The University of Cincinnati is one of America's top public research institutions with a student population of more than 40,000. Since its founding in 1819, UC has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society, including co-op education, the oral polio vaccine, the first electronic organ, the first safe anti-knock gasoline, and the first antihistamine. UC is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region, with an economic impact of more than $3 billion. The University also excels at sports with great programs including football, basketball, soccer, swimming, etc. The Bearcats are home to the first ever Mid-Major conference team to ever make the College Football Playoff. Coach Luke Fickell has brought the program to prominence and the team shows no signs of slowing down. Not only do the Bearcats have a glorious reputation in football and other sports, but UC is home to one of the most well respected college basketball programs of all time. The University of Cincinnati excels at every aspect that a college should, and the city of Cincinnati is proud to be represented by such an esteemed university.