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About Us

The Columbus State Difference

Diverse

We’re one of the most racially and ethnically diverse schools in the region with 130 different countries represented in our student body.

Fast Facts

Affordable

We offer a quality education at an affordable price — 76 percent of our students take on zero student loan debt.

Affordability

Student Centered

Our faculty have just one priority: teaching. Columbus State students benefit from small class sizes and personal attention.

Faculty Who Care

Open to All

We’re committed to providing every student access to a good education. Columbus State is the only college in Central Ohio with an open admissions policy.

Open Enrollment

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Three priorities —Student Success, Workforce Development and Civic Engagement— make up our Strategic Plan, which drives the college to perform its mission, realize its vision, and live its values.

Strategic Plan

Success Initiatives

Student success is at the center of everything we do. With stakes ranging from household prosperity and neighborhood stablility to workforce enrichment and regional economic development, student success is our primary concern.

Student Success

 

Partnerships

The Central Ohio Compact is a regional strategy focused on developing a talented workforce that can meet evolving employer needs. Led by Columbus State and funded through a five-year, $2.5 million investment from JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills at Work Initiative, the Compact serves as a convener and collaborator among K-12 districts, higher education instutions, employers, state officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders. The Central Ohio Compact's goal: 65% of Central Ohioans will have a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.

As part of the Columbus State Community College Dual Credit Program, College Credit Plus classes provide high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still enrolled and actively engaged in high school. College Credit Plus classes are taught on site at participating high schools, during the regularly scheduled high school day, by qualified teachers who have college-level adjunct faculty status and the support of Columbus State. The Dual Credit program also offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses at a Columbus State campus or regional learning center during the day, evening or on weekends – or even online.

Columbus State was awarded $11.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) fund in 2015 to bolster college readiness and college credit achievement among low-income and minority students. Called the “Central Ohio Partnership for College and Career Readiness Expansion,” the five-year grant is focused on serving at least 10,000 students in seven partnering school districts: Columbus, Groveport-Madison, Hamilton Local, Licking Heights, Reynoldsburg, South-Western and Whitehall. The grant supports instructional coaches and career counselors at the high schools, professional development for high school and college educators and the development of academic and career planning services for students.

The Credits Count initiative provides STEM (Science, Technologoly, Engineering and Math) dual enrollment programs to improve college and career readiness among Columbus students. The program is currently in three high schools: Northland High School, which offers an engineering pathway; West High School, which offers pathways in both engineering and technology; and Whetsone High School, which offers a computer science pathway. Through the program, students earn college credits and have the potential to graduate from high school with up to 12 credit hours and a credential that prepares them for employment in their pathway discipline. In addition, they recieve college advising, invitations to participate in STEM-related activities and workshops, and opportunities for post-secondary scholarships to continue their STEM education.

In collaboration with the National Science Foundation, Honda North America, Rimrock Corporation, AutoTool and several additional industry partners, our Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMEC) program has produced an efficient high school to college to career pathway: the Modern Manufacturing Work-Study Program. Students complete two semesters of full-time coursework at Columbus State, then enter into the work-study portion of the program in their third semester. Each student is hired by a partner company and works three full days a week (with pay), attending class the other two, for up to 18 months. This allows them to become immersed in the Electro-Mechanical industry, participate in meaningful work, and graduate with the skills to seek immediate employment. 

 

Locations

Columbus State's Columbus Campus and Delaware Campus offer the total college experience with classes and complete support services. Our six Regional Learning Centers bring education close to your home or work. In addition to traditional class schedules, many classes are offered during the lunch hour, in the evening, or even on weekends, to accommodate our students' busy schedules.