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University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%

University of Cincinnati Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Cincinnati. Around 85% of applicants get into University of Cincinnati each year. Out of 25,949 applications received in 2023, 22,039 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to University of Cincinnati, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 3/1 and the application fee is $50.

Students who apply to University of Cincinnati for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than .

University of Cincinnati Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Cincinnati's admissions stats.

University of Cincinnati 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 21%
Mean SAT Score 1223
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 48%
Waitlist No

University of Cincinnati Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Cincinnati.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 3 1

Applying Early to University of Cincinnati?

University of Cincinnati may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with University of Cincinnati directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Cincinnati Admissions

How To Get Into University of Cincinnati

Getting into University of Cincinnati is moderately difficult.

In 2022, University of Cincinnati accepted 85% of students, around 22,039 from 25,949 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Cincinnati, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Cincinnati

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Cincinnati Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Cincinnati

Wondering what factors are considered by University of Cincinnati during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Talent/Ability Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Cincinnati for more information on admission factors.

University of Cincinnati Application Requirements

To apply to University of Cincinnati, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of Cincinnati's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition for performing arts majors
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Cincinnati?

Students admitted to University of Cincinnati have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 50% submitted a class rank. At University of Cincinnati 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Cincinnati, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 24.66%
3.75 and 3.99 21.15%
3.50 and 3.74 21.26%
3.25 and 3.49 15.73%
3.00 and 3.24 10.5%
2.50 and 2.9 6.15%
2.00 and 2.49 0.53%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Cincinnati directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Cincinnati is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 10% of University of Cincinnati's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 48% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Cincinnati?

To be competitive with other University of Cincinnati applicants, you should aim to score between 1160 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Cincinnati 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Cincinnati student is 1223.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Cincinnati students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Cincinnati students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Cincinnati, you should strive to earn between 24 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Cincinnati's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Cincinnati students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to University of Cincinnati

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Cincinnati.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Cincinnati during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

University of Cincinnati Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Cincinnati?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Cincinnati.

Does University of Cincinnati accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Cincinnati accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Cincinnati accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does University of Cincinnati accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Cincinnati accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Cincinnati?

❌ No, University of Cincinnati is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of Cincinnati's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Cincinnati's acceptance rate is 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Cincinnati?

🟨 University of Cincinnati may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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University of Cincinnati Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Cincinnati? University of Cincinnati is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Cincinnati acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


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 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Cincinnati, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.69. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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