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I Chose Columbus State

Hear from our graduates about why Columbus State is the smart choice.

Every day, students just like you choose Columbus State to help them achieve their goals. Some value our affordable tuition. Others are attracted by our career-relevant curriculum and employer connections. Some need the flexibility to juggle work and school, and everyone benefits from our supportive, student-first culture.

Although they come from many different backgrounds, there’s one thing our students have in common: They chose Columbus State to help them achieve the career — and the life — they want. Employers seek out our graduates to fill high-demand, well-paid jobs in fields such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, logistics, construction, and STEM. Look and you’ll find successful CState grads across Central Ohio caring for patients, fueling Columbus’ booming tech industry, solving supply chain problems, and more.

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Affordable Quality

A high-quality education shouldn’t come with a high price tag. At Columbus State, students can access cutting-edge curriculum taught by experienced, dedicated faculty without taking on great debt. We offer the lowest tuition in the region by far, and our grants, scholarships and paid work opportunities bring the overall cost of college down even further. But what our graduates remember is that their Columbus State education equipped them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their chosen field.

Jonathan | Systems Engineering

Jonathan Kalala is the first in his family to go to college. Our low tuition and ample scholarships made Columbus State an easy choice. Now he sees it was his best choice. The small class sizes and accessible support services helped him navigate a challenging course load. Now he’s headed to Ohio State for his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.

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Laura | Respiratory Care

Laura Greenawalt started out at a four-year university but transferred to Columbus State for the small class sizes and multigenerational, multicultural learning experience. With a two-year degree, Laura is now caring for those impacted by the pandemic as a respiratory therapist. Respiratory therapists are in very high demand, and these vital healthcare workers earn an average annual salary of $62,810.

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Career-Ready Degrees and Certificates

Jobs requiring a college degree are projected to grow rapidly over the next decade, especially in healthcare and information technology. In fact, eight out of the ten fastest growing occupations require an associate degree or above. Columbus State offers a wide range of two-year degrees and short-term certificates designed to prepare you for the career you want. Our practical, cutting-edge classes are developed with input from the region’s top employers, so you graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to launch a successful career.

Jovita | Supply Chain Management

Working in an entry level supply chain job, Jovita Purqueras found she enjoyed the field and wanted to advance. For her, Columbus State was a convenient and affordable way to level up. She earned her associate degree in supply chain management and advanced her career in this fast-growing field. (Jobs in supply chain management and logistics are projected to grow 30% through 2030.) Now, her new employer is paying for her to continue her education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

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Garrett | Software Developer

After finishing his service in the armed forces, Garrett Braxton chose Columbus State for its career-focused classes. Through a paid apprenticeship, Garrett applied what he was learning in real time, earned a competitive wage while still in college, and graduated with both an associate degree and a job as software engineer at State Auto. The Columbus Region is a hub for IT professionals, with IT jobs projected to grow 13% by 2030.

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College Built to Fit Your Life

At Columbus State, you get the flexibility and support you need to balance life, work, and school without sacrificing academic excellence or a sense of connection. Our average class size is 20 students, which means you get personal attention from faculty. Our students often combine in-person and online classes for additional flexibility. Since 2017, 80% of our graduates completed one or more online classes on their way to earning a degree. Likewise, our student support services — including tutoring, career services and mentorship, counseling, and help with technology access, food, and other essentials — can be accessed in-person, after normal business hours, and remotely via email, phone or online chat.

Andrea | Construction Management

Andrea McGee had worked as a certified electrician for two decades, but as she puts it, “when you’re in the trades, you have a clock on how long you can do your job.” In Columbus State’s Construction Management program, Andrea found a way to keep working her day job while gaining the skills and experience to run her own construction company.

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Beth | Nurse

After high school, Beth Grabill worked for her family’s construction company. When health challenges forced the company’s closure, Beth wasn’t sure what to do next. At Columbus State, she found instructors who helped her reacclimate to school and find a career she’s passionate about. Faculty understood the challenges she faced as a parent and helped her balance class assignments with her other responsibilities. Grabill went on to earn her nursing degree at Mt. Carmel, and she now cares for cancer patients as an oncology nurse.

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