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UC Admissions Application Checklist

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

1.     Get Ready

2.     Explore Your Options

3.     Apply to UC

4.     Accept UC's Offer

5.     You're In! Now what?


Get Ready

Things You Must Do:

- Begin taking college preparatory courses

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!

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Explore Your Options

Things You Must Do:

- Take college assessment exams

UC accepts ACT and SAT scores. You may take the test(s) as many times as you want -- we do not penalize students for taking the test several times.

  • Be sure to have your scores sent to the Admissions Office directly from the testing agency. UC no longer accepts test scores from high school transcripts.

  • If you take the ACT, be sure to sign up for the writing portion of the test at least once. The writing section is requried on the SAT. This is used for English placement during your freshman year and is required of all applicants.
  • Consider majors that might interest you.

- Submit your ACT and/or SAT test scores.

Test scores must be sent to UC directly from the testing agency (test scores are not accepted from the HS transcript). You may select UC 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 UC's open admission colleges (Clermont College or UC Blue Ash College) the test is recommended but usually not required.

- Learn about UC's admission 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!)

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Apply to UC

Things You Must Do:

- Be aware of 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 UC Application Deadlines.


- Submit your application for admission

- Submit your supplemental information

Letter of Recommendation

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


- Have your transcripts sent to us

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.

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Accept UC's Offer

When you receive your UC offer letter, you're just two simple steps away from becoming a Bearcat.

Things You Must Do:

- 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.


- Paying 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,

If you cannot pay by credit or debit card, please

  • print the Admission Confirmation Form;
  • complete the form and 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.
If your program is closed for confirmation DO NOT mail in a paper form - it will not be accepted.

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Next Steps

Things You Must Do:

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. 

- Apply for Financial Aid

(on or after Jan. 1)

It is important to complete your FAFSA each year as soon after Jan. 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.


- Apply for Housing

(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.


- Send final transcripts

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.


- Attend 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.

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