The University of Cincinnati is breaking a bunch of records as fall semester gets underway on Aug. 25. Total student enrollment, total freshman enrollment and the total number of baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen are all expected to be all-time records.
Projected figures of overall enrollment number 43,600, up 2.2 percent from 2013, which was previously UC's highest enrollment in its 195-year history.
UC's record freshman class is expected to number 6,607 (including the regional campuses of Blue Ash College and Clermont College), up 4 percent from 2013. Freshmen on the Uptown Campus are expected to number a record 4,650, up 4.5 percent from 2013. UC's first-year retention rate is at 86.5 percent for baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen on the Uptown Campus, on track for hitting a target of 90-percent by the university's bicentennial in 2019.
Enrollment is also up among UC's graduate students, distance learners, transfer students, international undergraduate students and international graduate students. UC's number of out-of-state students (9,224) is up 8.5 percent over last fall.
The average ACT score for the Uptown baccalaureate degree-seeking freshman class is up significantly: 25.5, compared with 25.1 in 2013. Among the Uptown freshmen are 71 valedictorians. UC is also expecting a record number of 48 National Merit/National Achievement Finalists to enter the freshman class on the Uptown Campus, with the target goal to enroll 60 new National Merit/National Achievement Finalists by 2019. UC's total number of National Merit/National Achievement Scholars is expected to reach 170, with the 2019 target goal of increasing UC's total number of National Merit/National Achievement Scholars to 200.
UC's freshmen on the Uptown Campus are coming from near and far, representing 30 countries, 37 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 80 Ohio counties and 26 percent of UC's incoming freshmen are first-generation college students.
UC begins classes on the heels of a successful annual fundraising campaign that brought in more than $170 million in private support for the university, surpassing its $125 million fundraising goal.
Final numbers for enrollment are reported to the state in mid-September.
Among new crime and sexual assault prevention efforts at UC is online training now available for incoming students, those who will start in Fall 2014. This new online training is part of an enhanced focus on prevention of sexual misconduct and protection of students.
NightRide– UC is expanding its free nighttime shuttle service for the Uptown West Campus and Academic Health Center by adding three vans, bringing the total number of shuttles to eight vans. The expansion meets the growing popularity of the service and reduces wait times. NightRide shuttles provide reliable transportation to and from locations within a one mile radius around campus.
Lighting, Security Enhancements– UC is also collaborating with community partners to enhance lighting while making sustainable investments on and around campus. In neighborhoods east and west of campus, UC is teaming up with Duke Energy to upgrade 149 lights and install an additional 172 LED lights. On campus, new energy-efficient lighting was added in campus garages.
LiveSafe App– The new LiveSafe mobile app connects users with UC Police. It also allows friends or family members to monitor users in real-time as they walk to a destination. Construction Updates
Teachers College– The final phase of renovations on Teachers College gets underway, with much of the updates centered on the Dyer Hall portion of the building. Renovations are expected to be completed in summer 2016.
Nippert Stadium Project– The $86 million expansion project on Nippert Stadium Construction will reroute Bearcats Football into Paul Brown Stadium this fall. The expansion project on Nippert Stadium began last December following the last football game of the season. The renovated and expanded stadium is expected to reopen in August 2015.
Marge Schott Stadium Project– A summer turf installation project at Marge Schott Stadium involved the first field renovation in the stadium's 10-year history.
Sustainability Achievements Red and Black ... and 'Green'
The Office of Sustainability reported that UC's recent "green" efforts have led to a fifth-consecutive placement in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 332 Green Colleges" and a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. Among other new sustainability initiatives are:
Charging stations: Parking Services has installed UC's first electric vehicle-charging stations in Lot 13 by the west façade of Wherry Hall on the medical campus and in Clifton Court Garage on West Campus. The stations charge vehicles at 240 volts and can completely charge a car within hours.
Fuel pellets: Utilities Services has been testing alternative solid fuels, including renewable paper pellets, and recently received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permit to use the pellets in place of coal in the university's boiler. UC's reliance on coal-fired energy is historically low, and the university continues working to supplant coal as its primary solid fuel.
Food focus: All food waste from MarketPointe@Siddall dining center and coffee grounds from campus cafés and Starbucks locations are composted. Food Services reports that through this program 98,610 pounds of organic waste was collected and composted in fall and spring semesters combined last year. Food Services also replaced the Styrofoam takeout boxes in use at Stadium View Cafe with reusable containers last fall. The multi-use containers were used for nearly 2,400 meals in fall and spring semesters combined. Food Services continually reviews options to make its services more "green."
Bearcats Athletics Teams Up With GovX to Honor Military and First Responders – UC's Department of Athletics announces a new partnership with GovX to offer specially priced football tickets for all military (active, retired, reserve, veteran) and First Responders (police, fire, EMS) to the 2014 home football games at Paul Brown Stadium.
Simply the best– For the eighth year in a row, The Princeton Review counts UC among the nation's best institutions for an undergraduate education.
National Center of Excellence– UC is one of five sites highlighted by the National Security Agency as a national center for cybersecurity education.
Bearcats Place 179 Student-Athletes on American All-Academic Team– UC had 179 student-athletes named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office.