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University of Cincinnati

As Bearcats, we live and learn on a campus that's internationally distinguished in terms of its stunning architecture and design.

We love talking about our inspiring campus, but don't only take our word for it. Forbes Magazine says UC is among the world's most beautiful campuses. Schedule a visit, and we think you'll agree with the New York Times that UC has the "most ambitious campus-­design program in the country."

Our built environment and our buildings may be internationally known, particularly those designed by some of the world's top architects. The real beauty of the campus, however, extends well beyond impressive buildings with big-name designers.

Motto Juncta Juvant and Alta Petit (Latin)
Motto in English
"Strength in Unity" and "Seek the Highest"
Type  • Public
• Research university
• Space-grant
• NSA Cyber Operations Centers of Academic Excellence
Established 1819
Endowment $1.166 billion (2016)
President Neville G. Pinto
Provost Peter E. Landgren (interim)
Academic staff
6,655 (2016)
Administrative staff
4,121 (2016)
Students 44,338 (fall 2016)
Undergraduates 33,561 (fall 2016)
Postgraduates 10,777 (fall 2016)
Location CincinnatiOhioU.S.
39.131°N 84.516°W


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.

World Rankings

ARWU 72-98
Forbes 375
U.S. News & World Report 135
Washington Monthly 219

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 university has dozens of highly ranked programs. 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.

More About the University

As the center of culture and commerce for a region of more than 2 million people, the Queen City is an important hub of the Midwest. The area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies and lays claim to one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in the nation. People here experience big-city amenities — professional sports teams, major museums, pristine parks and cultural attractions — while enjoying a small-town friendliness and a collaborative vibe.

Our city is diverse, our heritage is largely German and our landscape is covered by hills — many of which offer a beautiful view of the scenic Ohio River. In recent years, Cincinnati has experienced an impressive renaissance of its urban core —from The Banks entertainment district and the downtown business corridor to the trendy Over-the-Rhine and Uptown neighborhoods near campus.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Information Technology Programmes

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (2+2+co op program)
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