University of Cincinnati Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

McMicken Hall at the University of Cincinatti
McMicken Hall at the University of Cincinatti. Richie Diesterheft / Flickr

The University of Cincinnati accepts about three-quarters of applicants, but successful students tend to have grades and test scores that are above average. The university uses the Common Application, and applicants are required to submit an essay, SAT or ACT scores, and a short Cincinnati personal statement (250 words). A letter of recommendation is optional but recommended.

University of Cincinnati Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered the University of Cincinnati in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 76%. SAT and ACT scores for admitted students are presented below organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 660
Math 560 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little above 500 for each section, so you can see that Cincinnati applicants tend to be in the top half of all test-takers.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 23 28
Composite 23 28

As is typical of the Midwest, the ACT is far more popular than the SAT at the University of Cincinnati. 91% of applicants submitted ACT scores compared to 19% for the ACT (some students submitted scores from both exams). The majority of successful Cincinnati applicants score above an average ACT score of 21.

For a visual representation of University of Cincinnati admissions data, see the graph of GPA, SAT scores, and ACT scores for accepted, rejected, and wait listed students.

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University of Cincinnati Description

With 16 different colleges and 167 Bachelors programs, the University of Cincinnati offers diverse educational opportunities ranging from music and art to medicine and engineering. The university has a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio, 14 libraries, and numerous high-ranking academic programs. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Cincinnati was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. On the athletic front, the Cincinnati Bearcats compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Popular sports include football, golf, soccer, track and field, swimming, and basketball.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 37,155 (26,559 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,000 (in-state); $27,334 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,118
  • Other Expenses: $4,538
  • Total Cost: $28,156 (in-state); $44,490 (out-of-state)

University of Cincinnati Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,045
    • Loans: $7,436

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 19%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 33%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball, Track, and Field
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf

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Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics