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Cincinnati Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Cincinnati, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 86%, admission to Cincinnati is mildly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 26.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Cincinnati admission statistics.


Cincinnati Admissions Statistics

Cincinnati’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 86%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 15,286 applicants, Cincinnati admitted about 13,081. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.48, the average ACT score was 26, and the average SAT score was 1230.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 23, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1110. The 75th percentile score was 1350.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Cincinnati is mildly competitive. Even if Cincinnati is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Cincinnati’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Cincinnati Application Requirements

To apply to Cincinnati, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $50 application fee, submit your high school transcript, and submit either a Common Application School Report or letter of recommendation. Everything should be submitted by December 1 for Early Action.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit either a Common Application School Report or letter of recommendation

The application deadline is December 1st for Early Action. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Cincinnati? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Cincinnati Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Cincinnati, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 50% are male and 50% are female
  • 4.2% of students are international

Cincinnati has a diverse class. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 4.2%
  • Underrepresented minority: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3.4%
  • White: 78%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Cincinnati offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Cincinnati Tuition Figures

At $43,300, Cincinnati’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $6,192.

Here’s a fuller look at Cincinnati tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $43,300
  • Average financial aid package: $6,192
  • The average student debt of a Cincinnati graduate is $28,970

Now, what is life like at Cincinnati? Let’s take a look.


Cincinnati Location

The main campus is located, unsurprisingly, in Cincinnati, Ohio, divided into three separate sections.

Much of the school’s architectural style is a mix of Gothic architecture and art deco design.

Remember, you’re going to Cincinnati for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Cincinnati Academics

Cincinnati has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Radio and Television
  • Sport and Fitness Administration

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Cincinnati.


Student Life at Cincinnati

Cincinnati has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Cincinnati’s student activities:

  • Accelerating Racial Justice
  • Badminton Club
  • Campus Involvement Ambassadors
  • Design In Mind
  • enableUC
  • Fencing Club
  • GenderBloc
  • Healthcats
  • Innovation Initiative
  • Japanese and American Student Society
  • Knitting for the Needy
  • Love Your Melon Cincinnati Campus Crew
  • Main Street Investors
  • NAMI on Campus
  • Organizational Leadership Club
  • Paws for a Cause
  • RallyCats

Are you an athlete? Cincinnati’s got plenty of options for you.


Cincinnati Athletics

Cincinnati offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Cincinnati’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Track & Field

Who might you become with a Cincinnati degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Cincinnati has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Musician Matt Berninger
  • Author Thomas Berger
  • Filmmaker Cherien Dabis
  • Composer Randy Edelman
  • Laser medicine pioneer Leon Goldman
  • Actor Dorian Harewood
  • Unilever CEO Paul Polman
  • Activist Jerry Rubin
  • Golden Gate Bridge designer Joseph B. Strauss
  • US President William Howard Taft
  • Sports commentator Cris Collinsworth
  • MMA fighter Rich Franklin

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Cincinnati is mildly competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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