University History

The University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati, Ohio's premier urban research university, traces its origins to 1819, the year in which Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were chartered. In 1870, the City of Cincinnati established the University of Cincinnati, which later absorbed the earlier institutions. In 1906, the University of Cincinnati created the first cooperative education program in the United States. For many years, the University of Cincinnati was the second oldest and second largest municipal university in the country. In 1968, UC became a "municipally sponsored, state affiliated" institution, entering a transitional period culminating on July 1, 1977 when UC joined the university system of Ohio. The University of Cincinnati is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission, and is ranked as one of America's top public research universities by the National Science Foundation.

Mission Statement:
The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish. Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.

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

Student/Faculty Ratio:

Enrollment (Fall 2008): 37,072
Full Time: 26,800
Undergraduate: 21,641
Graduate: 5,159
Part-Time 10,272
Undergraduate: 6,728
Graduate: 3,544
African American: 3,726 10.1%
Asian: 1,032 2.8%
Hispanic: 570 1.5%
Ohio Residents 31,031 83.7%
Male/Female 16,877/20,195 45.5%/54.5%
On-Campus Residents 3,121
Average Age 24.9

University of Cincinnati Faculty & Alumni:
Among the historic faculty or alumni of the University of Cincinnati are found President and later Chief Justice William Howard Taft; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; Nobel Peace Prize winner and U.S. Vice President Charles G. Dawes; Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Walt Handelsman; Doris Twitchell Allen, founder of Children's International Summer Village; Operatic diva Kathleen Battle; Cleveland Abbe, whose work at UC led to the National Weather Service; Eula Bingham, environmental scientist and head of OSHA; Marilyn Gaston, assistant surgeon general; authors Thomas Berger ("Little Big Man," "Neighbors") and Jonathan Valin ("The Lime Pit," "Final Notice"); Prima Ballerina Suzanne Farrell; sports greats Sandy Koufax, Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman and Tony Trabert; architect Michael Graves; artists Tom Wesselmann and Gilbert Young; and Tony Award winner Faith Prince. The number of living alumni of the University is estimated (2007) to be 211,954 with 104,519 living in the greater Cincinnati area.

UC Firsts:
First program of cooperative education - Herman Schneider (1906)
First oral polio vaccine - Albert Sabin
First observations leading to the National Weather Service
First antihistamine, Benadryl - George Rieveschl
First electronic organ - Winston Kock
First use of YAG laser to remove brain tumor
First bachelor's degree program in nursing
First emergency medicine residency program
First safe anti-knock gasoline
First degree program offered via satellite

First Benadryl - George Rieveschl
George Rieveschl (1916-2007) invented Benadryl, the first antihistamine. He earned three degrees at the University of Cincinnati: A.B. (1937), M.S. (1939), and Ph.D. (1940). While conducting research at UC, he developed a number of potential antispasmodic compounds. Benadryl, one of these compounds, showed promise as an anti-allergy drug and was first marketed in 1946 by Parke Davis. Rieveschl was named to the International Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 1995.

First electronic organ - Winston Kock
Too young to be admitted to the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering, Winston Kock first enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Music, and never regretted it. When he turned sixteen he transferred to engineering and his undergraduate thesis revolutionized the music world. It was the invention of the electronic organ, the first to generate sound through small vacuum tubes, rather than massive pipes. This feat put an organ within reach of nearly every family that ever dreamed of owning one. His patent for the organ was the first of over eighty that he would receive throughout his career.

Joseph B. Strauss: Designer of the Golden Gate Bridge
An 1892 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Joseph Strauss astonished the audience at graduation exercises by proposing to bridge the Bering Straits. After working in other firms, he formed his own company in 1902, eventually building more than 500 bridges, and earning 100 patents along the way. The Golden Gate project was the culmination of his career, and, for a time, it was the longest bridge in the world. Strauss placed a brick from UC's original McMicken Hall in the bridge's south anchorage. The bridge was completed in 1937. Strauss died in 1938.

First oral polio vaccine - Albert Sabin
Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral, live virus polio vaccine, began his career in biomedical research in 1926 while still a student at New York University where he received his M.D. degree. He worked at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1935-1939. From 1939 through 1969, Dr. Sabin was successively Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Research Pediatrics, and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and The Children's Hospital Research Foundation.

