University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati, commonly known as UC or Cincy, is a public research institution of higher education that is a part of the University System of Ohio. It strives to serve the state, country, and world as a leading urban research university that is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education that features sophisticated research and experience-based learning. It is dedicated to diversity and excellence in students, faculty, staff, and all of its actions. It offers an inclusive learning environment that incorporates innovative instruction methods and encourages the freedom of scholarly investigation. UC was ranked as the 156th-best school in the country by the 2011 US News and World Report. The National Science Foundation also ranked UC among America’s top 25 research universities.

The University of Cincinnati offers more than 300 degree programs and over 600 total programs of study. It grants degree at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree level as well as certificates. UC continuously acquires national and international acknowledgment for its outstanding academic programs. For example, the Princeton Review ranks it as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education.

UC offers distance learning opportunities that feature innovative curricula and instruction by highly qualified faculty members. It provides access to a variety of excellent educational opportunities such as certificates, degrees, and individual courses to meet the needs of busy students with other obligations. UC is dedicated to meeting student needs for alternative delivery options that are both convenient and affordable to enable students to meet their academic and professional goals. Currently, ten of the schools of education offer distance learning options with online delivery as a primary format. Other delivery formats include CD/DVD, video conferencing, videotape, and email. Programs are available at the certificate and associate, bachelor, and master degree levels. Fields of study include early childhood education, fire science technology, health information management, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, and medical biller/coder.

The University of Cincinnati traces its history back to 1819 when the Cincinnati College and Medical College of Ohio were established. The City of Cincinnati founded the University of Cincinnati in 1870 and the institution later acquired the two older institutions. The university developed the world’s first cooperative education program in 1906. The University of Cincinnati was the second oldest and second biggest municipal university in the U.S. for many years. It transitioned into a municipally sponsored, state affiliated institution in 1968 and became part of the University System of Ohio in 1977. Currently, UC has a yearly enrollment of more than 40,000 students, making it among the 100 largest universities in the country.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the University of Cincinnati.

Schools of Education

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

Scholarships Offered

The University of Cincinnati offers several scholarships based on merit and financial need such as the Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition, Cinncinatus Excellence Scholarship for National Merit Finalists, Darwin T. Turner Scholarship, UC Transfer Scholarships, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Cincinnati Pathways Scholarship, UC Community College Transfer Scholarship, Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Christos P. Demakes Legacy Scholarship, University Graduate Scholarship, Ohio Academic Scholarship, Ohio War Orphans Scholarship, Cincinnati Pride Grant, and University Need Grant.. Additionally, the university accepts scholarships from outside sources.

Financing Options

The University of Cincinnati participates in various financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Health Professions Student Loan, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Ohio College Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Nursing Student Loan, Federal Parent PLUS Loan, and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. The University of Cincinnati also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan that enables students to make monthly payments.

Credit Earning Options

The University of Cincinnati awards transfer credits for previous coursework completed at another accredited college or university. All transfer courses must have earned a grade of a D or better and be similar to a course offered at the University of Cincinnati. The university grants credits for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Post Secondary Enrollment, and dual admission programs. Additionally, it grants credits for military credit and offers a Prior Learning Assessment to evaluate learning completed through formal and informal study such as independent study, training, work and life experience, travel, and volunteering. Students seeking credits must submit official transcripts, course descriptions, and any other supporting information.

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