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General Admissions

Getting started with us is easy.
Going to college is a big step. Clark State team members and faculty know this and are always here to help…whether you are just starting college, coming back to school after working and/or raising a family, or still in high school.

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1) Complete an Application for Admission
When you’re ready to get started, simply apply online to Clark State. Prefer in-person interaction? Stop by one of our campus locations and meet with our Admissions staff. We’re always glad to see you and happy to help. Acceptance letters are mailed throughout the year. If you are applying for the next academic semester, you will receive an e-mail acceptance within three business days and a hard copy will be mailed to you.

  • 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. 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 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. Easily keep track of your progress with our Financial Aid Checklist. Clark State’s FAFSA school code is 004852.

3) Send Your Transcript or Take the Placement Tests 
If you’ve attended regionally accredited colleges other than Clark State, request that your transcript(s) 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. 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.

  • 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 Student Planning on the MyClarkState student portal

You must take placement tests, unless you have previous college credits in English and math or adequate ACT/SAT scores. You must bring your acceptance letter and a valid photo ID when you come in to take the tests. Remote testing is available if you are an online student and you do not live near one of the Clark State campuses. Visit for test information and sample questions. 

  • If you have a documented disability (either a physical or learning disability) and need special accommodations for taking the placement test, make prior arrangements with the Office of Accessibility.

4) Orientation 
New student orientation gets you up to speed on college life. From meeting with your success coach to getting familiar with our campus, New Student Orientation is a must! Complete New Student Orientation or call to reserve your seat. You must bring your acceptance letter and a valid photo ID when you come to orientation on campus. Online orientation is also available.

5) Register for Classes
You can create your academic plan and determine your classes with help from your academic advisor.

If you want to print a copy of our enrollment steps to keep, download our New Student Checklist.

Questions? We're here to help!

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