University of Cincinnati Libraries:
14 Libraries
(UC Libraries, Law, Clermont College, Raymond Walters College)
Holdings: 3,418,599 volumes; 69,609 periodicals.
Use: 451,815 items circulated; 116,532 reference transactions.
Ranked 58th in the U.S. and Canada by the Association of Research Libraries (2007).

Rankings By External Sources:
Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (2007)
Four University of Cincinnati programs are ranked among the Top 10 programs of their type in the United States. UC programs ranked among the Top 10 are:

Biological Sciences - 2nd in the U.S.
Classics & Classical Literatures - 3rd in the U.S.
Criminology and Justice Studies - 6th in the U.S.
Ecology - 6th in the U.S.
Environmental Engineering - 6th in the U.S.
Physiology - 7th in the U.S.
Biomedical Sciences - 9th in the U.S.
Special Education - 9th in the U.S.
Toxicology - 10th in the U.S.

NACUBO Endowment Ranking (2007)
UC's endowment of $1,185,400,000 ranks 63rd in the United States among all colleges and universities, and 22nd in the United States among public institutions.

London (UK) Times Higher Education Supplement (2007)
The Times Higher Education supplement, emphasizing research universities. ranks the University of Cincinnati 219th among all the universities in the world, 63rd among U.S. Universities, and 32ndamong public U.S. universities.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (2007)
The influential Academic Ranking of World Universities, published by Shanghai Jiaotong University, ranks the University of Cincinnati in the top 200 of more than 2,500 ranked worldwide.

Princeton Review: Best 368 Colleges (2009)
University of Cincinnati is ranked by the Princeton Review among the top schools in the United States.

Princeton Review: The Best 117 Law Schools (2008)
University of Cincinnati College of Law is ranked among the top schools in the country.

Money Magazine
The University of Cincinnati was ranked 62nd among Money's 100 "elite values" in higher education.

Research: National Science Foundation (2007)
During fiscal 2006, UC and its affiliate organizations earned more than $332 million in grants and contracts. The National Science Foundation Research & Development Expenditures ranking lists UC as 45th in the U.S. and 24th among public universities.

National Council on Economic Education
In October 2002, UC's Economics Center for Education & Research was singled out from among 250 centers of its kind around the nation to receive the first-ever outstanding performance award.

DesignIntelligence (2007)
For the 9th straight year, UC was named as having the best interior design program in the nation. UC's industrial design program is, again, the nation's No. 2 (undergraduate) and No. 3 (graduate). UC architecture programs ranked No. 5 (undergraduate) and No. 7 (graduate).

I.D. Magazine
UC's School of Design was named among world's top ten, the only public institution on that list.

Kaplan's "The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges"(2003 edition) UC's Career Development Center ranks among the nation's best. The ranking, which includes career services, internships and co op programs, was based on a national survey of guidance counselors. In all, only 35 of the nation's colleges and universities were listed based on the excellence of their career services.

Association of Research Libraries (April 2005)
At 47th, the University of Cincinnati Libraries are ranked among the top 50 U.S. and Canadian research university libraries, according to the latest report by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Pharmacy Grads Achieve High Pass Rate
In 2005, 98 percent of the graduates of UC's College of Pharmacy passed the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam) and MPJE ( Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam).

"College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You"
This 2001 book from Octameron Associates ranked UC as one of 15 "underrated gems", citing the university's extensive co-operative education program; career-focused students; and its urban but quiet location.

Journal of Criminal Justice (2002)
The University of Cincinnati's criminal justice division is the nation's leader in publication of research, according to a survey article in the latest edition of the Journal of Criminal Justice. Using a weighted system of measurement, UC published almost 32 articles by 86 researchers. Only one other program exceeded 21 publications in the survey.

Barron's Guide to Colleges 2005
The University of Cincinnati is ranked as "Competitive."

Small Times Magazine (May/June 2005)
Based on a national survey, Small Times magazine has ranked the University of Cincinnati second in the United States for its nanotechnology education programs.

Black Issues In Higher Education (2005)
The University of Cincinnati is ranked 48th in the United States in awarding bachelor's degrees in engineering to African American students.

Washington Monthly (2007)
The University of Cincinnati was ranked 168th among 242 "National Universities" in the September 2007 issue on measures of social mobility, research and service.

Business Week (2007)
UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning was ranked among the four top design schools in the world.

Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs (2007)
The first-ever independent guide and systematic ranking of graduate urban planning programs places the University of Cincinnati as fourth in the Midwest and 18th in the nation.

Ohio Bar Exam (2006)
Graduates from the UC College of Law ranked first in Ohio when they outperformed students from Ohio's other law schools on the July, 2006 Bar Exam, passing the test at a 92 percent rate. UC grads also led the state in performance on the February 2006 Bar exam.

Webometrics (2007)
The Webometrics project to measure commitment by universities to Web publication and Open Access initiatives ranks the University of Cincinnati 165th among all institutions in the world.

Entrepreneur Magazine (2005)
UC's Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research has made Entrepreneur magazine's 3rd Annual "Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities in the U.S."

Entrepreneur Awards (2008)
University of Cincinnati graduate students were named "Co-Grand Champions" in the May 2008 Best-Strategy Invitational (BSI) online strategy competition. UC's team, "Everymans Cneakers," bested 10 other teams to share the grand championship with the team from Pennsylvania State University - York. UC students also brought home the first-place prize for a field-case consulting project in the February 2008 Small Business Institute competition.

BusinessWeek (2007)
UC's College of business was ranked among the Top 100 business programs in the United States. BusinessWeek's ranking also placed the University of Cincinnati 43rd among the public universities.

International Student Barometer (2008)
The latest International Student Barometer, the largest survey of international college students in the world, rates UC 4th out of 84 institutions around the world when it comes to the opinion of international students. Students are surveyed about experiences in four areas: arrival, learning, living and support. Among categories measured, UC ranked first in two areas: recreation/sports facilities and transportation options between university locations.

Tuition and Fees:
Ohio Resident, undergraduate, per year: $ 9,399
Out of State, undergraduate, per year: $23,922
Ohio Resident, graduate, per year: $12,723
Out of State, graduate, per year: $23,055
Room & Board, per year (estimated): $9,702
* Most programs. See the "Detailed Fee schedule" for exceptions.

2009-2010 Detailed Fee Schedule (PDF), effective Summer Quarter 2009.

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18 credit hour maximum
Full-time fees normally cover 12 to 18 hours per quarter (10 to 18 for graduate students). Fees for excessive credit hours are assessed at the part-time credit hour rate.

More information on Meeting Costs at UC is available from the Student Financial Aid Office Web site.

Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes
To learn about establishing residency in Ohio to qualify for in-state tuition rates, please carefully read the information on the following pages:
General Information
Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition Reciprocity
Some out-of-state students may qualify for in-state tuition rates. Learn more about UC's Reciprocity policy for Undergraduate Students (PDF).
Room and Board Rates

U.S. News & World Report Rankings
The University of Cincinnati is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation.

Rankings of specific colleges and programs:
Cooperative Education: 4th in the U.S.
Pharmacy: 32nd in the U.S.
Medicine: 40th in the U.S.
Nursing (Undergraduate): 48th in the U.S.
Law: 52nd in the U.S.
Nursing (Graduate): 72nd in the U.S.
Engineering: 78th in the U.S.
Education: 78th in the U.S.

Music and Arts Programs
Opera/Voice: 3rd in the U.S.
Interior Design: 3rd in the U.S.
Musical Conducting: 5th in the U.S.
Music: 6th in the U.S.
Industrial Design 6th in the U.S.
Music Composition: 9th in the U.S.
Orchestra/Symphony: 9th in the U.S.
Drama: 37th in the U.S.
Creative Writing: 46th in the U.S.
Master of Fine Arts 46th in the U.S.

Science and Engineering Programs
Paleontology: 7th in the U.S.
Environmental Engineering: 20th in the U.S.
Aerospace Engineering: 31st in the U.S.
Industrial Engineering: 37th in the U.S.
Civil Engineering: 48th in the U.S.
Materials Engineering: 50th in the U.S.
Mechanical Engineering: 60th in the U.S.

Medical and Human Service Programs
Criminal Justice: 3rd in the U.S.
Pediatrics: 3rd in the U.S.
Nursing: anesthesia 11th in the U.S.
Otolaryngology: 18th in the U.S.
AIDS Center: 26th in the U.S.
Neurology: 28th in the U.S.
Geriatrics: 29th in the U.S.
Pulmonary Disease: 32nd in the U.S.
Cancer Center: 33rd in the U.S.
Rheumatology: 35th in the U.S.
Endocrinology: 39th in the U.S.
Speech and Language Pathology: 38th in the U.S.
Cardiology: 43rd in the U.S.
Audiology: 44th in the U.S.