The University of Cincinnati, the No. 1 public university for co-op, offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. Since its founding in 1819, UC has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society, including the first antihistamine, the first co-op education program, the first electronic organ, the Golden Gate Bridge designer and the oral polio vaccine. Each year, this urban, public, research university graduates nearly 10,000 students, adding to more than 300,000 living alumni around the world. UC is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region, with an economic impact of more than $4.2 billion.