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Next Steps for Registered Students

If you've already been admitted into the college and attended a New Student Program, there are still a few more steps to set yourself up for success at Columbus State. ​

This page is for students who have:

  • Already been admitted to Columbus State. If you haven't yet, Apply for Admission
  • Already attended an Orientation, New Student Workshop, or received admissions advising. If you haven't, visit New Students & Orientation. You should also receive an email with instructions for orientation or advising.


1. Technology

Find your Columbus State username and password.

Set up your Student Email.

Log on to Blackboard. Blackboard is Columbus State's online course portal.

Download Microsoft Office products.

Pay Fees

2. Pay Fees

File your FAFSA. Visit, or see Columbus State's FAFSA Guide.​

Apply for scholarships.

Review Fee Payment Methods for instructions on paying by card, check, or cash.

Need more time to pay? Set up any payment plans​.

Military Veterans: Apply for Veterans Education Benefits.

International Students: Transfer money via Flywire​.

Does your employer sponsor your tuition? See Third-Party Payment.


3. Bookstore

Visit the Bookstore website.

Watch this video: How to Purchase Books Online​.

Find your books with the Bookstore textbook look up.

Parking and Transportation

4. Parking & Transportation

Get a parking pass. ​ 

Visit the Parking Website or Download a Parking Map​.

COTA info (Tip: You can get real-time COTA schedules through Google Maps)

Find your classes: See Columbus State Locations and the Columbus Campus Building Guide.


Apply for Admission

5. Class Formats

Columbus State offers in-person, web, and blended courses. Some courses require you to attend classes and labs in-person or online at specific times. Others offer you the flexibility to do the work when it's convenient for you as long as you complete it by a certain deadline. Some combine those options.

Please use our Course Listing Guide to understand the requirements of each course modality and learn how to recognize them on the course schedule.

Course Listing Guide

If you have questions about registering for a specific class, please reach out to Student Central.


Top 5 resources once you start class

  1. Get Involved: Find clubs and organizations on Cougar Connect.
  2. Learn about career options and post-college plans at Career Services.
  3. Get help in your classes with Tutoring.
  4. Plan your next classes with Academic Advising.
  5. For challenges outside the classroom, visit Student Advocacy and Financial Stability.