Deadlines

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Students can apply for admission to the University of Cincinnati prior to the academic semester of their choice. All materials or required documentation must be submitted and received in the Office of Admissions on or before the dates listed below in order for a student to meet the deadline.

Please refer to our Deadline Descriptions for more information about what each term means.

First-year Student Deadlines

Deadlines for first-year students.
  Fall Semester* Spring Semester Summer Semester
Early Action (Scholarship) Deadline December 1 n/a n/a
Application Deadline March 1 (rolling admission)
November 1 March 1
Confirmation Deadline May 1 December 1 April 1

*Applicants to Musical Theatre are strongly encouraged to complete their admission file by November 1. 

Transfer Students

Deadlines for transfer students.
  Fall Semester** Spring Semester Summer Semester
Application Deadline July 1
November 1 March 1
Confirmation Deadline August 1 December 1 April 1

**Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) programs have a March 1 application deadline and June 1 confirmation deadline for fall semester. Late applications will be reviewed on a space available basis. Applicants to Architecture, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design are pooled and reviewed, and decisions are typically made in April and May. Applications to all other DAAP programs are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.

Deadline Descriptions

Application Deadline

The "Application Deadline" is the date by which we need to receive all your application materials.

The University of Cincinnati follows two types of admission plans, Early Action and Rolling.

Early Action Deadline

The Early Action Deadline is a non-binding plan that gives applicants priority consideration to our more competitive programs. Additionally, students need to apply by the Early Action deadline to be considered for The University Honors Program and merit-based scholarships. There is not a separate application for either of these.

Electronic materials must be uploaded and any associated fees submitted by 11:59pm on December 1. Mailed materials must be postmarked on or before December 1. As long as all materials, whether electronic or mailed meet these time constraints and complete the student’s application packet, the application will be considered on time. 

Any applications that are incomplete or are submitted December 2 or later will be evaluated for admission to eligble programs but will not be considered for competitive academic programs that have closed, scholarships, or the university honors program.

The following programs often receive more applicants than they have room to consider. Historically, these programs close on or shortly after the December 1 deadline. It is recommended that students applying to the following colleges apply via Early Action (applications received after December 1 for these programs will be considered on a space-available basis):

  • College-Conservatory of Music - Musical Theatre applicants are encouraged to complete their application by November 1
  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 
  • College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Lindner College of Business


*Applicants to Musical Theatre are strongly encouraged to complete their admission file by November 1. 

Rolling Deadline

The Rolling Deadline means that we accept applications on a space-available basis.

Confirmation Deadline

The "Confirmation Deadline" is the date by which we need to receive a response from you regarding your admission decision. You will not be able to enroll in classes until you confirm your admission. This is a two-step process consisting of submission of an online form and a non-refundable confirmation fee. This can be completed within your applicant status portal.