California Southern University Reviews

3.35 out of 5 stars
(53 Reviews)
  • Irvine (CA)
71% of 53 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 53 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Kim - 3/16/2016
Degree: MBA in International Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"I think independent study is a great way to gain additional education while working full time. I would not recommend this style of learning for an undergraduate degree or degrees that require a high level of engagement for learning success. I enrolled in the MBA program. For the courses that are incredibly easy to pick up, then I would recommend this university's approach. Otherwise, pick another online institution that provides interactive support and engagement as apart of their culture. Do not expect much help or support from the majority of mentors of the CSU courses. It takes them "forever" to response and the responses are usually not helpful initially. It takes many tries to get your questions answered, which translates to a lot of wasted time while your course deadlines are approaching. You'll end up extending to complete the course work, which translates to additional fees. Many of them do not keep to the 48 hours turn around time and when you ask the advisors to help, they take a long time to response as well. I had one mentor that was amazing at returning emails, the project management class. He should be used as the standard model for all mentors. Also, I had one good advisor in the beginning, but then she moved to another program. The value is in the cost for the program if you don't need much interaction to complete the assignments. For example, do you remember your differential equations from calculus? If so, then you'll do fine in the statistical analysis course. Or if you need guidance on what is the expectation on the level of detail or content for a multi-paper final marketing project, you can wait a long time for clarification. Overall, if you need help to explain any of the work or the expectation of the course work, then you're on your own with frustration and lack of motivation. There are a few exceptions as I mentioned above, but those are the exceptions, not the rule. If I had the option to choose again, I would pick another university online program. I would not chose California Southern University. I would pick a traditional regionally accredited program with an online extension."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Keith - 2/1/2016
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016
"Great school and responsive mentors. The website is not the most flashy, but the really low tuition and interest free payment options make up for that. It was easy to enroll since you can start any month of the year. They do not accept student loans, which may not work for everyone but if you can afford the low payments they offer, you will save yourself a ton in the long-run."
4.7 out of 5 stars
J from Virginia - 11/5/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I found the program to be robust and difficult while on par with the brick and mortar school I attended for my Master of Education degree. I would recommend this school if you want affordable, quality education. My state accepted course work for LPC."
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