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

  • Please call (513) 861-7700, send an e-mail to , or visit us in person in the Main Building, Room 181, at 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45223.
  • Cincinnati State Clifton Campus Information Sessions are held at the Clifton Campus at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.*
  • For more information regarding the Clifton Campus, please visit

Middletown Campus

  • Please call (513) 217-3700, send an e-mail to, or visit in person at 1 North Main Street, Middletown, Ohio, 45042.
  • Middletown College Information Sessions are held at the Middletown Campus at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.*
  • For more information regarding the Middletown Campus, please visit .

Harrison Campus

  • Please call (513) 861-7700, or send an email to .
  • Harrison College Information Sessions are held at the Harrison Campus at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month* at 10030 West Rd., Harrison, Ohio, 45030
  • For more information regarding the Harrison Campus, please visit .

Register for an Information Session by going to and selecting Admissions from the top bar. 

  • Click on “Visit a campus”
  • Then click on the event calendar
  • Then click on the campus of your choice and register for the session

You may also access this event calendar by going to on the College website.

*Note: Information Sessions are not offered on school holidays or when the campus is closed. For more information, view the Academic Calendar elsewhere in this catalog.

Admission Process

Prospective students must complete an online Application for Admission and provide a transcript (an official record) of their educational progress to date. Prospective students must complete the college placement/assessment test. Academic advisors use the placement test results to ensure students begin their academic career at Cincinnati State at an appropriate level.

Prospective students should begin the admission process at least eight (8) weeks in advance of the semester in which they plan to begin classes. This timeline helps facilitate the timely completion of all admission steps, including providing transcripts from other schools, placement testing, financial aid processing, and academic advising. Some programs reach their capacity early, and may result in placement on a waitlist. Some Health and Public Safety programs have selective admission policies.

Applications for admission and supporting documents are 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 for which all admission process steps have been completed.

Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester 2016

Priority Admission Deadline: July 18, 2016
Fall Semester Begins: Monday, August 29, 2016

Spring Semester 2017

Priority Admission Deadline: November 14, 2016
Spring Semester Begins: Monday, January 9, 2017

Summer Semester 2017

Priority Admission Deadline: March 27, 2017
Spring Semester Begins: Monday, May 8

A priority date 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 date, but there is no guarantee in such cases that the process will be completed in time to allow a student to begin classes immediately.

Students who register for classes before the admission process is completed may not receive Financial Aid, and may not gain the financial benefits of Kentucky or Indiana reciprocity agreements. 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 college placement/assessment test scores, or equivalent ACT or SAT scores, and review of high school (or GED) and college transcripts.

Some admitted students may be advised to enroll in prerequisite or Academic Foundations courses. These courses are designed to help students develop or strengthen important academic skills and enhance the student’s academic success. Students must complete all prerequisite or Academic Foundation courses in three semesters or one calendar year.

Admission Process Notes