Location: Cincinnati, OH
Size: 31,000+ undergraduate students
Percent Women: 54.2%
Tuition (one year): $11,000 in-state; $26,334 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Business/marketing, health professions, engineering, visual and performing arts, education, communications, journalism
Greek Life: Yes!
Acceptance Rate: 67%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit UC's website at http://admissions.uc.edu/.
Why Choose Cincinnati?
"I was drawn to the beautiful campus with its combination of historic/traditional and modern, unique architecture."
"One of my favorite things about UC is that it's a big sports school. We may not always have the best sports teams, but we do have the best fans! Tickets to games are almost always free and students love going. Last year, I went to nearly every home basketball game—we were ranked #7 in the nation at one point! It was huge for UC and the fans went wild with all kinds of fun ways of showing their school spirit!"
"I love the urban feel—it's close to the city with lots to do, but still has the campus feel."
"I chose UC because of all the top programs and it’s a very progressive school that listens to its students and is always improving."
"I wasn't so sure that college was for me—I thought I would rather work instead. My parents encouraged me to go to college, and UC's co-op program allows me to do both."
UC's Campus Recreation Center
"Aside from having a beautiful campus, our Campus Recreation Center was nationally recognized and named #1 in the country!"
"The co-op program is huge at UC. We actually invented co-op for that matter. It's even required for some majors, and students love it. They offer it for a huge variety of majors and it really prepares you for your future career by providing great work experience and résumé builders!"
"UC actually has a really safe campus environment, believe it or not. There is always campus security around, and there are blue help phones everywhere in case of emergency!"
"Two words: Prez Ono. We have THE best university president, period. He's seriously a celebrity on campus. He actually communicates with students, is present at virtually every sporting event, and, believe it or not, actually responds to emails from students (I was one of them—I almost fainted). If you see him on campus, definitely say hi—he's the friendliest, most down-to-Earth guy! He just cares about the students and UC so much. It's humbling."
President Santa Ono (center) poses with students at last year's graduation ceremony.
"Students love that all of our sports forums are right on campus. Nippert Stadium—which is currently being renovated—is located right in the heart of campus on Main Street! You never have to walk far to get to a sporting event."
"Another great thing about UC is that sporting events are almost always free! I went to tons of basketball games last year and they were all free student tickets. I know at some schools you have to enter a lottery just to try to get tickets! I would hate that—UC makes it so easy for students to be involved. You can go to a game for free virtually whenever you want! The only time tickets are ever not free is if a game is sold out (which doesn’t happen very often, unless we play one of our top rivals, Xavier or Louisville)."
"UC is famous for its top programs in both the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP). People come from all over the country and even the world just to be a student in these colleges."
"UC was just named a top-tier 'Green University'! We work very hard to continue to improve our sustainability."
"We really do have some great professors at UC. While every school has their not-so-good professors, more often than not you have an instructor who really knows what they're doing and how to communicate with students."
"It seems like there is always some sort of construction either on or around campus. It is definitely worth the hassle when it's finished, but in the meantime, it can be annoying!"
"Off-campus crime is definitely a problem, although I've never had an issue with it personally. President Ono and the rest of the community have been making huge efforts to control crime recently. They have hired tons of off-campus patrol, which definitely makes me feel a lot safer. Crime has significantly decreased just in the past two years, and it is continuing to improve and become more controlled."
"While some people hate our dining hall food and others don't mind it, it wouldn't hurt to improve it all around and provide some healthier options."
"Parking in any city can be a huge pain. My advice—if you have a car, buy a parking pass, or know how to parallel park (and remember to carry lots of change)."
"I remember someone once tweeted 'Welcome to the University of Cincinnati, where your destination is always uphill.' That pretty much sums it up. Be prepared. So. Many. Hills."
New Collegiette on Campus
"As a first-year, it's overwhelming just because there's so many opportunities—all these amazing chances are being thrown at you. It's daunting but exciting."
"Joining a sorority was by far the best way to get out of my comfort zone while also adapting to my new home at UC. Without my sisters, it would have taken a lot longer for me to get used to college life."
2014 Panhellenic Recruitment
"As a transfer, I felt like it was intimidating meeting people and getting to know new friends. Joining clubs was how I really started getting to know people."
"There are tons of different clubs and it's so easy to get involved! Everyone is very welcoming and are always looking for new people to join."
"Although we have a large number of undergraduate students, most of my classes are so small! A lot of them feel just like high school classes—with the exception of my giant lecture, of course. But even then, if you sit closer to the front, you don't even realize how many people are in there!"
"There is separate housing for freshman, and surprisingly, the dorms are actually fairly nice compared to a lot of schools. Some are really nice depending where you end up!"
"It’s easy to get to know upperclassmen in my experience. Everyone socializes with everybody, whether in class or clubs, etc."
All About Academics
College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP)
"I wouldn't necessarily say there is one specific department or major that is really big at UC—there are tons of students in the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, DAAP, CCM, as well as a large number of students in medical programs. Honestly, there's a great variety here."
