The University of Cincinnati was founded in 1870, but its roots lie in two colleges that were formed in 1819—Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio. These institutions were later absorbed into the larger research university with the help of Charles McMicken, whose estate helped establish the University of Cincinnati in 1870. In 1906, UC implemented the first co-op program in the country, setting a precedent for a system in which students study on campus and work at firms off campus. UC became a "municipally-sponsored, state-affiliated" institution in 1968, and in 1977 it was incorporated into the University of Ohio system.
On the main campus, most of the residential and academic buildings are to the north, and the athletic fields and facilities are to the south. The medical campus is to the northeast of the main campus.
There are two main dining centers on campus—Center Court and MarketPointe—as well as a variety of smaller choices.
In the last 15 years, the university has commissioned a number of buildings by well-regarded architects. Some of these buildings are listed below:
* Engineering Research Center, Michael Graves
* Aronoff Center for Art and Design, Peter Eisenman
* College-Conservatory of Music, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners
* Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Frank O. Gehry
* Tangeman University Center, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
* Steger Student Life Center, Moore Ruble Yudel
* Campus Recreation Center, Morphosis (Thom Mayne)
* Lindner Athletic Center, Bernard Tschumi
Cincinnati is home to about 2.1 million people (Greater Cincinnati) and is situated on the Ohio river on the border with Kentucky. Residents of Cincinnati are called Cincinnatians. Cincinnati was a major American boomtown in the early nineteenth century and paved the way for much of the migration of into the heartland. Among other things, it is famous for its nineteenth-century German architecture, which is primarily concentrated just north of Downtown, one of the largest historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cincinnati Reds (baseball) and the Cincinnati Bengals (football) are popular sports teams, and there are a number of theatres, museums, restaurants, and other cultural landmarks located downtown, not far from the university.
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John Shaw Billings - M.D. 1860. He began the process to organize the world's medical literature, of what now is PubMed.
Cris Collinsworth - law graduate, Emmy-winning sports commentator, former NFL player
Stephen Flaherty - Music graduate, Tony-winning composer (Ragtime and Once on This Island)
James Levine - Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra
Keith Lockhart - Conductor of the Boston Pops orchestra
Charlie Luken - Law graduate, politician and former Mayor of Cincinnati
Sarah Jessica Parker – Actress most famous for her role in the TV show Sex and the City
Jean Schmidt - Congresswoman from Ohio
Joseph B. Strauss - Engineer who designed the Golden Gate Bridge
William Howard Taft – law graduate, US President, Supreme Court Chief Justice
Kevin Youkilis - MLB player at the Boston Red Sox
UC participates in NCAA Division I athletics in the Big East Conference. Before 2005, however, they were part of Conference USA. The Bearcats—as UC’s teams are known—have major rivalries with the University of Louisville and Xavier University. Men’s Basketball and Men’s Football are the most popular sports on campus. The Bearcats won the NCAA national championship in basketball in 1961 and 1962, both times against Ohio State.
Notable athletics alumni include Baseball Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Miller Huggins and Basketball Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman.
In addition to its varsity sports, UC has a large number of intercollegiate club sports teams, the best of which are distinguished as “Club Varsity.”
The University of Cincinnati can boast a number of “firsts,” including:
*The first antihistamine
*The first electronic organ
*The oral polio vaccine
UC is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region. Their site claimes that they have an “economic impact of more than $3 billion.”
UC’s Student-Faculty ration is 15-1
UC has 16 Libraries with 3,209,337 volumes and 42,265 periodicals
Only 21% of undergraduates live in on-campus housing, but a much higher percentage of freshman do. And all in all, around 3,500 people live on campus in undergraduate, graduate, and family housing.
There are seven undergraduate residences. All rooms come fully-furnished and have air conditioning, heat, high speed Internet access, one micro-fridge unit, and cable TV service. All residence halls have a laundry room, study lounge, snack vending machines, and 24-hour security. They are listed bellow.
Campus Recreation Center Housing
Additionally, two off-campus university-affiliated apartments were opened in 2005: Stratford Heights and University Park Apartments.