We can't wait to welcome you into the Bearcat family! Please read the instructions carefully and select the appropriate application; your educational history and goals will determine which application is right for you. If you have questions, contact the Office of Admissions.
A first-year applicant is a student who is entering college directly from high school and/or has never attended a community college or university since graduating from high school.
The University of Cincinnati is comprised of three campuses that offer different programs. When applying on the Common Application, please be certain to search and select the correct campus on your Common App. Please do not submit applications for multiple Cincinnati campuses. If you are unsure which campus to choose, please contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.
- University of Cincinnati (main campus)
- University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (regional campus)
- University of Cincinnati Clermont College (regional campus)
Accelerated College English (ACE) Program Application
The ACE Program is designed for students who would like to study at the University of Cincinnati but their English skills are not strong enough for direct admissions. ACE is a two semester program (one academic year) that provides English as a Second Language (ESL) courses while also taking major-based classes that will count as credit towards their UC degree. After successfully completing the ACE Program, students are guaranteed admission into their selected major.
International Conditional Application
The University of Cincinnati offers students conditional admission in order to study the English language at our on-campus English Language Center (ELS) prior to taking UC classes. The Cincinnati ELS Language Center is located directly on the University of Cincinnati’s Main Campus. Students can easily transition to UC after completion.
Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended another college or university since earning their high school credentials and are now seeking admission to a University of Cincinnati degree program.
Early Childhood Education Online
Students seeking admission to the Associate or Bachelor degree program offered online through the College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services.
RN to BSN Online
Please visit the nursing admissions web page for more information about deadlines and admission requirements.
Spring 2021 Applicants
Applicants applying to the online RN to BSN program for Spring 2021 (January & March start) apply through the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS).
Summer & Fall 2021 Applicants
Applicants applying to the online RN to BSN program for Summer & Fall 2021 apply through the University of Cincinnati’s Transfer Application and select the Clifton Campus.
Other Admissions Circumstances
If you are currently enrolled in a University of Cincinnati college and wish to apply for admission to a program in a different University of Cincinnati college, you are considered a transition student and should work with the Transfer & Transition Advising Center to complete the transition process.
If you have attended the University of Cincinnati before and would like to attend again and have not attended any other institutions between your time at Cincinnati and now, you should complete the Application for Readmission.
Non-degree Seeking Students
If you would like to take classes but not earn a degree, you should complete the Basic Data Form.
If you are seeking admission to one of the University of Cincinnati's graduate programs, please visit The Graduate School website for more information.
College Credit Plus (CCP)
If you are a current high school student wishing to take classes at the University of Cincinnati as part of the College Credit Plus program, please visit the College Credit Plus website.
Transition and Access Program (TAP)
If you are a student interested in an inclusive college education, have an intellectual or developmental disability, and are seeking admission to a CTP certificate program to continue your academic, career, and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment please visit the TAP website for more information.