Columbia Southern University

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BACKGROUND
Columbia Southern University offers completely online degree programs without the barrier of ever stepping foot inside a classroom.

Columbia Southern University or CSU believes that school should be quick, easy and above all else enjoyable. Students at CSU will never waste time learning topics unrelated to their degree program, or other things that won’t help them find a remarkable job. All the degree programs are centered on real-life industry knowledge from professors who actually care about the student’s success. At CSU, if you’re not learning something practical then you’re probably wasting your own time.

The university offers a plethora of degree options from Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees. CSU offers a broad variety of majors to choose from as well. Some of the most popular programs are General Education, Psychology, Business, Technology, Criminal Justice and Tourism. CSU practically has a major for everyone with any interest.

The amazing part about Columbia Southern University is that it is really cheap! Instead of paying $500 or $600 per credit hour at some hackneyed universities, at Columbia Southern Undergraduate per credit hour is only $185.00. Graduate and Doctoral programs are $250.00 and $295.00 respectively. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For an excellent education check out Columbia Southern University today!

PRO
- Affordable tuition
- Professional attitude
- Industry experienced professors
- Many degree options
- Tons of majors
- Career center
- Alumni Groups

CON

- No student life. Completely online.

DEGREE PROGRAMS
Popular Majors include General Education, Psychology, Business, Technology, Criminal Justice and Tourism.

SCHOOLS

- Completely online university.
- Students come from all 50 states.

STUDENT LIFE

- No student life available
- An online student center exists but is more of an information center than social.

CONCLUSION

Make the right decision today by taking a look at Columbia Southern University. The school offers a quality education at an incredibly cheap price. The fact that it sounds like a traditional university and not a hokey online school means that employers will not question its validity. Definitely check out Columbia Southern University to jump-start your education.

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Dru

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I am about to start the MBA program in HR and Healthcare MGMT from CSU. It does not bother me that the school is not Regionally accredited, as I have 2 degrees (B.A-Northwestern State University and M.S.-Grand Canyon University) already and they are Regionally Accredited schools. I am going to get some knowledge in other areas, therefore, this school benefits me well. Plus, I have the Post 911 G.I. Bill so payment is not an issue. posted Sep 10th, 2018 12:43 pm


lakerstyle

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Just finished MBA program at Columbia Southern and it met most of my expectations. To be honest I wasn't expecting CSU to be as tough as typical top 50 brick and mortar as this school's purpose is to provide education for the adult mid career learner. This is not a research institution so don't expect alot of theory but more or less simple application of subjects. Assignments weren't too hard mostly 2-5 page essays with a couple of 12-15 page powerpoint presentations. There isn't a lot of heavy reading and no group assignments (which I kinda missed). Instructors are more like facilitators as there isn't much in recorded lecture but simple weekly outline with some textbook reading or journal articles . Since this is my second masters I not expecting a salary increase as I did this more or less for individual learning. Also CSU had a very generous transfer policy which I was able to transfer half of my coursework from previous masters ( I really didn't need to take stats or MIS courses again as my others masters is in Health Informatics from a top Big Ten school in public health (Go Gophers!!!). However if this hadn't been the case in hindsight I think I might have opted for LSU Shreveport which cost about the same but is AACSB accredited. I'm planning on taking a year off and may go back to CSU to pursue a DBA. posted Jul 28th, 2018 2:04 am


Todd W.

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CSU is an great university to attend. I got my degree there. Great place to live. posted Nov 1st, 2017 5:22 pm


Rob Dietrich

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Great school and flexible. Professors and Front end staff are supportive and provide answers immediatley. Course work is challenging and professional.



You will need: Time management skills, initiative, and personal motivation as with any online school.



The sessions use the now popular 8 weeks which makes it more easy to approach.



The National vs. Regional debate does not bother me as I am not intending to be a medical professional or K-12 grade teacher. I am a business professional, have earned my BS in Business and currently working to earn my MBA in Business Admin, in my profession the nationally accredited credential is very much accepted and recognized. The tuition is affordable, and the lesson format is easy to follow (don't take that to mean the work is easy, it will challenge your thought process and if not prepared, seem complex).



