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Inspiring Student Success. Then. Now. Always.


Inspiring Student Success. Then. Now. Always. This year, UC Blue Ash College celebrates 50 years of inspiring students to succeed. Learn how you can be a part of our legacy.


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contents About UC Blue Ash

Fast Facts......................................................4 Around Campus.........................................30


Choose Your Path......................................6 Majors & Programs....................................8 Study Abroad..............................................17

Student Stories

Jercell Respicio...........................................10 Emily Couch.................................................13 Maria Huls....................................................18 Julie Etherton..............................................31

Celebrating 50 Years

50 Faces of UC Blue Ash..........................20 Inspiring Student Success......................25

Faculty Spotlights

Dr. Jordan Crabbe......................................14 Dr. Keen Wilson..........................................15 Dr. Sue Sipple..............................................16

Student Engagement.........................32 We Are UC.................................................34 Financial Aid & Scholarships...........40 How To Apply..........................................42

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UC Blue Ash College

fast facts Student profile.

4,818 22

Total student enrollment

Average student age Our fastest growing student age group is 20-24.

64% 36% Full-time students

Part-time students

58% 42% Female


We are diverse. Our student population continues to grow in diversity. Caucasian/White: 59% African American: 21% Other/Unknown: 8% Asian: 4% Hispanic: 4% Multi-Race: 4% 4


A vast majority of graduates surveyed said UC Blue Ash helped them achieve their educational objectives.


Our graduates are thoroughly satisfied – 92% say they would recommend UC Blue Ash to friends and family.




A first-generation student is defined as someone who is the first in his/her immediate family to attend college.

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explore our

academics UC Blue Ash provides an authentic University of Cincinnati education that’s both rigorous and relevant. You will have access to nearly 50 academic programs at our college and hundreds more at UC Uptown, many nationally ranked, all with opportunities for real-world learning.

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choose the path

that’s right for


We Make it Possible with Bachelor’s Degrees Enjoy flexibility, convenience, “The Applied Administration and tuition savings by earning bachelor’s program prepared your bachelor’s degree at UC me to become a well-rounded Blue Ash College. professional,” says recent graduate, Belden Rowley. “It really helped me develop the leadBachelor’s in Applied Administration ership and collaboration skills I graduate, Belden Rowley (left) meets need for the workplace.” with professor Michele Kegley. 6

We make it possible. You make it happen.

We offer a variety of academic options, including Career-Oriented Programs, Transition-Oriented Programs and Bachelor Programs.

Career-Oriented Associate Degree Programs

Career-oriented programs prepare students for entrance into specific careers after two years of study. These programs are designed to help you begin your professional career after earning your associate degree. Applied Graphic Communication

Medical Assisting Services

Business Management Technology

Nursing, RN Technology

Dental Hygiene Technology

Radiologic Technology

Electronic Media Technology

Veterinary Technology

Information Technology Career-oriented programs align with our Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Administration (BTAS), but don’t always align with bachelor’s programs at the UC Uptown campus. If you plan to eventually pursue a bachelor’s degree at UC Uptown or another university, all credits may not transfer and you may have to take additional coursework.

Transition-Oriented Associate Degree Programs

Transition-oriented programs provide students with the first two years of their education before transitioning into a baccalaureate program at our college, UC’s Uptown campus, or another university. UC Blue Ash College is accredited and closely aligned with UC’s academic requirements, making it easy for all of your credits to transfer into a bachelor’s program. Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (Pre)


Applied Graphic Communication

Information Technology

Biological Sciences

Liberal Arts

Business Administration (Pre)

Medical Laboratory Science (Pre)


Middle Childhood Education (Pre)


Mortuary Science (Pre)


Nursing, RN Technology

Communication Sciences and Disorders (Pre)

Organizational Leadership (Pre)

Criminal Justice (Pre)


Early Childhood Education (Pre)

Pharmacy (Pre)

Electronic Media Technology

Secondary Education (Pre)


Social Work (Pre)

Health Education (Pre)

Sport Administration (Pre)

Health Sciences (Pre)

Pre-Professional Transition Programs (Non-Degree)

These programs offer the first two years of instruction for students interested in transitioning to professional programs. No degree is awarded. Pre-Dental




Pre-Veterinary Medicine

2+2 Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Many students choose to earn their bachelor’s degree entirely on our campus. We offer a convenient 2+2 approach, where students first earn their associate degree, then seamlessly continue their education in one of these baccalaureate programs. Applied Administration

Radiation Science Technology

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Choose from nearly 50 academic degree and certificate programs:

Applied Graphic Communication Biological Sciences Chemistry



Clinical Research Communication English History Law (Pre)

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Mortuary Science (Pre)


Accountancy Applied Administration+

Business Management Technology Accounting Financial Services Management Marketing Real Estate

Sport Administration (Pre) Early Childhood Education (Pre)


Middle Childhood Education (Pre) Language Arts & Math Language Arts & Natural Science Language Arts & Social Studies Math & Natural Science Social Studies & Math Social Studies & Natural Science

Secondary Education (Pre) • Chemistry • Life Sciences • Social Studies & History

Secondary Education (Pre) • Language Arts • Math

Special Education (Pre)

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Career Programs:

Career-oriented associate degrees prepare you for entrance into specific careers after two years of study.

Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Sciences – complete Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Sciences – complete Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry Provides certification for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Science – complete bachelor’s degree in Communication Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Science – complete bachelor’s degree in English Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Science – complete bachelor’s degree in History

Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in a variety of non-science majors, such as English, Environmental Studies, French, German Studies, History, Liberal Arts, Math, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, and others. Specialized area of study provides an extra credential upon graduation.

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Organizational Leadership (Pre)

Transition-oriented associate degrees are aligned with specific bachelor’s degree programs at UC Colleges.

Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences

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Business Administration (Pre)

Transition Programs:

Begin your career: Graphic Designer, Production Artist Transition to: College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning—after first year may apply to the bachelor’s program in Communication Design. **

Media Criticism & Journalism

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Pre-professional track. Choose Liberal Arts.

Liberal Arts

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UC Blue Ash College Degree & Certificate Programs



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Transfer to: Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) – complete bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science

Provides certification for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree Advance your career: Communication, community & leadership skills Transition to: Carl H. Lindner College of Business – complete Bachelor of Business Administration degree** Begin your career: Entry level accounting positions Begin your career: Insurance Agent, Customer Service Rep, Financial Planning Begin your career: Business Manager Begin your career: Retail Sales, Sales Promotion, Sales Management Begin your career: Real Estate Agent / Broker Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership Transition to: College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) – complete bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration**

Transition to: College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) – complete bachelor’s degree in Education** A bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum educational requirement for entering the teaching profession. These programs provide the first two years toward completion of the corresponding bachelor’s degree at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH).** Students must be admitted into the CECH cohort through a selective admissions process for completion of the bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure.

These one-year programs (non-degree) provide the first year of the baccalaureate program at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). Students completing the first year must apply to and be accepted into the program at CECH.

Visit for program details and requirements.

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (Pre) Dental Hygiene Technology* Dentistry (Pre)


Medical Assisting Services* Apply via Pre Health Professions.

Medicine (Pre)

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Nursing, RN Technology* Apply via Pre Health Professions.

Nursing, LPN–RN Pharmacy (Pre) Radiation Science Technology (fully online)

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Radiologic Technology* Apply via Pre Health Professions.

Veterinary Technology* Apply via Pending Vet Tech.



Veterinary Medicine (Pre)

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Deaf Studies Psychology Social Work (Pre)

Electronic Media Technology Information Technology Interactive Web Multimedia

Career Programs:

Career-oriented associate degrees prepare you for entrance into specific careers after two years of study.

Begin your career: Dental Hygienist Pre-professional track. Choose Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Health Sciences (Pre). Transition to: College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) – complete bachelor’s degree in Health Education** Students wishing to apply into the Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Radiologic Technology programs must apply via the Health Professions (Pre) track. Transition to: College of Allied Health Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences** Begin your career: Medical Assistant Specialized area of study provides an extra credential upon graduation. Transition to: College of Allied Health Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences** Pre-professional track. Choose Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Health Sciences (Pre). Begin your career: Registered Nurse or Transition to: College of Nursing – complete bachelor’s degree in RN–BSN Mobility Program Pathway to advance your career: Registered Nurse. Must have LPN license at time of application. A second, selective admission process is required to enter the Nursing Tech program.

Transition to: College of Pharmacy – apply to the PharmD program**

Advance your career: Supervisory role in radiation science field

This is a fully online baccalaureate program. For program requirements and complete details, call 866-665-4187 to speak with an enrollment advisor.

Begin your career: Radiologic Technologist Begin your career: Veterinary Technician or continue in a Veterinary Technologist program. Pre-professional track. Choose Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Health Sciences (Pre).

Criminal Justice (Pre)


Transition-oriented associate degrees are aligned with specific bachelor’s degree programs at UC Colleges.

Transition to: College of Allied Health Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders**

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Health Sciences (Pre)

Medical Laboratory Science (Pre)

Transition Programs:

Transition to: College of Allied Health Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Advanced Medical Imaging Technology**

Health Education (Pre) Health Professions (Pre)


For students who have not selected a program, Exploratory Studies provides core classes for the first year of study before transitioning into selected program.

Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (Pre)

Apply via Pre Health Professions.



Exploratory Studies (Undecided)


UC Blue Ash College Degree & Certificate Programs




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+ Associate degree in Applied or Technical Studies from an accredited institution required to apply to this program. * Due to highly-competitive selective admissions with many of our health care professions, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting Services, Nursing, and Radiologic Technology applicants must apply via the Pre Health Professions program (some competitive students may be selected into the programs directly from high school). Veterinary Technology applicants must apply via the Pending Vet Tech program. Contact the department for detailed information. Please note there are earlier application deadlines for the selective admissions programs.

