Cincinnati State welcomes F1 and M1 visa holders and encourages international students to apply three to four months before intending to begin classes.  If you have a pending immigrant petition or a visa petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) but have not yet been adjudicated, you should follow these steps as an international student.

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1 – Apply

Complete the online Standard  Application. There is no required fee at the time you submit the application. A $15 non-refundable admission fee will be charged to your first semester’s tuition statement.

Please note that Admission to the College does not admit you to all health care programs.  Many of our programs in the Health and Public Safety division have special admission requirements.

All international students MUST be enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.

2 – Submit Transcripts

Education outside the USA – Submit an English translation of your high school transcript AND a copy of diploma/certification. Upload foreign transcripts/diploma here.

If transferring college/university coursework from outside the USA, transcript(s) must be translated and evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). See recommended agencies below.

Original foreign transcripts will be photocopied and returned to students; however, any translated and evaluated documents must be sent from the credential evaluation service provider.

English Translation Services:
English Translation and Evaluation Services:

Education within the USA – Request that your high school and any college/university attended send an official transcript to  Cincinnati State, Office of Admissions.   If you have an associates degree or higher, your high school transcript will be waived. If you have a GED, you may use this link to request your scores to be sent.

3 – Demonstrate English Proficiency

To demonstrate English proficiency, international students must meet one of the following:

  • Submit official transcripts verifying successful completion of any college level English course with a grade of C or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. This does not include ESL coursework.
  • Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores that are less than two years old, with a minimum score of 500 (Paper), 173 (Computer) or 61 (Internet-based). The Educational Testing Service school code for Cincinnati State is 1984.
  • Submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores that are less than two years old, with a minimum overall score of 5.0.
  • Submit ACCUPLACER scores that are less than two years old, with minimum score of 4 on WritePlacer or 5 on WritePlacer ESL.
  • Provide U.S. High School diploma showing a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Provide proof of completion of secondary school in an English-speaking country (see list of qualifying countries).

Exemption from the Cincinnati State English Composition requirement is determined by the Office of Admissions, the International Student Affairs Office, and the Academic Divisions.

4 – International Student Enrollment Packet

New and transfer F-1 and M-1 visa holders, and students who want to change their visa status to F-1, must complete and submit the International Student Enrollment Packet to the Office of International Student Affairs to receive their I-20.  Students must provide proof of adequate financial support and submit a tuition deposit in advance, which is credited to the student’s account and used only for payment of tuition and fees.  An I-20 Form is issued to the student only after the Enrollment packet and all required documents are received and processedDownload the  International Student Enrollment Packet (ISEP) 

Spring 2022 Deadlines
New students: ISEP and all documents are due by Friday, October 29, 2021.
Students transferring from another US institution: ISEP and all documents are due by Friday, December 3, 2021.

5 – Next Steps

Please allow  14  business days for Admissions to process all documents and send you a letter of Admission to the College.  Once admitted, you will receive next steps and instructions to:

Please note that Admission to the College does not admit you to all health care programs.  Many of our programs in the Health and Public Safety division have special admission requirements. Please discuss with your Pathway Advisor.

6 – Contact the International Student Affairs Office

Once admitted, all international students must contact the International office at  (513) 569-4769 or email

Walk-In Hours:
Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 12:00p.m. ; while classes are in session

Welcome and we are ready to assist you!