Local Atmosphere

Location
Cincinnati, OH
Undergrads
19,667
Tuition (in-state)
$25,816 ($10,784)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We are in a typical college town full of activities. Other people are open to students and everyone is friendly towards each other.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is close to downtown Cincinnati but not many students go downtown. Getting downtown and paying for parking is a pain.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A bigger city feel mixed with the college town atmosphere!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: So much to do in Cincinnati--and it's still growing!

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Downtown on river front is good

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major
Journalism/Spanish minor
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Going to college in Cincinnati is a great opportunity for someone looking to enrich their lives with a variety of experiences. Whether you have a passion for art, sports, music, or nightlife, there is something for everyone. The city is big enough to satisfy students looking for a hip, urban environment, but it's not too big for someone coming from a small town. Plus, there is always something going on in Cincinnati, no matter what time of year, so students will never be bored. Students generally wander off campus to find their entertainment, but Main Campus is just minutes away downtown and the entertainment districts, so the journey to find fun is never overwhelming. Newport on the Levee, which is right across the Ohio River, is a great place for college students. Newport is especially popular with the over-21 crowd, as there is a variety of bars within walking distance of one another.

For students who don't want to venture downtown, the Clifton area where UC is boasts a fair number of hip hangouts. Although the administration says UC is a 24-hour campus, many students will tell you it's not. Most eateries close early, and events tend to wrap up before 11 p.m. But beware: Since a majority of students is commuters or lives in surrounding neighborhoods, campus tends to look more like a deserted ghost town at night than a happening hot spot.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Cincinnati is home to the first professional baseball team. The team was founded in 1869 and was originally called the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Today, the team is called the Reds.
  2. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, which connects downtown Cincinnati to northern Kentucky, was the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
  3. The city has been the backdrop for films such as "Milk Money" (1993), "Rain Man" (1988), "Seabiscuit" (2002), and "Traffic" (2000).
  4. Cincinnati has a unique style of chili, which is not as meaty and chunky as traditional "Texas-style" chili. It is often served over spaghetti or on hot dogs, fries, nachos, or eaten alone.
  5. Each year, Cincinnati holds Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States.
Notable Natives
  • Bootsy Collins – Parliament Funkadelic funk bass player
  • Carmen Electra – actress, singer
  • Nick and Drew Lachey – members of 98 Degrees
  • Sarah Jessica Parker – actress
  • Oscar Robinson – NBA player
  • Pete Rose – MLB player and manager
  • Steven Spielberg – movie director
  • Ted Turner – founder of Turner Broadcasting System
  • Katt Williams – stand-up comedian and actor
Local Slang
  • Cheese coney: Basically a chili dog; comes with mustard and onions, if desired
  • Chili cheese sandwich: A cheese coney without the hot dog
  • Five-way: Chili, spaghetti, onion, beans, and shredded cheese
  • Four-way: Chili, spaghetti, onion or beans, and shredded cheese
  • The Nati, Queen City, Porkopolis, The 513: Several ways some people refer to Cincinnati
  • OTR: Over-the-Rhine, a lower-income neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati
  • Three-way: Chili, spaghetti, and shredded cheese
  • Two-way: Chili and spaghetti
  • Who dey!: Used mostly during football season by Bengals fans. This term is derived from a chant fans started using in the 1981-82 season that goes: "Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think gonna beat them Bengals? Noooooobody!" The entire chant is still used today.
Points of Interest
  • Aronoff Center for the Arts
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Fountain Square
  • Hofbrauhaus Newport
  • Hyde Park Square
  • Kings Island
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Shopping Centers
  • Forest Fair Village
  • Kenwood Towne Center
  • Rookwood Commons & Pavilion
Movie Theaters
AMC Newport on the Levee 20
1 Levee Way
Newport, Ky.
(859) 261-6742
Movie Theaters
MainStreet Cinema
Tangeman University Center
On UC's campus
(513) 556-FILM
Major Sports Teams
  • Cincinnati Bengals: NFL
  • Cincinnati Reds: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Columbus: OH: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Indianapolis: IN: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 127 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 129 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 19% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 11% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 68% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 128 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 64% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 128 responses

  • 15% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% Totally.

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