Name: Columbus State Community College
President/CEO: David Harrison
State: OH (with a second campus in Delaware County, Ohio)
Campus Setting: Urban
Year Established: 1963
Governing Board Website
|Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 30,513
Part Time: 56.7%
Full Time: 43.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.6%
Native American: 0.4%
Quote from the President
“Columbus State has never been more important to the central Ohio region than it is today. During tough times, community colleges do the heavy lifting associated with getting people back on their feet economically. Helping people reach their goals will always be at the core of what Columbus State does by strengthening the pathway to a bachelor’s degree and by creating new opportunities for returning adults to advance their careers or transition to new ones. Workforce and economic development go hand in hand, and education fuels both.”
- In 1963, the Columbus Board of Education created the Columbus Area Technician School and designated an area of Central High School for two-year, postsecondary technical programs. In 1965, the Ohio Board of Regents expanded the school and created the Columbus Technical Institute. It was re-chartered in 1987 as Columbus State Community College.
- In 2010, the college opened a second full campus in Delaware County. It serves more than 1,000 students each term in one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.
- In 2011, Columbus State partnered with the Ohio State University (OSU) to create a unique transfer agreement. The Preferred Pathway Program is a set of pre-major tracks that guarantee access to an OSU baccalaureate for qualified students transferring from Columbus State. The program allows a smooth transition that is both time and cost efficient.