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 has generally open admissions, and the school usually admits over three-quarters of those who apply each year. To apply, prospective students need to complete an application (found on the school's website or through the Common Application) and then submit test scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 510 / 640
  • SAT Math: 520 / 650
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 23 / 28
  • ACT English: 22 / 28
  • ACT Math: 23 / 28

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 (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 36,596 (25,820 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,000 (in-state); $26,334 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,928
  • Other Expenses: $4,538
  • Total Cost: $27,966 (in-state); $43,300 (out-of-state)

    University of Cincinnati Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 84%
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 62%
      • Loans: 54%
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $7,256
      • Loans: $6,988

    Academic Programs

    Graduation and Retention Rates

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
    • Transfer-out Rate: 19%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 31%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67%

    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

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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    The University of Cincinnati uses the Common Application.