There’s more than one way to get a bachelor’s degree. In fact, Columbus State gives you more than 200 ways through our Preferred Pathways, 2+2 transfer agreements, and even 3+1 options. Our Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are designed to fulfill the first two years of general requirements toward a bachelor’s degree. Earn your associate degree with us and admission and credit transfer are guaranteed at all Ohio public colleges and at many privates, as well.
No matter which path you choose, at Columbus State you’ll find the options, support and quality academics reach your goal of a bachelor’s degree. And the affordability to avoid the burden of college debt.
This program provides high school students with the opportunity to take college courses while still enrolled and actively engaged in high school.
Students earning college credit in high school through the College Credit Plus program, then completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Columbus State can save 52-75% on the total tuition costs of a bachelor’s degree.
Dual Credit classes are provided at no charge to the student, saving families thousands of dollars on college tuition. Many credits transfer to any public college or University in Ohio, giving you a no-cost head start on college.
For maximum savings, apply Dual Credit college credits toward an associate degree at Columbus State. Most degrees require approximately 60 hours of credit, so you can earn half or even all of your credits through the Dual Credit Program!
Student does not participate in Dual Credit. Earns a bachelor’s degree at a four-year Ohio public university:
TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $91,600
Student does not participate in Dual Credit but earns associate degree at Columbus State before transferring to an Ohio four-year university to earn bachelor’s degree.
TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $61,900
TOTAL SAVINGS: $29,700
Student earns 15 hours of Dual Credit courses in high school for both junior and senior years, accumulating 30 credit hours, and then earns an associate degree at Columbus State before transferring to an Ohio public four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.
TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $57,878
TOTAL SAVINGS: $33,722
Scenario 4: Student earns 30 hours of Dual Credit in high school for both junior and senior years, accumulating 60 credit hours to earn an associate degree at Columbus State before transferring to an Ohio four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.
TOTAL COLLEGE COST: $53,800
TOTAL SAVINGS: $37,800
Costs for scenarios assume full-time attendance for four semesters at Columbus State and/or at a public university including tuition, room and board. Scenarios assume 60 hours required for an associate degree and 120 hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Cost estimates do not include additional fees such as lab fees, text books, etc. Many students receive financial aid to reduce college costs. Visit cscc.edu/debtfreedegree for more information on college costs.
Choose a Preferred Pathway program and your plan of study is mapped out from the time you start at Columbus State until the time you graduate from the 4-year partner college or university you choose. Admission and credit transfer are guaranteed, and every credit applies directly to your chosen major when you transfer.
Our Preferred Pathway program is a partnership with nine area universities that guarantees admission for our graduates toward affordable 2+2 and 3+1 bachelor’s degree programs. By completing freshman and sophomore years at Columbus State, Preferred Pathway students save between 40% – 67% off the cost of a bachelor’s degree through 2+2 partnerships when they complete junior and senior years after transferring.
It pays to transfer. Preferred Pathway students reap a double benefit.