Transition to: College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) – complete bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Provides certification for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree Transition to: McMicken College of Arts & Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Psychology Transition to: College of Allied Health Sciences – complete bachelor’s degree in Social Work** Specialized area of study provides an extra credential upon graduation. Begin your career: Publishing, TV, Advertising, Photography, Motion Pictures Transition to: College Conservatory of Music (CCM)** Begin your career: Computer Networking, Database Management Transition to: College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services** Specialized area of study provides an extra credential upon graduation. ** The following colleges or programs within them have selective admissions or specific GPA requirements: College of Allied Health Sciences; College Conservatory of Music; College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services; College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning; College of Pharmacy; and Lindner College of Business. Transition eligibility is not guaranteed.

“To know that there are people who live by the value of selfless service inspires me to continue pursuing my dream.” – Jercell Respicio


We make it possible. You make it happen.

MAJOR Jercell Respicio is majoring in biology at UC Blue Ash, with a focus solidly on his future. “As a son of a nurse and a grandson of a decorated police officer in the Philippines, I’ve always been attracted to both worlds: the discipline, focus, and commitment of a soldier and the giving nature of being a physician,” said Respicio. “These two career paths may initially seem different, but define selfless service at their core.” And that is Jercell’s goal. He plans to complete his biology degree at UC Blue Ash before continuing on a pre-med path at UC’s Uptown campus – all while serving as a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves. “Being a physician in the military is a dream for me. And UC Blue Ash is making it possible.”

money on tuition and to be able to concentrate in an academics-oriented environment. “I wasn’t interested in the party scene, or the distractions that come with living on campus. I found UC Blue Ash was the perfect place to drive me toward my academic goals.” What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with the campus, too. Beyond his focus on his studies, Jercell found himself getting involved on campus – participating in many student engagement events, and even taking on leadership roles as a Student Orientation Leader and Student Ambassador. UCBA was the perfect fit. “I couldn’t have made a better choice for me.”

Jercell chose to follow his dreams at UC Blue Ash to save Jercell Respicio is funding his education in part through the Dean’s Scholarship and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) scholarship. UC Blue Ash awards more than $70,000 in scholarships to students each year. University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College


Top 10 Programs Our most popular programs, by enrollment: Pre-Business Administration Pre-Health Professions Exploratory Studies Information Technology Biological Sciences Psychology Pre-Criminal Justice Business Management Technology Electronic Media Technology Veterinary Technology

Top-notch Advising


Our knowledgeable academic advisors help students reach their goals.

Number of students that made the dean’s list (GPA of 3.4 or higher) in 2016-17

Mark MIller, Director of our Academic Advising Center, recently received national recognition with the Outstanding Advising Administrator Award Certificate of Merit from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

UC Blue Ash Honors Program Our new UC Blue Ash College Honors Program is designed specifically for our most academically exceptional students.

best and brightest students – those who are challenged by the academic rigor of our classes and who are consistent high-performers.

If you have a high school GPA of 3.2 and an ACT score of 25 or higher (or SAT score of 1200 or higher), you will be invited to join this selective group of students, and we’ll provide you with opportunities both in and out of the classroom that will enrich your education.

Our Honors students will enroll in specially designated classes where they’ll work with other top students in the college. They’ll participate in exciting experiential learning and leadership opportunities like study abroad, service learning, student ambassadorship, or peer mentoring to help them grow as students, leaders, and thinkers.

This selective program is for our


Academic Rigor. Take honors-designated classes with other outstanding students. Experiential Learning & Leadership. Participate in a wide-range of exciting opportunities to take learning beyond the classroom. Special Perks. Enjoy early priority class registration. Honors Scholarships. Compete for scholarships available specifically for our Honors students. Prestige. Get featured in UCBA print and website promotions, as our best and brightest students! Plus, Honors designation is noted on students’ diplomas, and Honors students wear gold Honors cords in commencement.

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UC Blue Ash was my

first choice Our reputation for outstanding academics is no longer a secret. Emily Couch (Vet Tech, ‘17) knew for some time that she wanted to come to UC Blue Ash. “I got a head start in college by taking some College Credit Plus (CCP) courses, but I had my sights

Now that she has graduated, she knows her decision to attend UC Blue Ash was the best one she could have made for her career. She excelled in her classes, and was recognized in 2017 as the Vet Tech Honor Student of the Year. “My instructors weren’t just teaching me to pass a test – they were preparing me for the day a patient’s life and wellbeing would be in my hands.” “Because of my training, I feel ready to jump in and start my career as a veterinary technician.”

set on UC Blue Ash because of its great reputation for veterinary technology,” said Emily. “I made the decision to attend once I actually toured the veterinary technology building and learned more about the program. Everything that I saw and heard made me realize that this school would give me the best possible education for my chosen profession.”