The staff has always been upfront and honest with me - always helpful. The professors response (personal and professional) is immediate and motivational.



I love it! GREAT School. It has improved my career standing, I have been advanced due directly from it, and I feel as though I have accomplished much! I have more stock in a self motivated learner, vice someone who sat in class and marked time!



If your an adult learner, looking to earn a degree and can handle time well, this is home! Great University - Great experience! posted Sep 30th, 2015 1:27 pm


Toni

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Columbia Southern University is an excellent university. Most of the work you submit is essays; however, that is the challenging part. The coursework is very rigorous. I have attended both a B&M college as well as CSU, so I can attest that this college is definitely harder. You can't plagiarize essays because they use Turn It In for many of the classes and major points are deducted if the redundancy rate is too high. I have had this happen, even when none of my material was plagiarized. So, I had to learn to use more of my own words and and not quote so much material. If you can easily write essays, you might consider this university easy. However, if you struggle with writing and thoughts don't come as easily to you, like me, then you might have a different view of this school. I retain more information when I have to write than when I have to just memorize information for a short term; so, that's why CSU has beneficial to me. There is no extra credit or making up assignments. If you don't do the work, you will not get a good grade. I would recommend this university to any working adult who does not have time to go to college the traditional way. If you enjoy independent learning and don't have to be in a classroom, you will like CSU. I am a senior at CSU, graduating this year. I do not feel like my degree is being handed to me; I have worked hard for the degree that I will receive. This journey has been more time consuming and stressful than I could have ever imagined, but well worth it! posted Mar 20th, 2015 12:13 am


OTW

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Due to what I read online in various reviews, I was concerned about my CSU degree being nationally accredited through DETC. I am very happy to be able to say that I was accepted into a state school with one of the best distance learning programs in the nation, to pursue my graduate degree. The university I'll be attending is regionally accredited and they had zero issues taking my CSU degree. I am completely satisfied with the education I received at CSU, and have no complaints. A note to prospective students: be prepared to write! I took about 25 classes here, and the average amount of writing was 15 APA formatted written pages per class. Just because its a distance education school doesn't mean you get a free ride to a degree; you will have to earn your grade here. posted Dec 18th, 2014 9:58 pm


bewary

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Columbia southern university is a fake semi-accredited university. No regional accreditation means no legitimate academic standards. If this weren't true, why would there be any discussion? They are preying on non traditional students who don't know better and want the easiest and fastest bachellors degree they can obtain. All of these alumni are embarrassed and worried people will find the truth. For-profit and not-accredited means diploma mill. posted Sep 11th, 2013 5:46 am


Bridget

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I enrolled in CSU and was given a full scholarship took my first class finished and then was told oh by the way you owe all of the money back because the scholarship was only for the criminal justice masters. Then they wanted to charge me 25 to change the degree program due to their error.This was never explained to me that there were any stipulations with what degree i decided to be enrolled in. As a matter of fact I was told upon enrollment that it didn't matter the scholarship would still be honored for any degree . I completed my BA at CSU and had no previous issues but, all I can say now is that I don't feel I should have to pay them back for a mistake on their part. It just seems more and more apparent that all they want is the money and nothing else matters but the bottom line and using deceiving tactics to get money is not beneath them.

Yes, I'm sure I will have grammatically incorrect errors above but this is not for profit so I do not care to take the time to go over it with a fine tooth comb for anyone who wishes to belittle me. I am simply here to point out factual occurrences with the school. posted Jul 1st, 2013 9:52 pm


JMG

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I will receive my MS Degree from CSU in a few weeks and it is an inexpensive, on-line univeristy that offers free books. The classes are very easy and work with my schedule (work full-time, family full-time). It took me one week to complete each class and to-date, I have all A's; still waiting for one more grade to come back. There is only one hard class, Quantitative Analysis for business; I had to put come serious effort into this class but earned an A. The fact that it is only regionally accredited does not bother me because this is my MS degree so I don't need to transfer classes to any other "real" University (Nationally accredited). I received my under graduate from a Big Ten school and at this stage of my career I did not need a high powered MS degree so this worked well for me. I am not convinced that this a "real" degree because it is so easy although most companies will accept it as college education. As a hiring manager, I would only be mildly satisifed with a candidate with a degree from this school. posted Jun 20th, 2013 12:35 pm


Margaret

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I'm a fairly new student to CSU; just starting my second session. This school is great for the working adult. My evenings and weekends are spent doing school work. Not so much that I don't have a life, though. I'm grateful not to have to sit in a classroom 3 nights a week, while my family needs me.

