The University of Cincinnati is a coeducational public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 2007 rankings from The Center at Arizona State University place the University of Cincinnati as a "Public University Ranking in the Top 25 among Publics," tied for the 37th best public research university and 70th overall research university in the United States. UC has an annual enrollment of approximately 35,000 students — thus making it one of the 100 largest universities in the U.S. It offers nearly 600 programs of study, ranging from 2-year Associate's Degrees to Doctoral and post-doctorate education. With an economic impact of over $3 billion per year, it is the largest single employer in Greater Cincinnati.
In 1819, Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were founded in Cincinnati upon the suggestion and with the funds of local benefactors such as Dr. Daniel Drake who went before the Ohio Legislature in January 1819 and sought a charter for the Medical College of Ohio, the second medical school to be founded west of the Allegheny Mountains, and William Lytle of the Lytle family of Cincinnati.
In 1870, due to the estate of Charles McMicken, money was left to the City of Cincinnati to establish the University of Cincinnati, absorbing Cincinnati College. While the Medical College of Ohio was loosely affiliated with UC from about 1896, it joined with a splinter medical school, Miami Medical College, to form the Ohio-Miami Medical Department of the University of Cincinnati in 1909, several months prior to Abraham Flexner's visit. UC would again add another independent organization to its roster of colleges when it absorbed the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1962. UC became a "municipally-sponsored, state-affiliated" institution in 1968. During this time, UC was the second-oldest and second-largest municipal university in the country. It became one of Ohio's state universities in 1977. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UC as a Research University-Very High Research Activity.
The university comprises several colleges:
UC is also the home of the Institute for Policy Research, a multidisciplinary research organization which opened in 1971. It performs a variety of surveys and polls on public opinion throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, primarily through telephone surveys.
A number of new international activities are positioning UC as a leading international innovator among US universities. UC is the first American university to benchmark its international student services, using an instrument known as the International Student Barometer (ISB). In the Fall 2006 survey, UC benchmarked with the highest overall international student satisfaction score among the 40 participating institutions.
UC is also among the first universities to pilot the new Standards for Education Abroad, created by the Forum for Education Abroad. UC recently initiated a strategy of "comprehensive engagement" with key foreign institutions. The first of these with which a formal agreement was signed was Shandong University, of Jinan, China. In addition to developing a range of activities across their many colleges, the two universities have agreed to create a Joint Center for Urban Research, with offices on both campuses. UC's new COSMIC database (Cincinnati Online System for Managing International Collaboration) provides a view of its international relationships.
The school's athletics teams are known as the "Bearcats" and, since July 1, 2005, they have been members of the Big East Conference. They were previously members of Conference USA, a conference of which they were a founding member.
The university's most well-known rivalries are with the University of Louisville and Xavier University. UC is known for its rich tradition in basketball and now in football, under new coach Brian Kelly.
The Bearcats won the NCAA national championship in basketball in 1961 and 1962, both times against Ohio State. Charles Keating won the 1946 200m butterfly national title for UC as a member of the men's swimming team while Pat Evans (3m Dive - 1989) and Becky Ruehl (10m dive - 1996) have brought home titles for the women's diving team. The UC Dance Team won 3 National Championships from 2004 through 2006. They are the first team in UC history to ever capture three consecutive national titles. They remain one of the top dance programs in the country.
Notable athletics alumni include: Baseball Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Miller Huggins, Basketball Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman, Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin and tennis great Tony Trabert.
In May of 2006, Thomas introduced his vision for Bearcat Athletics, aptly titled CATAPULT. Thomas's five-year vision for UC's 18-sport intercollegiate program was launched on the six-month anniversary of his hiring as AD. The plan focuses on three main initiatives: winning BIG EAST team championships, high-level academic achievement, and a comprehensive integration with the Greater Cincinnati Community. This action initiative will track UC's 18 teams towards BIG EAST Championships in every sport within the next five years, encourages continued leadership by UC student-athletes in academics, and stresses community engagement. CATAPULT--an acronym for championships, academics, and together--sets the goal that in the next five years UC will win a BIG EAST championship in every sport; UC's student-athletes will lead the general student body in graduation rate and grade point average; and UC's student-athletes and coaches will engage the Cincinnati community in service.
In December 2007 the football Bearcats were honored by ESPN who wrote that if Academics AND Athletics Achievement were factored in, that the University of Cincinnati would be playing in the BCS Championship game. UC finished the season with a 10-3 record and a #17 national ranking.
During the 2006 Fall Quarter, the first under the CATAPULT plan, UC's sports teams made major improvements in academics, achieving an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.938. Additionally, 11 of the 17 squads posted team GPAs higher than the general UC student body GPA of 2.965.
The Bearcat men's basketball team made the greatest improvement in the classroom, as its 2.875 team GPA a half a grade point better than that of last year's squad for Fall Quarter. Five Bearcats had GPAs of 3.0 or above with two student-athletes making the Dean's List.
The Bearcat women's soccer team also earned a national Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for having a team GPA of at least 3.2 for the 2005-06 school year.
A total of 247 student-athletes from UC's 17 sports were named to either the Bearcat or the Topcat Honor Roll. To qualify for the Bearcat Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have earned a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49 for the quarter, while Topcat honorees must maintain between a 3.5 and a 4.0 GPA.
The Bearcats are stepping up their levels of performance in BIG EAST competition, as four of the six UC fall sports teams improved their finish in the final conference standings over that of Fall 2005. The Bearcat teams collectively posted an improvement of three places. UC's men's soccer team became the first Bearcat squad to claim a BIG EAST title, winning the Red Division of the league's regular season race.
Besides its varsity sports, the university also has a diverse number of intercollegiate club sports teams, and has recently passed legislation to distinguish some clubs as Club Varsity. Such as the Hockey team which hired former NHL star Blaine Stoughton.
Around 3,500 people live on campus in undergraduate, graduate, and family housing. UC Housing & Food Services manages seven undergraduate residence halls:
Two off-campus university-affiliated (but not university-managed) housing options were introduced in 2005: Stratford Heights and University Park Apartments.
On-campus graduate and family housing is available in the Scioto-Morgens Complex, although the residence halls will close in September 2008 for renovations that are planned to be completed by fall 2010. Controversely, the university did not inform current residents about the renovations until after the plans had been finalized, and of particular concern is that the university plans to reopen the halls for undergraduates, displacing the current population of mainly international students, graduate students, families, faculty and staff.
The university has had a strategic plan for the last decade for new architecture to be built by "signature architects." UC itself has an outstanding architecture and design program, and the efforts to have these famous architects design new campus buildings have encouraged students to attend the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).