Columbia Southern University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (122)
As for the content of this degree program, it is top notch. CSU provides the books as part of the tuition payment and for most of the classes, the material covered matches the text and also real world scenarios. Another nice thing about CSU is they hire actively working professionals in the fields that you are trying to study. Keep an eye on their Advanced Industrial Hygiene professor who works both at CSU and at EKU though, he's a bit of a dork and although he means well, he doesn't always have the best interest of the student in mind. Some posters will complain about the transferability of the CSU credits.... I never had any problems as some of my credits transferred to a real university... but only those that had applicability to the new major. Those credits that had nothing to do with my new major (Public Health) transferred as electives but some (such as the introductory class (waste of time) did not. In summary, if you are looking for a cheap graduate degree, this is the place to get it. If you are looking for a degree that will help you to get a PhD, go elsewhere as the degree isn't recognized. If you are looking to take a few classes that you hope to transfer, make sure you take classes that are similar to the classes that you'll be taking at the real university. They'll transfer as electives and the real university's classes will be waived as part of you new degree program. Try to avoid taking the introductory class. It is a waste of time and money.
I was told when I started my MSc that it would count in Canada. Unfortunately the school is a money grab. If you live anywhere beside the U.S. your degree/MSc WILL NOT COUNT!!! The online MSc has potential, it was a good program but unfortunately is useless for me.
Coming from a Division 1 "Ivy League" school I feel I have a great opinion. I love the professors, they all have real world experience. They grade fairly, and do require a lot of writing! The questions they are designed to force you to think. I actually love this, it lets me really get into the information and learn how I might apply it, in a real world situation. I am not military and I find this education as intense as my education at my previous school! A lot of reading, writing, studying, you will not get a degree just for trying here, you are going to earn it! The professors mean business and have high expectations for their students, I got 100% on a research paper it took me weeks to write. I sent it to success center for critique and they sent it back and offered some criticism, which I took into account and am glad I did. CSU offers tons of opportunities to study abroad, intern etc.... SUPER HAPPY
This is my second year at Columbia Southern and I can tell you that after being out of school for so many years (I'm 50), I didn't think I could cut it going back to college. I have found the staff to be extremely helpful and the classes interesting and challenging. This is a great place to get your degree, and I cannot wait to walk across that stage and get mine in 2017! The professors and advisors are great, and the price to get your degree here is very reasonable compared to other colleges. I highly recommend trying out Columbia Southern University if you are thinking about getting your degree.
My experience with CSU was that it was a very good school. I have my undergrad from UCLA and have worked in the business world for the past 15 years. I set a personal goal for myself to attain my MBA by the time I turned 40 and CSU was perfect for me as a working professional. The on line learning system allowed me to schedule my learning activities around my full time job and my family obligations. The coursework was challenging but not overwhelming. The faculty were friendly and timely with responses to questions. All in all, I learned a lot from the experience and I highly recommend CSU for working professionals who want to advance in their careers.
I chose Columbia Southern University for several reasons; quality of education, flexibility of study, and affordable cost. I was not disappointed with any aspect of their program and I feel I received as good a degree as anyone, anywhere. The faculty are helpful and engaged with every class. You recveive immediate responses when you contact them and through all my courses of study I never experienced any thing less than outstanding mentorship. I would highly recomend this school to anyone seeking higher education.
I studied Organizational Leadership for two years, after receiving my associates from Paris Junior College and Aircraft Structural Maintenance at the Community College of the Air Force. My experience at CSU was positive and fulfilling. All of the courses were relevant to the degree, and challenging enough to strengthen my skillset. By the time I graduated from CSU I had been working as a supervisor at my current employer for over four years. Many of the classes I attended offered practical lessons I could apply to my daily operations. Since graduating I considered going back for my masters. My favorite course at CSU was team building.
All my degree teachers were a joke. They were just giving out grades. My teachers for Algebra, English, Earth Science, and History, they were strict about the work. But I just took a Parole and Probation class. No more what I answered my teacher gave me an A, On some of the assignments I didn't even answer the whole question, he still didn't take points off. Plus it is not Regionally accredited. I want to eventually go to Virginia State, (I'm in the Army) but if I transfer they wouldn't even take half of my credits. I feel like I'm getting a certificate of attendance. Once I found this out I wanted to change schools. I just took my final class. I will be transfering to a better school.
I have been a student of Columbia Southern University since 2011. I appreciate that Columbia Southern allows me to do self-paced learning and that their staff have been so very helpful in my education experience. I am currently enrolled in their MS Occupational Safety and Health program. After being a student of this University for about 4 years, I have learned that it is important to know who your academic advisor is. This information can be crucial in ensuring that you have the most up to date information about your degree progress and plan. My experience has been mainly positive, but let's be honest, you can't attend school anywhere without having at least one negative experience. Mine was with a Professor. I had emailed the professor to inquire about a grade that I had received on an assignment. I had received 86%, but no feedback to indicate why. I inquired by email to the professor directly, and the email response I received was both defensive and dismissive. My inquiry was all about discovery. Why had I received this mark, and what could I do to improve on future assignments? The professor indicated that not everybody gets 100% all the time, and that they would not be changing my mark. I sent a reply, indicating that I was not inquiring about a change to my present grade, just feedback. That way I could improve on my next assignment. The follow up email was just as defensive and dismissive as the first and did not address my question. Finally after a second reply I got my answer, and was able to make changes to my future assignments. I concluded that particular course with a 4.0 (A) grade and have four courses left before I complete my Master's Degree.
I attended CSU for my bachelor and masters degree in healthcare administration. It was a challenge, at first, to discipline myself to online classes, but it was well worth it. The instructors were excellent and always easily contacted; student services was great. There is really nothing bad I can say about the school. I loved it and my degrees were very applicable to my present job. Do not be afraid to attend this school; you will excel!