused on maintaining the integrity and holdings of the university. He focused on the academic master plan for the university, placing the academic programs of UC at the core of the strategic plan. The university invested in scholarships, funding for study abroad experiences, the university's advising program as it worked to reaffirm its incredible history and academy for the future. Williams resigned for personal reasons on Aug. 21, 2012. Beverly Davenport was appointed interim president of the university.
Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Year of first Accreditation - 1895
- The Mines ParisTech : Professional Ranking World Universities ranked the University of Cincinnati 12th best university in the U.S. and 37th in the world according to the number of alumni holding CEO position in Fortune Global 500 companies.
- The Princeton Review listed the university in its "Best 373 Colleges" each year since 2008 and the London (UK) Times ranked the University of Cincinnati 190th among all the universities in the world, 69th among United States universities and 28th among public U.S. universities in 2011.
- Additionally, the influential Academic Ranking of World Universities, published by Shanghai Jiaotong University, ranks the University of Cincinnati in the top 300 of more than 2,500 ranked worldwide and the top 100 of American universities.
- In the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings, UC was listed as tied for the 198th best global university, tied for 135th ranked national university (U.S.), and tied for 64th best public university (U.S.).
- The University of Cincinnati has also been listed among the 23 "National Universities" identified as "Up-and-Coming Schools" by U.S. News & World Report.
- Administrators across the country were asked to nominate universities that recently made promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities, according to the college guide. Out of the following UC programs and colleges that are currently nationally ranked, 34 place in the top 50.
Student life @the University of Cincinnati
Center for First Year Experience
The Center for First-Year Experience provides leadership for each student's first-year experience and related academic program. The center serves as a resource for all the university’s undergraduate colleges and programs. This collaboration between UC colleges, academic programs, and student groups allow freshman to continue the transition from high school to college. The program is designed to help freshmen and their faculty to develop relationships that will continue and grow throughout their time at the University of Cincinnati.
Many students at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to participate in learning communities. These are diverse groups of students and faculty in which 20–25 students have at least two classes together throughout their first year on campus. Students have the opportunity to join these based on their major or area of study. There are nearly 120 learning communities to choose from. They are offered in the following colleges: College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, College of Nursing, and the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences. A few majors require freshmen to be in these learning communities. Many of these groups have specialized courses taught by their academic advisor.
Transition and Access Program
The Transition and Access Program, which does not lead to a degree, allows certain disabled adults to take classes, interact with other students, and intern at companies. After four years, participants receive a certificate which can be used to get a job.
Student Activities & Leadership Development (SALD) oversees over 550 registered student organizations ranging from student government to religious organizations to spirit groups. Housed in the Steger Student Life Center, the divisions overseeing these groups include Club Sports Board, Diversity Education, Greek Life, Leadership Development, Programming, RAPP, and Student Government. Additionally, there are several other Student Life Offices on campus, such as the African American Cultural & Resource Center, Bearcat Bands (the largest and oldest student group at UC), Early Learning Center, Ethnic Programs & Services, University Judicial Affairs, Resident Education & Development, Wellness Center, and the Women's Center.
The university describes service learning as reflective, educational experiences blended with service activities that foster a deeper understanding of course content and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. Each year students at the University of Cincinnati log tens of thousands of hours of community service on campus and in the surrounding city and communities through courses and other opportunities. The University of Cincinnati was one of the first universities in the country to be classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community Engagement focused university and was one of only 35 research universities on this list. In the 2013–2014 academic year, UC offered nearly 100 courses with a service learning component with over 3,000 students enrolled in them.
