Columbus State Pathway Programs at Otterbein

Columbus State Community College and Otterbein University have collaborated to provide Central Ohio students an affordable path to a college education.

Students earning an associated degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are awarded a $17000 scholarship per year to complete their bachelor’s degree at Otterbein.(Full time enrollment and maintaining a GPA of 2.75 is required) Student’s with a GPA of 2.0 – 2.74 are evaluated for scholarship based upon GPA.

Visit Otterbein

Every Wednesday, an Otterbein Admission Counselor is available to speak to Columbus State students through virtual office hours.

To register go to and search for the Virtual Office Hour program. Additional visit opportunities can also be found at

Every Tuesday afternoon, Otterbein will offer a virtual transfer overview. You will learn about Otterbein’s transfer friendly environment, set in the perfect location, with all the right personal touches. You will hear about the transfer process, application requirements, how to manage your successful transition, credit evaluations, internships and financial aid options. To register, go to to sign up for our Transfer Tuesday events. 

Contact the Office of Admission at 614-823-1500 or with any questions.

Columbus State Visits

During the academic year, Otterbein will visit Columbus State locations. For visit times and locations go to Columbus State Preferred Pathway Calendar. 

Benefits for Columbus State Graduates

Students who graduate with an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree will be guaranteed admission to Otterbein.  Some academic programs may require separate applications beyond the university admissions application.

We want to ensure all Community College graduates from an accredited institution know they are valued and will make a great addition to the Cardinal family. Students who have already earned their Associate’s Degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are eligible for our Associate Degree Scholarship, which is an annual amount of $17,000. Students must remain in full-time status while completing their Bachelor’s degree to maintain the Associate Degree Scholarship.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the programs.  The student may be required to retake any course in which they received a grade of “C” where there is a higher minimum grade required for Otterbein University students pursuing the same academic program.

Columbus State students could also choose to use their college credit from Columbus State to finish a degree completion program, or they may choose from any of the more than 70 majors and 44 minors available during the day.


Pathway Programs with Columbus State

Majors at Otterbein that may be completed through the Pathway Programs are: