I’m starting college for the first time
We understand the unique needs of students who are attending college while working, taking care of families, and fulfilling other responsibilities. Life is busy! With flexible classes including online options, along with manageable payment plans, we make it possible for busy adults to earn a college degree. In fact, 68% of our students are over the age of 20.
Recent high school graduates (within the past two years)
If you graduated from high school within the past two years, you are considered a “traditional student.” Click below to learn more about attending Columbus State after high school.
Returning to school after “a few years” out
It’s a life-changing decision to return to school to earn a degree once you’ve been out on your own in the workforce. Congratulations on taking your first step! The great news is, you’re not alone. The majority of students at Columbus State are attending college as adults.
If you need assistance getting started, Contact Admissions. Our Admissions Specialists are experts in connecting you to the information and resources to need to prepare for going back to school. They can answer any questions you have - and ease your mind. You’re taking a great step toward your future, and we’re right here beside you!
Events for Adult Students who want more info before deciding
Discover Columbus State your way with options that include an Admissions Information Presentation, a Campus Tour, and/or an Admissions Application Assistance Workshop.
If you already have the information you need for enrollment and want to explore the campus with a guide, sign up for a tour of campus! Campus Tours are available of both the Columbus Campus and Delaware Campus.
Get Started Guide
Apply for Admission online at cscc.edu/apply. It’s free to apply – and no essay is required.
Be sure to also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.gov (Columbus State school code: 006867).
For students who do not have college credit in Reading, Writing and Math, placement testing is required. Find out more about placement testing.
If you earned AP credit in high school or completed classes through another college or university (other than Columbus State), request an official transcript from the college(s) where you have earned credit. Most colleges have an online transcript request process that you can find easily by visiting their site and searching for "transcripts."
IMPORTANT: We must receive your official transcript directly from the college. Students are not permitted to submit transcripts.
Once you have completed Step 2, register to attend a New Student Workshop where students receive assistance with selecting and registering their first term classes.
The EXACTTrack program is an evening and online business program from Columbus State and Franklin University, offered exclusively at the Columbus State Delaware Campus. The program features pre-planned courses, seamless credit transfer, and free textbooks - so you can get in, get the degree, and get the job!
The Adult 22+ High School Diploma Program at Columbus State is a new opportunity for anyone 22 years old or older to earn a high school diploma at no cost. You’ll learn at your own pace, supported by a team that cares about your success.