Next Steps

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You made it to Cincinnati! Now what?

Before you can jump right in and get your life as a Bearcat started, you'll want to follow some crucial first steps. Please use these resources as you plan for a successful start!

Step 1: Confirm your admission by May 1

Confirming is an important step toward becoming a Bearcat. Completing your Confirmation Form enables you to apply for housing and register for Bearcat Bound Orientation.


Step 2: Apply for financial aid

The FAFSA became available on October 1 and it is important to fill it out as soon as possible. If you have not done so yet, make this a priority! Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, submission of your FAFSA by December 1 ensures that you receive maximum consideration for need-based aid. 

Be sure to connect with the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have any questions. 



Step 3: Connect with your Bearcat Community

Use #BearcatsBound to share your news with your family, friends, and the other Bearcats that will be joining you on campus in just a few short months!

Connect with the Class of 2021 / Co-Op 2020 on Facebook!

Send your "Made It!" pictures to @UCAdmissions on Twitter!


Step 4: Apply for housing

The fall housing application will be available in March. The priority deadline is May 5. Students whose permanent residence is farther than 50 miles from Cincinnati's main campus are required to live on campus during their first year. If you are required to live on campus or if you choose to live on campus, you will need to apply by visiting the Housing and Food Services website.

Note: Students must confirm their admission prior to applying for Housing.

Step 5: Register for Orientation

Registration for Bearcats Bound Orientation will begin in April. Bearcats Bound is designed to assist you in making a successful academic and social transition into the University of Cincinnati community. During Orientation, you will also meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Note: Students must confirm their admission prior to registering for Orientation.

Step 6: Submit your final high school transcript

Admission offers are contingent upon successful completion of high school coursework. Students must submit an official, final high school transcript to verify graduation



Creating Your Student Accounts

After you are admitted... will receive an email titled "Important University of Cincinnati System Access Information." Within this email you will find information about the Catalyst Student Portal. Catalyst serves as your hub and self-service center for information and actions you can take as an admitted, enrolled, or current student such as: 

  • Check the status of your financial aid
  • Run a Transfer Credit Evaluation Report
  • Search for available classes

Your default password is Uc!mmddyyyy where mmddyyyy is your full date of birth. You will be prompted to change this password the first time you log in.

If you can't find this information in your inbox or need other technical support, contact the Help Desk now at or by phone at 513-556-4357 or use the online personal information resource provided by OneStop.


After you confirm your admission... will receive an email with instructions for setting up your University of Cincinnati email address. It may take 1-2 weeks for this email to arrive in your inbox. After setting up your university email address, you should plan to check this email account often because this is how you will receive any important information from the University of Cincinnati during your time as a student.

If it has been several weeks since you have completed the confirmation process please first check that you have fully confirmed by submitting the Confirmation Form as well as the Confirmation Fee. If you have fully confirmed and still have not received an email with instructions to set up your new email address, please contact the Office of Admissions.