We support students as they develop their personalized career, academic, and financial
Career, academic, and financial plans are an important part of the new student experience
and have a significant impact on every student’s academic journey. To ensure that
all students have equal access and guidance in these areas, we have several key approaches.
Columbus State advisors work with incoming students as they select from among eight Career and Academic Pathways. Every Pathway includes related majors, each with a detailed map leading to a certificate or degree. These maps help students more easily review and
select a program of study, and identify the right courses in the right sequence. Clear
milestones or “checkpoints” also help keep students on track, leading to more efficient
use of student financial aid.
Classes like the First Year Experience (COLS 1100) course help students navigate college inside and outside of the classroom.
First-semester COLS promotes the skills and resources necessary for students to succeed
in their personal, academic, and career-related pursuits. Students who are not used
to reading college textbooks can brush up with a Critical Reading class. Students
whose entrance test scores place them just below college level can take co-requisite math and English classes to support their jump into college in the first semester. This helps students save
time and money so that they don’t lose their early momentum, as this video explains.
English Co-Requisite Course
Students who test into low-level math can also remediate and retest in a supportive
environment — a story this MATH 1099 student was happy to share.
Math 1099 PPL
Columbus State faculty, staff, and students approach student success through proven
practices designed to reinforce behaviors and habits that build relationships, engage
participants, inspire achievement, and support collaboration. Learn how we are promoting
a culture of care both within and outside the classroom with our First4Weeks strategies.
In the spring of 2016, Columbus State launched Student Central, a major enhancement of student support services. Student Central eliminates the
need for students to travel to multiple offices across campus by bringing a number
of services under one roof, including financial aid, records and registration, student
IDs, and more. Student Central resolves more than 4,000 student inquiries and other
needs each month.