Whether you’re in high school, college, or looking for a new career, Columbus State is the smart choice for whatever’s next. We offer quality education that’s affordable, supportive, and close to home. With an associate degree, you can transfer seamlessly to a four-year college or university. We also offer programs and short-term certificates designed to get you into the workforce quickly. Our low tuition and abundance of scholarships and financial aid will help you avoid college debt.
Columbus State also offers unwavering student support, including advising, financial aid, computer and WiFi access, help with remote learning technology, tutoring and much more. Browse this website to learn everything you need to know about the admissions process and how we’re helping students keep learning through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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You can apply to Columbus State and complete all the enrollment steps from the safety and comfort of your own home. The process begins with a simple online application – no essay or fees required.
If you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office by emailing Admissions@cscc.edu or via the live chat tool on the Contact Admissions page. You can also schedule a virtual one-on-one appointment with an Admissions Specialist to check your admission status and get help with next steps.
If you’ve taken classes at Columbus State in the past, there’s no need to re-apply! We will have your information on file already. You may need to update some information and submit new transcripts – your next steps are listed here. We’re excited to have you back at Columbus State, be sure to browse the resources below.
Did you know that 76% of Columbus State students take on no student loan debt? In addition to our low tuition (the lowest in the region by far), Columbus State offers financial aid and a wide range of scholarships.
Learn about filling out your FAFSA and get an overview of financial aid steps. Columbus State also offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. A single scholarship application will match you with the scholarships for which you are eligible.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the financial department by calling (614) 287-5353 or using the live chat on the contact page. Watch for upcoming admission virtual events, like Enrollment A to Z, where we’ll walk you through the application, FAFSA and financial aid process to help you get started.
Procedures for paying your bill have been altered slightly to ensure safety. Visit cscc.edu/cashiers to review the options to pay your bill or sign up for payment plans.
Facing financial issues due to COVID-19? Visit cscc.edu/cares for information on how we can connect you to resources and services to help.
Columbus State has temporarily suspended in-person placement testing because of the health risks during COVID-19. Instead, the College is using alternative methods to place students in the best-fit courses for their academic success.
Prior to registering for classes, new students should submit their transcripts and ACT/SAT test scores to the College. If you’ve been out of high school for more than 10 years and don’t have documentation, the College has other options for placement. Read more on your specific situation below:
Submit the following documentation prior to registration:
• SAT and/or ACT scores, if available
• High school transcript
• Transcripts from any college you attended
• Scores from placement tests you've recently taken
• GED transcript
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If the documentation options above are not available to you, register for College Writing (ENGL 0199)/College Composition Workshop (ENGL 1101), where you’ll learn in a small-group environment that will set you up for success through the rest of your college journey. To determine math placement, you will need to take the online math placement test, ALEKS, which you’ll access through CougarWeb once you’ve been given your Columbus State username and password.
If you have less than eight years of K-12 education in the United States (for College Credit Plus, less than six years), you’ll need to complete the ESL Placement Test. We’ll ask you to produce a writing sample during a one-hour online session over WebEx using a webcam. You’ll need a paper and pencil or pen, internet access, and a computer webcam or mobile device with a video camera. To schedule your ESL Placement test, contact Annie Peterson at email@example.com or (614) 287-5400. She can also provide you with more information, including tips on how to prepare and what to expect.
In response to the state's updated College Credit Plus (CCP) program eligibility rules
due to COVID-19, we have implemented a simple, alternative process to move students
forward in the CCP enrollment process.
High School GPA: If you have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible to participate in CCP. After you complete the CCP application, we will contact your high school counselor and ask them to provide your high school GPA to Columbus State.
ACT/SAT scores: Or, if you have taken the ACT and/or SAT within the last two years, you scores may be used to determine your eligibility for College Credit Plus. Please have your official scores sent to Columbus State. ACT scores must be sent directly from the American College Testing database. Visit act.org, click on "Register, view scores and more," and follow the prompts to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (College Code: 3261). SAT Scores must be sent directly from the College Board. Visit sat.org and click on "Send scores to colleges" and follow the prompts to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (College Code: 1148).
Once we receive your scores, we’ll determine if they meet the eligibility score thresholds set by the state of Ohio, and then determine course placement. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, we’ll email with you with your next steps.
If you have questions about CCP placement testing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incoming students should attend our New Student Programs to learn all they need to know about registering for classes and how to hit the ground running the spring term. These programs introduce students to Columbus State academics, support resources, student life, and more. At the end of the program, students will sign up for a Course Scheduling Workshop for help with class registration.
Students should take the New Student Workshop for help with choosing and signing up for classes. If you need to speak with an advisor, schedule a virtual appointment with the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, while providing exceptional education and support, we’re delivering courses in multiple ways this spring. Courses will be offered in four ways: Live Online, Fully Online, Partial In-Person, and Full In-Person.
Live Online (synchronous) courses will include a component of real-time time online instruction on the days and times courses would normally meet in person.
Fully online (asynchronous) courses don’t meet at a scheduled time. Instead, you will complete your learning assignments under the guidance of your professor at a time that fits with your schedule.
Partial In-Person courses use a blended model combining either the Live Online or and Fully Online course formats with an In-Person component. These classes meet in a traditional classroom or lab on days or times necessary, and do the rest of their classwork online.
Full In-Person classes will meet completely in-person on campus or at a regional learning center. All safety guidelines will be followed and we will keep you informed if this type of course needs to be changed to a different format.
Please note that unless a course includes the designation “Partial In-Person” or “Full In-Person,” it will not meet physically, even if a location is listed in the course schedule. Find in-depth descriptions of each option and guidance on recognizing course designations during the registration process on the Online Learning page and in the video below:
There's never been a better time to learn online! Columbus State is committed to delivering an engaging, personal online learning experience and we've recently enhanced our services and resources to make them easier to access wherever you are. Learn what to expect in online classes and connect resources to help you succeed, including help with access to technology and tech support.
If you need testing accommodation, alternate media, sign language interpreting, or other services based on your needs, our Disability Services department is available to assist students via phone and email. Learn how to register and submit documentation on the Disability Services homepage.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we identified the health and safety of the College community as our primary concern. For Spring Semester 2021, more than 90% of our classes will be held remotely, and student services will be delivered virtually. A limited number of in-person classes will be held for accreditation and hands-on learning purposes. If you are registered for a full or partial in-person class, please review the College’s important safety protocols in the COVID-19 Student Guide before coming to campus. Students who are learning remotely can also find resources within this guide to manage COVID-19 exposure with support from the College.
In addition to following College protocols when you’re on campus, please be mindful of the latest guidance from local and national public health authorities. You can find a list of important COVID-19 resources and links here. And remember, we’re here for you as you navigate barriers and embark on new learning experiences.
In the current virtual environment, it’s easy to feel isolated. So it’s more important than ever to connect to other students and to the college. Learn how you can make those connections and get the support you need on the Your College. Your Connection page.
New students should also check out CState Connection, a private Facebook group for Columbus State students who will be joining our community in Spring Semester 2021. It’s a great way to connect with your peers, ask questions, share experiences and get help from Columbus State staff. Go to go to CState Connection and request to join.
Through the College Credit Plus (CCP) Program, students in grades 7-12 can take college courses through Columbus State Community College to earn free college credit and fulfill their high school graduation requirements at the same time. Thanks to the unique challenges our school districts are facing this fall, Columbus State opened its full catalogue of courses to create more learning options for students and their families. Learn more at cscc.edu/ccp and email our CCP advisors with any questions at email@example.com.