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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 (including at least one writing score) 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.

3. Remember all of your supporting documents:

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

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 opens on Feb. 1st and has a priority deadline of May 1.