Bearcats Kickoff 2024

The 2024 Bearcats Kickoff will be on Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00pm (EST) in Fifth Third Arena. This event is required for all first year students.

Bearcats Kickoff is the official and enthusiastic welcome into the University of Cincinnati community for all first-time Bearcats. This pivotal event marks the beginning of an exciting journey, where new students are embraced into the vibrant Bearcat family. Bearcats Kickoff sets the tone for a successful and enriching university experience.

Watch the livestream

Family and friends of UC's newest Bearcats can watch a live stream of the Bearcats Kickoff as it happens from anywhere they have an internet connection! A link will be posted here on the day of the event. It will also be live streamed in Nippert Stadium and TUC Food Court. 


Campus Green and Woodside Garages will have free exit on August 22, 2024, until 9 pm for Bearcats Kickoff.

Clear Bag Policy

No purses, backpacks or bags, other than clear bags, are permitted in Fifth Third Arena. A full list of approved bags and non-approved can be found here.

Print a yard sign

Share the good news! Download a free "Home of a Future Bearcat" graphic - you can have it printed as a yard sign!


Headshot of Bearcats Kickoff

Bearcats Kickoff