Information for High School Students

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Becoming a Bearcat

There are some things you need to do before you can do all the things you want to do. We’ve made it easy. Below are some important links, friendly tips and gentle reminders so that your application process is as smooth as possible.

1. Start now

Have your scores from ACT or SAT sent to us as soon as possible. And remember, UC requires that all test scores must come directly from the testing agencies.

2. Apply on time

When you apply to UC, it's important for you to be aware of any deadlines that may exist for your major. All the deadlines you need are right here.

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.

3. Remember all of your supporting documents:

  • The Common Application and Writing Components
  • $50 application fee or application fee waiver submitted via the Common Application
  • SAT or ACT scores submitted directly from the testing agency
  • Official high school transcript
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation (OPTIONAL)

Find a detailed list (and everything else you’ll need to apply) on our admissions application checklist.

4. Confirm your admission

Once you have been admitted and have decided UC is the place for you, you must confirm your admission by filling out our online confirmation form and submitting the $100 confirmation fee.

5. Apply for housing

Forty-eight hours after confirming your admission, you are able to apply for housing online. The housing application will be made available in March and has a priority deadline of May 5.