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Earning a degree or certificate?

Do you want to earn an associate’s degree or certificate?

If you want to earn an associate’s degree or certificate, then you must be admitted to the College before you can begin taking classes at Cincinnati State.

We’re here to help make your admission process as smooth and easy as possible.

Some questions for you

First, please answer a few questions:

  • Have you previously attended Cincinnati State? If yes, then you are considered a “returning student” and should follow the directions for returning students.
  • Are you transferring from another college or university? If yes, please follow the admission process for transfer students.
  • Have you never attended Cincinnati State before, either to follow a degree or certificate program (“degree-seeking”) or to take one or more classes (“non-degree-seeking”)? If yes, then you are considered to be a first-time student. If you are a high school graduate or have a high school equivalence (GED), you are eligible for admission. Below are the steps to take before you can begin classes.

Take these steps for admission.

For admission to Cincinnati State, follow these steps:

  1. Submit an online Application for Admission. There is no application fee. A $10 nonrefundable admission fee will be billed at your first registration. Remember—apply early!
  2. Request that your high school guidance counselor or college registrar’s office send high school and college transcripts (if applicable) directly to Cincinnati State, Office of Admission Records. If you have a GED, send a copy of the original transcript of GED scores to the Office of Admission Records. Hand-carried transcripts are not accepted. Note that if you are a college graduate, you do not need to have your high school transcript mailed to Cincinnati State. Instead you can simply have an official copy of your college transcript mailed to the college.
  3. If you have previous college experience and would like to have credit transferred, have an official transcript sent to the Office of Admission from each college or university attended and for which you would like to have credit transferred to Cincinnati State. Please note that the Office of the Registrar cannot conduct an official evaluation of your transcript until you have been fully admitted and have spoken with your advisor.
  4. Take the ACT COMPASS® placement test for mathematics, writing, and reading. This is required of all new students who are seeking a degree or certificate. The test results assist your advisors in helping you succeed. Find out more about COMPASS testing at Cincinnati State.

    If you have already taken college courses in algebra and/or in English and received a grade of “C” or better, you may qualify to waive part or all of the COMPASS test. Submit a COMPASS test waiver, and your request will be evaluated once your application is complete. If you have taken the COMPASS test at another institution, please bring your scores to the COMPASS lab at Cincinnati State for evaluation.  If you have taken the ACT achievement test within the last two years, you may be exempt from placement testing.  Submit a copy of your ACT scores to the Office of Admission via

Get started now!

The sooner you start, the sooner you can succeed. If you’d like to find out more, you’re invited to attend a Get There information session, held on campus every Tuesday at 9 am and 6:30 pm. Find out more about the College, your areas of academic interest, costs and financial aid, and much more. A special Get There session for the culinary arts is held the first Thursday of the month at 11 am and 6 pm. We’d appreciate it if you’d let us know you’re coming, but it’s not required

Got questions?

Please take a minute or two to check out the Admission FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

If you still have questions or want more information, please contact the Office of Admission. We are always happy to help.


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