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Direct From High School

Graduating soon?

There's more than one way to earn a college degree, and starting at Columbus State can be among the smartest. Whether you're looking to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree and transfer to a four-year college, or you want an associate degree that gets you career-ready, we've got the education you need. What's more, you'll get it at the lowest tuition in central Ohio.

Transfer Programs

Columbus State has developed clear paths to a bachelor's degree at nine partner colleges: The Ohio State University, Franklin University, Ohio University, Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Miami University, Bowling Green State University, and Capital University. That means you'll have a detailed plan to earn your degree - one that starts at Columbus State and takes you right to your goal of a bachelor's degree. Learn more about our transfer options here.


Click here to apply for admission online. Then check out our Financial Aid office for information on paying for college.

Instructions for graduating seniors who previously attended or applied as Dual Credit/College Credit Plus.
If you applied to Columbus State as Dual Credit/College Credit Plus while you were in high school and are now ready to take the  next step toward being a college student at Columbus State, you will need to reapply for admission to the college. Please contact Admissions if you have questions.


Check our Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines. Columbus State's deadlines are usually a little later than most colleges, so don't assume you've missed out!

Required Documents

We have an open admissions policy, so we don't require high school transcripts or ACT and SAT scores as a criteria for admission. However, supplying these scores can help us determine if you need to take placement test or not, so it's a great idea to send them to Columbus State! We will need your final official high school transcripts for many programs and courses, though, so remember to send them in. If you're submitting AP scores, we'll need them directly from the College Board - we can't take them off your high school transcript. For more information on transcripts and test scores as well as where to send them, click here


To get the most out of your college experience, check in with Advising Services, don't be afraid to seek out Tutoring, and get involved with Student Activities and Athletics. To get an extra boost, join an Arts & Sciences Learning Community. These students take two or more classes together, building a cohort of students and forging bonds as they enter college. Arts & Sciences Learning Communities.

Visit Campus

Still considering Columbus State or want to check things out? We have many events designed specifically for students who are getting ready to graduate from high school such as our Visit Days. To learn more, click here