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faculty spotlight: jordan crabbe Statistics and Business Analytics professor, Dr. Jordan Crabbe, is passionate about teaching and ensuring that his students not only understand the concepts taught, but also are able to apply them to the real world.

“I enforce the concept of statistics and business analytics through real-world based project learning.” In his classroom, students are empowered to accelerate their own learning through inquiry, collaborative work and research. His projects motivate students and encourage them to be more active as they aspire to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subject matter. It’s a process that his students simply love. A native of Ghana, Dr. Crabbe brings a worldly perspective to his classroom and he embraces the diversity on our campus. “Diversity and inclusion is so important in a collegiate environment, and it’s something that we work hard to nurture here at UC Blue Ash as we strive to be the best educators we can.”

Leaders in Teaching & Learning Our professors are experts in the ever-changing art of teaching and learning. In fact, we have a professional development center on campus dedicated to keeping our faculty at the leading edge of teaching practices.


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faculty spotlight: keen wilson A first-generation student himself, Biology professor, Dr. Keen Wilson has a deep appreciation for the value of an education – and a passion for opening up unique opportunities for his students. As an evolutionary developmental biologist, Dr. Wilson spends much of his time outside of the classroom researching the development of sea urchins using the latest molecular genetic techniques available in the field.

“We’re doing some really interesting research here – and I love to get my students involved in the process.”

His students are eager to delve into the research as well, and it pays dividends for them. “I’ve had several students go on to have very successful careers in research and academia themselves. It’s so rewarding to see them find their passions and excel.”

Professor Keen Wilson received the 2017 University of Cincinnati Excellence Award for Faculty-to-Faculty Research Mentoring in recognition of his work in leading and supporting research projects at UC Blue Ash.

Great Minds On Display Each year, UC Blue Ash hosts Mediated Minds, an undergraduate research event, where students across the university present research on topics of interest to them.

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faculty spotlight: sue sipple English professor, Dr. Sue Sipple, co-directs the college’s British Summer Study Abroad program, enabling students – many of whom have never had the chance to travel outside the U.S. – to learn through immersion in another culture. An exciting mix of classroom studies and experiential learning, UC Blue Ash study abroad programs are an amazing opportunity.

“Introducing students to the world, and seeing them embrace new cultures and experiences – that’s a thrill for me.” An award-winning professor, Dr. Sipple continues to enhance her own experience through travels to Europe in the study of Holocaust literature and education. “My research has a huge impact on the courses I teach here,” said Sipple. “It gives me the in-depth knowledge to help my students understand the significance of world events like the Holocaust.”

Chris Strohofer explores Turkey. 16

British Summer Study Abroad students stay at the stately Harlaxton Manor (right).

A World of Difference. One of Sue’s students, Chris Strohofer (‘17), is a prime example of how study abroad can make an amazing impact in a student’s life. Before the program, he was uncertain about his major and his future. After returning, he chose International Affairs as his

major, leading him to an internship at the U.S. State Department and another semester-long study abroad in Ghana. “I like to think that the program I helped create started him on a journey that will impact his career and his life,” said Dr. Sipple.

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celebrating 20 years of

study abroad Great Britain. Costa Rica. Australia. France. Peru. Canada. Ireland. Austria. Germany. Belgium. Czech Republic. And we’re just getting started! Students who study abroad often claim they return a completely different person with a new respect for diversity and a fresh perspective. Having the opportunity to step (or leap!) out of one’s comfort zone, perhaps for the first time, is priceless.

UC Blue Ash Study Abroad 2018 will feature programs in Costa Rica, Great Britain & Spain and Quebec City & Montreal.

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IS BUILDING Students are getting in on the action as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary.


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celebration events this year. It’s really a great reminder of how far I’ve come.”

Applied Graphic Communication graduate, Maria Huls (‘17) knows a thing or two about creating a buzz. As an amateur beekeeper, she works with her dad to nurture their colony’s hives – creating and advocating for local bee products. As a Student Ambassador, she led prospective students on campus visits, highlighting all the amazing features of the college. And this year, she created a logo for the college’s 50th anniversary celebration, and was selected from dozens of designers as the winner. Her logo will represent the college throughout our yearlong celebration, creating a palpable buzz throughout the community. “I’m so excited to see my logo design implemented in all the

During her time at UC Blue Ash, Maria had the opportunity to experience a little bit of everything the college has to offer. From serving as a peer mentor and alumni mentee, to working in the admissions office and as a Student Orientation Leader, to studying abroad in Australia, her college experience has been extremely rewarding. Says Maria, “These are all things that one would expect from a larger university campus, but they can get it at UC Blue Ash in a comfortable setting that is a great value.” “I don’t know what the future has in store for me at all, and that’s what’s really exciting. I have all of these skills and a blank slate future to build myself.”

