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Enrollment in community college up as classes move online

College students are making last-minute changes and decisions as more universities move to online classes for the fall semester.

College students are making last-minute changes and decisions as more universities move to online classes for the fall semester.

Sally Brackbill decided early on Columbus State Community College was the right fit for her. 

She and her parents wanted something affordable but that doesn’t mean she didn’t spend her senior thinking about life at Otterbein or Ohio State University.

“I got accepted into both and I actually got a huge scholarship for Otterbein. I got the President’s scholarship which is just over or just under half tuition,” Brackbill said.

Since before the pandemic, Brackbill has taken college-level courses through Columbus State and said it was an easy transition once the pandemic began.

She’s one of the thousands who will attend Columbus State this fall. 

Columbus State Community College President Dr. David Harrison said summer enrollment was much higher than previous years.

“[It} was up more than 10%,” Harrison said.

He expects that trend to continue as more colleges change to online and tuition prices stay the same.

“We want to make sure students are enrolled and ready to learn on the first day of classes but we are being even more flexible now than we typically are because of the uncertainty in our students lives.”