COVID-19 Impact on UC Admissions

All UC Office of Admissions-specific information about COVID-19 will continue to be posted here.

For university-wide updates regarding University of Cincinnati’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 website or call 513-556-7200.

Return to Campus Q&A 

On July 21, campus leadership offered an opportunity for new students and their families to ask questions regarding the university’s current return to campus plan. 

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Visiting Campus

To remain in compliance with university policy and state mandates, the Office of Admissions is not hosting in-person visits. At this time, we offer presentations and phone meetings virtually and can share information about self-guided tour options.

Visit our Virtual Visit webpage to see our virtual tour and register for an online presentation from the Office of Admissions or your academic college of choice. 

Admissions Processes

ACT and SAT Testing

UC has chosen to make test scores optional for students applying to most programs for the fall 2021 and fall 2022 terms to ensure equitable opportunity for admission. An SAT or ACT score will not be required for applicants who wish to be considered for these upcoming semesters. This is a direct response to changes in standardized testing access and testing environments. Learn more about UC's Test-Optional policy. >>

AP/IB/CLEP/A-Level Testing and Advanced Credit

UC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will continue to award credit for AP/IB/CLEP/A-Level examinations per the recommendation of the Ohio Department of Education (ODHE) as well as the respective testing agencies. Learn more at the credit evaluation web page.

Dual enrollment credit (from programs such as CCP) will continue to be accepted where an equivalency exists regardless of whether a student is bringing a letter grade or a “P” grade as part of a Pass/Fail approach to grading.

Pass/Fail Grades and Transferability to UC

UC has always accepted “P”/Pass grades from any institution and credit will continue to be awarded for these courses. Learn more at the credit evaluation web page.

Submitting Transcripts for Application Consideration

Transcripts can be sent through online systems such as the Common Application, Naviance, and Parchment to the University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Office of Admissions. This is the preferred method. These transcripts must be official copies of the student's record.

Transcripts can mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address below. These transcripts must be the official copies of the student's record.

University of Cincinnati, Office of Admissions

PO Box 210091

Cincinnati, OH, 45221

We are currently unable to accept transcripts in person or dropped off at the Office of Admissions. 

International students who cannot request their transcripts be sent by official school staff due to high school closures, please contact International Admissions at  

Updates for Incoming Students 

Housing Cancellation/Exemption

If your plans have changed and you no longer need University Housing, please log into the housing portal to submit a Housing cancellation request.  

(If you are no longer attending the university, this request does not cancel your admission, please contact Admissions to ensure your student records are updated.)  

Students living outside a 50-mile radius of the Uptown Campus may request exemption from the University Housing requirement by completing the Freshman Exemption Form found in the housing portal under the “Forms” tab.  

(An additional exemption category has been added for students enrolled in all online classes who wish to remain at their permanent residence.) 

Waiving University of Cincinnati Student Health Insurance

Students who will be on their parent’s health insurance plan or are covered by another health insurance plan can request to waive the UC Student Health Insurance. To learn the requirements and steps to submit the waiver, please visit the UC Student Health Insurance web page