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U.S. News & World Report rankings

The University of Cincinnati was again named in the Top Tier of the country's "Best National Universities" and moved up four spots to 135th in the 2014 magazine issue. In the past four years, UC has jumped 21 places on the list and is now tied with Hofstra University, Kansas State University and Ohio University. (Sept. 2013)

The University of Cincinnati was also listed third among 23 "National Universities" identified as “Up-and-Coming Schools” by the college administrators who are surveyed by U.S. News. Administrators across the country were asked to nominate universities that recently made promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities, according to the college guide.

UC also made the list of the top 13 colleges with the best co-op or internship opportunities.

In addition, UC has numerous programs ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation. Out of the following 41 UC programs and colleges that are nationally ranked, 37 placed in the top 50.

In particular, the MBA program rose a total of 39 spots for its full-time program and 69 spots for its part-time program. Both rankings exemplified the largest increase of any school in the nation, leading U.S. News & World Report to call the UC move "one of the most noteworthy changes" in the most current rankings.

These are the most recent rankings (2014 for online programs and MBA programs; 2013 for most of the other rankings). All categories are not ranked yearly.

(Note: USN&WR generally ranks only graduate programs. Rankings from other sources are listed below the USN&WR list.)

Rankings of colleges, schools, university-wide programs (2013)

  • Cooperative Education — 4th
  • College of Pharmacy — 32nd
  • College of Medicine — 44th
  • College of Nursing undergraduate studies — 48th
  • College of Nursing graduate studies — 72nd
  • College of Law — 80th
  • College of Engineering — 81st
  • School of Criminal Justice (CECH) — 3rd
  • School of Education (CECH) — 65th

Best online programs (2014)

  • Online graduate education program — 18th
  • Online graduate nursing program — 37th
  • Online bachelor's program — 87th

Music and arts graduate programs

  • Opera/voice — 3rd
  • Interior design — 3rd
  • Musical conducting — 5th
  • Industrial design — 6th
  • Music — 6th
  • Music composition — 9th
  • Orchestra/symphony — 9th
  • Drama — 37th
  • Master of fine arts — 45th
  • Creative writing — 46th

Medical and human-service graduate programs

  • Pediatrics — 3rd
  • Otolaryngology — 18th
  • AIDS center — 26th
  • Neurology — 28th
  • Geriatrics — 29th
  • Pulmonary disease — 32nd
  • Cancer center — 33rd
  • Rheumatology — 35th
  • Speech, language pathology (CAHS) — 38th
  • Endocrinology — 39th
  • Cardiology — 43rd
  • Audiology (CAHS) — 44th

Science, engineering, business graduate programs

  • Paleontology — 6th
  • Environmental engineering — 20th
  • Aerospace engineering — 31st
  • Industrial engineering — 37th
  • Civil engineering — 48th
  • Materials engineering — 50th
  • Mechanical engineering -- 60th
  • MBA:
    • best full-time program — 60th, a 39-spot increase in its rankings over last year, the single biggest increase of any school (March 2014)
    • best part-time program — 81st, a 69-spot rise over last year, the biggest increase of any school (March 2014)
    • top 10 for greatest financial value upon graduation -- highest first-year salaries relative to debt load out of 437 for programs ('12)

Undergraduate program ranking

  • Accounting undergraduate program — 10th
University of Cincinnati

Various other rankings applaud UC

Note: Most rankings do not occur yearly.

Physical campus

Top in the world

  • Forbes magazine — Forbes named UC among the world's most beautiful college campuses. Others making that short list were Oxford University in England as well as Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University and the University of Virginia. (2010)
  • Delta Sky magazine — UC made the list of the world’s Top Ten most inspiring campuses, as selected by Delta Sky magazine. Campuses were deemed inspiring based upon their settings, design or architecture. (2011)

