Cincinnati State is committed to your success. Once admitted to the College, we encourage you to complete these activities prior to the start of your first semester of classes. International students should also visit the International Student Affairs page for additional steps.

Activate Your MyCState Student Portal

You will receive a separate email from us indicating your CState username and student ID number. When you receive that, you can follow the instructions in the email and below to activate your account.

To activate your account, Follow these steps:

  • Go to MyCState (https://mycstate.cincinnatistate.edu).
  • Click the Forgot/reset password? link in the Login Here box. (red text).
  • Follow the prompts to setup your security information for Cincinnati State email, portal, and network access. Note: Use your full email address in the Email or Username box.
  • If you need assistance with your password or have login issues, please call the IT Help Desk at 513-569-1234 #1 between 7am and 7pm M-F.  

From MyCState, you have access to the online tools Self-Service, Surgemail, Starfish, and Blackboard. View the New Student Orientation for videos on how to utilize these online tools.

Schedule Your Advising and Course Registration Appointment

All students seeking a degree or certificate are required to meet with an Academic Advisor prior to enrolling/registering for classes.  We ask that you please complete your New Student Orientation prior to your advising appointment.

You may call or text your academic division at 513-301-1415 or schedule your appointment via Starfish. Visit the Academic Advising web page for more information, and watch for email and text communication about scheduling your advising appointment.


  • If you plan to start classes in Summer 2024 (May 13 or June 3), schedule your advising and course registration in April or May.
  • If you plan to start classes in Fall 2024 (August 26), schedule your advising and course registration starting in May 2024.

Complete Your Online New Student Orientation

Log into your MyCState account and click on the “New Student Orientation” tab (below the black ribbon on left) to get started. When you finish orientation, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

Visit the New Student Orientation webpage for more details.

Apply and Confirm Your Financials 

Visit the Financial Aid webpage for information and submit the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) online at studentaid.gov. Use Cincinnati State School code 010345 to have your information forwarded to CState. The FAFSA is available each fall for the following academic year.

  • Complete the 2023-24 FAFSA if you plan to begin classes in Fall 2023 (August), or Spring 2024 (January), or Summer 2024 (May)
  • The 2024-25 FAFSA will be available by January 2024 for the following academic year.

If you have questions about your financial aid status, contact Financial Aid via phone or text to 513-569-1530, fam@cincinnatistate.edu, or visit ATLC 105 on the Clifton campus.

Visit the Self Service webpage for additional information on how to understand your award and billing information within your personal account.

Questions about in-state tuition, tuition reciprocity, or residency guidelines

Contact the Office of the Registrar before registering for classes:
Phone: (513) 569-1522
Email: registraroffice@cincinnatistate.edu