University of Cincinnati

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Updated August 6, 2020

All public colleges operating in Ohio are part of the University System of Ohio, which includes the University of Cincinnati. Founded in 1819, the university opened as a small college with its own medical school. Though that school closed just a few years later, it reopened as a private university after receiving a major donation from a local man. The university grew significantly in the coming years because it either acquired or merged with a music conservatory, medical school, law school and school of pharmacology. In addition to its main campus in Cincinnati, UC also operates a medical campus and a smaller campus in the Walnut Hills area of the city. There are also four research facilities and three regional campuses operated by UC as well as an online and distance learning program.

UC schools rank highly on some notable lists. Among the schools named the top in the nation are its schools of law, pharmacology, medicine, education and engineering. UC also received rankings on lists of the world's best schools released by Times, ARWU and QS. You'll also see the university ranked on national lists published by ARWU, Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. The number of students taking courses on its main campus reached more than 34,000 in recent years, but across all branches, UC has a student enrollment of more 43,000.

University of Cincinnati Accreditation Details

UC has accreditation from more organizations than almost any other public school in Ohio. You want to attend a university with regional accreditation because this means that you earn a real degree and that you can get financial assistance from the government. UC has regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). The NCACS performs regular inspections to ensure that the university should retain its accreditation. You may want to look for program accreditation too, which ensures that the program you want to enroll in has accreditation. Some of the program accreditation that the University of Cincinnati has comes from organizations like:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Council for Construction Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
  • American Dental Association
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

University of Cincinnati Application Requirements

The University of Cincinnati recommends that you take college prep courses while in high school before submitting an application. Prep courses can include Advanced Placement (AP) classes or upper level classes designed to help you in college. Examples of upper level courses include algebra and geometry. You'll also want to ensure that you take a variety of courses that include life sciences, social sciences, English and at least one foreign language. You must also take the SAT or the ACT and make arrangements for the testing board to mail an official copy of your score to UC. UC also asks for a high school transcript that lists your total grade point average and the classes you took, especially any college prep classes.

The admissions process used by UC requires the completion of the common application too. You can create an account with the common application and use the same account when applying to UC and to other colleges. UC recommends that you apply for scholarships when submitting your application too. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you can apply for financial aid and on campus housing. The University of Cincinnati also requires that you send in a final transcript that shows the grades you received in your last semester of high school.

Tuition and Fees

The University of Cincinnati charges three different types of rates based on where students live before enrolling. Tuition for full time students who live in Ohio pay $11,000 a year for tuition alone. Those who live in the metro area, which includes cities and counties nearby in both Indiana and Kentucky, pay around $11,600 each year. A separate rate applies to those who live outside of Ohio. Those students pay $26,000 a year. Students who enroll for classes part time $459 per credit hour as an Ohio resident, $484 as a metro resident or $1,098 while living out of state. The same tuition rates apply to all students living on campus and those taking courses online. UC also requires that students have health insurance, which they can buy directly from the university, and that on campus residents pay for a meal plan and dorm room.

While UC offers scholarships for some qualifying students, it also offers traditional financial assistance packages. After you fill out the FAFSA and list UC as the college you will attend, you will see what type of package you get. You may receive grants, loans and admittance to a work-study program. UC also offers financial aid for students taking summer classes.

Online Degree Programs

One of the highest rated medical centers in the country is the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. The institute offers appointments for those dealing with cancer, can run tests on patients and provide treatment plans as well. It also offers a number of classes and programs every year for medical students who want to learn more and doctors who need to continue their education. The University of Cincinnati itself offers a number of medical and health care programs through its distance learning and online education system. You can earn an BSHS in health information management administration, a BS in either medical laboratory science or respiratory therapy, an MHA in health care administration or an MS in either health informatics or speech and language pathology.

If you are a recent high school graduate and want to begin working right after graduation from college, you might enroll in its radiation science technology or nursing program. Its nursing program ranks as one of the nation's best and gets you fully prepared for taking the N-CLEX examination to obtain your nursing license. The University of Cincinnati now offers more than 30 degree and certificate programs online, including programs in nursing, criminal justice and education.

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