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Columbia Southern is a for-profit graduate school in Orange Beach, Alabama in the Mobile Area. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 5,768 graduate students. Of the 7 graduate programs offered at Columbia Southern University, 7 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at Columbia Southern University are Business, Occupational Safety and Health Technician, and Homeland Security and Disaster Management. All of the graduate students at Columbia Southern University attend full-time.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
5,768
Part-Time Grad Students
0
Research Assistants
Teaching Assistants
Racial Diversity
  • White
    45.8%
  • African American
    29.2%
  • Unknown
    8.2%
  • Asian
    6.8%
  • Hispanic
    6.1%
  • Multiracial
    2.7%
  • Native American
    0.9%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    0.2%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Nightlife
    A-
Median Household Income
$69,388
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,028
National
$949
Median Home Value
$256,600
National
$184,700
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11 reviews
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 love Columbia Southern University. I came to CSU my sophomore year and what a welcomed change I experienced from a very disorganized freshman year at another college. I've attended CSU for four years now and they have always been very organized with not only my academics, but my financial aid , as well. My professors have all been approachable and helpful. CSU has been a very positive, rewarding experience. I would choose them again in a heartbeat and I recommend CSU to ANYONE of ANY age wanting to further their education! (Did I mention, I just turned 50? You're never too old to go back to school!)
Returning to school after a long lapse, Columbia Southern University (CSU) offered the online format that did not interfere with my daily schedule, as I completed assignments and tests at my own convenience by the due dates. My original advisor initially called me to confirm and review my educational goals. Other staff members were always available to assist me with any questions, or would take no longer than 24 hours to return emails. CSU's degree programs are aligned with the online requirements of even the top universities. This is a nationally accredited school, which follows U.S. DOE guidelines. I was able to complete my bachelor's degree within 2 years and am currently working towards my master's degree at CSU. The programs are rigorous and challenging, depending on a chosen major. Most professors at CSU genuinely care about their students and successes. While there is no brick-and-mortar school campus, the school has an administrative building in Orange Beach, AL.