Communication Design Admissions Requirements
For high school students (or other applicants hoping to begin their college careers), the early action deadline is December 1. For transfer and "transition" (UC transfer) students, the priority deadline is March 1.
Please keep in mind that the School of Design only accepts students for admission in the fall semester of the academic year. Portfolios are not accepted or reviewed in the UC/DAAP application process.
The academic credentials of the pool of applicants seeking admission to the School of Design vary each year. The design programs are highly competitive and have a limited number of spaces available.
The freshman class profile for Communication Design is based on the middle 50% of the entering 2015 class:
- GPA: 3.58 - 3.94
- ACT: 27 - 30
- SAT: 1190 - 1360
- Average Class Rank: Top 13.5%
We share these numbers to give you an idea of the "typical" credentials of students accepted into our programs. Scoring within this range (or outside of it) is not a guarantee of admission or denial.
Transfer students who are accepted into the program usually have a GPA that is well above the required minimum 3.0 GPA.
Application for High School Students
The application for the University of Cincinnati and DAAP are one in the same. High school students and other applicants hoping to begin their college careers must apply through the Common Application. A high school admissions application is considered to be complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:
- Common Application and Writing Supplement
- Application fee or application fee waiver submitted via the Common Application
- ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency
- Official high school transcript
- Letter(s) of recommendation
Portfolios are not accepted or reviewed in the UC/DAAP application process.
Students who are enrolled in courses for post-secondary credit should also submit official college transcripts.
Early Action Deadline for High School Students
For the academic year, students who submit a complete application by 5 pm on December 1 will be pooled and reviewed for selection. Applicants should be informed of an admissions decision prior by February 1. Applicants received after the deadline maybe reviewed if space is available. If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the UC Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100 and ask to speak to a DAAP Admissions Representative. Portfolios should not be submitted.
High School Course Requirements
High school applicants to the Graphic Communication Design Program should have completed or be in the process of completing:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of math
- 3 units of Science
- 5 units of electives*
*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.
Applications for Transfer and Transition Students
Those seeking admission from other programs or colleges at UC or other universities must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from previous college work to be given consideration. For priority consideration, complete transfer applications should be submitted prior to March 1 for admission the following fall.
Transfer students can apply through the Office of Admissions. A transfer application is considered complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:
- Application for admission
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores if the applicant has completed fewer than 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of college credit
- Application fee
If you have already completed a bachelor's degree and want to enroll in a DAAP undergraduate program, you are considered a transfer student and should use the transfer application to apply.
"Transition" Application Components
Current UC students wishing to transition into a DAAP program from other majors at UC should submit an Application for Change in College and/or program form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office in Room 5470 Aronoff.
Current DAAP students hoping to transfer into a different major must submit a "Change of Program" form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office. This form is also available in the DAAP Student Affairs Office.
Priority Deadline for Transfer and Transition Students
The priority deadline for transfer and transition students is March 1. Applications received after this date may be considered on a space available basis.
Application Information for International Students
The early action deadline for international students entering the freshman year is December 1.
The priority deadline for international transfer students is March 1.
The application and admissions process for international students varies from that for domestic students. View more information about international admissions at UC.
This information is correct at the time of publication. The university reserves the right to make changes in policy, regulations, requirements, and fees as circumstances dictate subsequent to publication.