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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Very positive experience. I did a lot of research looking for Master’s program and had a friend whom graduated from CSU, so I contacted advisors, and following a couple conversations decided to enroll. Along with the book program, (very military friendly) Federal TA the university works with, reviews I was reading, and the overall friendly and helpful environment of the staff, I felt it was a win win. I work a lot, travel often for work, have 3 kids, involved in different volunteer programs, and sit on a board as the finance officer for a local organization within my community. My schedule would not support being tied down to time requirements to be online and blog. CSU fit the needs of my schedule perfectly. Couple thing to take into account if you are thinking of enrolling. Be prepared to read, write, and do the work. Classes are 10 weeks built on an 8 week configuration. So it allowed me to take a week off every 4 weeks, providing I stayed up on my assignments. It also assisted in providing additional time for the readings and research needed to be successful in achieving what you are paying for in your studies. • Reading….be prepared to read. Not only the text, which in an average week you could be reading 100+ pages, plus on line research, and other scholarly articles in preparation for whatever the weeks writing may require. Some textbooks you can get in PDF, which I found to be very helpful with travel and indexing for citation. • Citation….learn, live, and love APA. The professors will demand it. • CSU Professors….Overall, and by that I mean 98% of my professors were outstanding. They will challenged you and provided insightful feedback. Understand, that not all professors are good, weather online or on campus at a major university, some will just stink. I had a couple I did not agree with, does not mean they were bad, we just had a difference of opinion, and I learned from a different prospective. I think that was an interesting learning feature I was not expecting that enhanced my experience at CSU. • CSU Staff….outstanding! From the advisors to the bookstore guy, nothing but positive things to say. If you begin to fall behind…they will call. I was traveling for 3-4 weeks with little to no conductivity to turn in assignments on a couple of occasions (hard to believe in today’s world, but it is possible to go off the grid). They called to check up on me along with emails from my professors checking to see if I needed additional help. They want you to succeed. (I would download my assignments prior to travel, another great feature of the coursework) • Textbooks….Some I liked, some I did not. Many professors will require some citation from the text, they also realize that is not the only place of information in learning. Get to know the library online at CSU. Great resource for additional learning and citation in supporting your writings. Hope this helps if you are thinking of CSU. CSU fit my lifestyle, due to work, family, and community commitments. Understand that you will be challenged, but that’s what a Master’s degree is, it is not easy. If you’re looking for an easy Master’s degree, it probably is not a degree worthwhile. Some classes I found easy, they fit with my ideology on business and life, others, I had to work my butt off, but learned so much. When you are done…..it’s worth it. GOOD LUCK on your decision.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

Loved this school and curriculum. I had a hard time at traditional colleges because I couldn't invest normal hours. I have children and a full time job. Columbia Southern was perfect because I could devote being a student and earning a degree on my own personal time. You have to do the work. I also like that each class is 8 weeks long Instead of 16. I would recommend this school to anyone.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2017

Conducted a lot of research for my Master's degree and CSU seemed to have it all. Great structure in the online classes and just the right balance of reading and assignments. Would definitely recommend this to any working adult pursuing their degree. I started this year 2015 and have had no financial issues or enrollment concerns.

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2 out of 5
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Columbia Southern University is fine as long as they are getting your money but in my case they had an accounting error in regards to my Financial Aid and now they are holding my transcript hostage even though they are not allowed to do so !!!!!! So word to the wise don't waste your time or money with these clowns because they will not do what is right for you.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015

