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Columbus State Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree and certificate programs Columbus State Community College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is a 2-year, public school that offers certificate and associate's degree programs. The main campus is located on the outskirts of downtown Columbus, OH, in the Discovery District. In addition to its main campus in Columbus, CSCC also has a Delaware campus and nine regional off-campus centers.


CSCC's Career and Technical Division is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers, while the Arts and Sciences Division can prepare students to transfer to 4-year colleges. The most popular programs at CSCC are in nursing, child care and liberal arts. The average class size at CSCC is 19 students. Web, hybrid, weekend and evening classes are available. The college offers travel abroad opportunities in Japan, Mexico and Guatemala.

The school's Columbus campus spans more than 80 acres. The 3-story library houses an information and technology support center, a writing center and more than 80 computers. CSCC offers a variety of student services, including academic and career counseling, on-campus day care, employment services and remedial services.


Although CSCC has an open admissions policy, many of the college's individual programs have additional admissions requirements. Applicants should check to see what the requirements are for their intended program before applying. All applicants, however, must submit an online application. High school transcripts or GED records are required for some programs.

CSCC accepts dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP) credit, in addition to credit for life experience. Before registering for classes, students are required to participate in an online or in-person orientation, a workshop and placement testing. In 2011, half of the student population was over the age of 25. More females than males attended the college (58% vs. 42%), and most were part-time students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, in-state tuition was about $123 per credit hour. Out-of-state tuition was approximately $272 per credit hour, and tuition for international students was about $326 per credit hour. Books and supplies for 2011-2012 were estimated to cost an additional $1,344 per academic year, while room and board totaled about $7,068 during the same time. CSCC offers several scholarship opportunities to students. A tuition payment plan is also available.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's degree and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 30,839 undergraduates in fall 2011 (includes both campuses and nine regional centers)*
Student Housing None**
Schools and Programs Two divisions; more than 120 associate's degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: < 1-year certificate: Child care and support services management (137)
1-2 year certificate: Licensed practical/vocational nurse training (90)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (639)
2-4 year certificate: Avionics maintenance technology (22)**
Graduation Rates for Those Beginning Fall 2008 1% within normal time for the program
8% within 150% of the normal time for program**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
Entering Class Size 3,731 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 47% of full-time students; 32% of part-time students**
Tuition (2012-2013) About $123 per credit hour for in-state students; $272 per credit hour for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduates Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship (69%), student loan (80%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Columbus State Community College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 550 East Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Phone: (614) 287-5353
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