Different programs have different requirements, but most will expect you to have taken these courses (known as Ohio Articulation Requirements):
From 9th grade on, it counts!
Things you should do:
Get to know yourself. Ask yourself: What are my special talents? What do I like to do? Where do I feel most comfortable? What do I want to be? How do I want to live?
Get involved. Take part in hobbies, community activities, theater or music groups, or sports. Do what you enjoy, not just what you think looks good on your record!
Consider Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Programs at UC (PSEOP). As early as 10th grade you may qualify to take college courses – for college credit.
Learn about Advanced Placement courses your high school offers. Learn more about AP courses.
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 -- no later than Dec. 1 to be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, but much earlier for more competitive programs.
Learn more about UC Application Deadlines.
UC requires all first-time college students applying to bachelor's degree (4- to 5-year) programs to submit an Essay, Personal Statement and a Co-curricular Activities List. It is not required for transfer students or students applying to associate degree (2-year) programs.
The essay prompts from which students can choose on the 2013-14 application:
Co-curricular Activities List
UC's application fee is $50. Online applicants must pay by Visa, MasterCard or Discover card when submitting their application. Do not send cash. Be sure your name and Social Security Number are written on the check or money order. The application fee is not refundable.
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
*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.
If you graduated from high school more than one year before admission, or if you will attend one of UC's open admission colleges (Clermont College or UC Blue Ash College) the test is recommended but usually not required.
Things you should do:
Apply for Financial Aid any time after Jan. 1. We cannot offer you aid until you have been accepted to UC, but it is a good idea to get your aid application in as early as possible. Financial aid is awarded after you confirm your admission to UC.
When you receive your UC offer letter, you're just two simple steps away from becoming a Bearcat.
Confirming your admission is an important step toward becoming a University of Cincinnati student. Students must confirm admission to access the housing application and register for orientation. (Please note that it will take a minimum of 48 hours to generate the accounts necessary to complete the housing registration.)
You can use the online confirmation form if:
If confirmations have closed for your program and term, please contact the Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100 if you wish to be considered for admission to another term. To see if your program is closed visit the Closed Programs Page.
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,
If you cannot pay by credit or debit card, please
Once you're confirmed as a UC student, you're entitled to all the privileges, benefits and services that UC students enjoy. Here are the basics. You'll learn more as you go along.
(on or after Jan. 1)
(on or after Feb. 1 / Priority Housing Date - May 1)
For students who are required (permanent residence is greater than 50 miles from Uptown campus) to live on campus their first year or those choosing to live on campus, you’ll need to apply for housing using the Housing and Food Services Web site.
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 UC 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 UC for evaluation after the completion of these courses and prior to registering for classes at Orientation.
(registration begins in March)
Bearcat Bound Orientation 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 and Housing.
Things you should do:
Apply for a UC parking permit, if you need one.