University Of Cincinnati - [UC], Ohio, Cincinnati - Admission

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    University of Cincinnati 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    With an acceptance rate of 77% in the Fall of 2019, the University of Cincinnati admissions are quite selective A total of 23,609 applicants applied for admissions this semester, out of which, 18,178 students were offered admission. Currently, 39,263 (28,376 undergraduate) students are enrolled in the university with more than 7.5 % international students.

    Programs offered by the University of Cincinnati include undergraduate majors and graduate degrees through its 14 colleges of Arts and Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Business, Music, Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, Engineering & Applied Science, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy. It has a Graduate School to cater to all the graduate programs. Specific and cross-disciplinary areas of focus include analytics, digital media, precision cancer medicine, water, and urban futures.

    The University of Cincinnati has made the SAT/ACT score optional due to COVID 19, and will not require submission of SAT or ACT scores from students applying for undergraduate admission during the Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 semesters.

    • It invites admissions in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
    • Admitted applicants in the last admission cycle had the following profile:
      • Average SAT Composite: 1120-1350
      • Average ACT Composite: 23 - 29
    • International applicants must submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent).
    • International applicants are required to pay an additional surcharge of 5 USD in the application fee.
    • It believes in a holistic evaluation of applications, thus Essay, Recommendations, and Extra-Curricular activities record play an important role in application evaluation.

    University of Cincinnati Highlights

    Application Portal UG- Common Application PG- Official Website of the university
    Application Fee UG- 100 USD PG- varies as per program selected
    Acceptance Rate 76%
    Mode of Payment Visa/MasterCard Credit Card
    SAT Score Range 1190-1400
    ACT Score Range 23-28
    Student to faculty ratio 16:1
    International Student Population 7.5%
    Academic Calendar Semester wise
    Interview Requirements Depends on course requirements
    Work Experience Highly recommended for MBA aspirants
    Financial Aid Available for International Students
    International Admissions Contact UC

    University of Cincinnati Application Deadlines

    For Undergraduate Students

    Deadlines Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
    Early Action ( Scholarship Deadline) December 1 NA NA
    Application Deadline March 1 ( Rolling Admissions) November 1 March 1
    Confirmation Deadlines May 1 December 1 April 1

    For Transfer Students

    Deadlines Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
    Application Deadline July 1 November 1 March 1
    Confirmation Deadline August 1 December 1 April 1

    Note: The deadline for graduate admissions is program-specific. Applicants must check the specific program page well in advance to know the application deadline and other requirements.

    University of Cincinnati International Students Admissions

    UC accepts applications from all over the world however, candidates from non-native English speaking Countries must provide proof of Language proficiency, required official scores of various standardized exams to study in US as specified by the program along with financial statements.

    English Language Requirements for International Students

    Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), Duolingo English Test has been temporarily approved as an acceptable test for English language proficiency. DET tests taken between February 3 and July 31, 2020 will be accepted for Fall 2020 admissions. The minimum scores range from 95-105.

    College of Arts and Sciences College of Education Criminal Justice and Human Services 20 English 112 Graduation 6.0 overall minimum of 5.5 in each section 46 520 evidence-based
    reading and writing
    66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section
    College of Engineering & Applied Science ( Engineering programs) , Linder College of Business and college of Design Architecture, Art and Planning 20 English 112 Graduation 6.5 overall minimum of 6 in speaking,min 5.5 in each section 53 520 evidence-based reading and writing 79 iBT min of 20 in speaking, min 15 in each section
    College of Medicine and College of Nursing 20 English - - - 520 evidence-based reading and writing -
    College of Allied Health Science/ Blue Ash College/Clermont College 20 English 112 Graduation 6.0 overall minimum of 5.5 in each section 46 520 evidence-based reading and writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 in each section

    Visa Requirements

    All accepted international applicants need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa in order to study at the University of Cincinnati. In order to apply for a visa you will need your visa documents(I-20 or DS-2019) and your SEVIS fee receipt. This document will be issued by the university once they have assessed your financial and other related documents. On receiving the admission offer and the documents, applicants must visit their local US Consular and schedule a visa interview.

    University of Cincinnati Undergraduate International Admissions

    In 2019 more than 35,000 students were enrolled at various undergraduate programs offered at University of Cincinnati. The university offers over 64 Associate level programs along with more than 125 bachelor degree programs.

    How-to-apply – Undergraduate applications are accepted only through the Common Application.

    Application Fee- 100 USD

    Requirements – The UC Writing Supplement, Letters of Recommendations, Official transcripts of current and 3 previous years subjects, English Language proficiency test scores, Standardized test scores, student health insurance and proof of math ability (if required for the program selected).

