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Please check the following questions and answers. If you still have questions, please let us help you. Email us and an admission representative will reply via email as soon as possible within normal business hours (Monday through Friday). You can also call the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700. We are happy to help.

About Cincinnati State

Is Cincinnati State accredited?
What is the academic calendar at Cincinnati State?
Do other colleges and universities accept Cincinnati State credits?
If I attend Cincinnati State, can I live on campus?
I am an athlete, and I am interested in playing for Cincinnati State. What steps should I take?
How can I work and attend college at the same time?
What are the parking arrangements at Cincinnati State?
Can I get to Cincinnati State via the Metro?
I am a single parent with a small child. Is childcare available on campus?
What is the Summit Restaurant, where is it, and when is it open?
What is Cincinnati State’s record for safety and security?
I have more questions about Cincinnati State, Where can I get answers?

Academics

What programs and certificates are offered at Cincinnati State?
How do I know what classes to take?
How many classes can I take?
I would like to co-op. Whom should I speak to about that?
If I get a degree from Cincinnati State, what are my chances of being employed after graduation?
How quickly can I earn an associate’s degree at Cincinnati State?
I am undecided about my academic program/certificate. Who can I talk to?
Does Cincinnati State offer an Honors Program?
I am interested in taking accelerated courses. How do I apply?
I would like to take some courses at the Workforce Development Center. How can I apply?
I am interested in the community education courses offered by the Midwest Culinary Institute. Where can I get more information?
I have more questions about academics at Cincinnati State. Where can I get answers?

Visiting Cincinnati State

Do I need to make an appointment to come in and talk to someone?
Can I take a tour of Cincinnati State?
Can I meet with someone about the programs I am interested in?
If I visit the College, where should I park?
I have more questions about visiting the College. Where can I get answers?

Admission

What is the admission process?
Can I bring or fax my transcript?
I am a college graduate. How do I apply?
When is the application deadline?
What is the COMPASS test, and why do I need to take it?
How will I know if I’ve been accepted?
I received my letter of admission. Now what?
Do I need a high school diploma or GED to start classes?
How much do classes cost?
How much do books cost?
Which classes require lab fees, and how much are they?
How many credit hours must I take to be considered a full-time student?
How many classes do I need to take to be covered by health insurance?
I want to attend college, but circumstances require me to work full-time. How can I attend classes?
When do classes start?
Can I participate in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options? (PSEO/PSEOP)
What is MyCState?
How do MyCState and Blackboard relate?
What is a Cincinnati State User ID and how do I find mine?
I only want to take a course or two. How do I apply?
I live in Northern Kentucky, and my cousin lives in Indiana. Do we have to pay out-of-state tuition rates at Cincinnati State?
I would like to audit a class. Is this possible?
I applied to Cincinnati State but never attended. Will the College return my high school and college transcripts to me?
Why do I have to submit my high school transcript if I have already attended a college?
If I am a college graduate, do I have to send my high school transcript?
I sent my high school transcript when I was a high school senior and received my letter of admission. Do I have to resubmit a transcript?
Do I have to retake the COMPASS test?
I want to take a class or two but do not want a degree, do I have to submit my transcript and take the COMPASS test?
I have more questions about admissions. Where can I find answers?

Transfer

I am transferring from another college. How do I apply?
I am a current student at another college/university and would like to take a few classes at Cincinnati State. How can I register?
Do Cincinnati State credits transfer to/from other colleges?
How do I know if the classes I'm taking at Cincinnati State will transfer to the program at the college/university I plan to attend for my bachelor's degree?
I have more questions about transfer of credits and/or transfer programs. Where can I find answers?

 

About Cincinnati State

Is Cincinnati State accredited?
Yes. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Among other important benefits, this accreditation allows for transfer of credit to colleges/universities you may consider to complete the next level of your education.

What is the academic calendar at Cincinnati State?
The Cincinnati State schedule offers three 15 week semesters per calendar year. Students can complete most technical degrees in two years if they attend classes all three semesters each year, including the summer semester.

Do other colleges and universities accept Cincinnati State credits?
For almost all Cincinnati State degree programs, credits are designed to easily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in the area if students choose to continue studies after graduating from Cincinnati State. So a student can begin studies at Cincinnati State, and easily transfer as a junior to another college or university.

The Ohio Board of Regents makes it easy for students at one Ohio public college or university to transfer credit to another. This is achieved primarily through the transfer module, a subset or entire set of a college or university’s general education curriculum in AA, AS, and baccalaureate degree programs. Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at Cincinnati State will automatically meet the requirements of individual Transfer Module course(s) or the full Transfer Module at another Ohio college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer.

