Columbia Southern University Reviews

  • 180 Reviews
  • Orange Beach (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
87% of 180 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 180 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 11/29/2021
  • Degree: Homeland Security
"It took me some time but I finally finished my B.S. Will be starting a Masters in Homeland Security. I found the instructors pleasant 90% of the time. I really only had issues with an Academic Advisor but overall great experience that I think will help me in the future. I don't think it matters if this school is nationally accredited because most government jobs don't care about nationally versus regionally accredited schools... if your GI bill will pay for it, it will not matter in the long run."
Changed My Life
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2021
  • Degree: Business
"I had an excellent experience with CSU. I was able to earn my bachelors degree at a scedule that worked for me. Upon graduation in 2002, I was hired at IBM. Because the degree is accredited, they had no issues with it. Later, I used this same CSU bachelors degree to get admitted to Benadictine University, where I earned my MBA. Contrary to what some are suggesting here, most RA schools WILL accept a nationally accredited degree. In fact most say it right on the admissions page. Please check and see for yourself. Here's why . .Almost all universities have online degrees now - it's no longer a novelty. There's too much competition now for them to turn away graduates from NA schools - which is why they dont. Anyway, after earning my MBA, I earned a Doctor of Information Technology at Middle Georgia University. Admissions was based on my bachelors and MBA. Today, I teach college courses in business and computer science at a RA community college part time. I'm also a data scientist at Lockheed Martin. So please, enough with the crap about how CSU isn't accepted. The jury has long since been in on this. Go to the alumni page on Linked In. Look at where graduates work. We're talking major corporations, government and education. Some are in high leadership positions. I'm proud I'm an alumni. The school offered me an opportunity to improve my standing in life and pull myself out of abstract poverty at a time when "online" was looked at skeptically."
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2021
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
"Yes CSU is nationally accredited, and yes not all schools will accept them. There are however many that will, including top ranked schools for master's degrees. Some of these include Liberty Univ, UMGC, Florida International Univ, Webster Univ, Colorado Christian Univ, and more. I don't think my bachelor's from CSU is worth much though, but no degree is without experience. That being said, it's no worse of a degree than from any other school save an Ivy league school. There are a lot of ridiculous comments on here about accreditation, all mostly from elitist folks that probably had mommy buy their way into college. Don't listen to them , they are naysayers, silver spooners, and know it alls. The bottom line is you get good grades, get experience in your field, you can get wherever you want eventually, even if you started at CSU. There is always a way, anyone who says anything else is merely trying to discourage you or sell you something you don't need."
Bruce W.
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
"I’ve completed both my associates and bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health with Columbia Southern University (CSU). CSU’s Occupational Safety and Health program is recognized by both the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). Both of these agencies are the credentialing authorities for Safety Practitioners and CSU is the only nationally accredited institute recognized by BCSP for having a Qualified Academic Program (QAP). What this means is that the same rigor found in regionally accredited QAP’s are administered at CSU, essentially you are learning the same BCSP & IHMM approved course material as any other qualifying university. There seems to be a lot of conflicting “first hand” accounts regarding the accreditation value of this degree that I hope I’ve been able to clear up. Upon completion of a bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health, you can apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation through BCSP. This designation can be applied toward the eligibility to sit for testing of the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) without having to attain the Associate Safety Professional credential. Additionally, you can apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) credential through the IHMM once you are completed with your bachelor’s. Lastly, at the writing of this review, the IHMM has begun a pilot program with CSU that allows students to apply for the Student Hazardous Materials Management (ST-CHMM) credential. The value of education you receive at CSU for completing the bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health is recognized by all major credentialing authorities and the U.S. Department of Education. If you want a solid education in Occupational Safety and Health administered by leading industry professionals, this is a great place to start that journey. -AM1, USN, Ret."
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2021
  • Degree: Public Health
"Sucked they moved my credits from 42 to 54. If you never want top graduate this is the school. They did a poor job explaining if you dont continuously go to school you will have to take additional classes. Hard to graduate in your Active Military...."
