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Transient / Guest Students

If you are a student at another college and want to take courses at Columbus State, with the intention of transferring them back to your own college, you are what we call a “transient student” or “guest student.” We welcome you to Columbus State and look forward to helping you on your educational journey!

Step 1: Apply to Columbus State

Your first step to taking classes as a transient/guest student is to apply for admission to Columbus State, using our online application.

IMPORTANT: Please choose the following options so we can process your application correctly:

General Area of Interest at CSCC: Transient/Guest

Program/Major: Transient/Guest

Degree/Certificate: Transient/Guest Student

Step 2: Choose your courses & meet with your advisor at your home college

You’ll want to determine which courses are right for your program of study at your home college, and work with your advisor to assure they will transfer in and apply toward your degree.

The online tool, can be used to find course equivalencies for many institutions. Select "Search for equivalent courses" to see how specific courses will transfer between Columbus State and your home institution.

Review Columbus State course descriptions, and choose the course(s) that work for your major and your schedule. Then, meet with the academic advisor at your school to discuss your plans and assure that the transfer will be seamless.

Step 3: Resolve financial aid questions

Contact the Financial Aid Office at your home institution for questions you may have about paying tuition at your home college while you attend Columbus State, or using Financial Aid funds received from your home college.

Step 4: Access your Columbus State email and CougarWeb

Once you're accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to access your CougarID and set up your student email account. You will also use your student email username and password to register for classes through our course registration system, CougarWeb.

Step 5: Register for classes

Now that you have chosen your courses and gotten them approved by your advisor at your home college, registering is a breeze.

If your transcripts have been officially evaluated and posted to your CSCC account:

You can register for classes via CougarWeb, provided you meet course prerequisites.

Click here for online registration instructions.

If your transcript has not yet been officially evaluated:

You may register using the Transient/Guest Registration Form. When this form is submitted, we will evaluate your transcript and determine if all prerequisites are met for your requested courses.

Make sure you:

  • Complete all boxes on the form
  • Include a copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Read and acknowledge all of the statements at the bottom of the form
  • Hit “submit” when your form is complete

Note: The Transient/Guest Registration form cannot be used once classes have started.

Not sure of the status of your transcript?

Your DARS Degree Audit will list all courses that have been approved for transfer. Click Here for more information on where to find your DARS Degree Audit and how to read it.

Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email in your Columbus State email.

Step 6: Pay Your Fees.

All fees must be paid by the published Columbus State fee payment deadline dates. Learn more about payment options and payment plans offered by Columbus State.

Want to Stay Longer?

If you decide to enroll for more than two consecutive semesters at Columbus State, please have your sealed, official transcript sent from your home institution to the Records & Registration Department. Be aware that transcripts can take up to six weeks to process.

Also, you will need to change your enrollment status. This can be done by calling 614-287-5353 or in person using a Change of Information Form at one of our campuses or Regional Learning Centers.

Consult with an Academic Advisor if you intend to pursue a Columbus State degree or certificate.

Still have questions?

Admissions Advisors are on live chat Monday through Friday, or by phone and e-mail. You can also contact an Academic Advisor (please remember that if you email academic advising, you must use your Columbus State email for advisors to access your student account).