First-Year Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Cincinnati! As you prepare for your first semester on campus, please follow these steps to ensure a successful start to your college career.

Step 1: Confirm your admission by May 1

Confirming is an important step toward becoming a Bearcat. Completing your Confirmation Form enables you to apply for housing and register for Bearcat Bound Orientation. You can confirm by logging into your applicant status page and submitting the online confirmation form and $100 (non-refundable) confirmation fee.

If you are applying to Cincinnati's main campus for either spring or summer semester, your confirmation deadline will vary. Please refer to our list of deadlines to ensure you confirm your admission in time to begin classes.

Step 2: Apply for financial aid

The FAFSA will be made available on October 1 of your senior year and it is important to fill it out as soon as possible. If you have not done so yet, make this a priority. Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, submission of your FAFSA by December 1 of your senior year ensures that you receive maximum consideration for need-based aid. Be sure to connect with the Student Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.

Financial Aid Award Package notifications will be sent to admitted students by late February. Students should anticipate an email prompting them to log into their Catalyst Student Portal to view award.   

Step 3: Connect with your Bearcat Community

Connect with other admitted students on social media. Use #BearcatsBound to share news of your admission with your family, friends, and the other Bearcats that will be joining you on campus in just a few short months!

Step 4: Apply for housing

The fall housing application will be available in March of your senior year. The priority deadline is in early May. Students whose permanent residence is farther than 50 miles from Cincinnati's Uptown (Main) Campus are required to live on campus during their first year. If you are required to live on campus or if you choose to live on campus, you will need to apply for housing by visiting the Housing and Food Services website.

Please Note: Students must confirm their admission prior to applying for Housing.

Step 5: Register for orientation

Registration for Bearcats Bound Orientation will begin in March. Bearcats Bound is designed to assist you in making a successful academic and social transition into the University of Cincinnati community. During Orientation, you will also meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Please Note: Students must confirm their admission prior to registering for Orientation.

Step 6: Submit your final high school transcript

Admission offers are contingent upon successful completion of high school coursework. Students must submit an official, final high school transcript to verify graduation.