    University of Cincinnati Transfer Students Admissions

    Transfer students are accepted from universities out of the USA and inside the USA. All transcripts must be evaluated course by course through the National Association of Credit Evaluators.

    How-to-apply – Candidates can apply through the official website of the university

    Application Fee – 100 USD

    Requirements- Standardized test scores, English Language Proficiency test scores, Official transcripts (Sent directly from evaluators), personal transcripts and proof of math ability (if required for the program selected).

    University of Cincinnati International Graduate Admissions

    A number of full time and part-time graduate and professional courses are offered at the University of Cincinnati. Approximately 5,754 students are enrolled in a number of different graduate programs. Over 350 programs are offered by the University of Cincinnati at doctoral, masters, graduate certification levels.

    How-to-apply – Candidates can apply through the official website directly

    Application Fee – Application fee generally varies from program to program.

    A surcharge of 5 USD is additionally applicable for all international students.

    Requirements – Compulsory health screening, official transcripts, English Language proficiency test scores, student health insurance, personal transcripts, standardized test scores and other program specific requirements.

    University of Cincinnati MBA

    Application Deadline Spring- September 15 ; Summer- February 15; Fall – April 15
    Application Portal Official website of the university
    Application fee 70 USD
    Academic requirements Official transcripts from all previous colleges, GMAT/GRE scores and minimum GPA of 3.0
    Supporting Documents Two letters of Recommendation, Resume, one essay
    Additional Requirements for International Students English Language proficiency test scores
    Course fee 13,559 USD

    University of Cincinnati Biomedical Engineering

    Application Deadline Rolling basis
    Application Portal Official website of the university
    Application fee 80 USD
    Academic requirements GRE and min GPA of 3.0 and equivalent
    Supporting Documents Transcripts and degree certificates, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendations
    Additional Requirements for International Students English Language proficiency test scores: TOEFL- 92 or IELTS 6.5 min
    Course fee 26,334 USD

    University of Cincinnati Architecture

    Application Deadline Fall: January 10
    Application Portal Official website of the university
    Application fee 70 USD
    Academic requirements GRE scores with a score of 153 in verbal, 151 quantitative and 4.5 in analytic
    Supporting Documents Unofficial transcripts, portfolio of design, art and other graphic work, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendations, resume and writing samples
    Additional Requirements for International Students English Language proficiency test scores

    University of Cincinnati Physiology

    Application Deadline Application submission – June 30 , document completion – July 9
    Application Portal Official website of the university
    Application fee 70 USD
    Academic requirements GRE scores and MCAT scores
    Supporting Documents Essay/personal statement, Letter of recommendations,official transcripts from every undergraduate institution attended, curriculum vitae and employment experiences.
    Additional Requirements for International Students English Language proficiency test scores

    University of Cincinnati Document Submission and Assessment

    The Admission process at University of Cincinnati is far beyond minimum score requirements set by the university. Not only the applications but each and every transcript is evaluated carefully by the office of admissions at UC. 

    Some important information regarding transcript

    • Transcripts must be sent in an original and sealed envelope
    • Official transcripts should not be sent as a part of the application
    • Official transcripts should be sent one week prior to the end of first semester only.

    The University of Cincinnati provides an Application Manager portal for applicants to keep a track of their application. Once a candidate is granted admission, an official letter of admission is also provided. Official transcripts should be sent after receiving a letter of admission.


    Ques. As an international student, can I contact anyone regarding my application doubts and admission requirements?

    Ans. Because of varying dates and deadlines of different programs, you should directly contact your program coordinator. Their contacts are available on the program page.

    Ques. Are there any financial aid or scholarships available for international students?

    Ans. Yes, there are various scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships available at the University of Cincinnati. While you can find more information on the 'Funding Opportunities' page, contacting your individual graduate program will give you a better idea.

    Ques. I have immigration and international requirements related queries, who do I contact?

    Ans. You can contact UC International Student Services with respect to any doubts related to rules, regulations, and procedures that may be needed while filling your application. They assist international students with visa related, I-20 related and scholarship guidance. Do not raise queries about admissions there.

    Ques. I want to apply for more than two programs, is it allowed?

    Ans. Yes. A student can apply for more than one program by submitting a separate application and application fee for each extra program. Separate LOR's and materials need to be submitted and will not be shared across the departments.

    Ques. Can I check the status of my application? When will I receive an admission notification?

    Ans. You can use the 'Application Management' page of the admissions application in order to check application status. Same login credentials as your online application will be used. Individual programs determine acceptance so there may be a lot of difference between their timelines. You can make direct inquiries to the program of your choice regarding application status.

    Ques. Can I change my major preferences after I've already applied?

    Ans. Yes, If you have already submitted your application but have yet to enroll in your classes, the Office of Admissions can help you change your major preferences.