When she’s not studying or developing her next design projects, Maria can be found helping her dad, Bill, tend to her family’s bee hives. University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College


Students support scholarship fundraising at the UC Blue Ash Dash 5K.

Mandee Logsdon (eMedia, ‘16) is the winner of the prestigious student Gold ADDY Award in 2017 from the American Advertising Federation annual Cincinnati market competition.

Need a reason to check out UC Blue Ash? How about 50? We’re the most diverse college in the University of Cincinnati, with amazing students engaged in fun and enriching activities.

Small classes. Individual attention. Top-notch education.

Billy Johnson (eMedia, ‘11) scored his dream job from an internship with the Cincinnati Reds.

Prerna Gandhi was the innocent victim of a vicious acid attack in her native India at age 13. She came to Cincinnati for treatment, and has flourished as a UC Blue Ash student. Prerna wears her scars proudly as a reminder of the struggles she’s overcome – and her beauty radiates to everyone she meets as a Student Ambassador. “This attack has made me into the woman I am today – a strong, independent young woman who wants to make a difference. I am not the poor girl, not the victim, not the monster, not the girl who wished she had died. I am Prerna, the Hindi word that means inspiration.”

Commencement is a great time to celebrate successes with friends.

Student Ambassadors are leaders on campus.

2015 Honor student Suaad Hansbhai (Pre-Middle Childhood Education, ‘15) is inspiring.

Founded in 1967, we’re thrilled to celebrate 50 years of inspiring student success! Learn more at 1967

UC Blue Ash College, known then as the Raymond Walters Branch, officially opens with its first classes on September 25, 1967. There are 632 students.


Expansion to the original building on campus, known today as Muntz Hall, is completed. Enrollment tops 3,000 students.


The Student Union is converted to classrooms & offices to keep up with increases in enrollment.


The UC Blue Ash Study Abroad Program launches with its inaugural program to the U.K.


The Science and Allied Health Building is built, providing classroom, lab, and office space for health care and science programs.


The college launches its first bachelor’s program: the Bachelor’s in Radiation Science Technology.


The Veterinary Technology program (part of the UC Blue Ash curriculum since 1969), moves from the UC Medical campus to UC Blue Ash with the completion of the new Veterinary Technology Building.


Cady Short-Thompson becomes dean and begins a transformation that includes a new identity for the college, record-high enrollments, campus renovation and expansion, a big increase in fundraising, and growth in academic programs. Enrollment tops 5,000 students.


The college’s name is changed from Raymond Walters College to UC Blue Ash College. The Bachelor’s in Technical and Applied Studies becomes the college’s second bachelor’s degree.


A $4.3 million renovation of Muntz Hall is completed, including the updated UC Blue Ash Library, Bleecker St. Café, Community Commons, and Courtyard.


Progress Hall is completed, providing much-needed space for classrooms and faculty offices.


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breaking through Dental Hygiene alumna, Bernita Bush Gissler (‘73), was the first African-American graduate from the UC Blue Ash College Dental Hygiene program.

“It was an honor to open the door for other African-American women to venture into this great profession.” She went on to help create a private dental hygiene school in Switzerland and taught there from 1984 to 1993. In 1993 she was promoted to the University of Bern in Switzerland where she taught until her retirement in 2014. “The school we created was only the third dental hygiene school of its kind in Switzerland,” she recalls. “It’s been such an adventure.” Bernita is living proof of the distances our students can go with the education they receive at UC Blue Ash. University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College


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women STEM Shannon Griffin (Pre-Biology, ‘98) works as a biologist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development National Exposure Research Laboratory, and owes much of her success to her experience at UC Blue Ash.

“The need to think critically, work independently, and build confidence and self-esteem were important skills and life lessons I learned from my experiences at UC Blue Ash. I left there knowing that I’m a hard-working, bright, and capable individual.” Shannon gives back to UC Blue Ash as an alumni volunteer and a mentor in our Alumni Mentoring Program. Anastassia Jenjebir (Pre-Pharmacy, ‘16) is a UC Blue Ash graduate who is continuing her education at UC’s College of Pharmacy, where she’s pursuing her doctorate in pharmacy. “The rigorous coursework at UC Blue Ash really set me up for success in the chemistry courses that are a part of my doctorate program,” notes Jenjebir. She’s continuing her involvement outside the classroom as president of student government at the College of Pharmacy, and looks forward to making an impact in her chosen profession.


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“UC Blue Ash has made a major impact on my life. I’m happy to give back.”