Top in the country

  • Best College Reviews named UC’s rec center No. 1 among the “25 most amazing campus student recreation centers” in the country. “UC students have all the amenities that modern students expect, but they enjoy partaking of them in world class architectural achievements, which is a big part of why Cincinnati takes our top spot,” the announcement read. Ohio made a good showing with Ohio State University placing at No. 5 and University of Akron at No. 14. (2013)
  • Allied Health World named UC’s Campus Recreation Center on West Campus, along with the East Campus Fitness Center in the CARE/Crawley building, to be in the top 10 university fitness centers in the country. The announcement praised the quantity and quality of equipment, swimming pools, etc., but also bragged on the architecture -- Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and Kristina Loock for the former building, and the latter for winning the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award. (June 2013)
  • The Fiscal Times listed UC among the "10 Public Colleges with Insanely Luxurious Dorms," citing the upperclassman housing located in the same building as the Campus Recreation Center and CenterCourt, the dining facility with five food stations. (fall 2012)
  • Top Colleges Online named UC as having three of "The 50 Most Amazing Examples of College Architecture." The top three were the Vontz Center, the Steger Student Center and the Engineering Research Center. (2012)
  • Travel & Leisure magazine listed UC among the nation's most beautiful campuses, along with Cornell, Duke, Notre Dame, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Yale. (Oct. 2011)
  • Yahoo Travel lists UC among the nation's most beautiful college campuses, noting that such architecture not only nabs indecisive students, but also attracts tourists. UC is listed along with Yale, Notre Dame, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Duke and William and Mary. (Oct. 2011)

Academics, research, diversity, more

Princeton Review

  • UC among 'Nation's Best' — UC has been named as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education for the seventh straight year, according to the Princeton's Review's 2014 edition of "The Best 377 Colleges." (2008-14)
  • Named a "Green University" — For the third straight year, UC is listed in the top tier of the nation's "green" universities. (2013)
  • Lindner College of Business among best 295 — UC's College of Business is ranked one of the best, based largely upon the opinions of students.(2014, also among the top in '13-'09)
  • College of Law, among best 172 — UC's College of Law is ranked among the top schools in the country. (2011, '09, '05)
  • Best Professor in Nation — LisaMarie Luccioni, adjunct professor of communications, was named one of the best 300 undergraduate teachers in the country. She teaches business etiquette and professional image courses in the Lindner Honors-PLUS program and communications in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences. She is one of fewer than 100 Certified Image Professionals in the U.S. (2012)
  • 19th most diverse — UC is ranked 19th in the nation for having a diverse student population. (2009)
  • Entrepreneur Program in top 25 — UC's undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the Lindner College of Business is ranked 21st among Princeton's "Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges." (2008)

Academic Ranking of World Universities

  • Top 300 in the world — UC places in the top 300 worldwide universities, out of more than 2,500 universities ranked by the influential Academic Ranking of World Universities. The study was published by Shanghai Jiaotong University. (2012)
  • Top 100 of American universities (2012)

Chronicle of Higher Education

  • At top of Fulbright Scholar list — Among research institutions, the University of Cincinnati ranked near the top of the list when the Chronicle published "Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars." UC had seven faculty earning Fulbrights, surpassing Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and Ohio State universities. Only four universities ranked ahead of UC (Pennsylvania State, University of Kansas, Arizona State and New York University). Fulbright awards allow faculty to teach and conduct research internationally. (2011)

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

  • Research classification — UC is classified as a "Very High Research Activity" university, placing us among 35 research-intensive universities to receive the classification. (2011)
  • Community Engagement — UC is received a Community Engagement classification, acknowledging UC's emphasis on service in improving teaching and learning, as well as its commitment to benefiting the local and global community. (2011)

DesignIntelligence (survey of employers)

  • Industrial design No. 1 — UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning was named as having the country's best undergraduate industrial design program for the third straight year — tied with Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. (2014)
  • Interior design No. 4 — For the last 11 years, DAAP’s undergraduate interior design program has ranked in the top four in the nation. (2014)
  • No. 15 for graduate architecture — DAAP’s graduate-level architecture program has ranked in the top 15 for three years in a row. In the Midwest, it was ranked No. 1. (2014)

DesignIntelligence (subsurvey of deans and department heads)

  • Interior design No. 1 — For the second year in a row, interior design deans and department heads ranked UC’s undergraduate program No. 1 as the “most admired undergraduate interior design program.” (2014)
  • Industrial design No. 1 — Industrial design deans and department heads ranked UC’s undergraduate program No. 1 as the “most admired undergraduate interior design program.” (2014)

