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full time, 18,587; part time, 7,040

Graduate and professional:
full time, 4,884; part time, 2,464
Total enrollment: 32,975

53 percent female, 17,372
47 percent male, 15,603
Average age
23 years old, full time
32 years old, part time

Black, 3,682
Asian, 898
Hispanic, 376

3,100, on campus
750, Greek houses

Home state
Ohio is home to 87 percent
Titilayo Adedokun, 1993 Miss Ohio and Tiffany Haas, 2003 Miss Ohio photo/Andrew Higley

Titilayo Adedokun, 1993 Miss Ohio, and Tiffany Haas, 2003 Miss Ohio. Photo/Andrew Higley

Beauty and brains

National crown winners
2000 Miss America, Heather Renee French, DAAP ’97, MDes ’01
1999 America’s Junior Miss, Sarah Jane Everman, CCM ’03

State winners
2003 Miss Ohio, Tiffany Haas, current CCM musical theater student
2002 Miss Wheelchair Ohio, Stacy James, A&S ’93
1998 Miss Ohio, Cheya Watkins, then a part-time UC student
1996 Miss Ohio, Robyn Hancock, CCM ’98
1994 Miss Ohio USA, Julia Hughes, a UC alumna
1993 Miss Ohio and Miss America second runner-up, Titilayo Adedokun, CCM ’94, MM ’96
1986 Miss Ohio, Tiffanie Newberry, Bus ’90
1983 Miss Ohio, Pamela Rigas, Law ’86

Campus activities

Question: Which is the largest student organization on the UC campus? Answer below.

Creative/performing arts
African American Cultural and Research Center Choir
Bearcat Bands
Black Arts Collaborative
Last Act Theatre
New York Arts Tour
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
UC Sketch Comedy Club
University Choruses

Cultural and ethnic organizations
African American Cultural and Research Center
Alpha Psi Lambda (co-ed Latino fraternity)
Chinese Students Association
Filipino Student Association
Friendship Association of Students and Scholars from the People’s Republic of China
Hellenic Association (UC Hellas)
UC India Students Association
Japanese and American Student Organization
Korean Student Association
Latinos en Accion
Muslim Educational and Cultural Institute
Society for Appreciation of Bharathiya Heritage and Arts
Student Partners Across Nations
Vietnamese Students Association

Campus media
The News Record
Bearcast Internet Radio

Athletic/recreation sampler
Badminton Club
Chess Club
Committee to Promote Athlete Welfare
and Success (CPAWS)
Equestrian Club
Flying Club
Frisbee Golf Club
Martial Arts Club
Men’s Soccer Club
Mountaineering Club
Paintball Team
Rowing Club
Rugby Football Club
Ski and Snowboard Club
Skydiving Club
Tennis Club
Waterski Club

Greek organizations
21 fraternities:
Alpha Tau Omega
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Tau Delta
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity*
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity*
Lambda Chi Alpha
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity*
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Kappa Theta
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Lambda Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Chi
Sigma Nu
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Theta Chi
10 sororities:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority*
Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority*
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Delta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority*
Theta Phi Alpha
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority*
*Historically black organizations

Campus ministries
American Baptist Campus Ministries
Campus Crusade for Christ
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Collegiate Ministry in Cincinnati
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Hillel Jewish Student Center
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Muslim Spiritual Support Network
Newman Campus Center
Officers Christian Fellowship
University Bible Fellowship
Wesley Foundation

Answer: The Bearcat Bands is the largest student organization on campus, with about 250 members. As Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble or Winter Guard, they support campus events to the tune of 100 performances a year.

Education abroad

Summer is a great time for students to sample international travel and learning through programs like those listed below. The UC Institute for Global Studies can help them choose and may be able to link students with grants to lessen the cost.

This past summer, three Bearcats also joined Miami University students for a biology field study in the Bahamas, while three others began a semester at the University of Nagoya through an official UC-Japan student exchange.

College program
Denmark June 10 - Aug. 15


Architecture studies
Harlaxton, England June 17 - July 13


Raymond Walters
British studies, Irish myths
Crete and Athens June 12 - Aug. 10


School of Planning
Lucca,Italy June 16 -July 18


Opera theater and music festival
Italy June 13 - June 26


Music, architecture, art
Prague and Brussels July 13 - Aug. 7


International piano
Berlin, Germany Sept. 2 - Sept. 12


Arts and Sciences
German history
Queretaro, Mexico June 11 -July 26


Arts and Sciences
Spanish culture
Montreal, Canada June 15 -June 22


Multilingual business
Paris, France June 16 -June 23


Arts and Sciences
Gothic sights in Paris
France and Netherlands Aug. 6 -Sept. 4


European business
Bangkok, Thailand July 25 - Aug. 16


Business in a developing economy

UC co-op facts


  • 1906: World’s first program is created by UC engineering college dean Herman Schneider. Students alternate classroom study with quarters of paid, discipline-related work.
  • First program group consists of 27 male engineering students and 13 participating employers.