Alum, Ken Suer (Pre-Education, ‘70), remembers the energy and excitement of being on campus in the early years of the college. “There was something special here; all the faculty and staff were engaged in truly making this place great,” he remembers. Over the years, Ken has been dedicated to education and public service. After a career as a high school teacher and counselor, he went on to become the Mayor of Montgomery, Ohio, and continues to serve on the city council today. “UC Blue Ash was the springboard for my career – an affordable, convenient option for a great education. ”

Ken is a familiar face on campus today as an active member of the college’s Alumni Council. He welcomes students during the first weeks of classes, and serves as a student mentor throughout the year. “I have always loved working with young people, and serving as a mentor is one of the most rewarding things I can do. I like to show students that I’ve been where they are – and with individual grit and perseverance, they can achieve their dreams.” “The energy from those early years is still very much alive at UC Blue Ash today,” said Suer. It’s an exciting time to be a Blue Ash Bearcat!

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progress Welcome to Progress Hall – newly opened for fall 2017. Our newest academic building boasts natural lighting, innovative classroom design and modern technology throughout.

Progress Hall BY THE NUMBERS

16,300 3,500 8 square feet of mixed-use space

square feet of windows and glass

new classrooms with seating for 237 students


faculty offices


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And the Progress Continues...

The college is now embarking on a multi-stage renovation project to completely transform classroom and common spaces in our flagship building, Muntz Hall.

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campus Our 135-acre parklike campus is a suburban oasis – large enough to stretch your legs, but small enough to find your way.


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the connection After a few failed attempts at college, Julie Etherton (Accounting, ‘16) came to UC Blue Ash with a 1.19 GPA and a renewed determination to succeed.

“I was so nervous to return to school. Luckily for me, there were a lot of people that were willing to believe in me until I could believe in myself,” recalls Julie.

“Getting involved was the key for me. It helped me make connections and stay committed to reaching my goal.”

She sought help from her advisor and dove headlong into activities on campus, becoming a Student Ambassador and eventually graduating with a 3.98 GPA. She successfully transitioned to UC’s Lindner College of Business and is now on her way to becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Julie Etherton (left) with professor Marissa Oehlhof.

We’re here to help you succeed. Academic Support

We provide free academic support through our various labs, where high-achieving students can quench their desire to learn and students who are struggling can receive the extra attention they need to succeed.

Accessibility Resources

We provide students with any type of disability equal access and appropriate accommodations while participating in college courses, programs and activities.

Counseling Services

Adjusting to college life can be difficult. Our on-campus counseling services provide support and guidance to address our students’ needs. University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College


student life &

engagement Get involved. Make a difference. Be a leader. Student life and engagement opportunities are everywhere at UC Blue Ash.

Student Leadership

The best way to get the most out of your college education is to become a leader on campus. Leadership workshops, mentoring opportunities and campus leadership roles are great ways to get involved and connect with peers, staff and faculty.

Student Clubs & Organizations.

Dozens of student groups are active on our campus -- allowing you to share common interests through events and activities.


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Hispanic/Latino Affairs

Hispanic/Latino Affairs helps to connect students from Hispanic/Latino cultures on our campus, providing a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Welcome events, leadership workshops and monthly social gatherings help students get involved and become a member of the UCBA family.

Multicultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs works to raise awareness of, and develop respect and appreciation for the diversity that exists on our campus and in the community. This office strives to meet the needs of our under-represented populations, while encouraging respect and appreciation for all people.

Veteran Student Services

The Veteran Student Services office provides guidance, advocacy and outreach services for our veteran and active military student populations.

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As a student at UC Blue Ash, you’ll experience personal attention and a supportive environment at our suburban Blue Ash campus, while enjoying the opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Experience all that comes with being a UC student!




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our students are

UC smart

Each year, hundreds of students transition from UC Blue Ash to the UC Uptown campus. Their performance after transition speaks volumes about the level of preparation they receive from our college.

Our number of transition students continues to rise each year.

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Fall 2016 Transition Students

Fall 2015 Transition Students

Fall 2014 Transition Students

3.12 Average GPA for UC Blue Ash students in their 1st year after transitioning to UC Uptown.

Fall 2013 Transition Students


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Rigorous academics. High-quality academic programs prepare our students to continue their education with the skills they need to succeed.

Seamless transitions. Our transition-oriented associate degree programs are designed to align directly with dozens of baccalaureate programs at UC’s Uptown campus, without the loss of credits.

A smart choice. Many students take advantage of the dramatic cost savings our low tuition offers before continuing on to their chosen program.

UC Blue Ash College is the smart choice for transition students.

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Our proximity with UC’s Uptown campus makes it easy for students to participate in activities, organizations and events on both campuses. World-class Libraries

UC’s library system gives students access to extensive online and print resources to meet their research needs. Plus, the OhioLINK system enables students to access resources from other universities throughout the state.

Exhibitions and Performances

Events abound on UC’s Uptown campus throughout the year, with concerts, exhibitions and performances by local and world-renowned artists and performers.

Student Organizations

The Student Activities & Leadership Development office, in cooperation with several annual student boards, oversees the annual registration of over 300 student organizations, offering diverse opportunities for all kinds of interests and involvement.

