The University of Cincinnati is happy to enhance your organization or corporate event with a Bearcat mascot appearance! Please read the guidelines below for all details and fees associated with your request. We cannot guarantee that your request will be filled. Once you have submitted your request through our online system, you will be contacted by someone in our Marketing department for next steps.

Request Requirements All mascot appearances are to be requested through our online system. Requests must be submitted a minimum of two (2) weeks in advance of the actual appearance/event date to be considered. Please no phone calls.

  • Requestor must provide a private location for the mascot to change (not a public bathroom, etc) and provide a secure, safe place to store any personal belongings and mascot storage bags.
  • Requestor must provide drinking water for the mascot during appearances.
  • Requestor must provide a parking spot close to the event site for the mascot to park if the event is off campus. If there is any charge for parking (meter, parking garage, etc), the Requestor is to pay for this in advance and/or provide a parking permit (if applicable to the event site).

Cost for Booking There are varying rates for different organizations/groups that we receive requests from. Please check out the descriptions below to see which category your event will fall under.

GENERAL PUBLIC AND FANS: There is a flat rate (listed below) for personal appearances such as corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, etc to be paid. If the event is more than 15 miles from campus, there will be an additional charge for roundtrip mileage (@ .40 cents/mile).
Bearcat Mascot: $100 per hour. Limit for these appearances is one hour. 

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI: In the case of booking a mascot, University departments, units, regional campuses, and student organizations receive a reduced rate. Payment is accepted through our online request system or University of Cincinnati internal fund transfers can be coordinated by emailing bearcat@uc.edu.
Bearcat Mascot: $30 per hour. 

501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: The University of Cincinnati mascot offers a discounted rate for non-profit organizations. Like all other appearance requests, these must be made by completing the online form.
Bearcat Mascot: $30 per hour. 

Confirmation If the mascot is able to appear at your event, you will receive an email confirmation from the Mascot Coordinator within five (5) days of the event date (or earlier if possible). At that time, we will confirm the date/time/location of your event and also give you the name and contact information for the student who will be the mascot at your event.

If the mascot is not able to make an appearance at your event, you will be notified via email in the same timeframe (earlier if possible). We do our best to fill all requests, but please keep in mind that these are all student volunteers.

Payment Payment is accepted through our online request system. University of Cincinnati internal fund transfers can be coordinated by emailing bearcat@uc.edu.

Cancellation PolicyWe reserve the right to cancel an appearance due to illness, personal emergency, class conflicts, etc.

Additional Notes

  • The University of Cincinnati reserves the right to refuse any appearance.
  • Because of time demands on our students and their availability, University of Cincinnati Athletics cannot guarantee that each requested appearance will be filled. Priority is given to mandatory Athletics-related responsibilities.
  • The mascot will not make appearances in bars.
  • The mascot suits are the property of the University of Cincinnati Athletics Department and are neither rented to the general public under any circumstances nor worn by anybody other than the students who are on the current mascot team. The mascot team consists of students who attended the official annual tryout, have been accepted onto the team, and have had their yearly physical.