We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year.
We anticipate that the application for the 2014-2015 academic year will open on August 1, 2013. For high school students, the priority deadline is December 1, 2013. For transfer and "transition" students, the priority deadline is March 1, 2014.
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.
Below, you can find information about:
- The academic credentials of last year's accepted students
- Application components, priority deadline, and high school course requirements for high school students
- Application components and priority deadline for transfer students
- Application information for International Students
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 is based on the middle 50% of the entering 2012 class:
- GPA: 3.666-4.000
- ACT: 25 - 29
- SAT: 1175-1330
- Average Class Rank: Top 15.7%
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 Components for High School Students
The application for the University of Cincinnati and DAAP are one in the same. A high school admissions application is considered to be complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:
- an application for admission, including a personal statement, essay and statement of co-curricular activities
- an official high school transcript
- the results of either the ACT or SAT (including the Writing Component) directly from the testing company
- official college transcripts for those students who are enrolled in courses for post-secondary credit
- $50 application fee
- letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
Portfolios are not accepted or reviewed in the UC/DAAP application process.
Priority Deadline for High School Students
For the 2013-2014 academic year, students who submit a complete application by 5:00 PM on December 1, 2013 will be pooled and reviewed for selection. Applicants should be informed of an admissions decision prior to January 15, 2014. 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.
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 Application Components
Transfer students can apply at http://www.admissions.uc.edu. 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 attendedOfficial 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
"Transition" Application Components
Current UC students wishing to transition into a DAAP program from a different major at UC should submit an Application for Change in College and/or Program form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office in Room 5470 Aronoff. This form is available here, in the DAAP Student Affairs Office or in any college office on campus.
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 available here or in the DAAP Student Affairs Office.
Priority Deadline for Transfer and Transition Students
The priority deadline for transfer and transition students is March 1, 2014. Applications received after this date may be considered on a space available basis.
Application Information for International Students
The priority deadline for international students entering the freshman year is December 1, 2013. The priority deadline for international transfer students is March 1, 2014.
The application and admissions process for International Students varies from that for domestic students. For more information about International Admissions at UC, please go here.
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.