Admission Requirements for International First-Year Students

First-year or freshman applicants are students who have just graduated high school. They are applying to a university to pursue a 4 or 5-year degree.

International Students at International Taste Event

How to Apply

All students apply online using the Common Application.

Deadlines

  • Applications for Fall Semester
    • December 1 - Early Action
      • Early Action gives applicants priority consideration to our more competitive programs. Additionally, students need to apply by this deadline to be considered for Honors.
    • March 1 - Rolling
      • Rollings means that we accept applications on a space-available basis.
  • Applications for Spring Semester: November 1
  • Applications for Summer Semester: March 1

Please read the requirements below carefully. Students will be reviewed for admission once all of the following are received by the Office of International Admissions:


Transcript Requirements

We must receive official high school transcripts showing the current year’s subjects and the previous 3 years’ subjects. Transcripts should include a certified English translation, if needed.

There are 2 options for submitting official trancripts to UC. Please choose one:

  • Request that a high school official upload your transcripts via the Common Application
  • Submit the official or notarized and sealed transcripts through the physical mail to:
    • International Admissions, University of Cincinnati
      2618 McMicken Circle
      PO Box 210123
      Cincinnati, OH 45221-0123

English Requirements

There are four conditions for being exempt from taking a standardized test to demonstrate your English proficiency. 

Otherwise, please find test score requirements below.

Proof of English ability requirements vary by academic college. You can find your academic college by searching for your program here.

Testing requirements for Proof of English
College ACT ELS IELTS PTE SAT TOEFL Duolingo Cambridge 
College of Arts & Sciences 20 English 112 Graduation 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

College of Engineering & Applied Science (Engineering programs) 20 English 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall minimum of 6.0 on speaking, minimum 5.5 on each section 53 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 79 iBT minimum of 20 on speaking, minimum of 15 on each section 105

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

Lindner College of Business 20 English 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall minimum 5.5 on each section 53 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 79 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 105

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

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

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced


Math Requirements

Proof of Math is required for:

  • Our UC Global Scholarship consideration
  • Full admission after receiving a Conditional Letter of Admission
  • Those exempt from the English Language Requirement

Proof of Math can be satisfied by the SAT, ACT, or UC Math Placement Test (MPT).

Proof of math requirements vary by academic college. You can find your academic college by searching for your program here

Testing Requirements for Proof of Math
College ACT SAT UC MPT IB/A-Levels Predicted Scores
College of Arts & Sciences X X X X
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services X X X X
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 - -
College of Nursing X X - -
College of Allied Health Sciences X X X X
Blue Ash College X X X X
Clermont College X X X X

How Applications are Reviewed

Applications are read by admission counselors, who are trained to use application information—both academic and personal—to more fully understand who the applicant is. When considering them for University of Cincinnati's main (Uptown) campus, admissions counselors consider how likely the student is to be academically successful in a main campus program, and what attributes the student will bring to our campus community. Consequently, there is not a “minimum” GPA or ACT/SAT test score, just as there is not guaranteed admission based on a student’s profile.

Completed applications are used to review the student for our UC International Scholarships. Students will be notified of any scholarships they receive at the time they are admitted.