Admission Requirements for International First-Year Students

A student is considered a first-year applicant if they are enrolled in or have completed secondary school and have not enrolled in a regular session at any college or university. 

International Students at International Taste Event

Application

Students applying for direct admission must complete and submit an application on Common App. To begin, create a commonapp.org account, select the University of Cincinnati to apply for bachelor programs on main campus, and enter in your information. Required materials as listed below must be sent to the University of Cincinnati.

Need extra support with English? No problem! Improve your English in your 1st year while taking classes towards your degree. Learn more about our Accelerated College English (ACE) Program


Deadlines

Early Action Deadline

Early Action gives applicants priority consideration to our more competitive programs. 

  • Applications for Fall Semester 2022: December 1, 2021

Rolling Deadline

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

  • Applications for Summer Semester 2022: March 1, 2022
  • Applications for Fall Semester 2022: March 1, 2022
  • Applications for Spring Semester 2023: November 1, 2022

Required Materials

  • The Common Application
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Official School Transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores*
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)

*No SAT or ACT. No problem! Complete the free, online Math Placement Test (MPT) and view English test requirements.


School Transcript Requirements

  • Currently enrolled classes and grades (if possible)
  • Previous 3 years of classes and grades 
  • A-Level or IB advanced credit (if enrolled or completed)

Transcripts must be English. If not, each document must include certified English translation.

Transcripts cannot be sent by the student. 

There are two options for sending official school transcripts.

  1. Request a school guidance counselor or school administrator to email the documents to international.admissions@uc.edu. 
  2. Add your school guidance counselor or school administrator's name and email to your Common App. When the application is submitted an email will be sent from Common App to the school guidance counselor or school administrator. The email will have a link for the transcripts to be uploaded to the University of Cincinnati.

How to send A-Level and IB transcripts


English Requirements

English proficiency is a requirement for all international students. This can be demonstrated by submitting a test score or meeting one of the four English exemptions. 

  • SAT or ACT test 
  • English test 
  • There are 4 conditions for being exempt from taking a standardized test to demonstrate your English proficiency. 

Test Options

View Accelerated College English (ACE) Program English Requirements

College SAT ELS IELTS Cambridge TOEFL Duolingo ACT PTE
College of Arts & Sciences 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
College of Engineering & Applied Science (Engineering programs) 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall minimum of 6.0 on speaking, minimum 5.5 on each section

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 iBT minimum of 20 on speaking, minimum of 15 on each section 105 20 English 53
College of Engineering and Applied Science (Engineering Technology programs) 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
Lindner College of Business 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall minimum 5.5 on each section

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 105 20 English 53
College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall minimum of 6.0 on speaking, minimum 5.5 on each section

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 105 20 English 53
College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning - Design & Architecture 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall minimum 5.5 on each section

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 iBT minimum of 20 on speaking, minimum of 15 on each section 105 20 English 53
College of Medicine 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing - - - - 105 20 English -
College of Nursing 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing - - - - - 20 English -
College of Allied Health Sciences 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
College-Conservatory of Music 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
Blue Ash College 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
Clermont College 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95 20 English 46
  • ACT: Request score report be sent electronically from the ACT to University of Cincinnati (code 3340) 
  • Cambridge Assessment English: Request score report be sent electronically to University of Cincinnati from Cambridge English and email a copy of your results. In the email, include student's date of birth and UC application number to international.admissions@uc.edu for online verification.
  • Duolingo: Request score report be sent electronically from Duolingo English Test account to University of Cincinnati. 
  • ELS: Request ELS certificate be sent from ELS Center official to international.admissions@uc.edu
  • IELTS: Email score report to international.admissions@uc.edu for online verification or request score report be sent electronically from IELTS test center to the University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Admissions
    Note: Do not request scores to be sent to the Graduate School or a specific college/department.
  • PTE: Request score report be sent electronically to University of Cincinnati from Pearson Test of English and email a copy of the results to international.admissions@uc.edu
  • SAT: Request score report be sent electronically from College Board to University of Cincinnati (code 1833)
  • TOEFL: Request score report be sent electronically from ETS to University of Cincinnati (code 1833)

Math Requirements

As a transfer student, your math ability is typically assessed by your previous coursework rather than a test. It is important to submit course descriptions and syllabi of these math courses to our office via email if you are attending a school located outside the United States.

Math test scores such as the MPT are only required for admission if you are applying for a program that has a math course pre-requisite requirement and you have not taken any math in your previous university/college education. Math ability requirements vary by academic college. You can find your academic college by searching for your program here.

Math proficiency is required for scholarship eligibility and admission for most colleges. This can be demonstrated by submitting test scores from one test.  

View colleges that require a math test or advanced level credit for admission.

A math test is required for scholarship eligibility. 

Required: X  |  Not Required: —
College ACT SAT MPT IB/A-Levels Predicted Scores
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
College of Engineering & Applied Science X X X X
Lindner College of Business X X X X
College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning X X X X
College of Medicine X X X
College of Nursing X X
College of Allied Health Sciences X X X
Blue Ash College
Clermont College
  • SAT or ACT: Download score report and email to international.admissions@uc.edu or request score report be sent from SAT or ACT. 
  • Math Placement Test (MPT): Do not send. UC Testing Services will send score report. 

Curriculum Guidelines

Admission criteria for UC’s programs vary and are based on a comprehensive review of the relative strength of test scores, class rank and cumulative grade point average (GPA), course curriculum, co-curricular activities, and other holistic factors. First-year students applying to UC should complete a college preparatory program comprised of the following subjects:

  • Mathematics (4 years)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 years)
  • Social sciences and other electives (3 years)

UC is aware that course curriculums vary by country, and we encourage students to take challenging courses offered in their schools. 


Admission Decision Process & Timeline

To learn about the decision process and timeline, visit our information webpage.