Statement on Executive Orders for Applicants to UC

Dear Applicant,

As you have heard, the U.S. President enacted an executive order on Friday, January 27 temporary barring entry for individuals from seven countries to enter the US. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.   

We understand that this order has created confusion and concern to students from those countries, as well as many other parts of the world. As you may have seen from media reports, there was confusion over the executive order when it was announced and the issue continues to unfold currently.

You may have also seen many American citizens and government officials--including the Mayor of Cincinnati--voicing concerns over the executive order and questioning its legality. Our university President and Provost issued a joint statement expressing concern for the executive order.

Our Office of International Services (the office that issues I-20s, assists students with immigration matters, etc.) is monitoring the issue closely and communicating regularly with our international students and scholars. We want to assure you that the University of Cincinnati welcomes you openly, and at this time, we wish to provide you with some additional information to help ease the admission process.

The best advice that we can offer our incoming international students is to act promptly in all aspects of the admission and enrollment process. Note that you cannot be issued an I-20 or register for orientation and classes until you have been accepted into the program and then confirmed your admission. If you receive an offer of admission that includes financial support, you have until April 15 to confirm acceptance of that financial support, but you are allowed to confirm before April 15 if you choose to expedite the enrollment process.

If your application is incomplete, please submit any missing documents as quickly as possible so that your application may be reviewed for an admission and scholarship decision. If you have been admitted and have any questions before you Confirm, please contact your program so they can help you – and even connect you with other students, faculty or staff who may be able to answer your questions as well.

Rest assured that the University of Cincinnati is a welcoming campus and we care deeply for 3,500+ international students from 100+ countries. #youarewelcomehere and we sincerely hope to see you on campus this fall.

Sincerely,
The Graduate School