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At Columbus State Community College, we believe there’s a better way to progress through college and career for students who want more options. Driven by our innovation, values, and position as the region’s front door to higher education, we’re creating a new pathway to education for a good-paying job, lasting career, and meaningful life. Our path is more direct, accelerated, and affordable. And through our partnerships with the region’s major employers, it’s more workforce-relevant.

Take the first step toward your future and apply now — our application is easy to complete, with no fees or essay required.

A Smarter Path to Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree

If you plan on attending a four-year college, Columbus State offers a way to earn your bachelor’s degree at a fraction of the cost. We offer the same majors as our four-year counterparts, and you can transfer seamlessly to the college of your choice after earning your associate degree at Columbus State. Our transfer partners report that Columbus State students are well-prepared to succeed academically. And with the lowest tuition in the region — less than $5,000 for a full year — we can help you reach your goals without taking on great debt.

Average cost of a bachelor's degree

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*Four-year institution costs based on 2019-20 figures published by transfer partner schools. Columbus State costs include tuition only and assume living at home while attending.


We Make Online Learning Personal and Supportive

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Columbus State launched its first online course in 1997, and we’ve been committed to innovation in online learning ever since. Since 2017, 80% of our graduates completed one or more online classes on their way to earning a degree. Our faculty are equipped with the tools and training they need to inspire and engage students online. In fact, Columbus State has won multiple awards for digital instruction design and original online textbooks, including the Apple Distinguished Program designation and the Campus Technology Teaching & Learning Impact Award.

What does that mean for you as a student? You can rely on us to deliver online learning designed to keep you motivated and connected. Learn more about how we’re supporting students during this time by following the link below.

Jumpstart Your New Career

If you’re seeking a more accelerated path into the workforce, we have 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. Our graduates are on the front lines in STEM, business, manufacturing, health care, skilled trades, hospitality, and more. Columbus State is currently offering $2,000 tuition grants for students pursuing certificates in a variety of in-demand fields. Follow the link below to learn more and find out if you are eligible for aid.

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