4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
p. 706-507-8800
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Columbus State University

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Columbus State University (CSU) is a member of the University System of Georgia. Located in Muscogee County, the school was founded as a junior college in 1958 and began offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1965 while continuing to operate as Columbus State College. The institution received its current name in 1996 as part of the state’s university system restructuring program.

The main CSU campus, a 132-acre site located in Midtown Columbus, is home to most of the university’s academic and athletic departments. The RiverPark campus, home to CSU’s fine arts complex, is located in historic downtown Columbus near the Chattahoochee River. Two satellite campuses can be found in West Point and Fort Benning.

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


CSU prides itself on offering small classes that allow all students to experience regular one-on-one interaction with his or her professors, a quality that attracts many students to the university. Columbus State is comprised of five colleges:

  • College of the Arts
  • College of Business
  • College of Letters and Sciences
  • College of Education and Health Professions
  • CSU Graduate School

The university awards more than 65 undergraduate and 30 graduate degrees in the arts, business, education, nursing, social sciences, and more.

Students can pursue bachelor’s degrees in accounting, computer science, English, exercise science, health science, mathematics, psychology, theatre education, and more.

Graduate programs are offered in several fields, primarily in education. These include master’s level programs in early childhood education, art education, school counseling, teaching, business administration, music education, public administration, computer science, and instructional technology.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Department of Theatre offers Georgia’s only Bachelor of Science in Education that includes a teacher certification in drama. Students may perform in any of three venues, including the large proscenium theatre, a smaller theater/lecture hall, and a modular, more flexible theatre space.

The Environmental Science program merges the disciplines of biology, chemistry, geology, and environmental law to produce students who can manage increasingly complex questions about environmental concerns and who will work actively to improve the quality of their environment. Admission to this program is considered competitive.

The university also has six outreach centers for educating both CSU students and members of the community including K-12 students. These include the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, the Childcare Resource and Referral center, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative, the Center for Quality Teaching and Learning, and the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.


Anyone wishing to attend Columbus State must apply for acceptance.

Undergraduate Students

Along with a completed undergraduate application, prospective undergrads must submit a non-refundable application fee, official high school transcripts, and official SAT and/or ACT scores. Homeschooled students should also complete the Supplemental Homeschool Application. Students who are transferring from another college or university must also submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.

Graduate Students

Students wishing to pursue graduate studies must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must accompany the applicant’s completed application, non-refundable application fee, GRE, GMAT or other standardized test scores, and verification / proof of lawful presence.

The Admissions Office can supply interested students with deadlines, application fee amounts, and the proper procedures to follow. International students and students returning to CSU after being away must meet additional requirements.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial assistance to help finance their educations must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligible CSU students may receive help paying for college in the form of grants, loans, work study jobs, and scholarships.

The Honors Scholarship and Leadership Scholarship are awarded to students who demonstrate particularly astute abilities in academia and outside the classroom. The university also offers numerous undergraduate scholarship opportunities for students pursuing various majors such as accounting, environmental science, teacher preparation, and law enforcement.

Graduate students may be able to receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process.

The CSU Financial Aid office can direct applicants to specific scholarships and their requirements, or students can inquire with a specific department about any unique opportunities available to them in particular areas of study.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4106th for the average student loan amount.
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Columbus State students rarely get bored, thanks to the wide variety of activities and organizations on campus. Student groups and clubs at CSU include academic and professional organizations, performing arts groups, social fraternities and sororities, religious groups, and special interest groups such as College Republicans, the Minority Student Union, and the French Club. Students can write for the Saber newspaper, see musical or dramatic performances, and visit the fitness center for weight training and exercise.

Freshmen must live on campus for their first two semesters unless they are legally married or live with their parents within 30 miles from campus. This policy is in place to help ensure both academic and personal success at CSU.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Columbus State Cougars participate in the Peach Belt Conference of the NCAA Division II, except for the co-ed rifle team which is a Division I member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

In addition to the rifle team, varsity sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field. There is also a men’s baseball team as well as women’s softball and volleyball teams.

