If you were to check older comment about University
Cincinnati, many folks were upset at the constant
amount of construction,which was probably quite disruptive. However, now that
it is finished, I can say that the campus and
its facilities are amazingly impressive. They REALLY did a great
UC is a hard school to quantify since it
is made up of a very diverse student body. You
have some REALLY smart, talented kids along with some mediocre
kids. You have a lot of international kids and kids
from many ethnicities.
UC is probably one of the hidden
gems among colleges especially for certain programs. It has a
large endowment, it is much cheaper to attend than that
of a private school, has fabulous facilities, very strong coops,which
will be discussed below, and some terrific programs.
academics, UC is really several schools in one and each
school has their own admission standards which vary greatly. The
Schools of medicine, law and pharmacy are quite good as
is their engineering school and school of criminal justice. However,their
top two schools,which are nationally well-known are their Design, Art,
Architecture and Planning School and the Conservatory of Music.These latter
schools are considered in the top five programs in the
US and among the top schools in the world! I
am not exaggerating either. Just check out any ranking program.
Industrial design was ranked in the top 5 by ID
magazine. Interior Design is considered top in the nation. Architecture
is one of the top 5 in the country and
so forth. I am in digital design,which is a hybrid
of animation, web and special effects design. This is a
fabulous program. Everyone here that I have met loves the
program that they are in.
CCM (Conservatory of Music) also
has top ranked programs in performance, stage design, drama, dance,
and musical theater.
For their art, design and music programs
it is quite difficult to get into compared to similar
programs at other schools. Interestingly, the admission requirements for other
programs, such as their arts and sciences school and school
of buisness, isn't that difficult for entry.
What makes University
of Cincinnati unique is not just the academics but their
approach to academics,which is to integrate classroom work with coops.
It may surprise you to learn that UC was the
forerunner of coops. It preceeded that of Northeastern, Drexel and
other schools that you may of heard of. In addition,
many programs have mandatory coops that are PAID and quite
good. This adds a dimension to the education that is
not available at other schools. I should note that there
are a LOT of coops from all over the US
and even the world. We even have lots of coops
UC also was a recent recipient of a
PACE grant that awarded UC 420 million worth of state-of-the-
art software. This will allow all kids of modeling and
will be used not only by DAAP but buy engineers,
business students and medical students. This opens up a huge
dimension to the education of the students.
At UC, the
students in these top programs are expected to work VERY
hard. Having little sleep is the norm. If you are
not commited to the arts, you shouldn't come here. The
demands are enormous. For example, I took 19 credits a
semester ( which included band). This wasn't unusual either. However,
the skills that I and others have gleaned were fantastic.
Honestly,although I can't speak for libeal arts programs, although
I did take some computer courses and liked them, I
would difinitely rate their top programs a solid A for
both quality of the program and challenge.
of the buildings were designed by top notch, well-known architects.
They are fabulously designed. In addition, wireless in omnipresent.
For example, in our student union , we have not
only state of the art work out facilites with an
indoor running track, LOTS of treadmills, stair climbers, etc. but
we have two pools. One of our pools even has
a current running through it so that students can get
more exercise by swimming against the current or can swim
with the current for fun. I can't speak highly
enough of the facilites and equipment at UC. Facilities are
definitely an A+ here
Dorms: Most undergrad dorms are just
mediocre. I was in a quad, and this was the
honor's dorm! However, the good news about this is that
I met a lot of people.They are very social places.
Upper class dorms are definitely nicer and some are even
appartment where you can have your own room. I even
have a kitchen. I would rate the upper class dorms
a solid B+ to A-. Freshmen dorms would be a
Things to do: UC has a LOT going on
with all kinds of events, sporting activities and the like
as found in many big, state schools. However, if you
add the fact that we have CCM,which is one of
the best conservatories in the world, we have a lot
of musical and theatrical events to attend. There are also
lots of art shows and even fashion shows ( Yes,
we have a fashion design major, and it is pretty
good). There are people who don't get out and may
complain,but, honestly, there are a lot of things going on
here. Just check the UC calendars. It is usually full
of activities. I would give this place a solid B+
to A- on things to do.
As an example, I
am in marching band. It is one of the best
in the country and headed by CCM staff. It is
a great band and gives great musical experience. I can't
imagine a better way to both meet people and have
Coops: I did discuss this but it deserves special
mention. We have a HUGE amount of coops. In many
schools, they are mandatory, and they are usually PAID. Many
business students and engineering student get coops. Our placement rate
for DAAP, and engineering, theater,drama and dance is outstanding. Business
students also have a good placement rate as well.
spirit: I guess this depends on who you speak to;however,
UC seems to be a very spirited school with all
of their sporting events, musical events etc. My only regret
is that our football team can be a lot better
than it is. I will say though that when our
stadium fills up, it is fabulous to watch 35,000 people
go crazy and cheer.
Parking: Everyone can have a car.
Parking is plentiful. Unfortunately, it is also not cheap to
park. The cost is about $200 a quarter.
uses UNWEIGHTED GPA for admission,which seems a bit idiotic. Although
the average SATs for most schools isn't that high, the
DAAP school generally has SATs of 1300 or more. UC
does use rolling admission;thus, you need to get your application
in early. The more desireable programs such as architecture and
design, and music fill up quickly.
Although design doesn't require
a porfolio, music does as does, drama, theater and fine
Miscellaneous: UC is on a quarter system. This has
pros and cons. We start later than most schools and
end later. Our quarters go by VERY quickly. There is
no room for fluff,and most professors hit the ground running.
I have even had homework before classes have begun! However,
the advantages are that if you don't like your prof,
you only need to put up with them for 10
weeks. Also, you can take a wider variety of courses
using a quarter system than in a semester system. However,
there is a discuss about switching to a semester system
since most schools are on that system. This would allow
easier trasfers to and from the school. I would imagine
that they will change as some point before 2011.
school has a strong honors program, a very decent merit
scholarship program entitled the Cincinnatus scholarship program,which awards student who
have a 3.25 in highschool at least $2,000 for instate
and $5,000 or MORE for out of state students regardless
of need. This in conjuntion with the coops make Cincinnati
a real bargain.
Also the school allows duel majors, and
tutoring is provided.
I should note that although there are
a number of kids on campus, there are also a
lot of commuters.
Food: Although our cafeteria has won
all kinds of college food awards, I didn't like our
cafeteria food. It wasn't as varied or tasty as I
would have liked. Fortunately, there are lots of restaurants nearby,
thank heaven for Panaras, and other good places that will
take our student cards.
In short: UC is a
terrific school IF you are willing to take advantage of
what is has to offer and are willing to work
VERY hard. We had about 1200 Cincinnatus Scholars awarded
for our freshmen year, yet, I would bet, based on
my experience that half the kids lose their scholarship because
they didn't realize how demanding this school can be or
were overly distracted by all of the events going on.
This is NOT a school that you can simply breeze
through. For example, their dance program loses 50% of their
entering class by graduation due to the high demands placed
on their kids. Be aware of this: Cincinnati will offer
you a great education but will demand a lot of
commitment for this in return!