The University of Cincinnati, commonly referred to as UC or Cincy, is a public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a part of the University System of Ohio.
UC was founded in 1819, and has an annual enrollment of over 40,000 students, making it one of the 100 largest universities in the U.S. In the 2010 survey by Times Higher Education (UK), the University of Cincinnati is ranked 76th in North America (this includes American and Canadian institutions of higher education) and as the 190th in the world. Additionally, the 2011 US News and World Report has ranked the University of Cincinnati as the 156th-best school in the nation. UC was also selected as one of only 20 "Up-and-coming National Universities" by the same publication.
It offers over 300 degree granting programs and over 600 total programs of study, ranging from two-year Associate's degrees to doctoral and post-doctorate education. With an economic impact of over $3 billion per year, it is the largest single employer in Greater Cincinnati. After extensive renovations through the implementation of the 1989 Master Plan, the university has been recognized by campus planners and architects as one of the most distinguished campus settings in the world.