Start as a Cougar. End up a Cardinal.
Make tracks to two degrees along the way.

Complete your first two years of study and earn an associate degree at Columbus State.

Associate of Arts (AA)  and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are designed to complete the first two years of general education requirements for a bachelor degree. The Dual Admission Program takes this a step further by showing students upfront what courses to take at Columbus State and how they meet the requirements of your chosen major at Otterbein. After graduating with your associate degree from Columbus State, you’ll enter Otterbein as a junior to work toward completing your bachelor degree.

Transfer smoothly to Otterbein to earn your bachelor degree.

Otterbein University welcomes transfer students from Columbus State Community College. All of your credits from your Columbus State associate degree count toward your chosen Dual Admission degree completion program at Otterbein. These programs are pre-mapped so you know exactly what classes to take during your first two years at Columbus State and what classes you’ll take for your final two years at Otterbein. So you can stay on track to graduate in four years.

But what if you want a major that’s not listed on the Dual Admission list? No worries! Your Columbus State credits apply to let you finish a bachelor degree in any of the more than 70 majors and 44 minors that Otterbein offers. We’ll work with you to find the best fit for you and the fastest path to graduation.

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Transition Year Seminar

Students in the Dual Admissions Program are encouraged to consider the summer offering of the Transition Year Seminar (TYS) as they make the full transition to Otterbein’s campus. The summer offering is only for Dual Enrollment students and includes an optional add-on course in team-based project learning.

The TYS class fulfills a graduation requirement at Otterbein and, more importantly, focuses on helping fully integrate you into the Otterbein community. Topics include understanding transition, successful college student practices, and reflecting on your prior learning and how it aligns with Otterbein’s learning goals.  Additionally, you will meet fellow transfer students, as well as develop a meaningful relationship with an Otterbein faculty member and Peer Mentor.

"Otterbein shares many attributes similar to Columbus State, such as their desire to help students succeed, volunteer opportunities, class sizes, and amazing faculty and staff."
Carolanne Norris,
Columbus State graduate and Otterbein student
How to start on the Columbus State and Otterbein Dual Admission Program:
  1. Click here to explore the academic programs available through the Dual Admission Program and choose the one that’s right for you.
    If you have not applied to Columbus State: Click the red Apply Now button below to complete one application for admission to the Dual Enrollment Program (both Columbus State and Otterbein).

    If you have applied to Columbus State but have not yet begun classes, contact Amanda Talbott

    If you have earned fewer than 30 credit hours, Contact Amanda Talbott,, to complete an application as a Dual Admission Program participant.

    If you have earned 30 or more credit hours at Columbus State or another college, contact Mary Mosca, Assistant Director of Otterbein admissions, at

  3. Watch your email for instructions on your next steps in the admission process.