  • Co-op expands to include female students (1920) and other UC colleges. Around the U.S., universities start organizing co-op programs patterned after the UC model
  • Impressed by UC’s program and its students, businesses take the initiative, asking to be considered as co-op employers.
  • Co-op extends its reach: Students seek work experiences from coast to coast. International co-op is formally organized, sending students into the global community in 1993.

21st century

  • UC’s program becomes one of the largest in the world: 4,000 students and 1,400 employers.
  • Approximately one-third of all colleges in the U.S. now have co-op, but not all regard it as integral to their overall educational mission, as UC does.
  • Gross annual earnings by UC’s co-ops reach $26 million.

Academic Year ’02-03

  • 2,626 UC students work in 32 states, the District of Columbia and 10 countries: Belgium, Chile, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Lebanon, Palestine and Thailand.
  • Participating colleges: Engineering; Arts and Sciences; Business; Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.
  • Majors: 29 academic programs. The largest number, 362, are graduate and undergrad architecture students.
  • States employing more than 100 co-ops: Ohio, 1,694; Kentucky, 172; New York, 152; California, 105.
  • Countries hosting the most UC co-ops: Japan, 11, and Chile, 10. Only one co-op each in Belgium, India, Lebanon, Palestine and Thailand.
  • Co-op working at the greatest distance from UC: architecture student Logan Allen. He’s at Auroville Building Centre in Auroville, India, where researchers are developing ways to use compressed-earth building materials in modern construction. In this, his first co-op job, Allen has done conceptual design work for an earth-based discotheque and met friends from all over the Indian subcontinent.
  • Close to home: 1,100 individual jobs in Cincinnati alone, including 57 at the University of Cincinnati.

Co-op tales of travel

photo/Andrew Higley

Photo/Andrew Higley

Fashion design in London
Tailor-made for an up-and-coming fashion designer, senior Maren Hartman’s early co-op jobs gave her a chance to shine in three New York design houses. Now she is co-oping in London for designer Stella McCartney (Paul’s daughter) part of the Gucci Group, working 12- to 15-hour days on styles we’ll see next spring.

“Sometimes it’s hard to keep calm at work every day,” Hartman admits, recalling fabulous clothes, high-energy designers and last-minute fittings for celebrities such as Britney Spears, Puff Daddy and the “Sex and the City” cast.

See South America grow
Immersed in Chilean culture, business co-op Julie Gast witnessed an improving economic climate in the South American country that signed a free-trade agreement with the U.S. in June. Weekdays, she worked a 10-hour schedule at a Santiago investment firm. Living with her host family in an upscale suburb with shopping malls and multiscreen theaters, Gast saved weekends for Chile’s natural beauty: climbing an active volcano, dipping into thermal pools and skiing.

A stretch in time
Despite his ethnic link and understanding of casual Japanese, co-op Yoshitaka Inoue was required to learn formal business Japanese before being accepted for a chemical engineering post at Toyobo Research Center in Shiga. The cultural immersion was well worth the effort, expanding his appreciation for “new ideas and wider perspectives.”

Wise entrepreneurs
UC co-ops have been an essential resource for young, multi-million-dollar high-tech businesses like the Modal Shop. In fact, when the fledgling vibration-analysis company moved to Cincinnati from Buffalo a dozen years ago it was specifically to connect with UC’s Structural Dynamics Research Lab and talented co-op students.

The strategy worked beautifully, but owner Mike Lally takes no chances. He’s still employing UC co-ops for product development work. He even sent one of them to the parent company’s site in Germany a few years ago for an international co-op assignment.

Rhyme, rhythm of co-op

Oh, the places they go!

To fashions at Hot Kiss
(Designed in L.A.)
And graphics for Wal-Mart
Dot-com in CA,
UC sends the co-ops
To work and to learn
And earn some good paychecks
Before they return.

At Pratt and at Whitney
Aerospacers soar.
Accountants help Johnson
With numbers galore.
For co-ops in finance,
American’s smart,
But digi-designers
Love Hasbro Games’ heart.

At Maui Tomorrow,
Urb-planners declare
That cool space is crucial
For neighborhoods fair.
Managers industr’l
To Florida trek
So lush Gecko Gardens
Won’t turn out a wreck.

The marketing co-ops
To Nielsen parade;
Their temple of ratings
Is nobly arrayed.
Engineers industr’l
Work hard to ensure
Genteel Batesville Caskets
Forever endure.

To Claiborne and OshKosh,
Vic’s Secret, the Gap,
Wild Flavors and Dow Chem,
They criss-cross the map.
For earning and learning,
Co-ops from UC
Leap oceans and mountains,
Shout “Ya” and “Mai oui!”

Their wonderful bosses,
Too many to tell,
All share in the brainwork
Of co-ops so swell.
Their talent and spirit
Expand what they learn,
Plus earn some good paychecks
Before they return.

— M. Niehaus