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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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University of Cincinnati is a public research university and is part of the university system of Ohio. The history of the university dates back to the year 1819 when Cincinnati College and Medical College of Ohio were chartered. The University of Cincinnati was founded in 1870 and both Cincinnati College and Medical College of Ohio became parts of the university. Since its establishment, the university has grown considerably and is classified as a Research University by the Carnegie Commission. The U.S. News has ranked the University of Cincinnati in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges.

The University of Cincinnati offers more than 300 programs of study and has a total enrollment of 42,000 students. There are 13 colleges within the University of Cincinnati. The university is located on an area of 473 acres and Forbes has recently named University of Cincinnati among the world’s most beautiful college campuses.

The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission for awarding associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


University of Cincinnati offers 49 associates, 103 baccalaureate, 85 Master’s, 67 doctoral and 4 first professional degree programs. The top programs offered at the University of Cincinnati include Architecture & Design, Business, Engineering & Computing, Music & Theater, and Liberal Arts.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of Cincinnati are: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Associate degrees, and professional and certificate programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as Anthropology, Archaeology (Geoarchaeology), Asian Studies, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, English Literature, Geology, and History. The students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Architecture, Aerospace Engineering, Advanced Medical Imaging Technology, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, and Geography (Remote Sensing).

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The University of Cincinnati offers masters degrees in Arts, Sciences, Architecture, Accelerated Path BSN/MSN, Engineering, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Design, and Medicine. The doctoral programs available at University of Cincinnati are Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Medicine.

Most Popular Fields of Study


To seek admission in University of Cincinnati, students are required to submit the admission application form, official high school transcripts, and ACT/SAT (Reasoning Test) test scores. Students are also required to submit a Personal Statement and a Co-curricular Activities List. The students who are admitted to the university are required to confirm their admission by filling the confirmation form.

Prospective freshman applicants are recommended to complete three units of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), two units of social sciences, four (Carnegie) units of English (including one each of English literature, composition, and American literature), two units of science, two units of a foreign language, one unit of Fine Art, and two additional college preparation courses. Admissions are primarily granted on the basis of high school (grades 9-11) performance, educational preparation, standardized test scores, high school coursework, and extracurricular activities.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the international application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Financial Aid

University of Cincinnati provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at University of Cincinnati. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, TEACH Grant, and Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Student Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), Federal Parent PLUS loan, and Federal Graduate PLUS loan. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based awards include Cincinnatus Scholarship Program, Cincinnati Pathways Scholarship, Darwin T. Turner Scholarship, Christos P. Demakes Legacy Scholarship, and Ohio Academic Scholarship.


To apply for financial aid from University of Cincinnati, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of Cincinnati recommends a priority deadline of July 1 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3311th for the average student loan amount.
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University of Cincinnati believes in creating an atmosphere where students are challenged to learn and grow outside the classroom. The Student Services office designs programs to meet the academic, career, and developmental needs of the students. The Learning Assistance Center provides tutoring assistance program for the students who need additional support beyond classrooms. The Career Development Center provides career resources and organizes career planning workshops and individual career counseling sessions for the students. The university has a Counseling Center that provides guidance to the students in dealing with emotional problems, learning new skills, and working towards their goals. The office of the Student Life conducts numerous student activities to help them get involved in the campus life and build their leadership skills. The university has an Early Learning Center that offers affordable child care services for the children of the students, staff, and faculty of the university.

There are more than 300 student organizations on campus which provide countless opportunities for students to interact with people having similar interests.

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus: Housing and Dining

University of Cincinnati offers on-campus and off-campus housing support for the students. There are 8 residence halls that offer single, double, and triple occupancy rooms and suite-style accommodations. The rooms are fully furnished and include air conditioning, internet access, fridge, and cable TV.

The university offers National Award winning dining centers for the students at CenterCourt, MarketPointe, and StadiumView. The food options include made-to-order breakfast omelets, gourmet lunch wraps, pasta, all-you-care-to-eat grill items, fresh-baked pizzas, sandwiches, and salads.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


University of Cincinnati is a member of the NCAA Division I and the athletic teams compete in the Mid-American Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, Metro Conference, Conference USA, and the Big East Conference. There are 18 athletic teams which compete in baseball, cross country, football, lacrosse, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, men’s basketball, golf, and soccer, and women’s basketball, golf, and soccer. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Bearcats. The school colors are red and black.

Athletic facilities are available for the students of University of Cincinnati at Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village, Nippert Stadium, Fifth Third Arena, Sheakley Athletics Center, Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center, and Keating Aquatic Center.


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Ranks 17th in Ohio and 465th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 407th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 15 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 29 0.09
Robbery 11 0.03
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 27 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 8 0.02
Arrest 62 0.19

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,050 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 61 0.02
Forcible Rape 183 0.06
Robbery 1,773 0.60
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,674 2.25
Larceny 12,512 4.21
Vehicle theft 1,276 0.43

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3901

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 525th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,124 $9,124 $24,156
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,660 $1,660 $1,660
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $381 $381 $1,007
FT Graduate Tuition $12,522 $12,522 $24,036
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,660 $1,660 $1,660
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $627 $627 $1,202
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,434 $27,434 $42,466
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,548 $29,548 $44,580
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,206 $17,206 $32,238

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $27,796 $45,704
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,300 $1,300
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $16,270 $28,946
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,600 $1,600
Law Degree — Tuition $21,876 $39,384
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,600 $1,600

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,419 $10,784 $10,419 $10,784 $24,942 $25,816
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,539(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,780 $10,170
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,090 $4,712
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,780 $11,054
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,090 $5,884
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,090 $4,504

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 16,002 (7,843 male / 8,159 female)
Admitted 11,721 (5,876 male / 5,845 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 4,486 (2,409 male / 2,077 female)
FT Enrollment 4,431 (2,396 male / 2,035 female)
PT Enrollment 55 (13 male / 42 female)
Total Enrollment34,379

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

ACT Test Admission

299th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 29%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

291st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,716
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,150
Board Fee$4,140

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 581st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,354 ($92,087 male / $69,772 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,226 (681 male / 545 female)
Number of PT Faculty 3,124
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $59,830,688

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