Columbia Southern University

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School Information

Phone Number:
Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit
Address:21982 University Lane, Orange Beach, AL 36561-9000
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,442
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):24%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:70 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:0 (0% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,175
Out-of-state Tuition:$5,175
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,081

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Columbia Southern University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Columbia Southern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services111521
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services12
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields2111
Health Professions and Related Programs113
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1242
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Grand total2061761

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Columbia Southern University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$680

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid25095%
Grant or scholarship aid24392%$4,081
Student loan aid17165%$6,646

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,39283%$1,692
Federal student loans4,97733%$7,192

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Columbia Southern University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Columbia Southern University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Columbia Southern University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,442
Undergraduate enrollment15,530
Graduate enrollment5,912

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Columbia Southern University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

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