Cincinnati, OH
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$25,816 ($10,784)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I paid an outrageous rent so I am not extremely fond of the on-campus housing subject but I will be trying out an off campus choice this coming year. My apartment was very secluded and not social at all. The quiet was very nice during finals though. My apartment was the furthest distance on campus from the building where all of my classes were but the walk was refreshing.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Everyone usually ends up at Mac's or Woody's but it never fails to be a great time. Everyone has fun and loves to just celebrate together. There isn't much drama or craziness but just a bunch of college kids trying to get by with their friends. Greek chapters usually have something going on during the weekend and that is always a good time, especially if it's a themed party. It's a chance to relax and not worry about studies for a night.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I LOVE Greek Life. I never thought I would want to be part of a sorority but I figured I had nothing to lose if I just tried it out and now I am in love with my sisters. I honestly feel like I am part of something soooooo much bigger than myself and it's great. We do so many philanthropic events and we support all of the other chapters in their events also. Most students on campus who are not involved in Greek Life support the Greek community whole heartedly. We do lots of events in the quad and try to show our peers that we truly are committed to helping our community and each other.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I learned that applying early really helps the process go smoothly. I wish I could be eligible for more financial aid or would have gotten more scholarships because I pay out of state tuition and live in a single parent home and it gets really rough with student loans and interest building up. Applying for many more scholarships is a big tip I would give to anyone with financial need.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life is HOT. Everyone has their "spot" they love to go to on campus to study, chat or just chill out for awhile before class. There are always people in the quad, events on campus, promoters (KIND, Redbull, ext). There are concerts, sporting events, theatre productions, dances, Greek events, art showings, the list goes on and on.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Just like any college town, off-campus housing isn't luxurious but it's decent. I will be living off campus in a house with 3 other girls next year and I can't wait for the experience! On campus housing (dorms/apt.) can get extremely pricey and they are very sneaky about pulling you into a lease that is hard to get out of or find a sublease for the summer if you plan to go back home. I felt extremely safe in my apartment but the cost was awful. I had to pay extra to park and it was very pricey too.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Co-Ops are the best in the country. They allow us to travel all around the globe to work for companies in our field. There are so many workshops and discussions with alumni that love to talk about their experiences and to answer questions about co-ops and internships. Professionals take time out of their schedules to come to UC to do portfolio reviews and it is extremely generous and helpful.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I transferred from another school, so I have only been at UC for one year but it has been the most memorable year of my life. I got involved on campus, Greek Life, and started using the Rec Center like it was my second home. I have made so many lifelong friends in and out of my program. It never gets old meeting new people and seeing those familiar faces all over campus. I have become more independent and confident since transferring to UC and I could not be happier.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The design programs at UC are some of the best in the country. We are offered a Co-Op program that most other schools do not get the opportunity to participate in. The workload is heavy but I wouldn't expect anything less from a top program. It keeps me busy and always on my toes and ahead of the game. I am only a 2nd year in the 5 year program and I already feel as if I am highly prepared for the workforce in my field. Every single teacher I have had is nothing short of amazing and inspiring. They know what they are talking about and they have been sitting in the same chair as me. They go out of their way to make sure you are prepared and understanding every aspect of their class and they will do anything to help you out (in or out of class).

5 College Freshman

Academics: I only take design classes but I do know that most of the programs at UC are exceptional. I never hear complaints and our transfer rate is one of the lowest. Many are more than happy with their classes, professors and peers. Registration is mostly online unless you prefer to meet with an advisor (which is simple and painless), you just find the classes that suit your schedule and click 'register'. Simple.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It is nothing spectacular but it's decent. There are Starbucks, Subway, multiple fast food chains, multiple dining halls with different options located all over campus. I am usually locked in a studio all day so the DAAP cafe is my go-to for everything. They have amazing breakfast food and surprisingly the sushi isn't bad either (what a risk I took).

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Cincinnati is a very lovely place to explore and try new things but the old saying is true "travel in groups". Safety is horrible. There are campus police everywhere ALL. THE. TIME but crime is out of hand!! There are many activities depending on your interests and there is no way you could ever get bored!!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students and faculty show so much support for the athletics at UC. Every game of every sport is packed and the school spirit is amazing. I try to go to as many as i can! Teams train day in and day out for their sport and its amazing how much work they put into their passions.

5 College Student

Majors: UC hooks their interior design majors with Co ops. You can apply to a number of them around the country and go and live where they are for a whole semester at a time. They are normally paid and give you a real sense of what it is like having a full time job.

4 College Student

Majors: Getting into the DAAP program was relatively easy for me. However I had an internship for two years in high school that really gave me a good outlook in my student resume. They saw I had passion. They essay was easy for me as well, because I got to write about what I was passionate about and where I wanted it to take me.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I only live on campus, because of the easy access to campus.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: The people at campus are nice, but I have a boyfriend back at home so I rarely notice or pay attention.

3 College Student

Greek Life: It is not for me. My program is too demanding for all the events and time I would have to put into a sorority.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: It is college food! They are all my choices and I have to make the right ones. Can not get that freshman 15.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Lots of different places to go and eat out with friends. Downtown has a lot to do.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: It is not bad, but just enough where it holds order on campus.

4 College Student

Diversity: Many different cultures and views on the world make for a very interesting and eye opening time.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: There are security phones around every turn and always people around. I feel safe in numbers.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Once fafsa was filled out UC just emailed me everything I needed to know.. However I was upset I received no scholarships.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is great. Closer to campus with availability to lots of restaurants, shops, public buses/school shuttles, sometimes parking is next to impossible and one has to circle around for awhile in order to find parking if you do not want to use the paid meters or paid parking garages. It is safe with the off-campus housing but with every school, there are usually minor thefts, etc.


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Rachel Kellerman
Cincinnati, Ohio
Journalism/Spanish minor
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The University of Cincinnati is ideal for anyone looking to graduate with a solid education and experiences of a lifetime. At UC, there is something for everyone, no matter what background you come from and no matter what your goals are. The faculty and staff are helpful and passionate about helping students learn, so whatever program you choose, you'll get a good education. Plus, the University is always expanding the curriculum, so students have more and more options of what they can study.

The campus itself is as diverse as the curriculum, so students will be learning something new even if they aren't in the classroom. UC brings in a variety of speakers, events, and exhibits that promote different ways of thinking and cultures. The majority is not the only group that gets its voice heard. You may not get that experience at another college, so take advantage of the openness that UC provides. Cincinnati is also becoming a more diverse city, so students who are open to going off campus can experience even more. Although safety can be somewhat of a concern and parking totally sucks, UC isn't as bad as people make it seem. Keep in mind that any college has its pros and cons, and no matter where you are, you're only as safe as you make yourself. Don't skip out on UC because of a few factors because there is so much that outweighs the bad.

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