A Guide to the UC Online Application Process

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At the University of Cincinnati Online, our students come to us with the drive to succeed — we simply give them the tools to do so. By offering over 100 degrees from undergraduate to graduate programs to certifications, we deliver a world-class experience for those seeking relevant learning and online flexibility. With each course, students receive the tools, resources, and education to further their skill set, expand their opportunities, and enrich their local communities.

As you think about becoming a Bearcat, you’ll likely have many questions about the University of Cincinnati Online admissions process. Below is a comprehensive guide to applying, along with resources on how to earn your degree on your budget.

Application Instructions

With over 200 years of experience, we know a thing or two about streamlining procedures. No matter if you’re applying to be a first-year, transfer, or graduate student, we’ve outlined our application processes to take you from start to finish in four simple steps.

Undergraduate Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. If you have taken fewer than 24 semester college credit hours or have never taken courses for college, submit your official high school diploma or GED
  3. Submit official college transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges.
    • UC does not accept transcripts directly from the student. Submitting official transcripts through a verified electronic service like Parchment is preferred and quickest!

Quick tip: The easiest way to locate your previous college transcripts is to conduct an online search: “[your school] transcript request”

    • Official electronic transcripts must be sent to [email protected]
    • If electronic official transcripts are not an option, please mail official transcripts to: Office of Admissions, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210091, Cincinnati, OH 45221 Attn: Processing

4. Upload supplemental materials and information as required by your program.

5. Pay a $50.00 application fee when applicable.

6. Start your FAFSA application (School Code 003125)

Graduate Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit/Upload ALL unofficial college transcripts to your application
    • Be prepared to submit official transcripts upon admission to your program.
      • Official transcripts/transcript evaluations can be sent to: Graduate Admissions, University of Cincinnati, 2618 University Circle, PO Box 210091, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091
    • Graduate Admissions accepts electronic transcripts sent directly by the school or transcript evaluation company as official transcripts. These documents can be sent to [email protected].

3. Upload supplemental materials and information as required by your program.
4. Pay an $80.00 application fee.
5. Start your FAFSA application (School Code 003125)

Remember, the first step for both our undergraduate and graduate programs is to apply, which should only take about 15 minutes. And if you need help throughout, email your Enrollment Services Advisor at [email protected] for further questions or assistance.

Graduate Nursing Application Process

  1. Create a NursingCAS account.
  2. Provide basic Biographic Information and Academic History.
  3. Submit official transcripts from every college/university where you’ve earned credit, nursing related or not, to NursingCAS.
    • Transcripts can be sent electronically via Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.
    • Transcripts can be mailed to NursingCAS: NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471

NOTE: Official transcripts from all institutions attended should be sent directly to NursingCAS (American Association of College of Nursing). NO TRANSCRIPTS should be sent to the University.

4. Upload supplemental materials and submit additional information:

    • Upload resume/CV, RN license, and personal statement (500-750 words))
    • Complete manual entry of individual classes from all previous colleges/universities attended
      • Alternatively, pay for the Professional Transcript Entry service, and NursingCAS will complete this step for you. More information can be found on the NursingCAS site or from your Enrollment Services Advisor ([email protected])
      • Provide the name & contact email for at least three professional references

5. Submit application in NursingCAS
6. Pay $80 NursingCAS application fee
7. Start your FAFSA application (School Code 003125)

Finance Your Education

While a college education is one of the best investments a student can make, we strive to make it even better by utilizing the expertise of our Student Financial Aid Office to help reduce expenses. All UC students follow the same financial aid process to receive aid, although there are specific considerations relevant to distance learners:

  • If you plan to attend part-time, your eligibility for aid may be affected.
  • If you’ve received federal aid in the past, you must determine your remaining eligibility.
  • If you’ve been awarded work-study, you can secure a position in your area.

Whatever your situation, the Student Financial Aid Office is committed to helping you obtain the resources you need to finance your education. Learn more today or get in touch with us by emailing [email protected].

Ready to Get Started?

As an online student, you may be living halfway across the world or halfway across campus — no matter where you live, we’re here to provide the support you need to earn your degree. Begin your journey at UC Online by exploring our online programs, reaching out, or applying today — it only takes about 15 minutes. We can’t wait to welcome you into the Bearcat family.

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