Admission Review for A-levels and IB Students
International students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or A-levels curriculum have the opportunity to fulfill proof of English and Math ability requirements with qualifying predicted scores.
UC also offers the opportunity to enter with advanced level test-credit for IB, AS & A-levels. This credit is awarded similarly to AP and CLEP as “test credits”. Please refer to UC’s credit evaluation center for more information on how this credit is awarded.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students enrolled in an International Baccalaureate curriculum are asked to report their current subjects on the “Current or Most Recent Year Courses” section of the Common App. Advise your school counselor, headmaster, principal, etc. to upload the following documents to the Common App:
- Transcripts from the two years prior to beginning the IB Diploma Program or equivalent final examination results (for example, final Middle Year Programme results).
- If you were enrolled in an education system which required you to complete compulsory secondary school leaving examinations, such as any GCSE, IGCSE, or GCE O-Level or other international or national exams, your high school should submit copies of your final results certificates
- High School Transcript for IB Year 1, and as much as is available for IB Year 2, by the application deadline
- Predicted or Final IB Results (out of 45).
UC will review the IB Career-related Programme and corresponding coursework. Please email email@example.com if you need to request further information.
Generally, counselors include the IB predicted results within the Secondary School Report section of the Common App.
British and British-Pattern Curriculum (A-Levels)
Students enrolled in the British curriculum are asked to report their current subjects on the “Current or Most Recent Year Courses” section of the Common App, and to submit the results of their GCSEs or IGCSEs, as well as their AS levels, and predicted A levels. A student who has completed the GCSEs has generally already met the college preparatory course guidelines. After completing their GCSEs, a typical student applying to UC is enrolled in three A-Level courses or equivalent. Advise your school counselor, headmaster, principal, etc. to upload the following documents to the Common App:
- Final GCSE, IGCSE, or GCE O-Level Results Certificate
- Final GCE AS-Level Results
- Predicted or Final GCE A-Level, AICE Diploma Programme, or Cambridge Pre-U Results
Counselors/School Officials may include the results or predicted results of any examinations, such as the A Levels or the International Baccalaureate, within the Secondary School Report section of the Common App or include with the official transcripts on school letterhead.
After completing their IGCSEs/GCSEs, a typical student applying to University of Cincinnati is enrolled in three A-Level courses or equivalent.
UC will review BTEC Level 3 diplomas and corresponding coursework. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to request further information.
What to Submit
A-levels must submit:
- Most recent 4 years of coursework equivalent to U.S. Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (for example: IGCSE/GCSE & AS/A-level results)
- If you are still enrolled, include AS/A-level predicted scores
IBDP must submit:
- Most recent 4 years of coursework, equivalent to U.S. Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (For example: 2 years of lower secondary + IBDP Year One and Two)
- If you are still enrolled, include IBDP predicted scores
Please note that an SAT or ACT score is still required for:
- Students applying to programs in the College of Nursing or College of Medicine
- Students who wish to be reviewed for the highest tier of scholarship
What else makes an application complete?
Your admission file will not be complete until we have also received the remaining documents:
- Completed Common Application
- Required essay(s) and activities list (optional: CV/Resume)
- Recommendation letter(s)
- $100 application fee
Am I guaranteed admission with IBDP scores?
Not necessarily. Your predicted IB scores will be used in place of other test scores during application review, however admission to the University of Cincinnati is decided on a holistic basis. This means we will take every part of your application into consideration when making a decision, and your predicted scores will be utilized in this process.
Final official IB or A level results are required upon completion.
- IB results should be reported electronically from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to the University of Cincinnati
- Before the release of results in mid-July, candidates should approach their school’s Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP) coordinator to submit a request to the IB on their behalf
- For detailed instructions, please refer to https://www.ibo.org/
- Select “Programmes”
- Select “Diploma Programme”
- Select “Requesting Transcripts and certificates
- UC receives IB results “electronically”
- Please include your 9-digit UC application ID (if applicable)
Cambridge International Exams (CIE):
- Email official final examination results to email@example.com
- UC will verify your results online through CIEDirect.org portal
- Results documents should include:
- Candidate’s full name as reported for exams
- Candidate’s date of birth
- Centre Number
- Candidate Number
- Series (Month Year)
Pearson/Edexcel (outside of the UK):
- A-levels should be requested from the correct testing authority and sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please apply for your results to be sent to UC as soon as they are available in mid-August: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/Services/certificate-services/documents-for-third-parties.html
- Email email@example.com to be notified when the service is live in July or with any questions
- Official results should be reported from the Examination Board to the University of Cincinnati, either electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by mail to:
University of Cincinnati
2618 University Circle
PO Box 210123
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091
During the fall 2022 semester, electronic receipt is preferred.
We also encourage students and counselors to refer to our COVID-19 FAQs for Credit Evaluation page for any questions and concerns regarding credit evaluation awards from the 2019-2020 school year.