C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    NG
  4. Safety
    NG
  5. Student Life
    NG
  6. Location
    NG
Columbia Southern University is ...
Private for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$10,287/ year
National
$15,523
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

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
60:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
63%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.57 responses
93%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
86%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,799Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
91%
Pell Grant
65%
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
31%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%

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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.
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Starting college with Columbia Southern University was scary, The crew at Columbia Southern University have relentlessly helped me get to my senior year through all of my fears. Every time I call for help, they have been there, walked me through anything, and helped me succeed with every aspect of the way. Taking online courses have been very accessible. Columbia Southern University has a tech assistance, a FB page, and reply immediately when after hours. Best school ever! Never thought I would make it this far after being out of school for 25+ years, they made the transition possible and pleasant.
Columbia Southern University is completely online and has allowed me to take control of not only my educational studies, but my overall health. I was diagnosed last year with full blown pneumonia, and have had to put my career on hold while I recover from some long term effects. Having the ability to to obtain my degree without risking my health in a classroom setting has empowered my motivation!