Columbia Southern University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (104)
I can say so far I've taken 1 class and today as I write this, I'm starting my 2nd class with CSU. I'm a 38 yr old dad of 3 and married. I've had my A.S. degree since 1999, when I finished my A.S. , I went to work in IT in the silicon valley never to return to school until now. I've searched high and low for the past 8 years for a great school that works for me and my schedule and a school that has a great user interface for online schooling. I can tell you not only have I enjoyed my class here so far, but you truly do get out of it what you put into it. It's really up to you and how great you want to be. The student portal is honestly the best I've seen from any online school, and let me tell you how many school I "almost" went to over the years and didn't because of horrible online interfaces. CSU is truly at the top when it comes to technology and learning! Thank you CSU for creating a program that works for people!
First off I want to start by saying CSU is the best educational experience I've ever had. The commencement was amazing, there was so much support at the ceremony and through out my tenure at CSU!!!! Ths staff was amazing, the curriculum was very organized and relevant. If anyone is considering CSU, I am strongly endorsing this school as an alum of this great institution. As a veteran and student I have never felt so much support! Thanks again CSU!!!
This is a decent school for continuing your upper level education as a working professional. The course work is solid and the schedule is pretty easily to follow and maintain. The professors are helpful. The only thing is with online be education you choose how much you get out of the program so it's not IV league by any means but if you want to gain the knowledge you need to further your career this is a good school to achieve it with.
As stated before, experiences may differ. I never had an issue with CSU, the VA Rep was super helpful, my Academic Advisor was awesome (thanks so much Rachael, you are the best!!) and would call me periodically to check on my progress. All departments were helpful and caring, they created a great culture and I would recommend this institution to anyone interested in higher education, exceptional professionalism!!! CLASS OF 2016!!!!
An excellent school that is highly respected. The staff is very helpful and there to help the student succeed. It is accredited and very military friendly. They also either included my books in tuition or provided loaner books. I highly recommend this school.
As online colleges go. ...I don't have many complaints with CSU. Yes there are some things you will need to figure out on your own. Yes there will be some confusion. But if you've gone to a brick and mortar school you know there are several of both. Education is not connect the dots. Figure it out or sink. It's up to you. I've taken classes where the assessments didn't match the course work and emailed the professors who changed the grade. No idea if the inconsistency was fixed or not. If you can articulate your thoughts in a cohesive paragraph you will do fine. I've tried the brick and mortar school, the online classes and the study on your own. Each has their pro's and con's. If you don't function well on your own go to the building. ..otherwise suck it up and write the assays, prove you know what you are talking about and get on with your life. Stop wasting time complaining about your situation. For the money CSU is hard to beat. I have take one class every 10 or 15 weeks and have 5 courses to go for my B.A. paid in full on graduation. The last online school i attended for an associate program cost me twice as much for 1/2 the classes. same amount of writing. Good luck and happy writing.
Columbia Southern University is by no means a bad school. I'm sure for many students it's a great institution. For me personally, I graduated feeling like I didn't accomplish anything special. Graduating from an M.B.A. program with a 4.0 GPA should be a great accomplishment, however, I feel I graduated with minimal work. Don't mistake this for no work. Many hours were spent on research papers, but after hours of hard work I'd receive a grade from my professors (i.e. 98%, 2pts. deducted for "content"). Many of the professors I dealt with provided very little in terms of comments to assignments. No one is perfect and I believe every assignment can be better, it's the responsibility of the professors to challenge the students and prepare them for success, which I feel many members of the staff neglected. This schools provides you with the resources to further your education, it's your responsibility to learn as much as you want. If all you care about is the degree, then this is an easy school for you, with a little hard work a high 3 GPA or even a 4.0 GPA is attainable.
Let's first start with affordability. This school is extremely affordable, and I received my second masters for under $10k. It was so affordable I paid out of pocket unlike my first masters from another university that I am still paying on five years later. If accreditation is important to you, you should attend Waldorf University which is CSU sister school. They have similar focuses, and they are regionally accredited. However, they cost a little more. Second, the professors are knowledgeable and give you good feedback ( well most of them, but it's the same in any university). The OSH curriculum is not easy at all. It requires a lot of reading and like any online school, you have to be self-motivated. Apparently, over the last two or so years, they had some big cheating scandal with people selling papers or something, so they restructured all the exams and classwork from a mixture of multiple choice and short answers to strictly essays and research articles from the online library (database). Your ability to read, comprehend and write will even make you fail or succeed during this program. The degree hasn't influenced my income more too much as in OSH field; employers really can careless about the degree.The curriculum is good ground work for a cert exam. You will have to study extremely hard, and you get to keep most (or all) books. Getting a CSP, CIH, PE, REM, CHMM, CSHM, etc. or any other EHS professional certification will increase your chances of promotions better. Anyone that say they received a dramatic increase in the EHS field with just the degree and know professional certification is probably blowing smoke up your tail. I have 2 master's and 12 years experience in EHS field. I made it to supervisory level in the field but I have been missing on the managerial or director level positions since I don't have a professional cert. I never really needed it. I am studying to take my cert exam at the end of the month. Overall the program is good. Some classes are more challenging than others and some professors grade harder than others like any college. Anyone that want to work with the federal government you will have to have 30 semester hours of pure sciences and your Industrial Hygiene or Engineering courses will need to come from an ABET accredited program. CSU don't have that accreditation. Most federal agencies wan those classes. I am able to work for one but I have a BS in Chemistry and Masters in Environmental Toxicology from other universities.
Great school and great professors. However, the student advisory department is a waste, they should do away with this department. It is better to contact your professor if you have any concerns. In the four years that I have attended the school only once, I was contacted by my advisor via email. When I needed to talk to an advisor I was unable to reach them. Another problem is the online library. Other than that great school.
My experience with CSU has been horrible. 1. During the first class I took at CSU, my experience is that the online library significantly lacks resources. When searching the History database for "Federalist Paper number 1", the result I get is "Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts...." which has absolutely nothing to do with American History and the Federalist papers. When searching for a book referenced in one of the reviews provided by the school, "Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, The Federalist Papers", my first result was "The irony of Barack Obama: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr and the problem of Christian Statecraft". Again, nothing to do with the search criteria. When searching for "American Revolutionary War", I get "Islam and Political Violence". When requiring use of the online library, it would seem to make sense that adequate resources are provided. The Instructor was understanding and allowed me to use alternate resources to successfully complete the assignments. 2. During the second class, I encountered instructions for assignments in a syllabus that conflict with the grading rubric, a requirement to submit assignments in a system that they know won't accept the required formatting (they tell you that it won't accept the required formatting in their tutorial), was given a textbook that is a different version that what is referenced in the material, experienced a Professor who graded not based on the instructions for the assignment but based on rubrics that don't match the instructions given for the assignment. When attempting to point this out to the staff, they admit that the instructions are confusing and sent it to the Instructional Technology and Design department for review but agreed with the Professor grading based on instructions that were not provided. After completing an assignment with instructions of "Cite the text", I was graded based on yet another rubric that was different than the instructions that were provided (the rubric said to provide outside resources but the instructions for the assignment say "Use your knowledge...." and "Cite the text to support your ideas...") and was threatened with being referred for an Academic Integrity Violation. I have been asked to un-enroll from their University.