Cincinnati State is committed to your success. Once admitted to the College, we encourage you to complete these activities prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.

Attend Welcome Day – a new student event to help you get a successful start

Register for a Welcome Day!

During the event, you will have an opportunity to complete many of the steps on this page, including:

  • Assistance with MyCState and MyServices
  • Confirm technology needs
  • Pick up your Surge Card (student ID)
  • Tour campus
  • Purchase text books
  • Scheduling advising appointment (we encourage new students to not wait for this step)

Please note: Welcome Day is not to replace completing the online New Student Orientation, and academic advising is not offered during the event.

Activate Your MyCState Student Portal

First, learn your username and student ID number.  They are listed at the top of your letter of admission (sent to your home address and email). Your username is also the first part of your CState email (i.e. username@cincinnatistate.edu).

To activate your account, go to cincinnatistate.edu and click on “Current Students.” Click “MyCState”, and then click “Need Help? Look up your username or reset your password” (red text) and follow the prompts to look up your username and set your password.  View this video for assistance.

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

Complete Your Online New Student Orientation

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

Apply for Financial Assistance (if needed)

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 October for the following academic year.

  • Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA if you plan to enroll summer 2022 (May)
  • Complete the 2022-23 FAFSA if you plan to begin classes fall 2022 (August), spring 2023 (January), or summer 2023 (May)

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

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 a classes.  You may call your division, text 513-569-1600 or schedule your appointment via Starfish.  Visit the Academic Advising webpage, and watch for email and text communication about scheduling your advising appointment.

  • If you plan to start classes in summer 2022 (May 9), schedule your advising and course registration now.
  • If you plan to start classes in fall 2022 (August 29), schedule your advising and course registration now.
  • If you plan to start classes in spring 2023 (January 17), schedule your advising and course registration in late October 2022.

Register for Classes

After you meet with your academic advisor, register for classes online within your MyServices account. If you need assistance, view this tutorial, contact your Academic Advisor or reach out to the Office of the Registrar at 513-569-1522, registraroffice@cincinnatistate.edu, or visit ATLC 105.

Review your Registration Statement to verify your class schedule, tuition, financial aid, and payment information within your MyServices account. View MyServices and Registration tutorials online.

View the academic calendar for important dates regarding start and end of semesters, dates for College holidays and breaks, and class drop/withdraw dates.