DesignIntelligence (from survey comments)

  • Among the nation's top 30 most-admired industrial-design educators:
    • Dale Murray, associate professor — described as a “personally well-versed designer," "an advocate for design to help others throughout the world" and "admired for his knowledge of sustainable design, his passion for industrial design, and his encouragement of logical research and strong presentation skills.” (2014)
    • Brigid O’Kane, associate professor of practice — described as having a great deal of industry experience, which she uses to provide "a broad range of insightful information about how the industry really works.” (2014)

Business Insider's Global Design Rankings

  • DAAP college No. 3 in world — Art directors, product designers and other design professionals rated UC's College of Design, Architecture, and Planning No. 3 in the world as a school that "is best suited to get you the design job you want." The college was the No. 1-ranked public university in that category. (2013)

International Student Barometer

  • Among the top 15 worldwide — The 2011 International Student Barometer, the largest survey of international college students in the world, rates UC among the top 15 in the world. In these categories, UC not only placed in the top 15 worldwide, but also in the No. 1 spot in the U.S. — opportunities to teach, earning money and financial support. UC also placed high in the following other categories:


  • Best for actors on a budget — UC’s College-Conservatory of Music was named one of the top six college programs in the nation for actors on a budget by Backstage.com. Out of 200 incoming freshmen in the fall, about 60 percent of CCM students received some talent-based scholarship. (2013)

London (UK) Times Higher Education Supplement

  • 190th in the world — The Times Higher Education supplement, emphasizing research universities, ranks the University of Cincinnati 190th among all the universities in the world, 69th among United States universities and 28th among public U.S. universities. (2011, '09)

National Research Council (survey repeated every 10+ years)

  • 7th in country — UC's classics PhD program ranked 7th best in country. (2010)

SuperScholar.org (1st "Smart Choice" ranking for online degrees)

  • Criminal justice No. 2 in nation — The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services' online criminal-justice degree program was named second best in the nation. Arizona State University took first. (2012)

Diverse Issues In Higher Education

  • Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award — UC was one of the inaugural recipients of the HEED award from "INSIGHT Into Diversity" magazine, higher education's oldest and largest diversity-focused publication. The national award honors U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. (Nov. '12)
  • Top 100 — The University of Cincinnati is ranked among the Top 100 schools in awarding master’s degrees to African American and Native American students. UC also ranks among the Top 100 schools in awarding doctoral degrees to African American, Asian and Native American students, and in awarding medical degrees to African American students. (2010)

Poets & Writers magazine

  • Creative-writing doctoral program No. 8 in nation —- Department head Russel Durst largely attributes the placement to "the accomplishments of the faculty, who in recent years have produced prize-winning books and won highly competitive awards including the Fulbright, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award.” (2011)

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

  • Lindner College of Business in top 100 — UC’s business school placed 36th in the nation among public business schools. Out of all business schools in the nation, UC placed 84th. The ranking was five places higher than the previous year's. (March 2013 and '12)
  • College of Business' undergraduate program rankings among public schools (2013):
    • No. 5 marketing
    • No. 5 accounting
    • No. 6 quantitative methods
    • No. 7 ethics
    • No. 10 microeconomics
    • No. 10 macroeconomics
    • No. 14 international business
    • No. 15 operations management
    • No. 16 finance
    • No. 37 information systems
    • No. 40 sustainability
    • No. 41 entrepreneurship
    • No. 45 corporate strategy
    • No. 55 business law
  • School of Design among world's best — The DAAP school was listed among the best 60 design schools in the world. And one of the world's best design graduate programs in the world. (last rated in '07)


Master’s Degree Online

Fashionista.com (based in New York City)

  • No. 12 in the country — The UC fashion design program in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning was included in rankings of the top 20 fashion design programs in the nation and placed 12th. Judges looked at jobs procured, opinions of people in the industry and standout program offerings. (2011)

