Admission Overview

Admission Steps

If you're in a group (like College Credit Plus, Veterans or International Students), look for special instructions as you go along.
  1. Get In

    Get Admitted

    1. Fill out an application. There is no fee to apply. A $15 nonrefundable admission fee will be billed only after you register for classes.
    2. Have your transcripts sent. Have your official high school and college transcripts (if applicable) or GED scores sent directly to the Office of Admission.  Hand-carried high school/college transcripts are not accepted.  GED scores will be accepted hand carried, faxed or emailed and high school transcripts sent via eScript-Safe or Docufide/Parchment Inc will also be accepted. 
      Cincinnati State
      Office of Admission
      3520 Central Parkway, Suite 181 Main
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
    3. Take your placement test. Your academic success begins with placing you in the right classes. The most common way is with a placement test. You can also use  recent ACT test scores or previous college coursework. For additional information go to 
  2. Get Set

    Financial Aid

    Fill out the FAFSA. Get help paying for college with scholarships, federal financial aid, loans, grants, and work study funds. Go to FSA ID FAQ's for help creating your FAFSA ID before filling out your application. The federal school code number for Cincinnati State is 010345.

    For more information about scholarships and other helpful financial aid information visit Financial Aid.

  3. Get Going

    Get Registered for Class

    Students should meet with an advisor before registering for classes to develop the correct schedule for the program or certificate in which they are enrolled or interested. Students who do not, run the risk of taking incorrect classes and having to take additional classes to fulfill all the program requirements for graduation.

    Register for Classes in Person

    Students can register for classes during a SAS (Surge Advising) Session or On-time Priority Registration period.

    Register for Classes Online

    You can follow these step-by-step instructions.

Admission Details

The application process can be slightly different depending on your circumstances. Find out more about these circumstances:

  • A degree-seeking student (I have never attended Cincinnati State and want to seek a degree.)
  • A non-degree seeking student (I just want to take a course or two.)
  • A returning student (I have been admitted to or attended Cincinnati State in the past, but have not enrolled for one year or more.)
  • A transfer student (I have attended one or more colleges or universities, and I am interested in transferring to Cincinnati State.)
  • An international student (I have not been granted the status of immigrant, permanent resident, or refugee by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and I wish to attend Cincinnati State.)


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