If I attend Cincinnati State, can I live on campus?
Cincinnati State does not own or manage any residence halls. There are apartments in the area that students can rent. We are conveniently located off the I-75 Hopple Street exit, and are on Metro lines.

I am an athlete, and I am interested in playing for Cincinnati State. What steps should I take?
Cincinnati State currently competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in five sports: women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s soccer, and golf. If you are interested in playing on one of our teams, contact the Office of Athletics at (513) 569-1897. We’d be glad to talk to you about the possibilities.

How can I work and attend college at the same time?
Cincinnati State offers most classes mornings, afternoons, evenings, and even on Saturdays to help make going to College a realistic addition to your schedule. The College also offers many courses online, which may allow you to take a class away from campus, and on a more flexible schedule. Cincinnati State also allows degree-seeking students to attend part-time.

What are the parking arrangements at Cincinnati State?
Cincinnati State offers a variety of parking options for students and visitors to campus. Click here for detailed information.

Can I get to Cincinnati State via the Metro?
Easily! Cincinnati State is easily accessed through Metro routes 17, 18, 19, 20, and 39. Covered bus stops are on both sides of the street near both the Ludlow Avenue and Central Parkway entrances to campus. For detailed information, or to plan your bus route to Cincinnati State, call Metro at (513) 621-4455 or visit the Metro website.

I am a single parent with a small child. Is childcare available on campus?
Yes. The William Mallory Early Learning Center provides outstanding childcare on Cincinnati State’s campus while serving as a learning lab for Cincinnati State students—particularly those in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) programs. Enrollment priority is given to children of currently enrolled students and staff of the college. Click here for more information.

What is the Summit Restaurant, where is it, and when is it open?
The Summit Restaurant at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State serves dinner to the public each Thursday through Saturday. Gourmet dishes are prepared fresh and served by well-trained students under the direction of our Executive Chef. It is located on the second floor of the ATLC building. Reservations are recommended, and are available on the half-hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. To make reservations at The Summit, call (513) 569-4980 or visit www.opentable.com.

What is Cincinnati State’s record for safety and security?
Cincinnati State works hard to maintain a campus that is safe for everyone who visits. Click here for detailed information, including monthly safety and security statistics.

I have more questions about Cincinnati State, Where can I get answers?
Please email the Office of Admission. An admission representative will respond to your questions as quickly as possible (within normal business hours Monday through Friday). You can also call the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700. We’re happy to help!

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Academics

What programs and certificates are offered at Cincinnati State?
Cincinnati State offers a variety of programs and certificates in four academic divisions: Business Technologies, Center for Innovative Technologies (engineering and information technologies) Health and Public Safety, and Humanities and Sciences. Click here for a comprehensive listing of the programs and courses offered at Cincinnati State.

How do I know what classes to take?
You will be assigned an academic advisor to assist with course selection. Your academic advisor will help you determine which classes to take, and in what order is most beneficial. You will receive the name and phone number for your academic advisor in your letter of admission. Be sure to call and make your appointment early to take full advantage of this resource.

How many classes can I take?
You can take as many classes or as few classes as you want. There is no required minimum or maximum amount of credit hours that a student must take per term. However, if you need financial aid, you may be required to take a minimum amount of credit hours. See Financial Aid and Scholarships, or contact the Office of Financial Aid regarding your specific situation. You may also need a minimum amount of credit hours to maintain student status for health insurance purposes. Consult your insurance company for specific information.

I would like to co-op.  Whom should I speak to about that?
Cincinnati State’s commitment to cooperative education is so strong that almost every program we offer will accommodate cooperative educational experiences, clinical practice, or internships. For more information, check out Cooperative Education on this site. Each academic division at Cincinnati State establishes its own policies regarding how students may fulfill co-op requirements. To discuss options, contact a co-operative education coordinator for the division in which you are interested.

If I get a degree from Cincinnati State, what are my chances of being employed after graduation?
Last year, 94% of Cincinnati State graduates were employed or continuing their education. In addition 87% of employed Cincinnati State grads are more likely to be employed in jobs related to their majors – almost ten percent more than the national average for two-year colleges.

How quickly can I earn an associate’s degree at Cincinnati State?
A number of factors contribute to the length of time it will take to earn your associate’s degree, including the length and requirements of the program, what prerequisites are required, personal needs, the number of classes you take each term. Students can complete most technical degrees in two years if they attend classes full-time all five terms each year, including the summer term.