"Your workload really just depends on a few different factors—how many credit hours you’re taking, your major, whether or not you have a job and are involved in organizations on campus, etc. Either way, it is definitely doable and nothing out of the ordinary."
"As a freshman, advising is really helpful. Your adviser is definitely there to guide you in the right direction. Some advisers are better than others, and it really just depends on the college that you are in. Overall, the advising program is decent, though it could be better. It seems like the process becomes harder after your freshman year, but advisers always make themselves available for students."
"Registering for classes is very simple. UC does everything through OneStop. There, you can access all the information you need to know—what classes you need to take, what classes are available, your early registration date, etc. Once you figure out all of that information, be prepared with a list of the classes you want to take and their call numbers (this is the number you will enter to register for the class), wake up at the crack of dawn on your early registration date (typically 6:30 a.m.), enter the call numbers for your classes and go back to sleep! Keep in mind, though, the site can be exceptionally slow at times due to so many people accessing it at once, especially in the dorms."
"It is definitely not hard to fulfill your general education courses. The requirements are average, and though it may seem like a lot, it is very easy to do."
"Students definitely spend a ton of time in Langsam Library—so much so that it can be hard to reserve a study room on occasion. Other popular places to study are Starbucks, the study room on the 300 level of Tangeman University Center (TUC) and really any comfy spot outside around campus when the weather is nice!"
Learn from the Best
Journalism professor Elissa Yancey (right) with a student
"We have some great professors at UC, especially in the journalism department. Two of my favorites have been Elissa Yancey and Doug Henry. I had Elissa for Principles of American Journalism and she was phenomenal. She is so passionate about journalism and every aspect that it entails. Doug Henry was my Reporting & Writing Professor. I love his class so much—he is so unbelievably knowledgeable that I could just listen to him talk about journalism for hours. I learned so many invaluable lessons in his class, ones that I will carry with me throughout the entirety of my career. It definitely wouldn’t have been the same experience with a different professor."
"Shawn Hughes is a professor in photojournalism and is also my adviser. He is always so resourceful and such a laid-back guy. I’ve learned so much from him and I love how he communicates with his students. I would recommend him to anyone."
"Catalin Macarie is a must-take professor if you are in the College of Business. While he comes off intimidating at first, he is actually a very kind, understanding and funny, laid-back guy. He knows virtually everything there is to know about business. Or at least he’s good at bluffing."
"If you have to take Intro to Marketing, try to take it with the beloved Ric Sweeney. Seriously, everyone loves this guy. He’s so funny and a really cool guy. Before class starts, he always has some song blaring—think Katy Perry."
"If you go to UC, you know about the infamous Human Sexuality class taught by Carolyn Peterson. You can tell she is passionate about the subject by her lectures. She really encourages students to be involved in class and participate in discussions."
"If you have to take micro or macroeconomics, be sure to take it with Erhardt! A lot of people struggle with that class and he’s definitely the best economics professor at UC."
"As a freshman, you will be assigned a learning community within your major/college. Learning communities are so beneficial as a freshman. It’s nice to get to know people who have a few of the same classes as you. Familiar faces are always comforting your first year. Some people become really close with the people in their learning communities and stay friends throughout the rest of college!"
"Professors are definitely good about making themselves available to students. If you have any kind of issue, most are usually very nice and understanding of any situation, whether related or unrelated to the class. People tend to communicate via email more than stopping by during office hours, but it is nice to have that option."
Some of Her Campus Cincinnati’s favorite classes: Human Sexuality, Reporting & Writing, Intro to Piano (Nonmajor), Yoga, Ballet, and American Sign Language (ASL).
Interests & Involvement
"I was in so many different organizations as a freshman. There are just so many things to get involved in, and I wanted to do it all."
"The College of Business has a Student Organizations Fair every fall, and that's how I heard about a few clubs that I became really involved in."
"I'd say some of the most popular clubs at UC are a lot of the business organizations—Lindner Women in Business was just established last fall and it's grown into a huge organization. Sorority and fraternity life is huge at UC and continues to grow each year. The same goes for the professional business fraternities. Also, the Mountaineering Club is exceptionally popular—I hear they have like 300 people come to their meetings."
Members of Lindner Women in Business
Members of the UC Mountaineering Club
"UC's sports teams are definitely well-known. We have our good years and our bad years—usually our mediocre years. But that doesn't make anyone love our Bearcats any less. That's the good thing about Cincinnati sports—we're used to let downs (ahem, Bengals...). We don't abandon our teams when we lose. Cincinnati has some great fans, and UC's are by far the best."
"My favorite part about UC's sports is that the tickets are almost always free. The university wants its students there and they make it possible. Nothing better than easy access to supporting our Bearcats."
"UC students love sports! I can't tell you how many times I go on Facebook and people are desperately searching for someone with a ticket to a football game. We love our school!"