Fraternities & Sororities

Fraternities and sororities provide lasting friendships, strong academic support, a solid network, as well as valuable lessons in how to lead and serve. The UC Fraternity and Sorority Community consists of 22 fraternities and 11 sororities – all of them internationally affiliated.

Nationally recognized Bearcat athletics

The University of Cincinnati is proud to support athletes competing in more than a dozen intercollegiate sports.

UC Club Sports

Alpine Race Team • Badminton • Baseball • Billiards • Bowling • Cricket • Cycling • Equestrian • Fencing • Golf • Handball • Ice Hockey • Inline Hockey • Kendo • Lacrosse • Martial Arts • Mountaineering • Pershing Rifles • Racquetball • Rowing • Rugby • Running • Shotokan Karate • Soccer • Table Tennis • Tennis • Ultimate Frisbee • Volleyball • Water Polo • Waterski • Wrestling

Campus Recreation Center

UC’s Campus Recreation Center is a stateof-the-art fitness and recreation facility with more than 200,000 square feet of recreation space for students, employees and friends of the university.* UC Blue Ash students may also take advantage of a discounted student membership at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, just a mile from campus. *Membership fee may apply.


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University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College


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Low tuition + a great UC education = an amazing value.

Our tuition is nearly More than

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in scholarships are available to UC Blue Ash students each year.

Tuition reciprocity is available to students in some counties of Indiana and Kentucky. Visit for details.

$70,000 that of other colleges and universities.

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*Tuition and fees are for 12-18 hours per semester. This does not include additional costs such as books, lab/college/program fees, the first year student success fee and health insurance premiums. Some UCBA technology and health care programs may have additional program fees. Visit for complete details. UCBA students registering as part-time students with Uptown campus courses will be charged appropriate Uptown campus fees. Full-time students matriculated at UCBA pay full-time UCBA fees; however, if taking 7 or more credit hours of Uptown courses, students will be charged a differential fee. Fees are subject to change by the UC Board of Trustees. ** Tuition rates as of August 2017.

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Scholarships Academic Achievement Scholarship The Academic Achievement Scholarship is awarded automatically to incoming freshmen, who have not previously attended another college or university as a degree-seeking student, with a final 3.2 minimum (unweighted) high school GPA, who enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student at our campus. To be considered for the scholarship, a completed admission application (to include transcript & application fee) must be received by December 1 of their senior year and a completed admission confirmation must be received on or before May 1. The University of Cincinnati must receive an official, final high school transcript showing date of graduation by July 1. The scholarship amount varies each academic year; please check with the Admissions Office for the specific amount. Provided that the student successfully completes** a minimum of 12 credit hours with at least a 3.0 semester GPA during their fall semester as a full-time, degreeseeking student at UCBA, the student would remain eligible for the scholarship during their spring semester as a full-time, degree-seeking student at UCBA. Additional requirements will be communicated via email. This scholarship is only valid during the first year (2 semesters) of attendance as a degree-seeking student. * Available to incoming freshmen who graduated from high school within the last calendar year. ** Grades of F, I, UW, W, X, NP, U, T, UP, and NG are not considered successful completion.

Other UCBA Scholarships Over $70,000 in scholarships are available to UCBA students each year!

Grants Awarded based on need, grants do not require repayment. Find our list of grant programs at: Loans Federal Perkins Loan • Federally funded long-term loan awarded by UC • Based on financial need; early aid application • Five percent fixed interest deferred while enrolled; repayment begins nine months after less than half-time enrollment • Amount: $2,100 Federal Subsidized & Unsubsidized Direct Loans • Max. combined amounts based on need:

Freshman Sophomore Junior/Senior

Dependent Student $5,500 $6,500 $7,500

Independent Student $9,500 $10,500 $12,500

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan • Federally funded long-term certified and transmitted by UC; choice of amount • Based on financial need • Fixed interest rate 4.45% deferred while enrolled; repayment begins six months after less than half-time enrollment (effective 7/16-6/17) Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan • Federally funded long-term loan certified and transmitted by UC; choice of amount • Any student may borrow • Same as Subsidized Stafford except for interest: choice of paying interest while enrolled or allowing it to capitalize onto principal

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) • Federally funded long-term loan certified and transmitted by UC; choice of amount • Parent/Step-parent of dependent student; credit approval following completion of promissory note • Maximum amount cannot exceed budgeted cost of attendance less other aid • Fixed interest rate 7%, repayment begins 60 days after loan disbursed (effective 7/16-6/17) Work Study/Federal Work-Study • Federally subsidized employment program awarded by UC • Based on financial need; early aid application • Earning eligibility to $3,000 • Will receive biweekly paycheck based on hours worked; hourly wage depends on job responsibilities Financial Aid Application Students interested in applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The free form is available online at You should complete the FAFSA form online as soon after October 1 as possible. Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis, an early application receives priority consideration for limited funding sources. You will need to list UC’s Title IV Code (003125) when filling out the FAFSA to ensure that UC’s Financial Aid office receives your information. Also remember that applying for financial aid is an annual process.

cincinnatipride Graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) who have not attended college can be considered for the Cincinnati Pride Grant (CPG). The Cincinnati Pride Grant recognizes UC’s long-standing partnership with the Cincinnati Public School System and reaffirms its commitment to CPS’s graduates. Eligibility & Application After applying for admission to UC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). CPS students who are determined to be Federal Pell Grant-eligible will automatically be considered for CPG. The CPG program assures the overall combination of federal, state and institutional aid will equal the full cost of tuition and a book allowance for those graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education.

