Skip to main content
Go! Register for Autumn today!

Start Here, Then Transfer to a Four-Year College

Start Here, Then Transfer to a Four-Year College

Your First Step

If you're thinking of transferring, talk to

Arts and Sciences (AA & AS) Advisors

If you are currently working on an AAS degree, please contact your divisional advisors for assistance.

Columbus State is the ideal place to start your four-year degree. An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree fulfills the first two years of a bachelor degree at most colleges. Then you can transfer to your four-year school to complete the degree – saving tuition money!

Columbus State has specific transfer agreements with many college that provide guaranteed admission and credit transfer toward your chosen major once you complete your associate degree: AA, AS, and some AAS

happy graduateWhy should I get my Associate degree if I'm just going to transfer?

Getting an associate degree gives you a great foundation and some added benefits:

  • Big savings: The difference between one year and two years at Columbus State translates to as much as $25,000 that you don't need to find, save, or borrow.
  • Students completing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College will be considered to have met all transferable lower division general education requirements for all state-supported institutions in Ohio.
  • With an associate degree, you're guaranteed to enter your four-year school as a junior. That ensures you get the maximum credit for the classes you've already completed toward your general education requirements.

And we know completing the associate degree is a great first step – students who transferred after completing an associate of arts or associate of science degree were 77% more likely to complete a bachelor degree in 4 years (compared with students who didn't finish their associate degree).

Associate of Arts / Associate of Science degree 

Associate of Arts / Associate of Science degrees are general education degrees that fulfill the first two years of a bachelor's degree at most four-year colleges and universities.

Associate of Arts / Associate of Science degree requirements


Preferred Pathways® allow students to 'pre-major' for a bachelor degree from one of Columbus State's nine preferred pathway partners.  These plans of study allow a focused, clear path to a bachelor degree at the transfer institution.

Explore Pathway Agreements

To explore all of the pathway agreements Columbus State offers, check out the  Transfer Database

Transfer Resources

All Schools: Browse Transfer Opportunities and Resources on the Transfer Wiki

Create your Personalized Transfer Plan: Use Transferology to find course equivalencies and request transfer guides for many institutions.