Creating Your Student Accounts

After you receive an offer of admission... will receive an email titled "Important University of Cincinnati System Access Information." Within this email you will find information about the Bearcat Portal. The Bearcat Portal provides personalized next steps just for you including confirming your admission, registering for orientation, and signing up for housing. Here, you can keep track of your progress from now until the start of classes.

Accessing the Bearcat Portal

Access the Bearcat Portal at and log in using your UC credentials that are included in the email referenced above. 

If you’re experiencing issues logging into the Bearcat Portal, please visit Password Self Service (PSS) for more information.

In addition to logging into your Bearcat Portal, you will also need to set up Duo Two-Factor Authentication. Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your online accounts and prevents anyone but you from logging in.

If you need technical support, contact the Help Desk now at or by phone at 513-556-4357.

After you confirm your admission... will receive an email with instructions for setting up your University of Cincinnati email address. It may take 2-3 business days for this email to arrive in your inbox. After setting up your university email address, you should plan to check this email account often because this is how you will receive any important information from the University of Cincinnati during your time as a student.

If it has been several weeks since you have completed the confirmation process please first check your applicant status page to ensure that you have fully confirmed by submitting the Confirmation Form as well as the Confirmation Fee. If you have fully confirmed and still have not received an email with instructions to set up your new email address, please contact the Office of Admissions.