Undergraduate Admissions Decision Appeal Process

Due to capacity limitations and other factors, the University of Cincinnati cannot offer admission to all students that apply to an undergraduate program on the Uptown (main) Campus. Students who do not meet regular admission requirements may request further consideration via an appeal process. 

Before submitting an appeal, students are advised to consider that during the initial review process, the University of Cincinnati reviews every application holistically and considers academic achievement and coursework, essays, recommendation letters, extra-curricular activities, and other information provided in the application. For an appeal to have merit, the appeal must provide new information that was not available at the time of the initial admission decision. Historically, very few admission decisions are changed through an appeal.

To appeal an undergraduate admission decision, students must have been denied admission to the Uptown (main) Campus. Appeals will not be considered for students who are offered admission to a main campus program, even if it’s not the student’s first-choice program. If an applicant wishes to appeal, they must:

  • Submit a letter (maximum one page) outlining why they feel their application should be re-reviewed. Only appeals that provide new information (i.e. new test scores or updated transcripts with semester or trimester grades) will be considered. Letters should be mailed to:

Dave McGinnis

Director of Admissions Operations

PO Box 210091

Cincinnati, OH  45221-0091

  • Make certain that any new information is received in the Office of Admission. New test scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency and only official transcripts will be accepted.
  • Respond to any requests for additional information personally and in a timely manner.

Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and final decisions will be mailed to the applicant. Appealed decisions cannot be further appealed. The Office of Admissions will make every effort to provide final decisions in a timeframe that allows the applicant to make an informed decision about their continued education by May 1 of the student’s senior year of high school.