Take Control of Your Career
Adult Student Admissions
Whether you want to start a new career, get ahead at your current job, or check “college degree” off your list of life goals, you belong at Columbus State.
We offer two-year degrees and short-term certificates designed to prepare you for the career you want. We work closely with regional employers to understand the skills they look for in job candidates, and translate that knowledge into our classes so you graduate ready to work. And if you’re already juggling work and family, don’t worry — Columbus State’s low tuition, manageable payment plans, and flexible classes make college possible even when life is busy. That's why 68% of our students are over the age of 20.
Tell us more about you:
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. With flexible classes including online options, and manageable payment plans, we make it possible for busy adults to earn a college degree.
I’ve attended college in the past (other than Columbus State)
More than 9,000 students a year transfer from other colleges to become Columbus State students. If you’re ready to benefit from our small classes, dedicated faculty and low tuition, we’re ready to welcome you as a Columbus State cougar!
I’ve attended Columbus State in the past
If you have already submitted an application for admission in the past, there is no need to ever re-apply! We will have your information on file already. You may need to update your Columbus State record to reflect any changes in your name, address, phone number, immigration status, or program of study.
I have served in the military
Columbus State is consistently ranked as a top college for veterans. Our Military and Veterans Services team is here to help you with the enrollment process and accessing your education benefits.
Why Columbus State?
We offer day and evening classes, as well as flexible online options.
Many of our degrees and certificates are designed to get you into the career you want in two years or less.
We are laser-focused on student success, with resources to support you inside the classroom and outside of it.
At less than $5,000 for a full year, we offer the lowest tuition in the region, plus financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Explore Degrees and Certificates
Columbus State offers a wide range of programs that allow you to join the workforce with your two-year associate degree, or transfer on to earn a bachelor’s degree. We have deep roots in STEM, business and manufacturing, health care, social sciences, skilled trades, arts and sciences and more. Explore our degree programs to find the option that’s right for you.
Columbus State also offers a variety of short-term certificate programs in fields where there are career paths with well-paying jobs. Our certificates provide intensive study (usually 1-2 semesters) in a specific discipline and give you the credentials to help position yourself for hire, promotion, retention, or even the next credential as new career opportunities emerge.