After carefully researching online colleges I choose CSU because of the cost and good reviews. From the day I was assigned my Advisor I had a bad feeling about her. I explained my situation to her and she encourage me to enroll and I did. The 2 classes that I am currently in are very difficult. You need to read 2 chapters each week and basically you don't understand what you are reading. Reaching out to one of my Professor compare to reaching out to brick wall. If they had allowed more time to withdraw from there classes I would and start school somewhere else. They say first impressions last but this will most definitey last as the worst online classes. I have done online classes before and here I must say is the worst. The Assessment essays are ridiculous. If you lead a busy lifestyle and have a family, this is not the school for you. To add their a few of the financial office workers are clueless. I called to find out information and that any financial aid officer should be able to answer and they couldn't. I googled the information and got the answer. I have emailed my Advisor requesting help 4 days now and no word. If she was on vacation, I would assume she would changed her greeting on her phone or email. As soon as this term is over I am out of here.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

I felt the instructors were very attentive which came as a surprise due to all of my classes being online. As long as you have some self discipline and some extra time to study and read, this is a very great option. It is yet to be determined how this university is accepted on a resume, but I feel like it was legit. Certainly was not a breeze by any means.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia Southern University was an excellent on-line learning program. Teachers were outstanding and the service I received from all employees was always courteous and speedy. The way they have the program set up, it fits everyone's work schedule to include having a family. I recommend CSU to anyone trying to get a better education and still have to work.

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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

This is the most military friendly school I have attended. Prior to CSU I attended: St Leo's Unv, Eastern Michigan Unv, Sinclair Comm College, and Park University. I have also used CLEP and DANTES extensively. I was amazed that CSU accepted/transferred nearly all of my other college credits into their program. Since it is fully nationally accredited, I was able to use my GI bill without any problem. Their Masters Degree Program is considered full time and you only have to take one class every eight weeks. Since full time qualified me for the housing allowance, I got a nice bonus check from VA. As far as the course work, it is a lot of writing and a good amount of time spent on research. Say what you want about "on-line" schools but I have attended several brick and mortar colleges over the years and this course work has been far more challenging. The Professors are first rate and many teach at other colleges as well as CSU. All of the professors that I had, have or are currently working in the field that they are teaching. I was surprised at how many are published experts and connected within their areas of expertise. Overall this is a great choice for anyone with a military background that is self-motivated and has good time-management skills.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015

I just completed my BS - Criminal Justice Administration degree at Columbia Southern University. I was a "per course" student. That is, I enrolled in one class at a time and completed each one at my own pace. Most classes consisted of graded material such as essays, article reviews, research papers, and multiple choice assessments that needed to be submitted. The workload for each class varied. I found most classes to be challenging, but not daunting. There were a few classes that required over 30 essays along with a research paper or two. In summary, you will be doing a lot of writing at CSU utilizing APA format. The courses are laid out well so I didn't feel the need to have much contact with the professors. They are there if you need them though. The Academic Advisors at CSU are outstanding and extremely helpful. The bottom line with CSU is that it's a quality education at an affordable price. If you're the type of student that needs a professor to hold your hand throughout your educational journey, an online education probably isn't for you. To the contrary, if you're a motivated adult learner, I think you'll be more than satisfied with CSU. I had a stigma early on about the national accreditation (NA) that CSU holds versus a regional accreditation (RA). The truth of the matter is that some RA schools won't accept NA transfer credits. However, many RA schools have no problem accepting NA transfer credits. In my case, I applied at 3 RA schools for grad work using my CSU degree and was accepted by all three. You will also find "education snobs" that look down upon online schools versus brick and mortar schools. I have attended both types of universities and can say without a doubt that my experience as an online student was far more challenging. The only difference is I didn't need to buy a parking pass, run around a campus going from class to class, and missed out on the "keggers." If you'll notice, most major universities are recognizing that degrees completed online are the wave of the future and are moving towards that option for students.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

I attended CSU and found the course work to be on course with a regular B and M. The staff supported me every step along the way and I was able to graduate with my MBA. This program is geared toward the mid life learner who perhaps has not attended school for a while or for someone who has a busy life but wants to include school. If you want a degree this may be the place. In terms of RA vis National, the world is changing so many learner do not have the time or the desire to go to class so moving forward, most learning will ve via the internet. Go CSU!

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