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Nearly Half of Cincinnati Region College Freshmen are New to Cincinnati
Cincinnati Chamber works with higher education and business to keep talent in region

CINCINNATI – October 18, 2017 – 48% of freshmen—more than 7,000 people—at Cincinnati’s regional universities and colleges are from out-of-the area according to statistics released by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. For the first time ever, the Chamber presented a report on the “Region’s Freshman Class,” comprised of first-year students from Miami University, Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.

Additionally, the Chamber’s research found that Cincinnati’s higher education institutions retain 73 percent of their freshmen until graduation while 56 percent remain in the Cincinnati region after college. 

“Collaborating with colleges and universities is a huge opportunity for the Cincinnati region. We want to grow a well-educated talent pipeline and an effective way to do that is to focus on the more than 15,000 students who just enrolled at one of our fantastic colleges and universities—whether they are from here or elsewhere,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “It is a priority of the Cincinnati Chamber to close that gap between freshmen and alumni who call Cincinnati home, ensuring our businesses have access to the talent they need.”

“The Cincinnati Chamber is laser beam focused on strengthening relationships between area businesses and our excellent colleges and universities,” added Jordan Vogel, vice president of Talent Initiatives for the Cincinnati Chamber. “As a region, we are outpacing our competition by leveraging the assets within higher education to attract and retain talent right here. We are grateful that the six regional colleges and universities we partnered with on this study are ready, willing and able to lean in and shrink the skills and talent gaps so that our businesses can grow and thrive.”

The Big College Event, October 19, 4-9 p.m., will be a first-of-its-kind event, bringing together students from all 18 regional colleges and universities at the Duke Energy Convention Center to meet and connect with more than 100 exhibitors. The event is designed to raise awareness with our students of all that this region has to offer. The goal is to elevate the Cincinnati region into the top choice set of students as a place to consider playing and working in upon graduation.

More data on Cincinnati’s college freshman class:

15, 248 total students

More than 7,000 from outside of the Cincinnati MSA

51% female

49% male

The class represents 47 U.S. states

24% are ethnically diverse

29% are first generation college students

Breakdown of majors:

18.1% Exploratory/Undeclared,

17% Business

11.8% Science

11.2% Medical Related Studies

9% Engineering

4.9% Tech

28.1% Other

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. It does this by serving as a bold voice for the interests of its 4,000-member businesses and their more than 300,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to expanding the region's talent base by attracting new residents and finding new ways to connect employers to skilled workers. And, by harnessing the power of Cincinnati USA’s unique offerings, implementing regional vision, and through intentional inclusion in everything we do, the Chamber is on a path to help transform this region into the hottest city in America. For more information, visit

Contact: Rich Walburg, Communications Director, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber,
              513.579.3194 Direct, 513.205.7424 Mobile,


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