University of Cincinnati Online offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students and has been named "Among the top tier of the Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report.

UC has been named “Public University of the Year” by the Washington Center and the Princeton Review ranks us among the “Nation’s Best” and a “Green University.”  

You’ll find the University of Cincinnati on numerous rankings and lists. Here are just a few:

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks the academic quality of over 1,800 colleges, schools and programs across the country (and the world!). Only the best schools are included. Here are just a few of our rankings with U.S. News & World Report:

Best Online Schools in Ohio

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus has been recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in the nation by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). As a leading resource for campus and online learning, the site released its annual ranking for the 2018-2019 school year, honoring University of Cincinnati-Main Campus multiple times for its excellence in online learning.

“We wanted to highlight schools like University of Cincinnati-Main Campus who are providing exceptional online education experiences for their students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These schools continue to uphold rigorous accreditation standards and show an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”



Research Rankings

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  • The Chronicle of Higher education calls the University of Cincinnati a 'research heavyweight.’
  • UC’s 200 years of research breakthroughs have helped place it on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s “research-intensive” university classification. Only 108 universities have this distinction (73 are public institutions).
  • UC also received the 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.
  • Other research rankings include:
  • The National Science Foundation ranked the university 51st in the United States and 35th among public universities, based on Federally Financed Research and Development Expenditures.
  • Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars list — the Chronicle of Higher Education

Return on Investment Rankings

A University of Cincinnati degree has proven value.

We are ranked #1 for “Biggest Bang for your Buck” by PolicyMic and you’ll also find us on the Forbes Top Colleges List, which places heavy emphasis on post-graduate success, student debt and student satisfaction. A degree from UC isn’t just a degree it’s an investment in your future.

UC is also listed among those national universities with a healthy retention rate (86 percent). Our retention rate helps more students reach graduation each year.

Ranked #1 for Return on Educational investment by PolicyMic

Best Online Programs



The University of Cincinnati has been selected as one of the "Best Online Colleges & Universities" in the nation on TheBestSchools.org for 2019!

Diversity and Inclusion Rankings

The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential.

UC was named as a 2017 “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

The university has also been a recipient of the following awards/recognitions:

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Military Rankings

Veterans make up approximately 6% of UC’s student population with over 2,000 student veterans enrolled today. Our dedicated Veterans department helps turn vets into graduates by offering free tutoring, career planning, counseling and more.

UC has also received the following Veteran related rankings: