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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Peach Belt Conference
From Columbus State University

Columbus is located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Home to fortune 500 company Aflac, Inc., and the birthplace of the original Coca-Cola and RC Cola, you can take in outdoor concerts, cafes, great shopping, and the beautiful RiverWalk with untouched natural surroundings all downtown near the world’s longest urban whitewater course: a 2.5-mile stretch along the Chattahoochee River.
Your educational excellence is at the center of all that we do. The university provides a creative, deeply personal, and relevant college experience for students interested in realizing their full potential. We go far beyond the classroom with programs you will find challenging and engaging, such as internships with local Fortune 500 companies, undergraduate and graduate level research, Honors College, and study abroad. CSU features a diverse community of students from many different states, countries, and cultural backgrounds. Here you can be challenged by your peers to try on new ideas.

Columbus State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
June 30
Acceptance Rate
56%
SAT Range
870-1100
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$11,316/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,692/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.89 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.101 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.100 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
7
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    30%
  • On Campus
    59%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,702Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,938
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
52%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Average
    30%
  • Outgoing
    19%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Avarege
    16%
  • Well-intentioned and hard working
    11%
  • Friendly
    5%
  • Determined to be the best
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.125 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.141 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Up to par
    18%
  • Straight
    17%
  • Constantly improving!
    17%
  • Work in progress
    15%
  • Keeps me working and studying hard
    10%
  • The school itself is beautiful.
    10%
  • Intriguing
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $35,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    37%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.58 responses

    Columbus State University Reviews

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    Columbus State University has been a great choice for my online schooling experience. Having a demanding career as an Operating Room nurse didn't allow much time for getting an advanced degree. However, Columbus State University made it easier by offering part time, instead of only full time courses. The professors are always readily available by email and even via phone. Although I am considered an online student, I have had the privilege to visit the campus (which might I add is by the river)and it is breath taking! In December 2020 I will have earned two degrees with Columbus State University and I couldn't be more happy!
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    Columbus State showed me that exploring outside of my hometown is really amazing. It gave me the opportunity to begin a new chapter with new people and open myself up to different events and step out of my comfort with the type of people I was used to. I met plenty of cool and fun people throughout my first year. The only thing I had an issue at first with was trying to balance completing assignments and hanging out with friends, but I learned to get better as time passed. Although, I was very upset about ending my first year of college early because of covid-19. I am so ready to start my sophomore to meet even more people, face new challenges and to be given more opportunities!
    Columbus State University consists of two campuses; Riverpark (downtown) and main. I absolutely love the downtown scene, there is not a whole lot to do but the downtown feel and river jogs are appreciated! The university is very diverse, and diversity is celebrated in the organizations offered and the events that are held. Personally, academics here are just challenging enough to where I am not bored, but it is not difficult either. My only complaints are that they should tell all first year students to live on main campus their first two years. I say this because even though my major's building is located on the Riverpark campus, all core classes are located on main campus. And then there is no way to sugar coat it- the food here SUCKS. Freshmen are required to get an all-access meal plan which means they can get as much food as they want throughout the day. However, it is the most expensive and I do NOT see where all that money is going.