Columbia Southern University

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School Information

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

Students & Programs

Student Population: 21,104
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 26%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 62 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: $5,535
Out-of-state Tuition: $5,535
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $3,456

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Columbia Southern University Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 111421
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 2111
Health Professions and Related Programs 1131
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1242
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Grand total 2061671

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 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 Fees 2018-2019
In-state $5,535
Out-of-state $5,535
Books and supplies $688

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $3,735
Out-of-state $3,735

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 203 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 203 95% $3,456
Student loan aid 126 59% $6,329

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 12,759 85% $1,903
Federal student loans 4,585 31% $6,821

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.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2019

Total Enrollment 21,104
Undergraduate enrollment 15,245
Graduate enrollment 5,859

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Columbia Southern University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission

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*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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