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Finding a College That Fits You


Making the decision to continue your education and apply to college is a big step, and finding the right college for you takes some research. While the process of applying to college can seem difficult, here are some tips and tricks to get ahead and stay stress-free while preparing for your future.

I’m ready to start applying to college, what now?

“To ease the stress of applying to college, prospective students should start the application process early,” says Amber Hunter, Assistant Director of Admissions at UC Blue Ash College.

According to Hunter, students typically begin the application process during fall semester of their senior year of high school.

“Deadlines for applications vary by college or university, but there are typically incentives for completing the application early,” says Hunter.

Students can choose if they want to take the ACT or the SAT, since most colleges accept both. However, Hunter recommends sending all standardized test scores to your college(s) of choice because they will take your highest score into consideration.

Some more tips she recommends are to:

• Speak with the Admissions Office to learn the enrollment process.
• Plan ahead for tasks that take more time (like essays or letters of recommendations).
• Keep a calendar of important deadlines.
• Check your email daily for admissions related information.

Is a regional college right for me?

“Consider all types of colleges and choose one that is a good fit for you,” says Hunter.

UC Blue Ash is a regional college. Here, you will experience dedicated faulty and advisors, personalized attention with small class sizes and support services designed to assist and strengthen your academic skills.

Many students chose to start their college career through a college like UC Blue Ash for many reasons, such as tuition costs.
“Our goal is to maintain access and to that end, affordable tuition is a priority,” says Hunter. “Our coursework combined with the dedication of our faculty and staff will position you to seamlessly transition to UC Uptown.”

With more than 50 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s degrees, UC Blue Ash offers a lot of variety. If there is a degree or certificate program that is only offered by UC Uptown, students can start earning credits at UC Blue Ash that will easily transfer to their preferred program at the Uptown campus.

How can I transfer to UC Uptown from UC Blue Ash?

If you are, or will be, a UC Blue Ash student who plans to transition to UC Uptown, Hunter recommends to meet with your academic advisor in order to ensure you are on the right track.

Before transitioning to UC Uptown you’ll need to:

• Submit a Change of College form by the deadline for the semester you intend to make your transition.
• Participate in the UC Blue Ash Transition Fair.
• Contact the UC Uptown campus and schedule a visit
• Start to consider how you will get to, and from, UC Uptown and contact parking services if you need to purchase a parking pass.

I think a regional college might be for me, how do I apply?

“For anyone considering UC Blue Ash College, I encourage you to come see for yourself what makes us so exceptional,” says Hunter.

Admissions offers campus visits three times a week, as well as open house events during the semester. To register for a visit, click here. If you know that UC Blue Ash is right for you, start the application process today!

“The UC Blue Ash Admissions team welcomes anyone and everyone who needs support through the enrollment process to contact us,” says Hunter.

You can contact the Admissions Office via phone at 513-745-5700, through email at, or by stopping at the office in Muntz Hall, Room 151.

About Lori Rinehart

Lori Rinehart is the Communications Intern at UC Blue Ash for the 2018-19 academic year. Lori studies Journalism and Spanish at the University of Cincinnati Uptown campus.