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Chances of getting into University of Cincinnati Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
76%
Admission Difficulty for University of Cincinnati Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into UC and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UC is 76%.  It ranks #43 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Cincinnati Main Campus is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 18,306 out of 23,960 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent (SAT 1120/1330 ACT 23/29). University of Cincinnati Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UC application fee is $50 and applications are due by Aug 11.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Cincinnati Main Campus is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1120-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT 
20%
SAT Scores for University of Cincinnati Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for University of Cincinnati Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Cincinnati Main Campus?

University of Cincinnati Main Campus typically prefers applicants to be in the top 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1010. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. UC ranks #8 in Ohio and #208 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 20 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Cincinnati Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >86%
1225 to 1330 Avg + 76%-86%
1120 to 1225 Avg - 62%-76%
1015 to 1120 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 1015 Low <47%
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UC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
91%
ACT Scores for University of Cincinnati Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of Cincinnati Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UC?

Admission data indicates that UC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Ohio and #245 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Cincinnati Main Campus.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Cincinnati Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >86%
26 to 29 Avg + 76%-86%
23 to 26 Avg - 62%-76%
20 to 23 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 20 Low <47%
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UC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.7
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of Cincinnati Main Campus?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Cincinnati Main Campus was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Ohio for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.7 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UC accepts 76% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Cincinnati Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 22.21% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.15% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.78% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.98% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.64% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.72% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.47% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.05% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

82% of University of Cincinnati Main Campus freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Cincinnati Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 18%
Top 25% of class 46%
Top 50% of class 82%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Cincinnati Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,960 11,000 23,960
Accepted 9,510 8,796 18,306
Acceptance Rate 73% 80% 76%
Enrolled 2,515 2,727 5,242
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 31% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 11, 2023
Days left to Apply
254

Applicants have 254 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Aug 11, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Cincinnati Main Campus is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Cincinnati Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Cincinnati Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Cincinnati Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201885 IPEDS survey data for University of Cincinnati Main Campus.

FAQs

Does University of Cincinnati Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

20% of students submit their SAT scores to UC. 91% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Cincinnati Main Campus?

76% of those who apply are granted admission to UC. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Cincinnati Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1330. 20% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Cincinnati Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 91% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.