Athletic facilities on campus include multiple different golf courses, a baseball field and stadium, a softball field. and the indoor Lumpkin Center indoor arena.


The university’s Athletic Hall of Fame was conceived by a number of alumni and sports authorities during the summer of 1994. In 1996 the first “class” was inducted at the Columbus Convention Center and included over 200 attendees. Since that time, the induction ceremony and the Hall itself have both become points of pride for CSU alums.

Local Community

The main CSU campus is located 100 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia in the city of Columbus, which lies on the Chattahoochee River and has a population of nearly 200,000 people. The Fort Benning military base is just south of Columbus. Nearby attractions include restaurants, movie theaters, the National Civil War Naval Museum, an opera house, the Coca Cola Space Science Center, several other museums and performing arts centers, Providence Canyon, a state park, the Calloway Gardens, and many other sites of historical interest. Various festivals occur throughout the year.

Information Summary

Ranks 29th in Georgia and 1194th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 304th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.02
Rape 3 0.04
Robbery 6 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 17 0.20
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 10 0.12
Arrest 29 0.35

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 465 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 15 0.01
Forcible Rape 40 0.02
Robbery 413 0.21
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,342 1.74
Larceny 8,059 4.19
Vehicle theft 1,049 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population56,156 (56,156 urban / N/A rural)
Households20,427 (2.64 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,693
Families14,637 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate, arts & sciences dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1302

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1347th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,534 $3,534 $13,205
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,535 $1,535 $1,535
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $148 $148 $551
FT Graduate Tuition $5,012 $5,012 $12,792
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,535 $1,535 $1,535
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $278 $278 $711
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,620 $19,620 $29,662
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,506 $19,506 $29,548
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,111 $11,111 $21,153

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,457 $5,357 $5,457 $5,357 $17,266 $14,843
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,070 $1,125
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,808 $9,040
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,704 $3,520
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,653 $8,372
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,541 $4,318
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,541 $4,318

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,170 (1,227 male / 1,943 female)
Admitted 1,757 (706 male / 1,051 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 1,045 (429 male / 611 female)
FT Enrollment 957 (379 male / 578 female)
PT Enrollment 88 (50 male / 33 female)
Total Enrollment8,156

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Peach Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

986th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 21
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

880th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 69%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,299
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,640
Board Fee$3,528

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 24 433 57 27 7 970 1,557
Accounting 5 1 2 23 31
Administration of Special Education 3 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 6 6
Art Teacher Education 5 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 10 3 14 30
Business Administration and Management, General 6 17 1 5 44 77
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 3 9 12
Business/Commerce, General 3 1 11 15
Chemistry, General 4 2 1 4 11
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 8 2 4 22 39
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 10 23 35
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 78 2 2 135 220
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 2 9 12
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 14 14
Drawing 4 11 19
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 14 1 59 76
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 28 1 24 53
English Language and Literature, General 5 1 22 29
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 6 1 8 16
Environmental Science 1 10 11
Finance, General 1 5 1 14 23
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 2 3
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 10 11
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 35 2 1 18 58
History, General 1 1 12 15
Information Technology 2 1 2 5
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 7 2 1 29 39
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 9 2 1 25 38
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12 1 2 19 34
Management Information Systems, General 3 1 5 10
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 3 1 17 31
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 5 6
Mathematics, General 2 1 1 2 6
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering 1 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1 1
Music Performance, General 8 1 2 1 14 26
Music Teacher Education 1 9 10
Music, General 2 1 1 5 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 2 14 17
Political Science and Government, General 6 2 20 29
Psychology, General 18 4 20 44
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 37 3 2 2 72 120
Rhetoric and Composition 11 2 1 15 31
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 1 2 3
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 4 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 16 19
Social Science Teacher Education 3 3
Social Sciences, Other 1 47 3 95 148
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 6 7
Sociology 11 3 1 15 30
Special Education and Teaching, General 10 4 23 37
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 15 16
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 5 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1882nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,760 ($66,522 male / $55,696 female)
Number of FT Faculty 295 (170 male / 125 female)
Number of PT Faculty 503
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $6,570,538

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