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You’re busy. Have things to do. Got a life to live. And we respect that. So we’ve streamlined the path into Clark State. Made the process simple, quick and direct. In fact, the five steps below are it. If you want to print a copy to keep, here you go: New Student Checklist.

1. Complete an application for admission
When you’re ready to get started, apply online. Prefer in-person interaction? Stop by one of our campuses and meet with our Admissions staff. We’re always glad to see you and happy to help. Or send Admissions an e-mail.

If you are a student with a learning disability, medical condition, sensory impairment, psychological condition (including ADD/ADHD), or you had an IEP in high school, make an appointment with the Office of Accessibility in Springfield at 937.328.6019 or Beavercreek at 937.429.7155. You may be eligible for help with completion of your FAFSA and placement tests.

2. Apply for financial aid
Need help paying for college or want to apply for a scholarship? Just complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application online. Once that’s submitted, your award notification will be emailed to you and you can meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss grant and loan options. Clark State’s FAFSA school code is 004852.

If you have questions, contact the Springfield Campus Financial Aid Office at 937.328.6034, the Beavercreek Campus at 937.429.8912 or the Bellefontaine Campus at 937.328.6484.

3. Provide transcripts from previous colleges
If you’ve attended regionally accredited colleges other than Clark State, request that your transcripts be sent to us. If your previous college credits allow you to bypass the placement tests (college level English and math), an unofficial copy of your transcript may be used for the first semester only. To register for subsequent semesters and to have transfer credits evaluated, you must provide an official copy of your transcript. Transcript evaluation can take up to six (6) weeks. Once it is complete, you will receive an e-mail notification, and you can view your transferred credits via WebAdvisor.

Send all transcripts to: Clark State Admissions Office, P.O. Box 570, Springfield, OH 45501.  Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope in order to be considered official.

4. Take the Compass placement tests
Unless you have previous college credits in English and math or adequate ACT/SAT scores, take the placement tests at least 24 hours prior to attending orientation. To schedule your tests contact the testing center in Springfield at 937.328.6049, Beavercreek at 937.429.8921 or Bellefontaine at 937.328.6484. You can also check on the ACT/SAT scores needed to bypass the tests. Learn more about test information and sample questions online.  You must bring your acceptance letter and a valid photo ID when you come in to take the tests.

Remote Compass testing is available if you are an online student and you do not live near one of the Clark State campuses. Visit for site locations. Once you have found a location, contact the testing center in Springfield at 937.328.6049 for assistance.

5. Schedule and attend an orientation
New student orientation will get you up to speed on the challenges and opportunities of college life. Sessions are held before the beginning of each semester. Go. And get primed and ready for success from day one.

  • Meet with our advising staff who will help you decide your first semester schedule.
  • Obtain your schedule and invoice from the Records and Registration Office.
  • Pay for or arrange for payment of your classes.
  • Learn about the technology you will use as a Clark State student.

Register online for a New Student Orientation. If you don't have access to the Internet, you can call 937.328.6084 to reserve your seat. You must bring your acceptance letter and a valid photo ID when you come to orientation.

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