    Ques. What are the minimum GPA requirements to be admitted to the college?

    Ans. There are no minimum GPA requirements. However, since the admissions are competitive, a GPA above 3.0 is ideal. 

    Ques. Does the university provide financial support to international students?

    Ans. The university offers many scholarships, grants, and financial aid or loan for international students.

    Ques. Do I need to submit SAT/ACT scores?

    Ans. It has made the SAT/ACT score optional due to COVID 19, and will not require submission of SAT or ACT scores from students applying for undergraduate admission during the Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 semesters.

    University of Cincinnati - UC, Ohio, usa: 5 answered questions


    Ques. Which university should I go to for a master’s in Analytics, University of Cincinnati or McGill?

    ● Top Answer By Parth Patel on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. The engineering and IT schools at the University of Cincinnati work alongside each other on many aspects including analytics too. The IT school has a reputation for having the fastest growth in the entire university. P&G, GE, Cincinnati Bell, Great American Insurance, Western-Southern Life, Kroger, Macy’s, are some of the companies with which the school partnered which means great placement opportunities. The Co-op program offered by the college is also the best you can get in the country. McGill University is ranked at 51st place in Best Global Universities by US News meanwhile the University of Cincinnati is ranked at 143rd place in National universities in the US. If you wish to choose the college depending on academics, then both the schools share a good reputation in that aspect.  Here’s a quick comparison for you to consider their pros and cons: Content University of Cincinnati McGill University Program MS (Business Analytics) MBA (Business Analytics) Duration 2 Years 2 Years Tuition Fees USD14,949/Year USD33,375/Year Exam Scores (Average) IELTS-7.5 TOEFL-100 GMAT-737 IELTS-7 TOEFL-105 GMAT-660 However, with all its academic excellence the University of Cincinnati is not so well known outside of Ohio. So, after finishing your master's, if your goal is to look for work opportunities outside of the US, you may as well wish to pursue your education at an institute that is known around places. Meanwhile pursuing your Master's degree at McGill University offers better future academics, as well as better employment opportunities. McGill has global recognition and it was ranked at 42nd place in World University Rankings in 2020 by Times Higher Education. The institute is well-reputed around the world which will surely ensure better job prospects for you when you finish your studies.Read more
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    Ques. Which college is better, the University of Cincinnati or Miami University?

    ● Top Answer By Monica Sharma on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. Both the institutes have different characteristics which distinguish them from one other; so you have to decide which college you want to depend on your needs, requirements and the kind of experience you wish to seek. Miami University may be tough for undergraduate education but the University of Cincinnati has great graduate schools. There is a lot of diversity at the University of Cincinnati and the number of international students is also very high.  Miami University is a public institution situated in Oxford. The area around the school is rural. Most of the students live on-campus or in nearby apartments off-campus. Their fraternity or Sorority culture is solid and existent in the school. You’ll find their campus beautiful and full of activities. The University of Cincinnati is also a public school with an urban setting. The university’s medical school is pretty good and they have a large engineering school. Other than that, their law school, school of architecture and design, nursing school, also have a great reputation as well. There are a lot of research opportunities available to you if you are keen on engineering or sciences. The Med school at the institute also offers great chances for students willing to study in a medical-related field and is renowned for its faculty. Here is the comparison between the University of Cincinnati and Miami University: Content University of Cincinnati Miami University Average Cost of Attendance USD 43,490/Year USD 54,916/Year Acceptance Rate 88% 74% Graduation Rate 68% 80% National Universities Rankings #143 #103 Median Starting Salary USD52,900 USD54,600 Top Recruiters Aramark Corporation, Ashland Inc, Bestek Global LLC, Fifth Third Bank Barnes Dennig, Ernst & Young, PwC, RSM, etc. Both the universities have solid departments but the atmosphere and experience at each place are surely different. If you are keen on Humanities or teaching, then you should choose Miami University. The institute excels in producing educators for a long time and Western College surely added a lot to this factor as well. If you want to pursue undergraduate education, a better option for you would be to visit the schools if you can. It may help you decide whether or not you will be able to connect to the faculty or the students. You should choose the college where you will fit in best.Read more
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    Ques. What are the strongest academic programs at the University of Cincinnati?

