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About the University of Cincinnati


The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 44,000 students and has been named "Among the top tier of the Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report.

Today, more than a quarter-million living alumni count themselves as Bearcats—united not just by their loyalty to our nationally known sports teams, but by their common love of the place, the people and the ideas that make up the University of Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati, Ohio's premier urban research university, traces its origins to 1819. In that year, both Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were chartered.

  • 1870: The City of Cincinnati established the University of Cincinnati, which later absorbed the two predecessor institutions.
  • 1906: The University of Cincinnati created the first cooperative education program in the world. For many years, the University of Cincinnati was the second oldest and second largest municipal university in the country.
  • 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.
  • Today: UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission, and is ranked as one of America's top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation.
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