Columbus State Community College

550 E Spring St
Columbus, OH 43215
Top Ranked (2024): View Rankings
  • Columbus State Community College is Central Ohio`s front door to higher education. It reflects the demographics of the area while leveraging the college's rich diversity for the benefit of our local and global communities. It is one of just a few community colleges in the nation to be selected as both an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Pathways Project member of the Association of Community Colleges.  

School Highlights

Columbus State Community College serves 27,621 students (24% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 29%.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 27,621 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,888
  • Out-state tuition: $9,998
  • Student:teacher ratio: 38:1
  • Minority enrollment: 38%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Columbus State Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Ohio for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 729 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Columbus State Community College
(OH) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
729 staff
93 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Columbus State Community College has grown by 21% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
The Columbus State Community College diversity score of 0.58 is more than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
27,621 students
1,337 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
38:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
6,664 students
555 students
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# Part-Time Students
20,957 students
782 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
195 students
239 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
6,664 students
555 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
8 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
20,957 students
1,124 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
6 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
425 students
% Asian
4%
2%
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% Hispanic
5%
5%
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% Black
15%
12%
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% White
62%
71%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
8%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.58
0.47
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
31%
32%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.83%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,600
$31,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,888 is less than the state average of $5,375. The in-state tuition has grown by 28% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,998 is less than the state average of $10,942. The out-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,888
$5,375
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,998
$10,942
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Tuition Notes
Our tuition is $162.93 per credit hour, or less than $5,000 a year.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
71%
89%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,500
$18,625
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,125
$6,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
73%
SAT Reading
n/a
460
SAT Math
n/a
475
SAT Writing
n/a
465
ACT Composite
n/a
21
ACT English
n/a
20
ACT Math
n/a
20

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports
Sports
Golf, Volleyball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Columbus State Community College has been dedicated to meeting the educational needs of our community for 40 years. The College has grown from an initial enrollment of 67 students in 1963, to its current thriving campus of more than 23,000 students. Our small, friendly campus is conveniently located near downtown Columbus, on 80 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. In addition to the main campus, Columbus State operates six Regional Learning Centers in the suburban neighborhoods of Dublin, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, Bolton Field, Grove City and Marsville. Columbus State offers two-year career programs in more than 50 areas of Business, Health, Public Service, Human Service, and Engineering/Manufacturing, as well as transfer programs for students who are interested in completing the first two years of a bachelor's degree, then transferring to a four-year university. We are the largest provider of Distance Learning classes in Ohio. Columbus State Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of North Central Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Columbus State Community College cost?
Columbus State Community College's tuition is approximately $4,888 for In-State students and $9,998 for Out-State students.
What sports does Columbus State Community College offer?
Columbus State Community College offers 2 interscholastic sports: Golf and Volleyball.
What is Columbus State Community College's ranking?
Columbus State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Ohio for: Diversity in US community colleges, Largest student body and Least debt for graduating students.
In what neighborhood is Columbus State Community College located?
Columbus State Community College is located in the Downtown neighborhood of Columbus, OH.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 27,621 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,888
  • Out-state tuition: $9,998
  • Student:teacher ratio: 38:1
  • Minority enrollment: 38%
  • Source: Verified school update

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