Cincinnati: The City and the Campus

Cincinnati provides the perfect backdrop for the graduate experience, offering academic-corporate partnerships, exciting career opportunities and all the big-city amenities in an area with an affordable cost of living. On campus, you'll find a welcoming graduate community and a vast array of environments. Stately buildings and lush greenspaces provide space to learn, study and create, while UC's commitment to #NextLivesHere is taking physical shape in new and upcoming campus facilities, designed to keep UC at the forefront of innovation and discovery. 

The City

A view of the Cincinnati skyline from Northern Kentucky hills.

Low Cost of Living, High Quality of Life

Cincinnati has the goings on of a big city with the cost-of-living of a small town. It has been ranked the most affordable city for those living alone four years in a row. Don’t let this fool you though, with fifty-two neighborhoods to explore, a lively downtown, beautiful parks and nature to explore, and a thriving young professional community, you’ll never be without (actually affordable) weekend plans. 

A Fortune 500 Neighborhood

Cincinnati is a place that lives and breathes business. A total of six Fortune 500 Companies operate in Cincinnati (The Kroger Company, P&G, etc.). The city is also home to several large hospital systems and financial institutions, creating ample employment and networking opportunities.

A Top City for Post-Graduates

Cincinnati ranks as a top city for young professionals to settle down, find their bearings and start stable careers. So whether you are looking for a place to live for a few years while you complete your degree, or are looking for your new long term home, you'll find Cincinnati a welcoming place with a lot of opportunity. 

The Campus

Tangeman University Center, the heart of UC student life (right), faces McMicken Hall across the McMicken Commons greenspace.

Beautiful Buildings and Greenspaces

Listed as one of the world's most beautiful campuses in Forbes Magazine, UC is a school composed of modern steel structures, classic architecture, and sprawling greenspaces. The university's decades-long Campus Master Plan—a $1.2 billion dollar campus rehab—has more than impressed, leaving the campus a breathtaking place for students to call home. See for yourself with a virtual campus tour.

New and Upcoming Facilities

The campus scenery is ever-changing, as UC keeps an eye on the future education landscape. The former Lindner College of Business building is currently undergoing innovative and environomentally concious renovations, to be completed in August 2022. This building serves as a hub for students, faculty and the greater Cincinnati business community. The College of Law is completely rennovating an existing UC building to create a state-of-the-art new home for its students and faculty.  The College of Allied Health Sciences also saw the opening of its new Health Sciences Building in the Fall 2019 semester. The HSB is a new significant piece of architecture, surrounded by greenspace and pedestrian pathways connecting all Academic Health Center colleges. In Spring 2019, UC Health celebrated the opening of the new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute building, designed to fit the unique needs of neurological patients. 

A Safe and Welcoming Environment

UC is home to over 10,500 graduate students, 20% of which are international students. The International Student Barometer ranked UC in the top five worldwide as the most welcoming, with UC placing ninth overall among national peers. A multitude of student organizations (including many graduate-only and mixed groups) and student services centers offer opportunities for graduate students to connect, socialize and grow. And whether its extracurriculars, evening classes, lab work or studying that keeps you on campus till dark, UC and the city of Cincinnati work hard to keep you safe around the clock. The past few years have brought free on-demand nighttime transportation around campus, improved street lighting around campus and more officers patrolling campus.