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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-
Columbus State is a public university located in Columbus, Georgia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,693 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Columbus State acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Nursing, and Communications. Graduating 33% of students, Columbus State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,600.
About Columbus State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Peach Belt Conference
Address
4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907

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

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
June 30
SAT Range
870-1070
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$11,334/ 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
$7,711/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.89 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,693Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,106
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 65 responses
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  • Average
    29%
  • Unique
    18%
  • Outgoing
    17%
  • Avarege
    14%
  • Well-intentioned and hard working
    11%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Friendly
    5%

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.122 responses
Poll
46%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.138 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Up to par
    19%
  • Straight
    18%
  • Constantly improving!
    16%
  • Work in progress
    16%
  • The school itself is beautiful.
    10%
  • Keeps me working and studying hard
    9%
  • Intriguing
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
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
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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.
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I enjoy being at CSU even though it is not my first pick. Shuttles that run every 20 minutes, so getting from main campus to downtown is not that hard. The problem is that sometimes drivers are late, they leave early, and some shuttles are too small to hold everyone. Security wise, there are emergency telephones around campus, and campus police drives around occasionally. I had a fantastic stay in the hotel-like freshman dorm, Clearview Hall. Too bad sleeping in the same room as your roommate is the only option. When I became a sophomore, I was upset with the rundown housing in Courtyard South/One. I will be moving to Courtyard North next semester and it is way better! I am not a big fan of the foods, but some days are better than others. The cafe is buffet style with a salad bar, pizza, hibachi, "main event", and desserts; they server different things for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. CSU is overall a great school if you use RateMyProfessor to choose your classes wisely!
What I love about CSU is the environment. It is a fun place to be and many exciting events. Winterfest is one of my favorite events because I love the Christmas season and it is fun for all ages. This event has caroling by a children's choir, arts and crafts, and many different food vendors. I absolutely love it! If I could change anything about CSU, I would suggest lettings students be more aware of the opportunity to help out with the event. Other students that I spoke with, including myself, were unaware of the signups to participate in the event.