Information for High School Students

UC Students signing the letters U and C

Welcome! We are excited that you would like to begin your academic career on Cincinnati's main campus. Please reference the following information to determine how you can apply for admission. 

If you have questions about your unique process, please call the Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100.


1. Start now

Send your ACT or SAT score to us as soon as possible. Cincinnati requires that all test scores come direclty from the testing agency. 

2. Apply on time

It's important to be aware of all deadlines that may exist. Don't get caught by surprise!

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. 


If you have more questions, please refer to our Application Checklist!


Additional Resources

Some programs for the Fall 2017 semester have now closed to new applicants. Check the list below to determine if the program you are interested in is still available.

Closed Programs


Students can apply for fall, spring, or summer semesters. Be sure to view our list of application deadlines to make sure you aren't behind!

Application Deadlines


Not everyone has taken the same educational path. We are able to accommodate a variety of unique admissions circumstances. You can find more helpful information below.

Home School / GED

Admissions Deferral Policy

DACA Students