Test-Optional Admission

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The University of Cincinnati is proud to offer test-optional admission to students applying for the fall 2021 and fall 2022 terms. To ensure equitable opportunity for admission, ACT or SAT scores are optional for applicants to most programs for these upcoming semesters.

What Test-Optional Means for Applicants

Most programs at University of Cincinnati will consider students for admission with or without a standardized test score as part of their application. Choosing not to send a test score will not disadvantage any student. Students who elect not to send a test score will still receive full consideration for scholarships as long as they meet the Early Action Admission Deadline of December 1.

Application Review Without a Test Score

UC has always taken a holistic approach to evaluating students for admission. Standardized test scores have historically only made up a small part of this decision process. In the absence of a test score, the University of Cincinnati will continue to look at all factors of an application holistically. These factors include:

  • Completion of a core curriculum 
  • Grades earned throughout high school
  • Student’s decision to take rigorous coursework such as AP, honors, or dual credit (where it is offered)
  • Application essays
  • Extracurricular activities and other achievements

Learn more about application review, exceptions to this policy, and how to change your test plan choice by exploring the resources in the menu.