University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

The University of Cincinnati is the flagship campus of the University of Cincinnati system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid, and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at UC.

Is the University of Cincinnati the School for You?

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the University of Cincinnati (UC) is a 4-year, public university that enrolls more than 42,000 students annually. As of 2012, UC offered 127 bachelor's, 125 master's, and 78 doctoral degree programs, as well as 62 associate's degree programs. Read more about UC and find out if it is the right school for you.


  • Has several nationally ranked programs
  • Acceptance rate is 4.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Offers academic, remedial, and career counseling services
  • Located three miles from downtown Cincinnati


  • Total cost is $3,094 higher than the national average for in-state students at a 4-year public university
  • Graduation rate is 18 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $933 higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

Rankings & School Analysis

Founded in 1819, UC is situated on 473 acres and is home to 12 colleges and 117 buildings. The school was ranked #70 on U.S. News and World Report's 2012 list of top public schools, and several of the individual programs have top 25 rankings. For instance, the school's pediatrics and criminology programs were both ranked 3rd in the nation, and the paleontology program ranked 6th, as reported by U.S. News and World Report. Furthermore, UC has strong music and arts programs, with the university having multiple fine arts programs ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

UC is a Research Tier I University as rated by the Carnegie Commission, and the university and its affiliates were awarded $405 million in research funding in 2012. Main affiliates of UC research are mainly Cincinnati metro area hospitals and interests include genomes, nanotechnology, neuroscience, and cancer research, among others. Conversely, the UC faculty consists of approximately 42% part-time teaching assistants (TAs).

The acceptance rate at UC was 68% in 2012, which is a few percentage points above the national average of 63.8%; however, the 4-year graduation rate is much lower than the national average of 40% - at only 22% for students who began their studies in 2005, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). While the total cost of attending UC is higher than the national average for a 4-year public university ($20,954 for in-state students), students carry an average debt of $27,593 following graduation, according to U.S. News and World Report, this is only slightly higher than the national average of $26,660.

Getting In & Financial Aid at UC

In order to apply to UC, you must submit an online application, official transcripts, ACT/SAT test scores, a personal statement and an essay, as well as a list of extracurricular activities. Letters of recommendation are optional. UC recommends checking the requirements of your desired major, as certain undergraduate programs require additional credentials. If you are accepted to UC, you need to submit a $100 confirmation deposit before applying for campus housing. You may apply for housing 48 hours after submitting your confirmation deposit.

In order to be considered for a UC scholarship, you must have a completed application packet into the Office of Admissions by December 1. If you'd like to be considered for federal financial aid, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UC suggests submitting a FASFA application as close to January 1 as possible in order to be eligible for priority financial aid consideration. NCES reports that in 2010-2011, 83% of full-time first-time undergraduate students received some form of financial aid.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) February 1***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) Rolling notifications begin October 1***
Application Fee (2012-2013) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 68%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $10,784 for OH residents; $25,816 for non-residents**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $8,354****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 5.1%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $27,593****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 8.9%**

Living at UC

All first-year students are required to live in residence halls located on campus, and UC houses nine on-campus residence halls and three dining halls for students to choose from. After your freshman year, you have the option of living off campus. Likewise, you may join one of the 36 fraternities and sororities at UC. Main Street is a student gathering place on campus, and the pedestrian-only main thoroughfare stretches from the University Pavilion, past the Tangeman University Center, to the Campus Recreation Center.

UC is home to multiple student clubs, including academic, cultural, governing, and service organizations. As well as having club and intramural sports, UC has 14 men's and women's varsity sports. The Bearcats athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011) 22,893 undergraduates; 10,436 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 49% to 51%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 85%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 85%**
% of International Students (2011) 2%**
Retention Rate (2011) 85% for full-time and 32% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 20%****
Number of Libraries 11*
Extracurricular Activities Over 300****

Sources: *University of Cincinnati, **NCES College Navigator, ***The College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45221
  • Phone: (513) 556-1100