You don’t have to do much research into the University of Cincinnati to find that it is well regarded locally, nationally and throughout the world.
The school has a student population of over 41,000 making it the second largest university in Ohio and one of the largest in the United States. It offers over 100 bachelor degrees, over 300 degree granting programs, and over 600 total programs of study, ranging from certificates to doctoral education. With an economic impact of over $3.5 billion per year locally, it is the largest single employer in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area.
Originally founded in 1819 as the Medical College of Ohio, the University of Cincinnati is ranked among America’s Best National Universities according to the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report which lists it as 139th in the nation. It is one of America’s top 25 research institutions according to the Chronicle of Higher Education which calls it a “research heavyweight”. The Princeton review has named it a “green university”. Forbes Magazine and Travel and Leisure Magazines both report that it has one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. Campus planners and architects have called it one of the most distinguished campus settings in the world. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the Leiden University ranking put the University of Cincinnati at the 93rd place globally and at the 63rd place in North America.
The university has a large, diverse international student body, with approximately 2,500 students drawn from over 110 countries. The largest number of foreign students are from India and China with a significant number from France as well.
The university receives nearly $500 million annually in research funding, making it 22nd among public universities in the US. Numerous programs throughout the university are nationally ranked, including: aerospace engineering, anthropology, architecture, classics, composition, conducting, cooperative education, criminal justice, design, environmental science, law, medicine, music, musical theater, neurology, opera, otolaryngology, paleontology, pediatrics and pharmacy.
UC is comprised of the Main Uptown West Campus with 62 buildings on 137 acres, East Medical Campus with nineteen buildings on 57 acres as well as a Victory Parkway Campus, Blue Ash Campus and UC Clermont campus located in Batavia, Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati competes in nineteen Division I (NCAA) sports with its athletic teams known as the “Bearcats”. Since July of 2005, they have been members of the Big East Conference. They were previously members of Conference USA, of which they were a founding member, the Great Midwest Conference, the Metro Conference, and the Mid-American Conference, among others.
The Main West and East Campuses of UC are located in very close proximity to downtown Cincinnati.
Cincinnati was founded in 1788. With a current population of about 296,727 people, Cincinnati is the third largest city in Ohio with its metropolitan area including parts of southern Ohio as well as northern Kentucky. Summers are hot and humid, with significant rainfall each month with highs reaching 90 plus °F. Winters tend to be cold and snowy, with temperatures in January, the coldest month, averaging about 30 degrees.
Cincinnati has a culturally diverse population with numerous attractions and sights of interest including Fountain Square often the center of local festivals and celebrations, the Cincinnati Zoo, Coney Island, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati Fire Museum, American Classical Music Hall Of Fame, American Sign Museum, Queen City Underground Tours, Lunken Airport, The Krohn Conservatory and the Horseshoe Casino.