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Admissions to the Medical Sciences Major

We are committed to attracting excellent students from across the nation and the world to come together on campus to form a community of scholars. Because we keep cohorts small in size for a more supportive and in-depth experience, admission to the program is quite competitive. Understanding that the college admissions journey is often both exciting and somewhat taxing, we strive to maintain personal contact with students and families throughout the process.

High School Students

Admission to Medical Sciences is competitive. Please note: the Medical Sciences Program will be test optional for all applicants applying for Fall 2021. If you have questions about test-optional, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission's FAQs.

  • Average ACT composite score of 27*
  • Average SAT composite score of 1340 (critical reading and math combined)*
  • High school GPA of at least 3.5 (unweighted) or 3.7 (weighted)*
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities

*Meeting the above academic standards does not guarantee admission

With the above in mind, we pay very close attention to co-curricular activities as well as the personal statement and essay that is submitted as part of the application for admission to the University of Cincinnati. Applications are reviewed holistically keeping all of these aspects in mind.

Students seeking freshman admission to Medical Sciences should apply via the Admissions website. The deadline to apply for the Medical Sciences major is December 1.


Visiting Campus

Visits to campus are coordinated through the University of Cincinnati's Undergraduate Admissions office. Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19 and for the health and safety our faculty, staff and students, Medical Sciences is not currently offering individual tours, meetings, or shadowing opportunities to prospective or admitted students. For this upcoming year, all of our Medical Sciences events will be held online. Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting a number of online events throughout the year where families can learn about UC, and the application process. More information about visiting campus can be found here.


Financial Aid

Students who have a complete application by December 1st will automatically be considered for scholarships. There is no separate application for scholarships. Financial aid to each student is reviewed annually and renewed based on satisfactory progress. For more information, visit UC's Student Financial Aid website.


Transfer and Transition Students

Medical Sciences accepts Transition and Transfer students from other UC colleges and other universities during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters on a case-by-case basis, often dependent on seats becoming available in a cohort. Students who are looking to transfer/transition into the Medical Sciences Program must the have following...

  • 1 year of biology, including lab (BIOL 1081, BIOL 1081L, BIOL 1082, BIOL 1082L or their equivalents)*
  • 1 year of chemistry, including lab (CHEM 1040, CHEM 1040L, CHEM 1041, CHEM 1041L or their equivalents)*
  • 3.00 Cumulative GPA*

If you are a current UC student, please fill out the Application for Change in College and Program Form.

If you are a student seeking to transfer into the Medical Sciences Program from another university, please visit the Transfer Student page on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

For any questions in regards to transitioning or transferring into the Medical Sciences Program please e-mail commedsc@ucmail.uc.edu.


*meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission into the program.

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Take a Look at Campus!

Sign up for a virtual Campus Visit or virtual College Close-Up to learn more about the University of Cincinnati and the Medical Sciences Program. Take a virtual walking tour of both main campus and the medical campus!


Schedule a Virtual Appointment

Do you have questions about Medical Sciences? Schedule an appointment with us and we will be more than happy to talk with you! We are here to talk with you and answer any questions that you may have. When scheduling an appointment, please make sure to include, your name, e-mail, phone number and reason for your appointment so that we may better serve you!

We encourage you to talk with our Student Ambassadors. These are current students in the Medical Sciences Program than can give you an in-depth look at their experiences in our program. Feel free to read more about them by clicking here.

Contact Us

Medical Sciences 
Baccalaureate Program

Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670552
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0552

Mail Location: 0552
Phone: 513-558-7650
Email: commedsci@uc.edu