I knew from beginning that CSU was not RA. I plan on earning my AAS in Bus Admin, then transferring to their sister school (Waldor College) which IS NA! posted Nov 2nd, 2011 3:23 pm


John

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If you are looking for "brand name recognition" with your degree, look elsewhere. Prepare to drop some serious cash too. What you learn at CSU will be similar what you learn at many "brick and mortar" institutions. You will just pay less at CSU and not be saddled with a huge student loan payment when finished.

Has this degree helped me get a job? No. It has helped me flesh out my resume and prove to employers that I can learn and I am trainable.

I'm sure that regional vs. national accreditation, "real" schools vs. online schools argument means much more to "professional students". Normal people and employers recognize that a degree is a tool to help you in your profession. It is not the defining characteristic of a persons life. posted Mar 14th, 2011 5:53 pm


James

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Completed my AAS in applied science and will complete my BSBA by Septemeber and have loved every second of it. I am trying to understand how its a waste because in the 9 courses i have taken at CSU are not easy. I have written a total of 130 Essays from 200-500 words and 2 research papers. This is not a degree mill its perfect for the working person that does not have time to sit in a classroom. My weekends are booked doing homework and enjoy this college very much posted Feb 21st, 2011 4:53 pm


Cory

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CSU helped me earn a commision in the U.S Navy A+++++++ School posted Feb 18th, 2011 7:39 pm


Scott

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I have completed almost half of the course work towards my DBA degree with CSU. The courses follow a defined curriculum, and the textbooks are current and from some of the top textbook publishers. The online assessments range from multiple choice questions to short essay answers. I can't speak to the undergraduate programs, but the doctoral program also requires case studies and article critiques in proper APA format, with resources from beyond the course materials. The assignments are challenging, but I have experienced more difficult course work in some of my Master Degree courses at a traditional B&M university. At the doctoral level, the challenges are often self-imposed; essentially you get out of the program what you put into it. At this stage of my life, the completion of a doctorate degree will not impact my employment, so I'm completing it to fulfill an individual goal. The accreditation issue does not really affect me, as I have had the CSU program evaluated and it has been accepted as the equivalent of a PhD in Canada, so it meets my criteria. I would like to add that my undergrad degree was completed by distance at a fully accredited Canadian university and was accepted for admittance to one of the top B&M universities in Canada. I am currently the Program Director for an online degree program at the same university where I completed my undergrad degree, and find the CSU courses on par for content and academic rigour. Distance education is not for everyone, but it serves a purpose and the entire process should be discounted simply because it did not meet one's expectations. posted Feb 18th, 2011 7:35 pm


branyn

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I have completed several courses and I am completely satisfied. Being in the military I needed a school that offers the flexibility that CSU does. As for Stanley, I would say he has issues. I'm just saying... posted Feb 18th, 2011 2:50 pm


Paul

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for those that doubt the school, i am been a grad for two years and on my second 6 figure job...switched jobs because i wanted too, posted Feb 16th, 2011 6:31 pm


Dan

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Its great. Always someone to help you along and answer questions unlike tradition universities. Funny thing is people are calling it a degree factory when... really those other universities are nothing more than businesses making tons of money from people paying for a mediocre education. CSU is a wonderful school. posted Jan 26th, 2011 3:29 pm


Steve

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I'm three classes away from an MBA, and I would recommend this school to anyone looking to advance their career through education. CSU is the best bang for your buck. posted Dec 20th, 2010 7:18 pm


Pat

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I'm one class from my Masters with CSU.