Among the hundreds of events that take place annually, two of the largest and most successful student-run community service events are the 18-hour Relay for Life and the 24-hour Cincinnati Dance Marathon. In support of the American Cancer Society’s education, advocacy and research programs, UC’s Relay for Life raised more than $126,000 in 2010 when over 1,800 students and over 170 teams participated by collecting pledges and walking the relay route through McMicken Commons on main campus. The event was recognized as one of the top 10 collegiate Relay for Life events in the nation and the largest Relay for Life in their region, which includes Ohio and Pennsylvania. Although the Cincinnati Dance Marathon at UC has only been taking place in the Campus Recreation Center for a few years, in 2010 500 students danced all night to raise $13,500 in donations and then in 2011 raised nearly $24,000 for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Fraternity and sorority life
Fraternities and sororities have been a part of the university since 1840. There are over 2,500 students participating in fraternities and sororities, which represents approximately 11% of the undergraduate population (Uptown Campus). 52 chapters have called UC home over the years, and currently includes 39 social fraternities and sororities: 21 Interfraternity Council fraternities, 9 Panhellenic Council sororities, 7 National Pan-Hellenic Council (three fraternities and four sororities), and two non-affiliated (Delta Phi Lambda and Phi Sigma Rho) organizations.
There are several media outlets for university students. The student newspaper is The News Record and has been in production for more than 130 years, taking its current name in 1936. It is an independent, student run newspaper and not attached to any academic program and therefore any student, regardless of program, is able to apply and work for the newspaper. There is a student-run radio station, named Bearcast that is housed in the College-Conservatory of Music on campus. The programming streams online as opposed to a traditional radio station and, like the News Record, is open to any student attending the university. There is also a television station called UCast.
The 48-hour film festival is held each year for the general public to attend. Notable speakers and filmmakers are known to kick off the event including Fraser Kershaw, as well as guest speakers and artists from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Actors, directors, editors, and composers are showcased at the MainStreet Cinema for students' and professionals.
UC Housing & Food Services runs three award winning dining centers: Center Court, MarketPointe, and Stadium View Café. Meal plans are purchased at the beginning of each year and first year students living in residence halls are required to purchase one. Upper classmen are offered the option to opt-out of a meal plan. There are also independent meal plans that students not living in residence halls may purchase. There is also a food court in the Tangeman University Center (student union) and many other restaurants and cafes are also available on campus.
UC is regularly recognized for excellent dining centers and restaurants and they have been awarded multiple awards since 2005. CenterCourt has received the greatest acclaims for UC dining, winning for best concept in 2007 and Grand Prize in 2006 National Association of College and University Food Services' awards. CenterCourt and Market Pointe Dining Program received the honorable mention award in 2009 and Market Pointe@Siddal received an honorable mention in 2008 and a Silver Award in 2005. In 2011, UC's Mick and Mack's Contemporary Café, one of the full service restaurants on campus, received the bronze award with Brown University's Blue room. UC placed third in the category of 'Retail sales – Single concept'.
6,500 students live on campus in ten residence halls that offer both traditional and suite style options. Students also have the option to live in themed housing, which include (among others) honors, business, STEM, etc. specific floors. Additionally, in fall of 2012, Campus Recreation Center Housing (CRC) was named on The Fiscal Times "10 Public Colleges with Insanely Luxurious Dorms" list. Nearly 80% of Uptown Campus incoming freshman students live on campus their first year.
In recent years, record freshman classes and increased interest by upperclass students has led to higher demand than supply for on-campus residence halls. To meet this demand, UC Housing and Food Services has added residence halls (Morgens Hall in 2013) and purchased block leases at University Park Apartments, Campus Park Apartments (formerly Sterling Manor), University Edge Apartments, and Stetson Square Apartments near campus. This has pushed the "on-campus" housing student population higher and the university announced that Scioto Hall will undergo a renovation and open in fall 2016 in addition to plans for a new residence hall and dining center where Sawyer Hall once stood.
UC Housing & Food Services manages nine undergraduate residence halls:
- Calhoun Hall
- Campus Recreation Center Housing (CRC is only available to students who are sophomores or older)
- Dabney Hall
- Daniels Hall
- Siddall Hall
- Jefferson Complex
- Consists of Schneider Hall and Turner Hall. (JCSH, JSTH)
- Stratford Heights (as of Summer 2009)
- Morgens Hall
- Scioto Hall
The University also offers limited housing to graduate students. Bellevue Gardens is an apartment community owned and operated by the University. It is located close to the Academic Health Center (AHC) and medical campus. Two off-campus university-affiliated (but not university-managed) housing options were introduced in 2005; Stratford Heights and University Park Apartments. All leases in the Stratford Heights housing area have been terminated, and control of the housing complex reverted to University control as a residence hall in Summer 2009.