Columbia Southern University Reviews
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As a person that attended a regionally accredited, nationally known brick and mortar school for my bachelors degree, I feel qualified now after completing my MBA at CSU to voice my opinion on the comparison of online schools vs classrooms as well as national vs regional accreditation. Completing a degree online was much harder than sitting in a classroom, it took much more discipline and time management to study and complete assignments. It's very tough to read, comprehend and be tested on material without being able to ask questions of the professor or get the perspective of others in the class. With regards to the knowledge gained, I also feel I got more out of the classes online, since I was forced to take my time and understand the material which lead to much greater retention of the information. As for the accreditation, rarely do employers ask about this; as a hiring manager, I never have! I check to insure the school has an accreditation accepted by the Dept of Ed and that's it. If DOE accepts it, it's a degree plain and simple. Of course there are some programs and graduate schools that won't take nationally accredited degrees but I'm betting there are more that will than won't. It's imperative that you do a little research before to making the commitment to any school, CSU is no different. Everyone learns differently so online classes are not for everyone. During my young and stupid years, I don't believe I could have handled online classes but most adults that are completing their degrees online are dealing with "real life" issues and have a mature perspective on education and why it's important. CSU is a great school for adults looking to finish up or advance their education. The degree is recognized by the DOE and I for one can tell you it is not easy to get. You will work hard and get out of it what you put into it...ironically that's no different than at any other school online or B&M.
Attending Columbia Southern University was not my first time taking online classes, because I previously had taken classes at University of Phoenix. I did not like working in the group settings and potentially doing all the work while others took credit for work not done and getting a passing grade. After Phoenix, I began looking for other colleges and was referred by a previous boss to take classes at Columbia Southern University. After starting at CSU I loved it because I no longer had to work in groups but was graded on my own work and effort. I would definately recommend CSU to everyone looking for classes online. They were sometimes very challenging and yes you have to put in the time and effort if you want good grades. The instructors were great with getting back with you when having a problem. I may have had 2 professors I had to speak with my academic advisor about and the situation was fixed. Over all the courses were great and I would attend there again. They also had tutors to help in the different areas as needed. I was very impressed with my instructors and their willingness to help. I also stressed out myself in areas because I thought they had no help, but once I spoke with my advisor and she gave me the tools needed, I passed everything with flying colors. I graduated with high honors with a 4.0 and Summa Cum Laude. I will actually walk in 2015 because I wanted to walk down the isle with honors.
Just completed my last class, MBA with concentration in Project Management with CSU. All of my classes were online. This was the first time I did online classes and I must say it was very challenging but in the end very rewarding. I never had any problems with any of the offices such as registrars, financial, etc. Each time I reached out to any of my instructors, they always responded in a timely manner. My classes were very detailed and intensive. I had to spend some time reading and getting my homework completed. It was no joke and you will be sure to spend many hours working on the assignments so if you do not have time, you will need to make time. You must have a good attitude and a very good work ethic. You will have to communicate with your instructors when necessary. And you have to be very good with managing your time. You will not be able to "get ahead" with your assignments so don't expect to. But you will have to turn in your assignments on time. You have to be determined and motivated. Overall, it was a very good program and I had a very good experience with CSU.
I am currently enrolled at CSU. The initial ease of getting online and completing classes at your time frame that fit your schedule is awesome. I had the vast majority of my degree completed at a local community college but they were not entirely online. Having a family, working full time and all the other aspects of life, completing my degree online is really the only option for me that works. The major problem I have with CSU is their “transfer credit process”. BUYER BEWARE! They say that they count various aspects of your training, work experience and college credits and apply them toward your degree, which is true, but only to a point. They have classes that are titled differently than you would easily recognize. Problem is, I have already taken 4 of the classes they want me to take. They did not recognize all the credits from my previous community college class and now want me to take their class, it’s the same class. I just jumped right in and started taking class after class and then when I received the same textbook I called and they said “It is a higher level class than your previous class”. So I re-took the class, never even opened the new textbook, it was actually less of a class than my previous one. Problem is now, I am at the point where if I had gone to Kaplan University, I’d be done with my AS degree and already classes toward my BA. Very frustrating, feel like it’s a money making venture and not about education. Bottom line is I will finish my AS degree and not return to CSU. Chances are they will make me retake their own classes. If you are considering this university with no previous college credits, great. If you plan on “finishing” your degree, go elsewhere. Go to Kaplan or other online college. Save yourself time and money.
I am a mature student who started out just to finish the AA degree I started before I had children. I chose this school because I was working outside the U.S. at the time and several of my co-workers were using it. I began as a per-class student, but the pace for me was slow and I didn't get many classes completed over two years because life just kept getting in the way and I'm a great procrastinator. I moved back to the U.S. in 2012 and decided it was time to get this thing done. I switched to the 4 year program and applied for financial aid. Every single person I have dealt with at CSU, from the registrars office to financial aid to the professors, have been 100% professional and helpful. My registration has been processed accurately every single time. My financial aid has been processed accurately and timely every single time. Since I am receiving financial aid I had to switch to term enrollment and take two classes a term. This has turned out to be even better, in my opinion, than taking one class at a time per-class. The weekly deadlines and specific assignments have kept me on track and the professors are extremely helpful. The work isn't easy and you won't pass if you don't put in the effort. That's how it should be. I'm a senior now and I'm so excited to be able to see the end of my journey. I highly recommend CSU to anyone and everyone. It is an excellent school that provides the opportunity for a quality education. Best decision I ever made.
CSU is a GREAT school. Everyone, from administrators to faculty to customer support, works hard to make sure students have what they need to be successful. Do not go in thinking this is easy though. CSU is very writing intensive. The good news is that they also have tutors that can help you develop the writing skills you need if this is not a skill that is easy for you. I attended another university to complete my undergrad work and I can say without a doubt that CSU was a much more enjoyable experience!
I graduated with my Associates degree from CSU this year (2014) and honestly I would just like to say attending this University was the best decision I ever made. Trust me, there are many Online platforms out there but after attending a Community College, as well as other online colleges, I found myself in limbo and just wanting to complete what I had started. CSU was gracious!!! I was able to transfer mostly all of my credits, and the admission process was effortless. Financial Aid came on time every month (about a month after the start date of your course) and I never once had an issue! not once. Classes are great! You have to be self motivated. As long as you study, do the work and submit it on time, you will earn a good grade. Nothing is given to you at CSU, you have to work for it, period. SO don't expect excuses to get you a degree! CSU is affordable and I am so proud to have attended this University and I will continue to do so ....
Great learning experience. The counselors and academic advisors were very helpful all the time. I wanted to complete my master's at CSU also but I'm switching up my field slightly. I definitely would go back the school is great.
CSU provides online degree programs. Don't assume that this equates to an easy degree program. The courses are labor intensive in that there is a lot of reading, and writing to complete the assignments. Professors are responsive to e-mails if you have questions. The online CSU library is good, though I found that I needed to use a local university's library for additional material.
This University is perfect for the military member! I have taken classes while stationed in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. I cannot recall ever having an issue with enrollment, tuition, books, or getting support from advisers and faculty. All you have to do is put forth the effort, show a little discipline, and CSU will get you there! My wife is a UCF graduate, and my kids are both USF graduates. All three could not believe the support I get from CSU. I am the last in my family to get a degree, but I can't imagine where I would be without the support from this institution. Thanks CSU!