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Cincinnati Admissions Application Checklist

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It is important that you stay on track with your college applications. Following the steps below is a great way to keep yourself organized. If you have questions about your specific application please contact your admissions counselor or email us at

The information in this checklist is for prospective undergraduates. Prospective graduate students should visit the Graduate School Website.

Begin Taking Preporatory Classes

Different programs have different requirements, but most will expect you to have taken these courses (known as Ohio Articulation Requirements):

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 5 units of electives

Pay attention to your GPA

From 9th grade on, it counts!

Take College Assessment Exams

Cincinnati accepts ACT and SAT scores. You make take the test(s) as many times as you would like.

  • Be sure to have your scores sent to the Admissions Office directly from the testing agency. Cincinnati does not accept test scores from high school transcripts.

Test scores must be sent to Cincinnati directly from the testing agency (test scores are not accepted from the HS transcript). You may select the University of Cincinnati as a recipient of your scores by using the codes below when you register for an exam, or you may send scores directly from the ACT website or the SAT website.

  • ACT (code: 3340)
    Records Department
    PO Box 451
    Iowa City, IA 52240
  • SAT (code: 1833)
    College Entrance Exam Board
    Box 592
    Princeton, NJ 08540
If you graduated from high school more than one year before admission, or if you will attend one of Cincinnati's open admission colleges (Clermont College or UC Blue Ash College) the test is recommended but usually not required.

Consider Majors That Might Interest You

If you haven't already, explore the major offerings at Cincinnati. Click HERE for more information about our colleges and majors!

Learn About Cincinnati's Admissions Process

  • Explore admission criteria for the program you are interested in. (See Program Outlines.) Requirements vary by program.
  • Find out the application deadline for the program you are interested in. (Competitive programs close early!)

Pay Attention to Application Deadlines

  • Your application must be complete before the appropriate deadline. A complete application means we have received all the required items. Only then can we offer you admission. It is in your best interest to provide these materials as early as possible but no later than the Dec. 1 Early Action deadline. 

        Learn more about Cincinnati Application Deadlines

  • Please note: Before the Rolling Admission deadline, certain academic programs will exceed their admission targets and no longer accept applications. Please view the list of Closed Programs for fall 2017 to determine if this applies to your program of interest.

Pay Your Application Fee

  • An application fee of $50 is required and must be paid online via the Common Application.
  • Students eligible for a fee waiver may submit the NACAC Fee Waiver. Your guidance counselor must complete and submit the form directly to Cincinnati's Admissions Office.

Submit Your Supplemental Documents

Letter of Recommendation (optional)

  • At least one letter is strongly encouraged from a high school teacher or school counselor.  

If you are a high school student, you must ask your guidance counselor to send us your transcript. If you are transferring from another college or university, you must request a transcript from each institution where you have completed college coursework.

Transcripts should be sent to:
University of Cincinnati
Office of Admissions
PO Box 210091
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091

Students who have earned credit through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, or a dual admission program, must send transcripts to the University of Cincinnati to assist academic advisors in placing them in the correct courses. All final high school and/or college transcripts and credit documents must be submitted to Cincinnati for evaluation after the completion of these courses and prior to registering for classes at Orientation.

Transfer students, please note: If you have earned fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter college credits, you must submit high school transcripts as part of your transfer application. On rare occasions, the program you are applying to may require a transcript regardless of the number of college credits you've earned. Check the program requirements for this information. You are required to provide official transcripts from every college you have attended regardless of the number of credit hours you took or the grades you earned.

Apply For Financial Aid

It is important to complete your FAFSA each year as soon after Oct. 1 as possible. Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, an early application receives priority consideration for limited funding sources. Learn more about financial aid.

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Confirm Your Admission

You can use the online confirmation form if:

  • you are going to be an undergraduate student; (Graduate students contact the Graduate School for information about confirming your admission.)
  • you have been offered admission to any of the University of Cincinnati campuses, including UC Blue Ash and Clermont College.

Pay Your Matriculation Fee

The Uptown (main) campus requires a $100 non-refundable confirmation fee to secure admission. UC Blue Ash and Clermont College require a $50 non-refundable fee. 

If you are paying by credit or debit card, we accept:

  • American Express
  • Checking account payments
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Visa

If you cannot pay by credit or debit card, please:

  • complete the online Confirmation Form and then mail a $100 check or money order ($50 for UC Blue Ash or Clermont College) made payable to “University of Cincinnati”

mail to:
Office of Admissions
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210091
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0091

You're in! Now what?

After you have submitted your application and received your admission decision there are a few more steps you will need to take to prepare for your first semester at Cincinnati. Please see our page for Admitted Students to learn more!