Admission Information

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Cincinnati State is an open-access, public institution dedicated to the goal of providing each student the maximum opportunity to develop and learn. Individuals who are high school graduates or have a high school equivalence (GED) are eligible for admission to Cincinnati State.

The best way to begin the process is by contacting the Office of Admission:

Clifton Campus

Middletown Campus


Harrison Campus


Additional Information

Prospective students will be asked to complete an online application for admission and provide a transcript (an official record) of their educational progress to date. They will also be required to complete a placement test to help advisors assure they begin their academic career at Cincinnati State at an appropriate level.

Students are advised to begin the admission process at least eight (8) weeks in advance of the semester in which they plan to attend in order to facilitate the timely transfer of transcripts from other schools, placement testing, financial aid processing, and academic advising. The application process should be completed in accordance with the admission deadlines below to ensure the application is processed in a timely manner. Some programs reach their capacity early, requiring possible placement on a waitlist. Some Health and Public Safety programs have selective admission policies.

Applications for admission and supporting documents will be processed as received. Cincinnati State supports an open admission policy based on a three-semester rolling admission process. Applicants will be admitted into the semester in which the process has been completed.

Admission Deadlines

Spring Semester 2016
Priority Deadline: Oct. 9, 2015
Spring Semester Begins: Jan. 11, 2016

Summer Semester 2016
Priority Deadline: Mar. 14, 2016
Summer Semester Begins: May 9, 2016

Fall Semester 2015
Priority Deadline: July 15, 2015
Fall Semester Begins: Date to be announced

A priority deadline means the last date for beginning the admission process with an assurance of completing the process in time for the coming semester. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted after the Priority Deadline dates, but there is no guarantee is such cases that the process will be completed in time to allow a student to begin classes immediately.

Cincinnati State does allow students to register for classes before the admission process is completed. However, students who do so may not receive Financial Aid, nor gain the financial benefits of Kentucky or Indiana reciprocity agreements, until the admission process is completed. Therefore, all resulting tuition and fee payments are the responsibility of the student.

Upon completion of the admission process, students are admitted to a degree or certificate program. All placements are based on a review of placement test scores (COMPASS® or ACT®) and high school (or GED) and college transcripts.

Some admitted students may be recommended to participate in prerequisite or Academic Foundations courses. These courses are designed to help students develop or strengthen important academic skills. Such courses are arranged in consultation with an academic advisor, in an effort to enhance the student’s academic success based on a student’s goal, a review of placement test scores, high school and/or college transcripts, and an academic advising session. Students must complete all prerequisite or academic foundation courses in three semesters or one calendar year.


  • An Application for Admission is valid for one year.
  • Required documents for admitted students are maintained for five years after the initial admission date.
  • All documents submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and will not be returned, forwarded, or copied. Please request this information from the issuing institution.
  • Non-degree seeking students and applicants are not eligible to receive financial aid and do not qualify for Kentucky/Indiana tuition reciprocity.

*Information Sessions are not offered on school holidays or when the campus is closed. Please see our academic calendar for more information.

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