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The University of Cincinnati was established in 1870 by the City of Cincinnati. Over time, the university absorbed Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio, which both traced their origins back to 1819. Today, the University of Cincinnati is an urban public research university with more than 42,000 students enrolled in its on-campus and online programs. Originally a municipal institution, the university is now a member of the University System of Ohio. The university attracts students from all 50 states and from more than 100 countries around the world.

Many of the University of Cincinnati’s colleges and programs have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked the university 4th in the nation for cooperative education, 6th in the nation for paleontology, and 3rd in the nation for criminal justice and pediatrics in its 2012 lists. The Carnegie Commission classified the university as having “very high research activity,” and the National Science Foundation ranked the university among the nation’s top 25 public research universities.

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Programs Offered

In addition to its high-quality, campus-based programs, the University of Cincinnati offers courses and programs through distance learning. These include degree and certificate programs, as well as professional development and continuing education. Associate degree programs available through distance education include associate degrees in early childhood care and education and fire science technology. Bachelor’s programs include clinical laboratory science, early childhood education, fire science technology, health information management, substance abuse counseling, and a degree completion program in special education — sign language interpreting track. Master’s degrees are even more plentiful, including programs in health administration, curriculum and instruction with seven different specializations. In addition, there are master’s programs for educational leadership, special education, criminal justice, and pharmaceutical sciences.


The University of Cincinnati has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs from the following accreditors: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


The admissions process for distance learning programs varies greatly by program, and prospective students should visit the website of the distance learning program they’re interested in for specific admissions information. In general, first-time college students fill out an online application, submit supplemental information (personal statement and list of co-curricular activities), pay a $50 application fee, send in high school or college transcripts, arrange to have college prep form submitted, and submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants to graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, submit college transcripts, have a satisfactory undergraduate GPA, and meet all other requirements for the particular graduate program, which may include licensure in a specific area, letters of intent, a resume, and/or letters of recommendation.

Admissions Contact

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University of Cincinnati
Office of Admissions
PO Box 210091
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091
admissions@uc.edu (freshman admissions questions)
transfer@uc.edu (transfer and nontraditional admissions questions)

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