I am undecided about my academic program/certificate. Who can I talk to?
In addition to speaking with your academic advisor, you can consult the Counseling Center, which provides career testing and counseling to students who are undecided about a program of study.

Does Cincinnati State offer an Honors Program?
Cincinnati State offers an Honors Experience for qualified students who want an educational challenge, to explore the world of ideas and go beyond the standard work of the classroom. Application and more information is available on the Honors Experience page.

I am interested in taking accelerated courses. How do I apply?
Cincinnati State’s Accelerated Courses program allows students to take many general requirement classes in less than one month and transfer credit to another college or university. Click here for more information about accelerated courses.

I would like to take some courses at the Workforce Development Center. How can I apply?
For more information about the Workforce Development Center (WDC) and it offerings, go to the WDC website. There you will find complete information on the many training programs, courses, and certificates offered. You can also register on that site.

I am interested in the community education courses offered by the Midwest Culinary Institute. Where can I get more information?
Creations cooking classes are a great way to learn how to make something new. All classes are hands-on, with expert instruction by local chefs or Midwest Culinary Institute instructors. Click here for the current schedule.

I have more questions about academics at Cincinnati State. Where can I get answers?
Please email the Office of Admission. An admission representative will respond to your questions as quickly as possible (within normal business hours, Monday through Friday). You can also call the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700. We’re happy to help!

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Visit

Do I need to make an appointment to come in and talk to someone?
Admission interviews are not required. However, the best way to get the information you need about attending Cincinnati State is by attending a Get There information session. In the session, you learn more about Cincinnati State, our programs of study, and the application process. Also, you can speak with an admissions counselor during or after the session. Of course, you are always welcome to stop by the Office of Admission, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Can I take a tour of Cincinnati State?
Definitely! We encourage prospective students and parents to visit the campus and tour our facilities. Tours are conducted after the Tuesday morning Get There information session, or by appointment. Contact the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700 for arrangements. Get There sessions for the Midwest Culinary Institute are held the First Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Room 108, ATLC (“The Point”).

Can I meet with someone about the programs I am interested in?
You’re invited to attend a free Get There information session, held every Tuesday at 9 am and 6:30 pm. You will find out about our more than 100 degree programs and certificates, tuition, financial aid, our co-op program (#1 in the U.S. among two-year colleges!), and much more. Bring along your questions and we will be glad to answer them. The morning session includes a tour and an opportunity to meet with a representative from the division of your intended. After this event, an admission representative will be happy to meet with you. At both sessions, you’ll receive a voucher for free parking (a $5 value). A reservation is not required, but we would appreciate knowing whether we can expect you. Please RSVP by submitting this form.

If I visit the college, where can I park?
Visitors to campus may park in the Central Parkway Garage or in Lot C. The Central Parkway Garage is accessible via Central Parkway. Cost $5 per use, cash only, payable upon exit. Lot C is located on the corner of Central Parkway and Ludlow Avenue. Cost is $2 per use, cash only.

I have more questions about visiting the College. Where can I get answers?
Please email the Office of Admission. An admission representative will respond to your questions as quickly as possible (within normal business hours, Monday through Friday). You can also call the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700. We’re happy to help!

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Admission

What is the admission process?
Before you may begin taking classes at Cincinnati State, you must be admitted to the College.
If you are a high school graduate or have a high school equivalence (GED), you are eligible for admission to Cincinnati State degree and certificate programs. For more information on the process, see Admission Process.

Can I bring or fax my transcript?
All transcripts must be mailed by the high school or college directly to the Office of Admission Records. Hand-carried or faxed transcripts are not accepted.

I am a college graduate. How do I apply?
Follow the admission process for first-time students. If you have graduated from a college/university that is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), you do not need to submit your high school transcript if you are submitting your college transcript. If you have a graduate degree, please send your undergraduate transcript for transfer of credit.

When is the application deadline?
You should complete all admission requirements at least two weeks prior to registration. See our priority registration dates for more details.

What is the COMPASS test, and why do I need to take it?
The COMPASS ® placement test accurately places you into reading, writing, and math classes that are best suited for your abilities. The placement test is there to help ensure your success; it I not a pass/fail test. If you have successfully completed college level courses in the above subjects, you may submit a test waiver request. Cincinnati State does not accept ACT or SAT scores in place of the COMPASS Test.

