Cincinnati Decision Day: UC receives another record number of first-year applicants

Future Bearcats receive long-awaited news as UC shares application decisions Jan. 17

The fall 2020 class of first-year students at the University of Cincinnati is already shaping up to be one for the record books.

As UC reaches Cincinnati Decision Day on Jan. 17 — when thousands of students find out if they’ve been admitted to the university to pursue their studies — the numbers reveal that the institution is more popular than ever. To date, a record 22,352 first-year students have applied to UC’s Uptown campus.

UC students cheer during a 2019 UC football game inside Nippert Stadium.

Another record first-year class is poised to join the University of Cincinnati in 2020. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services

Those who applied by the December 1 Early Action Deadline can find out today if they have been offered admission. Those who applied after December 1 and those who continue to apply will receive admission decisions every Friday beginning February 1. 

Destination campus

Jack Miner

Jack Miner, vice provost for enrollment management

Incoming students aren’t the only new Bearcats celebrating today. Jack Miner, UC’s new vice provost for enrollment management, is thrilled with the Decision Day results, too.

“This is a wonderful milestone for the university,” says Miner. “The growth UC has seen in the number and the academic profile of applicants over the last few years has really been a testament to the great work that the university has done to improve the student experience. The University of Cincinnati is clearly a destination school for students who want to engage with employers and an urban environment during college.”

The University of Cincinnati is clearly a destination school for students who want to engage with employers and an urban environment during college.

Jack Miner, UC vice provost for enrollment management

A UC student leads prospective students and their parents on a tour near McMicken Commons.

UC nursing student Anna Hamilton leads a group of prospective students and their families on a tour of campus in the fall. Photo/Jay Yocis/UC Creative Services

Most diverse in history

In addition to the record number of applicants, Miner and team are also celebrating UC’s most diverse class of applicants in history. Among the numbers, UC is seeing a 10% increase in applicants who are African American and an 8% increase in applicants who are Hispanic.

“The University of Cincinnati continues to attract a diverse student body,” says Miner. “The increases in applications from minority and under-represented students will allow us to continue to provide an environment where the diversity of background and experiences isn’t just honored and celebrated but enriches the educational experience for all students.”


Students cross campu on MainStreet

UC's MainStreet will gain a whole new crop of first-year student visitors this fall. Photo/Lisa Ventre/UC Creative Services

Where do they come from?

Undergraduate applicants who are receiving a decision from UC on Decision Day include nearly 7% more out-of-state students and 36% more international students. In total, the group represents 47 different states and territories (including D.C. and Puerto Rico) as well as 45 countries.

Top 10 States

  1. Ohio
  2. Kentucky
  3. Indiana
  4. Illinois
  5. Michigan
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. California
  8. New Jersey
  9. New York
  10. Maryland

Top 5 Countries (outside of U.S.)

  1. India
  2. Vietnam
  3. China
  4. Nepal
  5. United Arab Emirates

A Bearcat Promise

New students at UC will benefit from the new Bearcat Promise UC introduced in 2019. Bearcat Promise is an innovative academic and professional development program designed to help students design a customized pathway to their ideal future. Instituted as a crucial piece of UC's new strategic direction, known as Next Lives Here, Bearcat Promise represents a philosophical shift and commitment by the university to all students that they will graduate with a degree in one hand and a career plan in the other.

Note: The above application and admissions acceptance figures do not include UC's top-ranked College-Conservatory of Music, which will share admission decisions no later than March.

Featured image at top: Panoramic shot of UC's campus. Photo/Jay Yocis/UC Creative Services

Still Time to Become a Bearcat

Opportunities for admission are still available in select Uptown programs until March 1. In addition, UC's regional campuses — UC Blue Ash College and UC Clermont College — accept applications on a rolling basis until July 1.

Apply online or get more information about undergraduate enrollment by calling (513) 556-1100.

Next Lives Here, the University of Cincinnati’s strategic direction, defines our moment and our momentum. More nimble and more robust than a plan, Next Lives Here announces our vision to the world—to lead urban public universities into a new era of innovation, impact, and inclusion.