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Colleges / University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

About University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Overview

University of Cincinnati is a public, state school in the urban setting of Cincinnati, Ohio. University of Cincinnati was founded in 1819 and the school now enrolls around 40,281 students a year, which includes 28,910 undergrad students. University of Cincinnati ensures on-campus housing for up to 6,600 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to University of Cincinnati for Fall 2023 is March 1.

Student Activities at University of Cincinnati

Interested in music or performing? At University of Cincinnati you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? University of Cincinnati students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? University of Cincinnati has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of Cincinnati has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Cincinnati on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Cincinnati Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 10%
In-State Tuition $13,176
Out-of-State $28,510
Percent of Need Met 41%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,439

Is University of Cincinnati a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what University of Cincinnati offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati is moderately difficult to get into. Around 85% of applicants get into University of Cincinnati each year. Last year, 25,949 students applied to University of Cincinnati and 22,039 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Cincinnati

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Cincinnati, around 87% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 72% of students who started at University of Cincinnati earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook University of Cincinnati Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Recent University of Cincinnati grads have an average starting salary of $53,074 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

University of Cincinnati's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

University of Cincinnati's endowment was valued at $1.45 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, University of Cincinnati spends about $11,744 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Cincinnati

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Cincinnati meets 41% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,439 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $25,062 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Cincinnati.

Based on this information, does University of Cincinnati seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Cincinnati a good school for you?

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Where is University of Cincinnati?

University of Cincinnati is located in the urban setting of Cincinnati, Ohio, less than an hour from Cincinnati.

If you would like to see University of Cincinnati for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstates 71 and 75 to Cincinnati, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 210063 Cincinnati, OH 45221

Campus Setting: Urban

University of Cincinnati Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Cincinnati is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Cincinnati ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


24 to 29


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Cincinnati is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Cincinnati. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Cincinnati SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1340


Math SAT Range

580 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1160 to 1340


1160 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Cincinnati students is 1223. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Cincinnati, while applicants with SAT scores between 1160 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1160 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Cincinnati.

University of Cincinnati Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Cincinnati is like? There are approximately 40,281 students enrolled at University of Cincinnati, including 28,910 undergraduate students and 11,371 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from OH and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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