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Columbus, OH 43215
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Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College Rating: 4.4/5 (11 votes)

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Introduction

The main campus of Columbus State Community College, also known as Columbus State and CSCC, is a 70-acre site comprised of 26 buildings. It is located near downtown Columbus, Ohio.

A 106-acre satellite campus has also been established in Liberty Township in Delaware County. The community college recently formed a partnership with The Ohio State University to allow students and faculty members from both institutions to work out of the new Liberty Township facility.

Students may also take classes at the nine off-campus Columbus State learning centers, which are located in:

  • Dublin
  • Gahanna
  • Westerville
  • Groveport
  • Marysville
  • Grandview
  • Grove City
  • Delaware
  • Reynoldsburg

History

Established in 1963 as a technical school, CSCC received its current name in 1987. The school has grown from its initial class of just over 60 students to more than 26,000 students who take courses across its campuses and off-campus suburban education centers, as well as online.

Academics

Students may pursue associate’s degrees and professional and technical certificates in over 50 different areas of study, including business, facility maintenance, health care, architecture, geographic information systems, fire science, nuclear medicine technology, public service, human service, respiratory care, veterinary technology, massage therapy, law enforcement, engineering technologies, and more.

The Bachelor’s Degree Transfer Program is for students who wish to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree at CSCC before transferring to a four-year institution. High school students can even get a head start on college by enrolling in community college classes before their high school graduation.

The school is also one of the largest providers of online and distance learning opportunities in the state of Ohio, with an average of more than 10,000 students enrolled in online courses in any given semester.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Columbus State offers an open enrollment policy designed to allow as many students as possible to attend college. Applicants are required to complete the CSCC application and submit official high school transcripts and/or GED scores. Proof of citizenship, legal residence, or foreign student status may also be required. Prospective students are also encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

The COMPASS placement test is required for accepted students to determine course placement and eligibility. Some students may be declared exempt from all or select sections of COMPASS based on standardized test scores, AP credit, CLEP, or college transfer credits.

Some special programs, particularly those in the health and science fields, may require specific application procedures or prerequisites.

Financial Aid

CSCC is committed to make higher learning affordable for as many students as possible. Approximately two-thirds of CSCC students receive at least some form of financial aid during any given semester.

Common forms of financial aid disbursed at the college include state and federal grants, loans, work-study jobs, and need- and merit-based scholarships.

Students are advised to file the FAFSA as early as possible in order to receive the most comprehensive financial assistance possible. The school offers workshops as well as one-on-one assistance to help students and parents complete the FAFSA.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3737th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

With a very large student body that often exceeds 25,000 in total enrollment, CSCC offers its students a vibrant and active campus life. Over 60% of students attend the school full-time, and while the majority of enrolled students hail from Ohio, they represent a diverse cross-section of the community. Popular student activities include service clubs, cultural activities, language groups, honor societies, and sports. Student government activities are also a popular pastime on campus.

Thanks to its location in downtown Columbus’ Discovery District, the main CSCC campus is in close proximity to an array of entertainment and employment opportunities.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The Columbus State Cougars are members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and compete in the NJCAA Division II. Several sports have been recently eliminated for budgetary reasons, but the school is home to four varsity level teams: men’s and women’s basketball, golf, and volleyball. The school is also well-known in the region for its award-winning cheer squad.

Accreditation

CSCC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Information Summary

Ranks 139th in Ohio and 3434th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 56th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 5 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.00
Arrest 2 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,289 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 87 0.01
Forcible Rape 565 0.07
Robbery 3,244 0.41
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,169 1.93
Larceny 30,259 3.84
Vehicle theft 3,615 0.46

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbus, OH 43215
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population10,178 (10,178 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,799 (1.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$23,562
Families945 (2.53 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Single Campus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3903

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3928th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,790 $3,790 $8,186
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $133 $133 $294
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,154 $5,154 $9,550
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,518 $13,518 $17,914
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,122 $7,122 $11,518

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,958 $3,400 $2,958 $3,400 $6,547 $6,800
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,344 $1,266
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,068 $6,331
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,992 $1,920
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,992 $1,920

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 41 759 98 126 24 3,321 231 4,666
Accounting 1 3 4
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 9 1 5 45 1 63
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 5 1 12 18
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician 1 9 1 11
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 4 1 20 2 27
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 3 11 14
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 4 1 34 3 42
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 23 2 4 73 7 111
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 14 2 17
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 2 7 2 11
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 3 1 4
Boilermaking/Boilermaker 1 1 6 8
Business Administration and Management, General 2 41 4 5 138 11 203
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 4 10 1 15
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Child Care and Support Services Management 3 1 1 5
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD 3 16 1 21
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 2 2 7 2 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 2 5 8
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 7 9 2 20
Commercial Photography 14 5 3 135 7 168
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other 6 6
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 3 1 1 16 1 22
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 6 1 7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 19 1 21
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17 2 3 42 6 71
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 2 2
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 6 2 2 23 4 37
Criminal Justice/Police Science 12 1 57 1 71
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 1 9 11
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 12 3 15
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 1 2 2 1 7 1 14
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 5 2 1 31 1 41
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 9 10
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 4 2 11 1 18
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 1 12 13
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2 3 1 14 20
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 5 3 2 124 9 147
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 10 2 49 1 62
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 6 1 11 18
Environmental Health 1 1 11 13
Family and Community Services 11 9 3 24
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 8 2 25 1 37
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 5 5
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager 1 1
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 2 14 3 2 2 106 2 132
Health Aide 65 11 9 1 247 21 365
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 2 13 1 2 63 5 88
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 3 4 2 23 33
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 3
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 4 1 3 31 6 45
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 8 3 28 1 42
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 1 62 3 66 7 139
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 1 3 3 7
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 2 8 11
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 2 1 21 26
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 22 1 2 2 65 1 95
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 18 92 15 24 3 485 25 668
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 21 2 1 67 3 94
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 3 1 1 23 3 32
Management Information Systems, General 4 4
Marketing, Other 5 1 15 21
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 6 7
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 13 3 20
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 17 2 21
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 6 1 2 1 39 1 51
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 3 1 17 1 22
Medical/Clinical Assistant 7 3 4 24 3 41
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 40 1 42 8 93
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 12 2 16
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 2 1 1 3 7
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 6 2 10
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 2 79 9 16 2 305 20 444
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 1 1
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 1 4 2 9
Photography 3 1 1 35 1 42
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 3 1 7 12
Precision Production, Other 3 4 7
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Quality Control Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Real Estate 11 1 1 50 2 65
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 20 2 8 182 10 222
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 6 1 13 2 22
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 1 1
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 1 18 19
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5 1 16 22
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 2 29 4 37
Surveying Technology/Surveying 1 1
Taxation 2 2
Tourism and Travel Services Management 3 2 11 16
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 68 3 73
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 8 2 2 58 6 82
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 1 1
Welding Technology/Welder 2 1 10 3 16
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Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2930th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,831 ($55,404 male / $55,797 female)
Number of FT Faculty 343 (168 male / 175 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,502
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $13,643,961
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