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Is your high school student ready for the difference between high school and college course work?

College Credit Plus has increased the number of educational opportunities available to students as young as 12 years old. As you talk with your child regarding the chance to start taking college classes for free while still in middle or high school, please also spend some time discussing the dedication and commitment that it takes to be successful in higher education. There is a big difference between high school and college expectations – pace, rigor, and necessary hours of study outside of class being just a few. Also, course content is not edited in any way for underage participants, so controversial and adult topics can be expected. Our campus, located in the heart of downtown Columbus, is filled with a diverse community of learners. Students and parents should expect coursework and discussion that engages and challenges students on topics that likely would not be broached in traditional secondary schools.

If you and your child decide that he or she is ready, after considering everything from academic history and motivation to maturity and extracurricular activities, then your child can move through the steps outlined in the "Prospective Students" section of our website.

Are you ready for the difference in your role as a parent of a college student?

As the parent of a college student, even one who is a minor, your role will be different than it has been as parent of a middle or high school student. Per the U.S. Department of Education, "if a student is attending a postsecondary institution – at any age – the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student. However, in a situation where a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school." (, 11/2015)

This means that your student accepts the rights and responsibilities of being a college student. As a parent, you can support your student by guiding them through college processes. But you cannot take on their responsibilities for them. Parents do not reach out to college faculty; however, if they believe their child is experiencing any type of academic distress, they should certainly encourage the student to reach out to the instructor or to consult with a college advisor.

What is the experience that the college provides for college students?

Columbus State has a strong commitment to student success. We provide quality academic experiences delivered by highly-credentialed faculty and supported by top-notch student services. Our faculty and staff are here to work with students who are seeking a first-class college experience. As a parent of an underage, dual credit student, you may have a heartfelt desire to continue to advocate on behalf of your child. We respectfully share with you before you begin this journey that our work is with students, in collaboration with your child's guidance counseling office.

How can you stay informed about campus emergencies?

Finally, if you as well as your student would like access to our alert system, Rave Mobile Safety, where we post only campus emergency and snow day information, please sign up for text and email messages at . Columbus State is committed to ensuring that each member of our community feels safe as they pursue their goals at the College.

We thank you for the thoughtful exploration and conversations that you have held with your student in preparation for this exciting experience. Columbus State is a proud partner with districts across Central Ohio. We look forward to serving your student during and after their high school years.