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University of Cincinnati Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Cincinnati, the regular decision application deadline is March 1 and the application fee is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from University of Cincinnati by February 5.

University of Cincinnati Admissions Stats at a Glance

University of Cincinnati 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Mean SAT Score 1223
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 88%
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Applying Early to University of Cincinnati?

University of Cincinnati does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is University of Cincinnati Hard To Get Into?

Getting into University of Cincinnati is moderately difficult. University of Cincinnati evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, University of Cincinnati accepted 76% of students, around 18,306 of the 23,960 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to University of Cincinnati?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating 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're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Cincinnati

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Cincinnati Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of Cincinnati must submit the following items. Double 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 1
Transcript of High School Record

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, 51% submitted a class rank. At University of Cincinnati 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Cincinnati, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 51%
3.75 and 3.99 23.15%
3.50 and 3.74 21.78%
3.25 and 3.49 15.98%
3.00 and 3.24 9.64%
2.50 and 2.9 6.72%
2.00 and 2.49 0.47%

University of Cincinnati does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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 2021, 21% of University of Cincinnati's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 88% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Cincinnati?

To be competitive with other University of Cincinnati applicants, you should strive to earn between 1120 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Cincinnati 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, 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 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Cincinnati students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Cincinnati?

To be most competitive at University of Cincinnati, you should strive to earn between 23 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 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Cincinnati students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

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Transferring to University of Cincinnati

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

University of Cincinnati accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) 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 you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's 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 76%.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

76%

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 76%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.

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University of Cincinnati Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Cincinnati is Jul 1.

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

University of Cincinnati ACT Scores

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ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above

Good

23 to 29

Avg

23 and Less

Low

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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 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Cincinnati SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1310

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Math SAT Range

560 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above

Good

1120 to 1310

Avg

1120 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Cincinnati students is 1223. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Cincinnati, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Cincinnati.

University of Cincinnati GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.7

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Cincinnati, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. 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.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

39,555

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

76%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,401

Out-of-State

$26,735

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Mar 1
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