Lamont R
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Columbia Southern University is a nationally accredited university. As such, regionally accredited colleges (most) will not accept the credits earned at this institution. All its faculty as I understand must possess degrees from regionally accredited schools. I have many degrees – ALL from regionally accredited colleges. I chose CSU’s MBA in Project Management because I am a seasoned professional and I already have a viable career. What CSU offers me is a low stress course of study where I can earn the ‘sheep skin’ and check the block should I want to move within my organization. I would not recommend this school for a student coming out of high school looking to make their mark on the world. However, for adult learners who are already experienced – this school great! How much you learn is totally up to you. I know that to pass the PMP exam, I better study and take all my assignments seriously. At CSU (as with any school) how much you learn is largely up to you. I don’t agree that it’s a diploma mill as you must complete your work. The courses are NOT as challenging as DePaul University – and thank God for that! This degree is recognized and accepted by all government agencies and most large corporations that I am aware of that offer their employee’s tuition assistance will pay for your degree at CSU. That itself is a strong indication that it’s NOT a diploma mill. Let’s put it in its proper perspective: DePaul MBA vs CSU’s MBA, DePaul wins hands down in every respect! DePaul’s MBA may cost you over $100K, CSU will cost you much less than $10K. I already have a job and some of the positions at my organization will require an MBA – they did not say from WHERE the MBA must be earned! The only requirement is that the degree must be accredited, and national accreditation is good enough! For all of you complainers out there, I suggest that you get yourself back to the program. If some of your instructors are extra soft, then oh well – get the sheep’s skin!"
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
"I completed an MBA program that had a concentration in healthcare administration within the past year with CSU. I thought that after completing this degree it would be beneficial to my career, but at this point it has not really landed me any new interviews nor any promotions. I already had a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in Public Health and I thought this additional degree would get me thru the door with various companies for a better position, but at this point, it has not. Landing a higher job in many cases is more so who you know and the connections you have, rather then your education or even your skill level. There are many cases that I have seen with people in higher positions who do not have a master’s, but only a bachelor’s degree and they make it higher up in an organization because of who they know or even their skin color rather then their skill level or contribution to a company. Before going to this school be cautious and do your research thoroughly."
  • Reviewed: 7/14/2020
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
"I started to pursue a Master's of Occupational Safety and Health at this school, but realized after my first class that my degree would not be worth the paper it was printed on. For a master's level course, very little effort was required to get an "A" in the class. Honestly, I just started to completely bluff my papers and assignments without even reading the required materials once I realized no matter what I submitted, I would get a high B or A."
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2020
  • Degree: Management
"After enrolling, I learned Columbia Southern University is considered a diploma mill. Credits at Columbia Southern University will not transfer to traditional universities. I transferred to accredited school and had to retake courses completed at Columbia Southern University. There was no comparison. The courses at Columbia Southern lacked detail and did not extensively cover the material. It was a waste of money."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2019
"I had a great experience here at CSU. Most of my instructors were willing to go above and beyond when required. I required very little assistance from the school itself but whwn requested they were quick to respond and resolve all matters in a tinely manner. I was able to land a good paying job the same day I graduated i would reccomend this course to anyone looking to get ahead with their education."
James Sims
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2019
  • Degree: Business
"A for-profit, family-owned school. The diploma you get here isn't worth the paper they print it on. You should look for a REGIONALLY ACCREDITED school. There's a reason CSI can't earn a regional accredation. Don't waste you money and time here. They focus on recruiting students, not educating them."
Lamont R.
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2019
  • Degree: Project Management
"CSU is a nationally accredited school. I have earned two master's degrees from regionally accredited college, and I consider myself a 'life-learner.' I honestly don't foresee a time when I will stop attending school. I can tell you that the opportunity to learn and apply yourself is as available here at CSU as any other regionally accredited school. With that said, students coming right out of high school are better off in a RA school and have that campus experience and interaction. For established professionals, however, this program is GREAT! You can work and perform in your courses as your busy schedule permits. You can learn as much as you desire at CSU as they are very-well resourced. I like my program a lot, and I have found that the instructors at CSU are more attentive than what I had experienced at other schools that were regionally accredited. The cost of the program is very 'pocket-friendly' and is an over great value and an excellent investment in your career!"
Chelsea Jordan
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2019
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"Both Bachelor's programs I participated in were high class. Even though I decided to complete school solely with online courses, I felt very much attended to by all staff members and professors. For the most part, professors had grades returned within two business days and provided insightful feedback. Only downside is some of the classes are starting to not use physical books, which for me I have found to be challenging."
