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Columbus State University Overview

Columbus State University is a public institution situated in Columbus, Georgia. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Columbus State University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$24,926 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at CSU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at CSU is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from CSU makes roughly $43,204 a year. This is 6% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is Columbus State University?


Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Phone: 706-507-8800

How Do I Get Into CSU?

You can apply to CSU online at:

Admission Requirements for CSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CSU?

79% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores
CSU has an acceptance rate of 79%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 10% of students accepted to CSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 570. Math scores were between 430 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbus State University  ( 440 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 430 to 560 )
CSU received ACT scores from 11% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Columbus State University  ( 17 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 16 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Columbus State University  ( 18 to 24 )

Can I Afford Columbus State University?

$24,926 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CSU is $24,926. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CSU, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $6,188 a year. That adds up to $24,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Columbus State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,274 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,403 undergraduate students at CSU, with 4,274 being full-time and 2,129 being part-time.


There are also 1,495 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,274 full-time undergraduates at CSU, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Columbus State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 116
Black or African American 1,766
Hispanic or Latino 355
White 1,775
International Students 64
Other Races/Ethnicities 198

Geographic Diversity

Georgia students aren't the only ones who study at Columbus State University. At this time, 13 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 47 countries are represented at CSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, South Korea, and China.

Online Learning at Columbus State University

2,019 Took All Classes Online
5,497 Took At Least One Class Online
17.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 5,497 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of CSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Columbus State University was 17.0%. This is the #1,147 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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