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Columbia Southern University is ...
Private for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Net Price
$10,287/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,979/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,117/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,434/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,129/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,430/ year


Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.57 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses
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Undergrads Over 25
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Such a flexible school, albeit the college is for profit, it offers a very unique life-term program, where you do not have due dates, you simply have one final due date and 8 -16 units (depending on course level) to complete. The college allows extensions at low cost, they give extra academic days for major holidays, and the school utilizes Blackboard which is the easiest computer-bases system to use. Furthermore, the school gives free access to Proquest, the huge scientific/business article database that allows you to citate peer reviewed-academic sources. Phenomenal! My counter part graduated from the MBA program and landed a GS13 position with our headquarters with this educational background. CSU allows for realistic educational goals and sets graduates apart.
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I graduated from CSU in 2017 with a bachelor’s in business administration. CSU was one of the most affordable online schools. I qualified for a Pell grant through financial aid, which paid for almost my entire schooling every term. The instructors and staff were very helpful along the way. Classes that I had taken at a previous college were easily transferred to CSU. Classes at CSU are in 8 week terms. Weekly assignments typically consisted of a classroom discussion forum topic and a 2-5 page essay. If you’re thinking about attending CSU, you HAVE to be knowledgeable in essay writing. I had to write essays almost every week in every class. If you are a student who does not like to write or does not know APA style, CSU may not be for you. CSU is VERY essay heavy. Overall I would highly recommend CSU because it is a college that provides a great education at an even better price! Upon graduation, I was able to find a job position in the healthcare field.
I am a 23 year old woman who works 120 hours in a two week period at my local hospital. I had enrolled in a large university directly out of high school and was forced to drop out my second semester because I was paying for college on my own and couldn't find a cosigner for a loan. As a result of this, my transcript is on a financial hold and the majority of colleges refused to accept me without it. Columbia Southern University gave me another chance at a degree. I'm able to work full time to pay my bills while i study and submit my work at a pace of my choosing. Not to mention this is the most affordable online 4 year university I have come across. They charge 5,000 dollars for yearly tuition and text books are included! This is a realistic school for adult learners.