Columbia Southern University (CSU)

21982 University Lane, Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University is an independent online college based in Orange Beach, AL that was founded in 1993 by Robert G. Mayes, Jr.  The university curated its first wave of degreed programs the following year in Occupational Safety & Health and Environmental Engineering and continued to add a variety of program in the ensuing years.

CSU holds accreditation from the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC) which is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).  In addition to the accreditation, Columbia Southern University retains a voluntary membership in HETA (Higher Education Transfer Alliance) to ensure proper student mobility from college to college upon transfer.

Columbia Southern University employs in excess of 1,000 full-time faculty and staff with nearly 50 degree & certificate programs offered through the university. The range of programs span doctoral, master’s, bachelor, associate, and certificate programs at CSU.

A sampling of programs offered include: business, criminal justice, fire science, health information science, occupational safety & health, finance, hospitality, information technology, sports management, project management, emergency medical services administration, environmental management, health care administration, organizational leadership, psychology, human resource management, public administration, and public health.

Admissions at CSU is designed to be a simple, straight-forward process.  Students looking to enroll at CSU will need to complete a four-step process that includes:

  1. Completing an Application for Admissions at CSU
  2. Wait for CSU to Provide You with a Detailed Report
  3. Contact the CSU Admissions Team During Open Enrollment
  4. Schedule Time with Your Academic Advisor

Columbia Southern's admission requirements will vary for students depending on the program they are applying.  More specifically, a student applying for a bachelor's degree will have a different set of academic requirements than a student applying for a doctorate degree program.  Likewise, admissions requirements for homeschooled students or international students will need to be met in order to gain acceptance into the program.

Online learning modalities can make a huge difference for students.  How you learn may differ from another student in your degree program which is why CSU has created options.  Students can enroll in a term option, a Life Pace option, or Veterans flexible program.  To determine which path is best for you, consult your academic counselor or reach out to CSU to learn more about each type of learning modality.

Get information about CSU by requesting information today and learn more about degree pathways and student disclosures to help make a great decision for your future.

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.

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

*Amounts for tuition, fees, and supplies are an estimate which are calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimated to provide a comparative context. For more detailed information individuals are asked to contact the school.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

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Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

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.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships94%$3,367
Receiving Student Loans70%$6,075

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