"I love that Nippert Stadium and Fifth Third Arena are right in the middle of campus. It's nice that you never have to go far to go to a game—you can literally walk outside your door and you're nearly there."
"There are tons of intramural and club sports! The students love it and definitely get into it. My sorority pairs with a fraternity every semester to play an intramural sport and it's so much fun! Last year, we played kickball, and this year we did volleyball and flag football. We had a blast!"
"As far as athlete culture goes, it really just depends. The men's basketball players tend to stick together. I feel like the football players are more intersocial, but maybe because there's more and a wider variety of guys. In general, though, I wouldn't say there's a separate athlete culture. People at UC are friendly and will talk to pretty much anyone."
Members of UC Chaarg
"I love being a woman at the University of Cincinnati. There are so many opporunities for women on campus that I would never have even expected. Gender equality is encouraged and definitely celebrated."
"We have tons of clubs at UC tailored solely toward women. We have the UC Feminists Club, UC Multicultural Women's Collective, Lindner Women in Business, plus a Women's Center and a Women's Studies major. It really makes you feel like women are appreciated on our campus."
"The gender ratio definitely seems equal to me. I had no idea that we actually have a higher percentage of women than men at UC!"
"On campus, you'll see tons of different styles from women. Some girls dress up, some keep it casual. It really depends on your personality and also your mood. I know I have my *rare* days when I feel like looking nice to class. But most of the time, leggings and a sweatshirt or oversized sweater will do."
"There are definitely some trends going on around campus. Girls are always in leggings or yoga pants, riding boots or rain boots, Northface jackets, and puffy vests. Not necessarily all in one outfit."
Food & Drink
"There are three dining halls on campus: Market Pointe, Center Court and Stadium View. But my favorite place to eat right off campus is Lime."
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill on Calhoun Street (Photo by Shauna Steigerwald of The Cincinnati Enquirer)
"UC has about three or four dining halls and the food is okay. It's convenient because it's on the way to class or campus. My favorite place to eat is Center Court because the breakfast is delicious. I also like how it's unlimited food and can go back to the buffet if I'm not full.”
"I live off campus, so food places are really close to me. I always go to Chipotle or Jimmy Johns because it's only 5 minutes away."
"My favorite place to eat on campus is Market Pointe. My friends always get excited for Tender Tuesdays and there are tons of places close to campus to go grab a bite to eat."
"I am a transfer student so I have never eaten at the dining halls—people mostly go when they are freshman. My favorite place to go is Starbucks or Chick-Fil-A. The dining halls are pretty spread out and chicken strip days are pretty popular."
"Three food courts! Center Court, Market Pointe, and Stadium View. My favorite place to eat is Market Pointe because they have the widest variety of food, as well as an open and fun dining hall experience. People escpecially crave Chicken Tender Tuesdays, causing a long line out the door! Usually freshmen eat at the dining halls and most upperclassmen eat in TUC where there are varietys of fast food. Calhoun Street is lined with restaurants and is right on the edge of campus."
Center Court dining hall
"Students go out, attend parties and go to bars. There are lots of frat parties around campus. Alcohol is a major part of campus, but people are not pressured to drink. Alternatives are movies and downtown activities. People tend to stick with their friends."
"The nightlife on campus is crazy even on Tuesdays."
"My favorite place to go is Uncle Woody's."
“Alcohol is definitely prevalent on campus, but not drugs so much.”
"Most people go to Woody's and Mount Adams."
"Older students tend to go to house parties and/or local bars. The UC social scene is pretty inclusive when it comes to freshmen. The bar scene is a little more exclusive and most people are regulars at bars like Mac's and Woody's. People tend to go out on Wednesdays through Saturday at UC."
"We have the Bearcat Transportation System (BTS), which is free for UC Students and runs from 7 p.m. to around 3 a.m. These shuttles have tons of different routes that will take you virtually anywhere, even across the river to Newport on the Levee."
"We also have UC NightRide. This is hands down one of my favorite services that UC offers—I use it nearly every week. NightRide runs Sunday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. to midnight, and Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. They are always so busy—students love it and it's so useful."
Morgens Hall (left) and Scioto Hall
"You can absolutely pick your own roommate if you want! I lived with my best friend my freshman year and we had the time of our life."
"Dorms are definitely pretty safe. There is a desk staff that works 24/7 and checks IDs after a certain time at night."
"If you live more than 50 miles away coming to UC as a freshman, you're required to live on campus. I didn't mind when I was a freshman because I got to experience all that UC had to offer."
"There are so many residence halls on campus! I honestly don't think I could name them all. Most of them are pretty nice too!"
"Our city is very urban. We are very close to the downtown nightlife as well as big headquarters and companies."
"I love Cincinnati!"
"There's always so much to do. Cincinnati has a major league baseball team, the Reds, NFL team, the Bengals, and a minor league hockey team, the Cyclones. When you're not at a sporting event, there's the Cincinnati Ballet, the art museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Taft Theater…do I need to say more? The adventures are endless. Oh, and we have some beautiful parks!"
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