Columbus State Community College

Also known as Columbus State

550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH

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Columbus State Community College is a two-year community college located in Ohio that offers associate's degrees and professional/career certificates.  Columbus State is committed to providing education to diverse learners, and offers a range of programs to meet the needs of the changing student body. The "Career & Tech" associate's degrees and certificates are offered in more than 120 areas of health, business and engineering technologies. There are also "transfer-friendly" programs in the Arts & Sciences that allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, that they will complete at another institution.

Columbus State serves its local community through its Community Education and Workforce Development program, providing non-credit workplace and career-specific training to the local workforce.  This includes language training to recent immigrants that helps students meet the requirements to earn a GED, and "transitional workforce" training.  Columbus State also provides programs for high school students through its K-12 programs.


Columbus State Community College was founded in 1963 with 67 students enrolled.


The academic calendar for Columbus State Community College follows the quarter system, with four quarters that run 11 weeks each.  Columbus State will switch to the semester system in the fall of 2012.

Colleges and Schools

As a community college, Columbus State is not divided into colleges and schools, but rather many departments through which students can earn a degree or professional certificate in two primary areas: Arts and Sciences Degree Programs, and Career and Technology Degree & Certificate Programs.

Student Life

The students of Columbus State can participate in 45 different student clubs, organizations and honor societies.  These groups include choir, band, intramural sports, theatre, and the student newspaper.

There is also a Student Ambassadors program, which gives students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities such as:

  • Assisting with public relations at special events like job fairs, blood drives, etc.
  • Staffing new student orientation programs
  • Giving campus tours
  • Engaging in community outreach
  • Developing special projects in academics or student services


The Columbus State "Cougars" athletics teams compete in five intercollegiate sports.  The school also has an award-winning cheerleading squad.

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Golf

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses and Centers

There are two main campuses of Columbus State Community College: Columbus Campus and Delaware Campus.  In addition, Columbus State has several conveniently located off-campus sites.

Columbus State Off-Campus Centers:

  • Westerville
  • Gahanna
  • Southeast
  • Pickaway County
  • Grove City
  • Southwest at Bolton Field
  • Tolles
  • Dublin
  • Marysville

Community Life

A key part of the mission of Columbus State is to serve the Columbus-area community by providing educational opportunities to all.  Various initiatives and programs provide basic skills training, college preparation, GED preparation, new career training, development of personal interests, and more.

Initiatives, programs and services provided to the community:

  • K-12 Initiatives
  • Educational Talent Search (a pre-collegiate program for students from grades 6-12)
  • ESL Afterschool Communities
  • Trade-Skill Training (Orientation to Trade and Apprenticeship Programs)
  • COWIC One-Stop Youth Services (assessment and career exploration for at-risk youth)
  • Conference Center
  • Language Institute
  • GED Preparation
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Student Jobs

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,000. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $3,800-$4,600
    • Out-of-State: $8,400-$10,120
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $140-$160 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $300-$360 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid79%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships63%$4,788
Receiving Student Loans48%$6,124

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Columbus State Community College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Columbus State, versus those community colleges in Ohio, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 Columbus StateFranklin CountyOhio
Graduation Rate7.8%-18.2%
Transfer-out Rate23.7%-21.4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1999)
  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1979)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1995)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


    Engineering Technology

    Family and Consumer Sciences

    Foreign Languages and Literature

    Health and Clinical Professions

    Interdisciplinary Studies

      Legal Professions and Studies

      Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Mechanic and Repair Technology

      Personal and Culinary Services

      Precision Production

      Recreation and Fitness Studies

      Science Technology

      Security and Protective Services

      Visual and Performing Arts

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