• Praised by national magazines and even former vice president Al Gore, the public two-year community college Cincinnati State — now the fourth-largest college in Cincinnati — boasts a 98 percent job placement rate for its technical graduates in fields ranging from laser electro-optics and civil engineering to health care and aviation maintenance.
• Hebrew Union College was established in 1875 by Rabbi Isaac Wise, founder of American Reform Judaism, as the first institution of Jewish higher education in the United States. It has been an intellectual center of Reform Judaism ever since and houses the Reform movement’s library and archives collections.
Recent research milestones for HUC include using computer analysis to unlock secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls and rescuing from near extinction the ancient Aramaic language, the original language of several books of the Bible and the Talmud and of Jesus Christ and his apostles.
• Looking for a guaranteed job on graduation? The paper science program at Miami University is one of only eight in the nation and, during the past 15 years, has found work for 100 percent — yes, 100 percent — of its graduates each and every year. The average starting salary for a student with a graduate degree in paper science, an engineering degree specific to the forest-products industry, is $51,000.
• The University of Cincinnati made its first major mark on U.S. education in 1906, when it created the first cooperative education program in the world through its College of Engineering. UC counts among its alumni former president and later Chief Justice William Howard Taft, author Thomas Berger and sports greats Sandy Koufax and Oscar Robertson. Faculty have included Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
• At Wilmington College, one course track that's garnered national attention is the first equine studies program in the Tristate. Classes include horse anatomy, reproduction and physiology. The college provides a half-million-dollar equine center with stable accommodations for 24 animals, but students have to bring their own horse.
• Xavier University was established in 1831 by the first Catholic bishop of Cincinnati, Edward Fenwick, and named the Athenaeum. After the first Jesuits arrived to staff the school in 1840, the name was changed to St. Xavier College. Originally in downtown Cincinnati, St. Xavier College moved to its present location in 1919. In 1930 the name was changed to Xavier University, reflecting the school’s new growth and development.