A Liberal Arts Tradition of Community Engagement, Research and Activism
The University of Cincinnati’s first students arrived the fall of 1873, taking afternoon classes held at Woodward High School in Over-the-Rhine. They studied Latin, Greek, French, German, chemistry, mathematics, and natural philosophy—all typical of a nineteenth-century education. Two years later and not far away, UC’s five faculty members welcomed students to the new university building perched on the former hillside estate of Charles McMicken, whose bequest to the city had allowed the creation of the municipal university. Those earliest students could choose from three avenues of study: a classical education leading to the BA degree, a scientific major leading to the BS degree, and a civil engineering degree.