CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati is expecting to break records again as classes begin on Monday.
Projected figures suggest an all-time record enrollment of 43,000, up 2.5 percent from autumn 2012. UC's second-highest enrollment was set in 2011 at 42,421.
UC's record freshman class is expected to number 6,450, up 6.6 percent from 2012. Freshmen on the Uptown Campus are expected to number a record 4,450, up 7.7 percent from 2012. More than 30 percent of the freshman class is represented by first-generation college students. The academic profile of the freshman class is holding steady with a 25.1 ACT score.
UC's Institutional Research also reports that UC is making strides in building diversity on campus, with 17.3 percent of the freshman class representing students of color (15 percent on the Uptown Campus). Out-of-state students are expected to number 8,536, up 7.4 percent from 2012.
Despite the growing crowds, there will be a spot in class for every student. Kristi Nelson, UC senior vice provost for academic planning, says distance learners are among the growing numbers of students, plus, the university is maximizing the class schedule to adjust to the larger crowd on campus.
UC is also breaking enrollment records for its international undergraduates. UC reported just over 300 international undergraduates in 2006 when recruitment efforts first started expanding under International Admissions. This fall, the university is expecting more than 1,000 international undergraduates (1,732 graduate students) as part of the 2019 Academic Master Plan's efforts to build a global campus. Efforts are now under way this fall to increase support services for the growing international student population.
UC aims to become a leader in establishing strategic global partnerships in seven regions: China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia (countries other than China and India) and sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, a new, global agreement is establishing a Joint Co-op Institute between UC and China's Chongqing University. The agreement calls for UC to provide experience and expertise in establishing a mandatory co-op program at Chongqing as part of two engineering majors while also establishing UC's curriculum and offering UC faculty instruction in those two majors – mechanical engineering and electrical engineering – at Chongqing. UC is the world founder of cooperative education.
UC leads national trends in distance learning again this fall, as the university becomes one of the first schools in the nation to offer credit for a massive open online course (MOOC). The credit can be applied toward a graduate degree in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business or the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Another college, the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), begins online courses with selections including Music of the Beatles and History of Rock and Roll.
Other new academic offerings this fall include a major in Arabic, a minor in medicine and a certificate program in cybersecurity.
Fall semester also welcomes students into the $35 million renovations to Morgens Hall, as students move into the residence hall that is now enclosed in 2,000 panels of glass, all designed to save energy. The building had been closed since 2008.