    ● Top Answer By Himanshu Ajmera on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. The institute offers honors programs for students who are keen to gain academic knowledge and are also ambitious towards their goals. The engineering college at the institute is said to be good. Many of the students have said to have a great career thanks to this place as compared to other schools. My own sister went here and got a better starting salary compared to some of her friends from other higher rated schools. Overall, some of their schools provide great career opportunities and ultimately depend on your interest as well as the faculty. Here is a salary estimate for their different programs: The campus of the institute is very large and the students have had a great experience at the college. Also, these colleges at the institute are said to be the most prestigious: College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) The DAAP college of the university offers Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., UG Certificate, PG Certificate programs in the fields of design, architecture, art, and planning. The college also has a Co-op program that helps you gain practical experience in the field of your study.  Conservatory of Music (CCM) The school is for students keen to learn performing and media arts. There are nearly 120 majors for you in the college to help you gain the necessary knowledge.  Business School Law School Here are the most popular majors at the University of Cincinnati: Most Popular Majors No. of graduates Nursing 422 Marketing 419 Psychology 277 Communications 234 Finance 233 Biology 214 Criminal Justice and Safety Studies 205 Accounting 203 Medical Laboratory Technician 181 Mechanical Engineering 180 The University of Cincinnati is ranked at 143rd place in National Universities by US News. Different universities offer different faculty, academics, experience so you must consider them and choose the one which suits your needs best. Every university has its advantages and disadvantages so make sure you take into account both. Also, take into account fees, location, placement opportunities before choosing the college.Read more
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    Ques. Is the University of Cincinnati good for a Ph.D. in accounting when it comes to academia and industry jobs after graduation?

    ● Top Answer By Kshitij Agarwal on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. If you take a look at the big accounting firms, you will see that they do not have Ph.D. holders in their. While there are some Ph.D in accounting, these are still rare scenarios even at such big firms. Hence, it's common that you may not even hear something like this at other places. If you are thinking of becoming a CPA, there is an advanced coursework you will have to do apart from a bachelor’s degree. Most CPAs generally have done a master's degree at max. The Ph.D. degree in your resume adds a research component that usually has limited uses which may be the case for many PhDs and research. Coming back to UCincinnati, the institute sees more than 80% of its graduates getting placed within three months of completing their education. The median starting salary for accounting graduates is USD 53,526 which is pretty good. Aramark Corporation, Ashland Inc, Bestek Global LLC, Fifth Third Bank are some of the top recruiters at the institute. When it comes to Academia, a Ph.D. in accounting is not something you see every day means it is quite rare. Many professors have done their Masters but have not done their Ph.D. You may find this usually in small schools where they don’t consider this aspect. If you are keen to learn to conduct accounting research, you may as well go ahead and complete a Ph.D. in accounting. Usually, people who have done PhDs to enter academia leave because what is expected of them at the institute is high meanwhile the compensation is quite low. There is no doubt that a CPA who has experience will surely make more money than a college or university accounting professor. You can consider this if you are doing a Ph.D. with good salary expectations. You can consider doing a Ph.D. depending on aspects that are important to you and whether or not the institute will be able to help you meet your objectives and goals. Most households have an unsolved Rubik's Cube. You can esily solve it learning a few algorithms.Read more
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    Ques. Which university is better for an MS in computer engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology or the University of Cincinnati?

    ● Top Answer By Jaya Rai on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. If you are thinking of pursuing research-based MS, then you have to consider whether your choice of institute will have the professor or lab where you want to work on your research. You also need to ensure if they will provide you with funds so you don’t have the burden of paying the tuition for the degree. If you look at their rankings, both are ranked at 79th place in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings by US News and World Report.  If you have completed your education as an undergraduate in the computer science or engineering department, then you will have only a few classes. You won’t get much value out of it as there will be very few classes teaching you advanced topics that you are keen to learn. In the other classes, you will be learning things you have studied or had a glance at earlier. The rankings of institutes are based on many factors that may or may not be important to you, so you should rather focus on aspects that are of significance to you. The master's degree usually is 30 credits and you may complete the degree in 2 years or before too if you are not thinking of pursuing the Ph.D. The classes you take with this period may not have full effect if you consider entering the industry.Here are the program details of both the colleges for you to compare: University of Cincinnati Illinois Institute of Technology Program M.SC (Computer Engineering) M.ENG (Computer Engineering) Tuition Fees USD13,105/Year USD45,447/Year Exam Scores (Average) IELTS-7.5 TOEFL-100 SAT-1230 ACT-26 IELTS-7.5 TOEFL-105 SAT-1320 ACT-28 Research Universities rankings (Forbes) #152 #111 Top Recruiters General Electric Aviation, University of Cincinnati, General Electric Co., The Kroger Company, etc. 6COM.Inc, Allscripts, Amazon, Antra Inc, Black Phoenix, Deloitte, etc. The tuition cost of the programs is also an important aspect you should consider while choosing your college.The University of Cincinnati being a public institute offers a lot of resources in placing you in the computer engineering industry. Illinois Institute of Technology may be very expensive for you if they do not have enough funds for your education. Whichever institute costs you less will reduce your burden of debt so that may be the best choice considering the financial aspect. The decision is yours to make keeping in mind the factors which are of utmost importance to you.Read more
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