Bicentennial
Historic image of Old McMicken Hall

History

The University of Cincinnati traces its origins to the founding of the Medical College of Ohio and Cincinnati College, both founded by Daniel Drake in 1819. Drake was a visionary leader, recognized as being ahead of his time by the likes of Abraham Lincoln. In addition to founding today’s University of Cincinnati, Drake encouraged people to settle in Cincinnati and founded the city’s first circulating library.

In 1870, the City of Cincinnati established the University of Cincinnati, which absorbed both predecessor institutions. Two hundred years later, Drake’s legacy lives on. The University of Cincinnati is home to fourteen colleges, is ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation, is recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s most beautiful campuses, and has been named “Among the top tier of the Best National Universities,” by U.S. News & World Report.

Reaching our Bicentennial milestone did not happen by accident. It was the relentless passion, energy, and tenacity of hundreds of thousands of alumni who have walked this campus – leaving their mark locally, nationally, and globally. It was the drive of countless faculty to push bounds of discovery. Today, our 44,000 undergraduate and graduate students are empowered daily to challenge and change the world. We’re two centuries in, and we are just getting started.


A Timeline of 200 Years

UC’s historical web timeline, “The Ascent Across Two Centuries,” brings to light some unexpected and perhaps overlooked episodes in UC’s celebrated heritage of achievement. Rich in images and storied vignettes, the digital exhibit honors the past, elevates the present and projects a promising future.