Admission Requirements and Information

Admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Cincinnati is based on a holistic review of applicants’ grades, test scores, classes taken, extracurricular involvement and activities, letters of recommendation, and essay.

The CEAS has a direct admittance policy, which means that high school students apply directly to the program they are most interested in. If students are undecided or have several preferences, they can indicate up to three choices on their college application; or they can apply to the Freshman Engineering Program, an undecided engineering program that allows students to transition to a specific program after one to two semesters.

Visit the UC Admissions page for more detailed information on admission requirements.

Admissions Timeline

Senior year can get hectic for many high school students, but it’s important to complete all of the necessary steps in the college application process by their respective deadlines.

Apply: August 1-November 30

High school seniors complete the Common Application for admission into CEAS.

Deadline: December 1

Application window closes. Seniors must submit a completed application (transcripts, test scores, etc.) by this date to ensure their application is reviewed for admission. Students that apply by this date are also automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships.

Decision: January 17, 2020

Applicants are notified of their admissions decision.

Confirmation: May 1

Once students receive their acceptance, they have until May 1—National Decision Day—to confirm their admission to CEAS.


Engineers create bold solutions to everyday quandaries. Graduates of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) have the advanced, highly specialized skills to turn ideas into reality, seeking new challenges and solving tomorrow’s problems today.

The University of Cincinnati is a tier-one research institution, and the College of Engineering and Applied Science is the original founder of cooperative education. Surrounded by a diverse student population and world-renowned faculty, engineering students at UC have a diverse range of opportunities to shape a unique college experience—one grounded in experiential learning, innovative research, and a challenging, well-rounded curriculum.

Engineering students at UC take advantage of all of the following:

  • The first-ever cooperative education (co-op) program; today, CEAS students spend their co-op rotations with over 1200 companies, spanning across the country and around the world.
  • Over 600 student organizations, allowing students to enter international competitions, host community-wide events, and build a professional network.
  • Fourteen bachelor’s programs, 22 master’s programs, 10 doctoral degrees, nine minors, and various post-baccalaureate certificates.
  • The Accelerated Engineering Degree (ACCEND), a program that lets engineering students earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in a shortened time frame.
  • The new 1819 Innovation Hub, which fosters collaboration and communication, allowing students to engage with industry, non-profit organizations, faculty, and peers to develop creative solutions to complex societal problems.
  • A full medical campus in addition to the eleven hospitals within a five-mile radius of the uptown campus.
  • Significant research opportunities, ranging from intelligent maintenance systems to additive manufacturing to nanotechnology.
  • Strategic industry partnerships with companies like Siemens PLM Software, GE Aviation, and Procter & Gamble.

Why Cincinnati?

Many know Cincinnati for its stunning German architecture and its beautiful riverfront (and its famous chili!) But as the city progresses through the 21st century, it has taken on a new reputation: one rooted in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurial spirit. Explore all the Queen City has to offer!

  • Nine Fortune-500 companies, including Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Macy’s.
  • Three professional sports teams: the Bengals (NFL), Reds (MLB,) and brand-new FC Cincinnati (MLS.)
  • The vibrant, hip, and artsy neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine—home to start-up companies, boutiques, and local eats.
  • Speaking of eats, local favorites like Taste of Belgium, the Montgomery Inn, and, of course, the famous Cincinnati chili (Skyline or Gold Star? You be the judge.)
  • The nation’s second-oldest zoo—the Cincinnati Zoo—and Botanical Garden, which is walking distance from campus.
  • One of the best medical cities in the country, with UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Smale Park, a beautiful riverfront park that overlooks downtown Cincinnati, the Ohio River, and Northern Kentucky.
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which preserves the era of the Underground Railroad and reveals stories of freedom today.

Learn more about the University of Cincinnati’s CEAS admissions process

Questions? Concerns? Find out more about the College of Engineering and Applied Science admissions requirements and process by contacting us or visiting the University of Cincinnati Admissions page today! If you’re ready, you can apply online to the College of Engineering and Applied Science via the Common Application.