Admission Decision Process and Timeline

Below you will find some helpful information about our admission decision process. If you have questions about your specific application please contact the Office of Admissions or your admissions counselor.

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 they are to be academically successful in an Uptown 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.

Items considered during application review:

  • Official 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. 
  • ACT/SAT Test Scores: We will always consider the highest test score(s) that you send to us.
  • Common Application School Report or Recommendation Letter: Many students ask a teacher to submit a recommendation letter. Select someone who knows you and your academic talents and abilities. Either of these documents will fulfill the requirement, however we recommend students submit both.
  • 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 through which to view your application. 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 information to see what is needed to complete your application file.

Admission Decision Timeline

Regardless of major, Cincinnati reviews all applicants who have met the December 1 Early Action deadline prior to releasing admissions decisions.  Early Action applicants can expect to learn their admission decision on Friday, January 18, 2019.

Note the following exceptions:

  • Due to the holistic review process, applicants for the Nursing program will receive decisions by the end of January.
  • Applicants for the College-Conservatory of Music must audition and will learn of their admission decision no later than March.
  • Students who apply directly to one of the regional campuses, Blue Ash or Clermont, will continue to receive admission decisions on a rolling basis.
      

For students who complete an application after December 1, admission decisions will be released on a weekly basis starting in early February. 

Students can log into their status page to view their decision.