Columbia Southern University Reviews

4.01 out of 5 stars
(176 Reviews)
86% of 176 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 176 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/4/2020
Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
HamboJambo - 7/14/2020
Degree: Occupational Safety
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Marcel - 1/14/2020
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Jtob - 12/15/2019
Graduation Year: 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."
1.9 out of 5 stars
James Sims - 11/25/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Lamont R. - 11/9/2019
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2020
"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!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
Chelsea Jordan - 9/28/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Terrance Mayes - 9/13/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Tony - 9/2/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Rob Walker - 8/6/2019
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
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