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Columbus State University Overview

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

What Is Columbus State University Known For?

1,191 Undergraduate Awards
$24,882 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at CSU is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 62% of the faculty were full-time.

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Columbus State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

CSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#188 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Other Engineering Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Other Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Other Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Columbus State University?

Location of Columbus State University

Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Phone: 706-507-8800
Website: www.columbusstate.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ColumbusState
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ColumbusState

How Do I Get Into CSU?

You can apply to CSU online at: admissions.columbusstate.edu/index.php

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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CSU?

53% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 53%, CSU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 53%.

Average Test Scores

About 64% 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 450 and 540. Math scores were between 420 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbus State University  ( 450 to 540 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 420 to 530 )
200
800
CSU received ACT scores from 48% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Columbus State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Columbus State University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Columbus State University?

$24,882 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
10.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CSU is $24,882. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CSU, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $5,802 a year. That adds up to $23,208 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 10.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Columbus State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,554 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,501 undergraduate students at CSU, with 4,554 being full-time and 1,947 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CSU

There are also 1,376 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,554 full-time undergraduates at CSU, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 126
Black or African American 1,804
Hispanic or Latino 322
White 2,128
International Students 77
Other Races/Ethnicities 97

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

1,518 Took All Classes Online
3,630 Took At Least One Class Online
6.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at CSU. In 2017-2018, 3,630 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.

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This school is the 17th most popular in Georgia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of CSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Columbus State University was 6.4%. This is the #1,568 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Communication & Journalism 26%
Communication & Media Studies 26%
Computer Information Systems 3%
General Business/Commerce 48%
Health Professions 9%
Nursing 18%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Social Sciences #5
Other Education #36
Sociology #36
Communication & Media Studies #70
Communication & Journalism #102
Computer Information Systems #113
General Business/Commerce #123
Special Education #131
Social Sciences #135
Teacher Education Subject Specific #136
Teacher Education Grade Specific #184
Educational Administration #185
Computer & Information Sciences #260
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #334
Liberal Arts General Studies #334
Nursing #344
Education #438

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%.

Columbus State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 0 207 0 68 0 275
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 4 80 59 0 73 0 216
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 36 14 80 0 130
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 72 0 35 0 107
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 85 20 0 105
Communication & Media Studies 6 1 0 65 0 0 0 72
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 39 0 30 0 69
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 64 0 0 0 64
General Psychology 0 0 0 62 0 0 0 62
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 52 0 52
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Special Education 0 0 0 3 0 39 0 42
Music 1 0 0 25 7 9 0 42
General Biology 0 0 0 41 0 0 0 41
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 35 0 3 0 38
Sociology 0 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Accounting 0 0 0 34 0 0 0 34
Marketing 0 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 30 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 23 0 6 0 29
General English Literature 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 23 0 4 0 0 0 27
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 23
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 17
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Mathematics 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
History 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 10
Chemistry 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Other Engineering 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 7
International Studies 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Teaching English or French 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Computer Software & Applications 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Robotics Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Romance Languages 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Medieval Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 26 35 80 1,050 109 476 17 1,793

References

*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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