How will I know if I’ve been accepted?
A letter will be sent to your home. It will include user identification and password information for MyCState, Cincinnati State’s online access portal. Using the information in that letter, you can complete the steps to verify admission to the college. An additional letter of admission will be mailed to your home and e-mailed to your Cincinnati State e-mail account once all of the admission criteria have been met.

I received my letter of admission. Now what?
Be sure to complete and submit your FAFSA and scholarship application as soon as possible, and definitely before the deadlines. In addition, make the appointment with your academic advisor promptly. Your letter of admission lists the phone number to call to make an appointment with your academic advisor, who will assist you in developing your class schedule. To ensure academic success, it is essential that you meet with your academic advisor prior to the start of each term.

Do I need a high school diploma or GED to start classes?
No. You do not need to have a high school diploma or GED to begin taking classes. However, in order to be admitted and to receive financial aid, you must be a high school graduate or have a GED.

How much do classes cost?
Tuition is based on credit hours. Your cost will depend upon how many credit hours you take and whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition. Current tuition is outlined here. There may also be additional costs and lab fees depending on your course requirement, as well as books and supplies. A schedule of fees can be found at Tuition and Fees. After you register for classes, your can view and pay your bill on MyCState, under the MyServices tab.

How much do books cost?
The cost of books and supplies can vary greatly from term to term. Also, different programs have different requirements. The first school term usually is the most expensive one as students purchase books and supplies that they also use in later terms. The average expense for books and supplies is $350 per term.

Which classes require lab fees, and how much are they?
To find this information, go to the “Programs and Courses” search tool. Select “Course Sections” at the bottom of the page. Select the term, subject, enter the course number and then click Submit. The last column in the “Section Selection Results” is course fee. If an amount is listed, this is the lab fee charged for the course. A schedule of fees can be found at Tuition and Fees.

How many credit hours is considered full-time?
Twelve or more credit hours per term is considered full time.

How many classes do I need to take to be covered by health insurance?
Many health insurance policies have requirements for student coverage, particularly if you are covered by your parents’ insurance policy. Contact your insurance company to discuss your unique situation.

I want to attend college, but circumstances require me to work full-time. How can I attend classes?
Cincinnati State offers classes in the morning, afternoon, evening, and even on Saturdays. This helps make going to College a realistic addition to your schedule. The College also offers courses online, which may allow you to take a class away from campus, and on a more flexible schedule. If you are unable to work full-time and attend classes full-time, you may attend classes on a part-time basis.

When do classes start?
Click here for the most recent Academic Calendar.

Can I participate in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options? (PSEO/PSEOP)
Cincinnati does offer PSEO for area high school students. Click here for the current application, complete with instructions.

What is MyCState?
MyCState is the College student web portal. It provides email, message boards, and other forms of communication that help students communicate with their professors, and vice versa. You can also monitor admission, registration for classes, payments, class schedules, and grades on MyCState. Every applicant/student receives a MyCState account after his or her application for admission has been processed.

How do MyCState and Blackboard relate?
MyCState and Blackboard overlap quite a bit. MyCState offers access to resources and services current Cincinnati State students need to access to complete a variety College business. MyCState also offers access to Blackboard, which focuses on details for current classes, online classes, and classroom activities.

What is a Cincinnati State user ID, and how do I find mine?
All Cincinnati State applicants and students have a user ID, generated by the College system after the application for admission has been processed. This ID, combined with your password, grants access to MyCState. There you can retrieve your User ID via the “What’s My User ID” form.

I only want to take a course or two. How do I apply?
To take just take a course or two, simply register for classes as a non-degree seeking student. You can see what courses are available in Programs and Courses. Visit Taking a Course or Two? for more details. In addition, Cincinnati State’s Accelerated Courses program allows students to take many general requirement classes in less than one month and transfer credit to another college or university. You will find more information on this site at Accelerated Courses.

I live in Northern Kentucky, and my cousin lives in Indiana. Do we have to pay out-of-state tuition rates at Cincinnati State?
Cincinnati State does not charge out-of-state tuition add-ons to residents of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky. To qualify for reciprocity, students must be admitted to Cincinnati State as a degree-seeking student and enroll in an eligible associate's degree program.

In addition, Cincinnati State does not charge out-of-state tuition to residents of Adams, Allen, Blackford, Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Jay, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Switzerland, Union, Wayne, and Wells Counties in Indiana who are admitted and enroll in Cincinnati State associate’s degree or certificate programs. All Cincinnati State Nursing programs are excluded from this reciprocity agreement.

Click here for residency guidelines.

I would like to audit a class. Is this possible?
Yes. Students who are interested in taking a course solely for the value of the instruction may register to audit the course. No college credit may be earned or later claimed for an audited course. Regular tuition is charged for audited courses. Requirements for attendance, completion of assignments, and examinations are the prerogatives of the instructor of the course. A student may not request a transfer from “credit” to “audit” or vice versa after the Last Day to Drop a Course for the term. Contact the Office of the Registrar at (513) 569-1522 for more information.

I applied to Cincinnati State but never attended. Will the College return my high school and college transcripts to me?
All documents submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and cannot be returned or forwarded.

Can I go to college part-time or in the evening?
Most general education courses can be taken part time, full-time, or in the evening. Some technical courses may only be offered during the day, and others in the evening. The program chair of your major can advise you about which courses are available at a time that is convenient for you.

Why do I have to submit my high school transcript if I have already attended a college?
Your college does not send us a copy of your high school transcript. Therefore, if you have attended college but not graduated, you must submit high school and applicable college transcripts.

If I am a college graduate, do I have to send my high school transcript?
If you have graduated from a college or university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA), you do not have to submit your high school transcript.

I sent my high school transcript when I was a high school senior and received my letter of admission. Do I have to resubmit a transcript?
If your transcript was sent prior to your high school graduation, it was not sent with final grades and a graduation date. In order for you to be admitted to Cincinnati State, we must receive the official version of the transcript with your graduation date, mailed directly from your high school.

Do I have to retake the COMPASS Test?
COMPASS test scores are valid for five years. If you have passed college-level math or English with a grade of “C” or higher, you may qualify for a COMPASS test waiver.

I want to take a class or two but do not want a degree, do I have to submit my transcript and take the COMPASS test?
To find out more information about taking classes not in pursuit of a degree at Cincinnati State, visit Taking a Course or Two?

I have more questions about admissions. Where can I find answers?
You can email the Office of Admission. An admission representative will respond, via e-mail, to your questions as quickly as possible (within normal business hours. Monday through Friday). You can also call the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700.

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Transfer

I am transferring from another college. How do I apply?
For information about transferring, see Transfer Students. If you wish to transfer credits from your present college, have your college transcript mailed in addition to your high school transcript. If you already have taken math and English at the college level you can request to waive the COMPASS placement test, which is required of all incoming students.

I am a student at another college/university and would like to take a few classes at Cincinnati State. How can I register?
To take just take a course or two, simply register for classes as a non-degree seeking student. You can see what courses are available in Programs and Courses. Visit Taking a Course or Two? for more details. In addition, Cincinnati State’s Accelerated Courses program allows students to take many general requirement classes in less than one month and transfer credit to another college or university. You will find more information at Accelerated Courses.

Do Cincinnati State credits transfer to/from other colleges?
Cincinnati State credits (with a minimum grade of C) will transfer to/from another college as long as they are to/from a regionally accredited college or university, and are applicable to your degree major. For more information, see Transfer Programs.

How do I know if the classes I'm taking at Cincinnati State will transfer to the program at the college/university I plan to attend for my bachelor's degree?
The online Course Applicability System (CAS) resource helps students see how courses transfer and apply between two or more colleges or universities. It is also advisable to speak with your academic advisor for clarity. All students who plan to transfer credits out of Cincinnati State are encouraged to keep in contact with the school to which they plan to transfer ensure the courses they are taking will transfer and apply to the desired four-year degree.

I have more questions about transfer of credits and/or transfer programs. Where can I find answers?
You can email the Office of Admission. An admission representative will respond, via email, to your questions as quickly as possible (within normal business hours, Monday through Friday). You can also call the Office of Admission at (513) 861-7700.

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Location & Hours

Office of Admission
Main Building
Room 181
(513) 861-7700 phone
Email

Hours
8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F


In addition, the Answer Center provides Office of Admission services from 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Location & Hours

Office of Financial Aid
Main Building
Room 155
(513) 569-1530 phone
(513) 569-1469 fax
Email

Hours
8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F

Apply Early

You should begin the admission process six to eight weeks in advance of the term you plan to attend Cincinnati State. This allows time to facilitate transcript requests, process financial aid, and advise you on your academic pursuits. Note that admission to the College is based on the policy “first-come, first-qualified, first-served.” Applicants are notified of acceptance by mail and via Cincinnati State email.

 
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