Frequently Asked Questions
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How and when can I see my academic adviser?
I'm undecided about my major, where can I go for assistance?
Is tutoring available at Cincinnati State?
How many credit hours are considered full time?
Can a course taken at another institution be used to fulfill a general education requirement?
What is a degree audit?
Can I receive college credit for Advanced Placement scores?
What is the COMPASS Placement Test?
How do I receive/view my grades?
What happens to my grade point average (GPA) if I repeat a course?
How do new students register for classes?
What are the important dates and deadlines I need to know for registration?
How do I add/drop/withdrawal from a class?
When is the last day to withdraw from a class?
Students can usually make appointments to meet with academic advisors anytime before, during or after the semester. Appointments are usually 30 minutes in length. To schedule an appointment contact the division where your program is housed, or if you are required to take Academic Foundations (AF) or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses contact the Advising and Counseling Center (513) 569-1552.
If you are not sure what to declare as your major or you want to change your major, but not sure if your career choice is the right fit, you can schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Counselor. Career Counseling is free and can help you get on the right track. To schedule an appointment stop by the Counseling office, 168 Main, or call 513-569-1552.
Any student enrolled at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College may receive free tutoring assistance. Students can sign up for tutoring by logging into MyCState, and completing the online tutoring form. After completing the tutoring form, allow two working days to process your paperwork. Follow up by calling (513) 569-1614 to confirm your tutoring status, or stop by Room 261 Main Building. Tutoring can be provided for most courses when students request assistance. A student may work with a tutor for up to one hour each week per subject; and be tutored in up to two subjects per semester. Tutoring may begin the second week of the semester. All tutoring ends the 14 week of the semester. The Writing Center at Cincinnati State offers tutorial support, free of charge, to students whose coursework includes written assignments. To make an appointment, click here. Then, report to Room 235 Main Building at the time you've set.
12 credit hours are considered full time.
In general only coursework earned at a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a grade of “C” or better will be accepted as transfer credit. Courses completed in and after Fall 2005 at a regionally accredited Ohio institution in which a passing grade of “D” was earned are also transferable, however, may not be accepted by your divisional program. Please see your Academic Advisor for details.
Your degree audit is your roadmap to graduation!
Requirements for each degree and certificate program at Cincinnati State are published each year in the catalog. A student is expected to fulfill the requirements in effect for the catalog year in which they are admitted to the program. This set of requirements may be referred to as the student’s Academic Evaluation or Degree Audit curriculum. Students can review a copy of their Degree Audit curriculum using the MyServices section of the Cincinnati State website.
Cincinnati State awards credit for appropriate scores (generally 3 or higher) on the nationally-recognized Advanced Placement (AP) exams. To receive credit for AP, submit your scores to the Office of Admission. The appropriate credit due will be awarded and will appear on your record as AC credit. There is no charge for AC credit. The Cincinnati State catalog includes a comprehensive listing of current course and credit awards.
The COMPASS placement test is designed to help determine which classes you should take as you start your studies at Cincinnati State. It accurately places you into reading, writing, and math courses that are best suited for your abilities. The placement test is there to help ensure your success; it is not timed and it is not a pass/fail test.
COMPASS testing is conducted in the Testing Center Lab, room 176 of the Main Building. For your convenience, students are individually tested on a drop-in basis. No reservation is required, and there is no charge. Please be sure to bring photo ID. Allow approximately 1 1⁄2 hours for testing. Please contact the COMPASS lab at (513) 569-1569 if you have additional questions.
As a student is progressing through the term he/she may access their grades by logging onto MyCState, and then click on view grades. At the end of each term students can access their final grades by logging onto MyServices, academic profile, My Grade Report and view their grades.
If a course is repeated, only the highest grade is computed in the calculation of the GPA. If a student earns the same grade upon repeating a course, only one grade is computed in the calculation of the GPA.
All new students who are required to enroll in Academic Foundations (AF) or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses must attend a Surge Advising Session (SAS). During the Surge Advising Session students will register for classes. Please check the advising website by clicking on the Surge Advising Session registration tab, or check MyServices for a list of all available Surge Advising Sessions.
Students who are not required to enroll in Academic Foundations (AF) or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses should first meet with an Academic Advisor within the academic division, and then register for classes during their priority registration period. Students can either register for classes in person or via web registration (online). Please see the important dates chart or my services for registration beginning and ending registration period.
The College provides all students with important dates and deadlines all on one form. Please refer to the Important Date’s Chart which can be located in the Office of Registrar.
The Important Dates for each semester outlines when students may add, drop, or withdraw from a course after completing their initial registration. Add, drop, or withdrawal transactions are not official unless processed through the web registration system or a Registration Activity Request has been submitted to the Office of the Registrar. The appropriate form for registration activity can be found in the Office of Registrar or online.
The following regulations apply to all courses offered during the semester:
- Adding a course:
• Prior to the first course meeting of the semester, no approval is required to enter an open course, unless the course has an “instructor consent” requirement.
• Once a course has met, the approval of the instructor of the course must be obtained in order to register.
• The fifth class day of the term is the last day to enter a course.
- Dropping a course:
• Courses dropped from the time of registration through the fourteenth calendar day of the term do not need additional approval to be processed.
• The fourteenth calendar day of the term is the last day to drop a course. In an instance when the fourteenth day falls on a weekend or holiday, the last day to drop a course will be the preceding business day.
The withdrawal period for regularly scheduled courses begins each semester the day after the last day to drop a course and ends on the thirty-fifth instructional day. The withdrawal period for flexibly scheduled courses begins after the day designated as the last day to drop a course for that course section through the day designated as the last day to withdraw from that course section. No additional approval is required to withdraw from a course during this period. Course withdrawal can be processed via the MyCState area of the website.
Only in circumstances beyond the student’s control will a withdrawal be permitted after the thirty-fifth instructional day. All official withdrawals after the thirty-fifth instructional day must be approved by the instructor of the course and the division dean. In cases not approved, the student will receive the grade assigned by the instructor.
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