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ready to apply? We offer three types of admission opportunities at UC Blue Ash College.

UC Blue Ash Honors Program This selective program is for our best and brightest students – those who are challenged by the academic rigor of our classes and who are consistent high-performers. Requirements include a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher and an ACT score of 25 or higher or SAT score of 1200 or higher.


General Admission UC Blue Ash is an open admission institution, providing access to higher education to most prospective students with a high school diploma or the equivalent. An ACT or SAT score will be a requirement as part of the admission process for the 2018-19 academic year.

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College Program for Academic Success (CPAS) CPAS is a provisional admission program that is designed for students who need additional support in adjusting to college academics. It is required for all incoming freshman students who have a high school GPA of less than 2.2. Please note that there are limited spots available in the CPAS program; if you meet the profile for this program you are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Admission Checklist step 1: apply

Submit application at and pay the $50 application fee. Have official high school transcript (or GED diploma), ACT or SAT scores, and any previous

college transcripts sent to: University of Cincinnati, Office of Admissions, PO Box 210091, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091. After graduation, have final, official transcript sent.

Students who were home-schooled follow the same application process as all other applicants. To be considered, home-schooled students must submit with their application materials: a transcript, showing course grades; a detailed curriculum, including course content descriptions; a copy of the superintendent release form authorizing home-schooling; and any other requested documentation.

step 2: Confirm Once you have been accepted (check your status

online to track application progress by visiting, complete the Admissions

APPLYING TO UC BLUE ASH Admission Guidelines

UCBA is an open admission institution, providing access to higher education to most with a high school diploma or the equivalent. The college’s open admission policy allows students to enter any academic semester: fall, spring or summer.* ACT or SAT results will be required to be considered for admission to UC Blue Ash College. Find detailed admission information on our website: *Spaces are limited for students applying through the CPAS provisional admission program, which may affect the ability for those applicants to start during their desired term. No CPAS admissions are processed for summer term start.

Admission Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:


July 1

August 1

December 1 for Academic Scholarship Consideration


November 15

December 15


March 15

April 15

Schedule and complete placement tests for Math, English & Reading. Find detailed testing requirement information at placement.

STEP 4: ORIENTATION Register for and attend a required orientation

January Varies (several sessions)

Confirmation Form at status and pay the $50 confirmation fee.

step 3: test


May 1 for Academic Scholarship Consideration


Campus visits are by appointment only and can be scheduled by completing an online reservation form at or by calling (513) 745-5700. All campus visits are in a group setting and include an information session as well as a campus tour. The information session will brief you on major/program offerings, the application process, resources available, student life opportunities and the financial aid process. Campus visits are offered three days a week for your convenience: Mondays 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays 5-6:30 p.m., and Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

session. Find details at

Financial Aid Checklist Complete a FAFSA online at UC FAFSA code is 003125. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Once you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), review for corrections. If none are needed, keep in a file for future use. Once you have been admitted and you receive your SAR, check for your aid status. Once your aid has been accepted, complete loan counseling, and sign promissory notes online by visiting

Notice of Non-Discrimination The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. The university does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in university programs or activities. The university responds promptly and effectively to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It promptly conducts investigations and takes appropriate action, including disciplinary action, against individuals found to have violated its policies, as well as provides appropriate remedies to complainants and the campus community. The university takes immediate action to end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects of any hostile environment on affected members of the campus community.

UC is committed to the ideal of universal Web accessibility and strives to provide an accessible Web presence that enables all university community members and visitors full access to information provided on its websites. Every effort has been made to make these pages as accessible as possible in accordance with the applicable guidelines. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, age and veteran status: Section 504, ADA, Age Act Coordinator 340 University Hall, 51 Goodman Drive Cincinnati, OH 45221-0039 513-556-6381; The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or expression: Title IX Coordinator 3115 Edwards 1, 45 Corry Blvd. Cincinnati, OH 45221 513-556-3349;

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UC Blue Ash Shuttle

Only 12 miles separates UC Blue Ash from UC’s Uptown campus, keeping students connected. A free campus shuttle operates between UC Blue Ash and the Uptown campus during fall and spring semesters.

Bus Service To Our Front Door

Queen City Metro’s Rt. 4/Montgomery Road bus stops in front of Muntz Hall on our campus, making us easy to access from anywhere in the city.

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