Welcome to the Office of Adult Learners!

Returning to college when you are 24 or older can be challenging, confusing and intimidating. But, it can also be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make! Check out the links below to see what sets Columbia State apart and makes returning to college as an adult such a great decision.

Tennessee Reconnect
Whether you're going to college for the first time or are returning to finish your degree, Columbia State is here to help you reach your goals.
Learn more about TN Reconnect
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Connected Community of Learners

As an adult learner, you will quickly discover you are not alone! About 1/3 of the students here at Columbia State are also adult learners, so it is easy to get connected to a learning community.

With 5 campuses (Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Clifton, Columbia and Williamson) to meet your educational needs, we are sure you will find the location, classes and adult learner community you need to be successful. Advisors will work with you to set up individualized learning plans so that you can find the classes you need. Many of our classes are offered in a variety of formats.

Learn more at the next Information Session.

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to take the next step, you can Apply Now!

Also, check out these options:

Columbia State Scholarship Application
Catalog and Student Handbook

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Need Help Submitting an Application

Check out this video on how to submit an application for first-time freshmen.

Support Services

  • This 5-week course will teach you the financial basics you need to be successful in college and in life.
  • If you have experience in subjects offered by Columbia State, you may be able to gain credit for what you've already learned.
  • There is more to college than classes. It is also an opportunity to meet some great people, have fun and learn together.

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Joni Allison
Adult Student Services Coordinator
Columbia Campus, JSC 143