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I live in Hamilton County of Cincinnati, Ohio. I am originally from Toledo, Ohio, but decided to attend the University of Cincinnati (UC). There are currently more than 500 degree programs available at UC. UC runs year round quarters; there are three ten week quarters (September until June), and one ten week summer quarter (June until September). The student to faculty ratio is 19:1, based on a full-time equivalent. As of fall, there were 33,342 total students; 26,054 undergraduates and 7,288 graduate and professional students. There were 3,904 African American students and 1,556 international students.
I live in a residence hall (aka ¡°dorm¡±). I live on the seventh floor of Calhoun Residence Hall. It is located on 240 Calhoun St. directly across from all the fast food franchises, significantly Arby¡¯s. There are four other normal dormitories: Siddall, Daniels, Dabney, and Sawyer. There are two residence halls that are especially for graduate students, and international students. Calhoun is located directly across from Siddall. The other six residence halls are located on the other side of West campus mainly located on Jefferson Avenue. There is a new residence hall consisting of six different buildings being built for next year. It will be called Jefferson hall and only upper classmen will be permitted to live in it. It will be suite-style, meaning there will be a full bathroom and living area within each room. Calhoun is thirteen floors; one floor is a study lounge, and the remaining twelve are resident floors. Since Calhoun is co-ed by floor this year, there are eight floors of men and four floors of women. I live on the seventh floor and I share my room with one other woman. In my room, there are two beds (which are bunked), a refrigerator, two closets, two dressers, and two desks. On each floor, there is a small kitchen area. In the kitchen, there is a stove/oven, sink, drinking fountain, small table, and a microwave. There is a bathroom on each floor in which only the sex of that certain floor are permitted inside. In each bathroom, there are four toilet stalls, ten shower stalls (which are individual), and eight sinks. In addition, on each floor of Calhoun, there is one single room. In this room lives only one individual, however, the cost of that room is $300 more per year than the cost of the double rooms. Room and board (ten meals per week) of each residence hall excluding Jefferson costs $2,084.00 a quarter, and $6,252.00 per year. The cost of Jefferson next year will only be a mere $100 more per quarter.
In order to live in a residence hall, a meal plan is required. There is a dining hall connecting the Calhoun and Siddall residence halls. There is a variety of meal plans offered, such as, nineteen meals per week, ten meals per week, or seven meals along with $56 flex dollars per week. Aside from the dining hall between Calhoun and Siddall, there is another one where the students living in the other residence halls can use their meal plans. This dining hall is located on the lower level of the Sander building next to the Alley Cat restaurant. The flex dollars can be used at the Alley Cat restaurant, the Meal pavilion(located near McMicken lawn), or Blimpie¡¯s. These three additional places do not accept the meal plan, only Bearcat cash or flex dollars. Bearcat cash is just a safe way made so that students do not have to carry cash around campus. It is simply your identification card with cash on it, like a debit card. Students can add cash to it simply by calling a number or mailing a check into the Bearcat Campus Card office.
There is one main day-care provider on campus. It is called the Arlitt Child Development center. It is located on Jefferson Avenue, across from the BP gas station. This center has received two awards: the Accreditation Award given by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and the Ohio¡¯s Best Practice Award for 1995 given to the University of Cincinnati. The daycare provides for 150 children total, currently having twenty children whose first language is not English, and eight children with handicap problems. This program is funded by three main sources: Head Start grants, contract revenues, and the Mentally Retarded Development Delay Board of Hamilton County. It is mainly funded by Head Start, which is a federally run program. Contract revenues are tuition based payments. The tuition price is approximately $405 per quarter. When a child is enrolled and paying by tuition, a family assessment is done based on the family income and needs. This assessment is evaluated and a tuition amount is then assigned to the family. This allows children from a variety of cultural, racial, and social-economic groups to attend. There are two other childcare centers located on campus, yet are not nearly as populated and diverse as Arlitt. They are the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Center which serves children ages three months to five years. The other is the Linton Center which serves children ages eighteen months to eight years. They are both open year round from 7:00am until 6:00pm.
Considering that UC is a compact campus, transportation from class to class is usually done by foot or bicycle. However, some students do have classes that are on opposite ends of campus and in this case, they can take a shuttle. The shuttle services are free, however there are only certa