Admission Decision Process and Timeline

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Below you will find some helpful information about our admission decision process. If you have questions about your specific application please contact your admissions counselor or email us at

Applicants, please check your application status to view any outstanding application items or to view your admission decision.


Application Review Process

Applications submitted for the University of Cincinnati’s Uptown (main) Campus are reviewed holistically, considering every item provided in the application file.* Applications are read by admission team members, who are trained to use application information—both academic and personal—to more fully understand who the applicant is, how likely s/he is to be academically successful in a main campus program, and what attributes the student will bring to our campus community. Consequently, there is not a “minimum” GPA or ACT/SAT test score, just as there is not a guaranteed admission based on a student’s profile.

How we consider application items:

  • High School Transcript:  Overall success as demonstrated by GPA, curriculum, grade trend. We want to see students who have been successful in a challenging, college prep curriculum—including taking advanced coursework (AP, IB, dual enrollment) if offered at your school.
  • Extracurricular Activities: How do you spend your time outside of the classroom? Some students may participate in school organizations or sports; others may volunteer or work; and others may be a caregiver to a family member. One type is not more important than the other, we just want to learn more about you.
  • Essays: This is your opportunity to have a voice in the admission process. Be authentic and tell us something about yourself that we otherwise wouldn’t know. And PROOF before you submit!
  • ACT/SAT Test Scores: We will always consider the highest test score(s) that you send to us.
  • Recommendation Letter: While not required, many students ask a teacher to submit a recommendation letter. Select someone who knows you and your academic talents and abilities.
  • Auditions and Interviews: College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and College of Nursing applicants may be required or invited to participate in an audition or interview. Visit the College of Nursing webpage or CCM Handbook for more specific information.  

Cincinnati admits students directly into their major. While the holistic review process outlined above is used for every college, some colleges or majors may be more competitive than others. Your selected major may provide us with a lens to look at your application through. For example, strong math and science skills are necessary to be successful in our engineering program and we will look for evidence of those skills before we offer admission to an engineering program.

*View our application checklist to see what is needed to complete your application file.


Admission Decision Timeline

Application review begins in mid-October and continues until space is no longer available, which is historically in March.

Cincinnati admits students directly into their major. Some majors are more competitive than others. For those programs, we review all program applicants who have met our December 1 Early Action deadline prior to releasing admissions decisions. Students are offered admission based on the size and quality of the applicant pool. Pooled programs include those in the following colleges:

  • College–Conservatory of Music
  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing

Students who have applied to our most competitive programs can expect to receive an admission decision by the end of January or early February.

Students who have applied to programs other than those listed above will be reviewed as their file is complete and will learn their admission decision in late October/November or within 4 – 6 weeks from the time they completed their application.

Admission decisions will be released on Fridays at 5:00 P.M. EST. Students can log into their status page to view their decision.