Chronicle of Higher Education


  • No. 150 in the world — The Cybermetrics Lab in Spain measures "the performance and impact of universities through their web presence," ranking the University of Cincinnati 150 in the world. Webometrics scores each university on four criteria, the most heavily weighted being the number of links to the institution's website from other sites -- a way of evaluating that site's general impact on the web community say the rankers. (2014)

SCImago Research Group

  • The SCImago Research Group's Institutions Rankings World Report 2010 combines four global indicators revealing performance, institutions' ability to generate scientific knowledge and to achieve international visibility. UC ranks as follows:
  1. 203th in the world out of 3,290 institutions (2012)
  2. 70th in North America 581 institutions (2011)

Washington Monthly

Journal of Criminal Justice Education

  • Criminal Justice No. 1 in research productivity — The School of Criminal Justice (in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services) has led the nation in having the most published researchers in the field for 10 years, according to a Journal of Criminal Justice survey. UC has placed No. 1 in the last two surveys, which are conducted every five years. The ranking is based upon the number of articles published during the previous five years and weighted by the quality of the journal. (late 2007)

Industrial Designers Society of America

  • School of Design among top four in world — The  DAAP school was one of four to receive an International Design Excellence Award, considered the "gold standard" and sponsored by the society and BusinessWeek magazine. The other four schools were from South Korea, the Netherlands and Milwaukee. (July 2007)

Planetizen Guide

  • Graduate urban-planning 20th in U.S. — The DAAP urban-planning master's degree program ranks 20th in the nation and fifth in the Midwest, according to the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. Additionally, the guide placed the program sixth in the nation for providing training to international students and ninth in the nation for offering the best financial aid packages. With its Top-25 ranking, UC stands with other such schools as Harvard, Cornell and MIT. Planetizen is the only ranking system that currently exists for Schools of Planning. (2009)

Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index by Academic Analytics
(2007, the most recent report available)

  • These programs placed in the following rankings among nearly 7,400 doctoral programs in the country in terms of faculty productivity:
    • Biological sciences No. 2 — Only Harvard ranked higher.
    • Classics and classical languages No. 3
    • Criminology and Justice Studies No. 6
    • Environmental engineering No. 6
    • Ecology No. 6
    • Physiology No. 7
    • Biomedical sciences No. 9
    • Special education No. 9
    • Toxicology No. 10

National Science Foundation

  • One of America’s top 25 public research — UC is so ranked. (last ranking done in 2009)

Money magazine

  • 'Value' No. 62 — In the magazine's last College Guide, UC was ranked 62nd among Money's 100 "elite values" in higher education. (2005, guide has not been updated since then)

Journal of Real Estate Economics

  • No. 5 in real estate — UC is the fifth most influential real estate research institution in the U.S., based on the quality of faculty research and literary citations in journals. UC's Real Estate Center placed ahead of schools such as Cornell, Harvard, Wisconsin and Yale. (2007)

American Institute of Architects

  • Steger building among world's best — The AIA's international rankings of the world's most notable projects placed UC's Steger Student Life Center among 11 of the world's most exciting buildings. (2006)

Gold medal for dining

  • UC's CenterCourt Dining in the Campus Recreation Center won gold medal status for its innovations in college dining from the National Association of College and University Food Services. (2006)

Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

  • Clermont program in top 20 — Clermont College's Surgical Technology Program is rated one of the top 20 among 360 programs by the Accreditation Review Committee for Education in Surgical Technology. (2006)

Financial considerations

Barron's Profiles of American Colleges

  • Competitive+ — The University of Cincinnati is ranked as "Competitive+." (2011)

NACUBO endowment ranking

  • 72 in the U.S. -- UC's endowment ranks 72nd among all U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, based upon financial figures from FY09, released in the National Association of College and University Business Officers study in January 2010. (2010)

National Science Foundation

  • Grants and contracts No. 28 -- During fiscal 2007, UC and its affiliate organizations earned more than $333.5 million in grants and contracts, an all-time high for UC. The National Science Foundation ranks UC 28th in the country according to research and development expenditures. (2007)

Money magazine

  • 'Value' No. 62 -- In the magazine's last College Guide, UC was ranked 62nd among Money's 100 "elite values" in higher education. (2005, guide has not been updated since then)