Selective Program Admission Frequently Asked Questions
These frequently asked questions address many of the important questions and circumstances that may arise during the selective admissions process. Please review these and make sure you are aware of the many important parts of the process.
General Selective Admissions Questions
I thought there was a wait list, what does selective program admission mean? Expand
We no longer use a waitlist process to admit students into our clinical programs. Instead we review applications yearly to select a cohort for each fall. There are minimum criteria that students must meet to be eligible to apply, however an application to a program does not guarantee admission, as many more students apply than there are clinical spaces. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not assure a spot in the program.
How many people get selected for each program? Expand
Dental Hygiene admits up to 40 students each year. Nursing (traditional RN program) admits around 90 students each year. Radiologic Technology admits up to 24 students each year. Medical Assisting Services admits up to 30 students each year. Veterinary Technology admits up to 36 students each year.
What are the main criteria that are evaluated in ranking applicants? Expand
Each program uses an objective ranking and scoring system to evaluate applicants. A combination of academic performance, essay, and other program specific criteria are what departmental faculty use to make program admission decisions.
Can I apply to more than one program in the same year? Expand
Yes, you are allowed to apply to more than one program per year. Please note that Radiologic Technology has a higher math requirement than the other three selective admission programs, so it is very important that you work with your academic advisor to determine if you will be eligible to apply.
How many times can I apply to each program? Expand
Students are only allowed to apply to each program twice. Please talk to your academic advisor and One Stop before submitting a second application. There are impacts to financial aid and your degree program that you will need to consider.
How will I know if I am selected? Expand
Notification will be sent to your student email and/or mailing address on file with the University. Please make sure that your personal information is up to date through One Stop, so there will not be a delay in receiving any notification about admission into a program.
Which advisor should I contact and meet with while I am waiting to be admitted into one of these programs? Expand
For UC students interested in Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Dental Hygiene, or Medical Assisting Services, please contact the UC Blue Ash Advising Center at 513-745-5753 for an advising appointment to be advised by a Pre-Health Professions Advisor. You may be asked to attend a group advising session.
Can I take summer classes and raise my GPA to what it needs to be meet minimum eligibility requirements for the program? Would I still be able to get in or would it be too late? Expand
No, all prerequisite course work and minimum requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester for your application to be considered for the next fall cohort.
Can I start the clinical program in spring or summer semester? Expand
No, all selective program admission clinical programs begin in the fall semester only.
Do I have to apply to the University of Cincinnati before I can apply for selective program admission? Expand
Yes, applicants must apply and be a confirmed University of Cincinnati student before they are eligible to submit an application. An admissions confirmation to the University of Cincinnati does not mean you are admitted into the clinical program. You must also submit an application for selective admission. Current UC Clermont and UC Uptown students do not need to submit a change of college form in order to apply to clinical programs.
I took the required prerequisite courses more than six years ago, will they still be good for the degree or will I have to take them over? Expand
Depending on the requirement, you may have to retake an older course; please meet with your academic advisor to discuss degree requirements and to determine what, if any, course(s) will need to be retaken.
Are letters of recommendation required when submitting an application? Expand
No. Please do not submit letters of recommendation with your application. They are not required and they will not be read.
What happened to early decision? Expand
The selective programs have decided to only review applications once during a regular admission cycle, so they will no longer be offer early decision to applicants. All applicants will be evaluated after spring semester grades are posted and will be notified of their program admission status by May 31st.
Is there any way to better my chances to be admitted? Expand
Admission into the clinical programs cannot be guaranteed; however, by doing your best in course work and/or placement testing, submitting excellent essays, and attending departmental informational session, you give yourself a better opportunity to compete for one of the limited clinical seats available.
I received a confirmation e-mail after submitting my application, but I am worried because I have not received any further information pertaining to the acceptance/denial process. Other students have gotten notification. Did I not get in? Expand
Some applicants may receive notification in mid May. All applicants will be notified by May 31.
High School & Transfer Students
What if my final high school or transfer college transcript will not be available until after selective decisions are made, am I ineligible? Expand
All final transcripts must be received by the end the University of Cincinnati spring semester. To check dates for the end of the spring semester, please visit http://www.uc.edu/registrar/calendars/academic_calendar_15161.html. Transcripts that are not received by that time will make an applicant ineligible. Please work with your high school guidance counselor or academic advisor regarding this matter.
When do I have to apply to the University of Cincinnati and be a confirmed student in order to ensure that I will meet the selective admission deadline? Expand
We recommend that you apply by January 1st to ensure that there will be enough time to process your admissions application, take placement test (if needed), and submit your materials for the selective admissions application. See this guide for more information
Not Being Selected
Why was I not selected? Expand
This is a selective admission process, so meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a spot in the clinical program. Applicants that do not meet minimum requirements, performed poorly on the Nursing Admission Test, or have academic credentials that are not as strong as others in pool of applicant may not be admitted into the program(s).
Does having classes in-progress disadvantage me? Expand
No, many applicants fall into this category. You will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester. Many students are admitted with courses in progress in spring each year.
I know that this is what I want to do as a career. If I do not get in, I'm really just wondering if I have to find a new career path... Expand
Nursing Admission Test
When will I take the Nursing Admission Test? Expand
After you submit your selective admission application, you will receive a confirmation email with directions about signing up for the test. Testing will be located at UC Blue Ash. Failure to take the admissions test will make you ineligble for admission into the program.
If I took the test last year, will I need to take it again? Expand
If you have taken the admission test within the last academic year, please contact the nursing office for options. Any gap greater than a single year will require a re-test.
Still Have Questions? We Can Help!
Have general questions about selective admissions or questions about the requirements for a specific program? Here is the contact information for the advising center and each of the programs.
Email us or call us with any questions, we are happy to assist!