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4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA

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CSU provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Columbus, Georgia and publically funded. Around eight thousand students enroll at CSU yearly.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Columbus State University offers:

  • Security And Protective Services
  • Social Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Students may submit either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to CSU. A score between 1280 to 1610 on the SAT, or 17 to 22 for the ACT is common among accepted students. This school has an admissions rate of about 54% of which only 54% decided to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at columbusstate.edu.

The cost of tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay around $5,400, while nonresidents pay $15,000 annually. The cost of on-campus housing is about $5,400 for the year. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as grants or student loans.

The Columbus State University "Cougars" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Rifle (NCAA Division II)

To see a full list of programs offered, enrollment information, student services, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.columbusstate.edu.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the applicants CSU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to CSU.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading440 - 550
SAT ® Math420 - 530
SAT ® Writing420 - 530
SAT ® Total Score1280 - 1610

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English17 - 22
ACT ® Math17 - 22
ACT ® Composite Score17 - 22

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into CSU

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into Columbus State University.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions2,269 (54%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,229 (54%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Columbus State University is around 8,300 students. The student body is made up of 85% undergraduate students and 15% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $40 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $3,500-$4,200
    • Out-of-State: $13,000-$15,660
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $150-$180 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $540-$650 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships79%$6,827
Receiving Student Loans53%$5,709

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 6%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Columbus State University may provide services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

Columbus State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 31%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years12%
Graduating in 5 Years12%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

CSU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Peach Belt Conference)
  • Basketball (Peach Belt Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions


  • Early Childhood Education (B, C, M)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (C, M)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • Middle School Education (B, C, M)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B, C, M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Education, Teaching Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities (M)
  • Physical Education (B, M)
  • Secondary Education (C, M)
  • Social Studies Teacher Education (B, M)
  • School Library Media Specialist (M)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (M)
  • Science Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B, C, M)
  • Social Science Teacher Education (M)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (M)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education (B)
  • Teaching English As Second Language Instructor (C)
  • Education

Business and Marketing Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Recreation and Fitness Studies


Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B, M)

English Language and Literature

  • Rhetoric and Composition (B)
  • English (B)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama (B)
  • Music Performance (B, C)
  • Drawing (B)
  • Music (B)


Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)

Natural Resources and Conservation

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