CSU has been excellent for me!

The books are free and the professors seem to be "always there." Nationally or regionally??? Who cares? 99.9% of employers don't!!! As long as it's accredited. posted Dec 18th, 2010 11:57 pm


Tom

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Stan,





If you found the grammatical errors they must have been pretty bad because your writing is atrocious. I think it was third (maybe forth) grade when I realized that a lot was actually two words. And, “they were grading me wrongly…” Hahahahaha…. You were kidding, right?


Also… really, you completed three classes before you realized that they weren’t regionally accredited? Hmmmmm… I think the difference between regional and national accreditation was explained to me at least three times during the enrollment process. Want an online degree? Then don’ t expect regionally accreditation.


Oh… and for everyone else… I have completed 5 classes so far and 5 more to go. I have encountered nothing but the most professional and dedicated staff who have helped me out and I would highly recommend this school if you want to get your degree at your own pace online.


posted Dec 6th, 2010 5:21 pm


Tom

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Stan,



If you found the grammatical errors they must have been pretty bad because your writing is atrocious. I think it was third (maybe forth) grade when I realized that a lot was actually two words. And, “they were grading me wrongly…” Hahahahaha…. You were kidding, right?

Also… really, you completed three classes before you realized that they weren’t regionally accredited? Hmmmmm… I think the difference between regional and national accreditation was explained to me at least three times during the enrollment process. Want an online degree? Then don’ t expect regionally accreditation.

Oh… and for everyone else… I have completed 5 classes so far and 5 more to go. I have encountered nothing but the most professional and dedicated staff who have helped me out and I would highly recommend this school if you want to get your degree at your own pace online.

posted Dec 6th, 2010 5:20 pm


christian

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Im completing a B.S. in Health Care Admin, and while I have attended regionally accredited schools, CSU at the upper level classes offers the same, if not more challenging material. I had to take financial accounting and it seemed a little remedial at times, but only because I had taken it before. Otherwise, my upper level classes for the most part have been very in depth, requiring thinking outside the texts with assignments involving interviews and exploration of real world working environments, and conveying how it relates to the material at hand. Harvard may not take you if your applying for post grad with a CSU degree, but any employer hiring CSU graduates are getting employees with the best working knowledge of their field. posted Oct 5th, 2010 11:01 pm


Jeffery

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I am master's student in CSU and I LOVE it! Just got new job, and awaiting my degree soon. Easy school, excellent for people who have a full time job and want a powerful college degree.



Very inexpensive, gives you all the textbooks (which can costs hundreds) for free when you take a course. Courses are easy. I have a perfect 4.0. Anyone can ace through it and get a DETC accredited degree (nationally recognized) while managing jobs, family and even kids.



Again, this is the most inexpensive for the value of their degree. I don’t know if other schools accept credit from this school or not, but the degree will land you a solid career for sure. It has for me, and I am almost graduating.



I love CSU, for the helpful staff and teachers. The courses are easy. The degree is solid in the eyes of employers. Very inexpensive. If you thinking about coming back to school after many years, for that pay raise, or just a better career, this school is it! Do it now, in just a one and half years you will come out with your degree as new person. Really, don’t wait... just do it!



Sincerely,

Jeff posted Oct 2nd, 2010 3:53 pm


Michael

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I recently completed my BS in Criminal Justice Administration at CSU. The courses were often challenging but manageable. It allowed me to work full time while I completed my degree. It was nice to work at my own pace. The courses were specific and relevant to my criminal justice career. I've never considered myself to be a good student but with CSU I was able to go to school on my own terms. I chose my pace, major and a few electives. The instructors were insightful and helpful. There were a few times when I required one on one direction. The Student Center was very helpful. F**k those two guys who were trashing it! posted Aug 19th, 2010 8:13 pm


Michael

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I recently completed my BS in Criminal Justice Administration at CSU. The courses were often challenging but manageable. It allowed me to work full time while I completed my degree. It was nice to work at my own pace. The courses were specific and relevant to my criminal justice career. I've never considered myself to be a good student but with CSU I was able to go to school on my own terms. I chose my pace, major and a few electives. The instructors were insightful and helpful. There were a few times when I required one on one direction. The Student Center was very helpful. posted Aug 19th, 2010 8:10 pm