Terrance Mayes
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I had the honor of attending the online university, Columbia Southern University on and off from 2009 - 2015. I earned my Associate of Arts in 2010 in General Studies; and my Bachelor of Science in 2015 in Business of Science. The Pros: The university served to be very flexible for me. Flexibility was important because during those years I serve in Navy active duty in country (Norfolk, Virginia - at times in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean). And overseas/out of country (Setting in the middle of Baghdad, Iraq in a hut). There was no limit to the support I received from counselors and professors. The classes were web-based. The interaction with fellow classmates was very great/solid. The school is very military friendly. Military friend school are familiar with educational rights and benefits for Veterans. The Post 9/11 Government Issued (GI) Bill. For those that aren't familiar. The Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay for veterans full tuition and fees at school, provide for veterans with a monthly housing allowance while veterans are going to school. And generally veterans get up to $1000 a year to use for books and supplies. The Cons:. At the time of my last few classes I notice the class per unit were more expensive then others. Online Experience: The online experience was great for me but if you're someone who needs to be "pushed" or have no self-motivation, you will fail. Accredited status: the university is NA (Nationally Accredited) and not recognize as RA (Regionally Accredited). So the prestige isn't there like a University of Memphis, University of North Carolina, Duke, The Ohio State University."
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I had a great experience with CSU. I read a lot of negative reviews and all of them have one thing in common, they all graduated with a Degree from Columbia Southern University. I think if the school was so bad why not go somewhere else? No matter, my adviser was very helpful, my professors gave meaningful feedback."
Rob Walker
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"Columbia Southern is a fantastic choice for a professional in public safety that wants to improve their career. The Lifepace program allows you to complete courses on off days and during downtime. It's not a diploma mill by any stretch. The work is demanding and I found the subject matter to directly relate to my career. Highly recommended."
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2019
"Columbia Southern University is a wonderful online College. They make learning online as simple as possible. The teachers are always more then willing to help students who need extra help via email or phone .The easy enroll option has make registrating for classes easy. Columbia Southern University exceeded my expectations."
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2019
  • Degree: MBA
"I did not find Columbia Southern University's M.B.A. program to be as easy/breezy as some have stated- there was constant reading, research and writing throughout the year-and-a-half I completed my online M.B.A. degree. The classes are set up for students to pass and I wondered if some students were being granted A's without making as strong an attempt as the more serious pupils, but if you make an effort you will definitely believe you truly earned the degree when you finish- I know I have a lot more free time now that it's over, and I do feel a sense of accomplishment now. I enjoyed some of the coursework and being able to do assignments at home, but I had a big problem with the lack of communication and what seemed to be arbitrary grading practices by some of the instructors, to the point I wondered how much time and effort they were putting in to read and grade the assignments- for example, I might get 100% on an assignment I made a good effort on, but then have my score drop to a low-90's/high 80's range (sometimes with no explanation) for a project wherein I clearly made a substantial effort. I suppose this situation is more apt to occur with online degree programs, but improvements could be made to ensure everyone (both students and professors) are taking their responsibilities seriously. Overall, Columbia's courses are well-organized and provide a solid overview of the subject matter. It worked well for me, but I was relieved when the classes and this type of grading were over."
Disappointed Student
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2019
  • Degree: Engineering
"I had grievances with the professors who cut and paste generic responses to student assignments. This is how the professors grade assignments. No individual feedback. When I submitted grievances in accordance with the student handbook, administration brushed off the complaints and then asked me to resubmit them to go to the next level of appeal. They did this twice, so it's a way to get students to not complain about the teachers AND make it difficult for you to share your experiences. Admin doesn't care about students. Teachers are lazy and do not have any lectures or feedback to share. The only upside to this school is that it provides textbooks free to students. But with such a low tuition rate, you get what you pay for. Professors do not teach the class. They just grade papers. This is strictly a correspondence school put online."
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"I found Columbia Southern University to be an excellent school. I attended for my graduate degree and the support I received from the advisers to the faculty was excellent. The school really cares about the success of the student and will support you the whole time from start to finish. The classes can be challenging, but they equip you for the future."