Roger

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I have been attending CSU for sometime now, about to complete my BS in Industrial Health and Safety. So far I am quite pleased, as far as course material I would place it in the same league as the Brick and Mortar College I attended before. posted Aug 4th, 2010 1:34 pm


Monte Ksochalk

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I thought the school was an excellent learning opportunity with challenging courses. posted Jul 27th, 2010 12:45 am


Jesse

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I received a bachelor of arts at a regionally accredited school and as part of that I took plenty of online courses. In comparison, I have found that the courses offered online at CSU are equally, if not tougher than those I took at the "brick and mortar school" I got my bachelors from. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Organizational Leadership Program at CSU and would recommend it to anyone. It is affordable and challenging and I have never had any issues with faculty or staff. I would say CSU is a great opportunity for working professional's to increase their knowledge and enhance their careers. posted Jun 11th, 2010 1:59 pm


Lisa

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I am currently finishing my fourth class at CSU. I am not sure of the issues the other posters may have had, but I have not encountered any of these problems. I live near the school and have had the opportunity to speak with some of the staff face to face. They do speak English and many are professors at other institutions. One was a practicing doctor. Anytime I have had any questions I can contact my assigned student services rep who promptly answers me. She has even called just to inquire how my classes are going. The exams are divided into ten multiple choice questions and two essay questions. The essays are APA style not APA so they will not blatantly count off points for that. Fair feedback is given quickly after each exam. I would think that the above poster would have determined PRIOR to enrolling what type of accredidation the school has. DETC accredidation which is recognized. The materials I have been sent are textbooks in use at other schools. There are links within the test to report any errors which I have not encountered as of yet. posted May 2nd, 2010 11:48 pm


Fergus

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I completed a BS in Criminal Justice with CSU and the degree was accepted without question when I applied to a Masters program as a REGIONALLY accrediated university. - I will graduate from the Masters program this year, and I have never regretted my education at CSU. posted May 2nd, 2010 6:46 pm


John Reindl

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This school is a scam. Do not waste your money. It is run by unprofessional people. There are no professors here, just a bunch of people that got masters degrees elsewhere. Many do not speak English very well. I wasted several thousand dollars and found out that my credits and bachelors degree would not be accepted by real schools when applying to masters degree programs. Find a regionally accredited school if you want a real degree. posted Apr 29th, 2010 9:20 pm


Henry

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I've been attending classes at CSU since June '09. I am very happy with the quality of instruction I am recieving and the communication between me and the professors. The classes range from relatively easy to difficult, just like at a "brick and mortar" institution. posted Apr 26th, 2010 8:58 pm


Stanley

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I enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management program at Columbia Southern University. I withdrew after three classes and a TOTAL waste of my money! The quality of the courses and instruction were far below par in comparison with other schools I have attended. I almost felt that it was a joke. The questions on the tests seemed to be written by someone that doesn't have English as their first language, and the materials were littered with grammatical and spelling errors. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. Meanwhile, they are supposed to be grading you on grammar in your essays with APA rules in mind. ALL THREE CLASSES I TOOK HAD MULTIPLE ERRORS IN THE TESTS. They were grading me wrongly, even when I chose the correct answer. I ended up spending alot of time trying to contact professors to alert them of the errors, as well as petition them for credit that was rightfully due to me. That's right, all of a sudden it was my job to QA every test I took and report to the school all of the errors I encountered. I paid alot of money to basically do their jobs for them. People, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE! Also, this school is NATIONALLY accredited. If you want to pursue a Master's or Ph.D. at any REGIONALLY accredited institution out there, you will not be able to. Your degree from Columbia Southern WILL NOT be accepted during the admission/application process. Again, do not waste your time at this dead-end school like I did. I am now enrolling at a regionally accredited school to complete my bachelor's so that I may choose to pursue a Master's and above after I finish. posted Mar 18th, 2010 11:11 am



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