Columbia Southern University Reviews - Criminal Justice

4.2 out of 5 stars
(17 Reviews)
87% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
82% of 17 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Anthony Anderson - 10/8/2018
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017
"Overall my experience was excellent with Columbia Southern. I did get some useful feedback and the academic adviser was easy to work worth. I will say there was a large varying degree of instructors and the strictness in grading. One thing to pay attention to is the accreditation. CSU is a nationally accredited university and if you desire to attend a regionally accredited college there is a very good chance that the regionally accredited school will not accept your transfer request. If you start at a nationally accredited school then you will need to end at a nationally accredited school. You think it is the other way around but this is not true. I was lucky and found a regionally accredited school which accepted CSU's degree so I was able to start my Master's a few months after a graduated. The course work is definitely geared towards professionals and most of the professors were easy to work worth. I had one issue with one instructor and my adviser was very good at communicating with me. I believe CSU is always trying to improve their academic standards so hopefully they will we regionally accredited some day if not already."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adam Argun - 11/10/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017
"My overall experience at CSU is absolutely amazing. The courses and work load is just right. The professors and student advisors a great, the LifePace Learning option (10 week flexible term) is perfect for my work schedule. The online student portal is easy to use. Nothing but the most positive things to say about CSU."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Cozby - 11/9/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018
"CSU has been helpful in advancing my education for my career. CSU understands that everyday life can become an obstacle, and the professors as well as the counselors, are eager to help. My counselor, Amanda, was very helpful with any questions that I had, and was able to give the advance I needed to carry on. Thank you CSU staff for pushing me towards achieving my goals. Jennifer"
3.6 out of 5 stars
Elihu J. Lowery - 9/16/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
"CSU is not a bad school but it does require you to educate yourself about accreditation. CSU is a nationally accredited university and if you desire to attend a regionally accredited college there is a very good chance that the regionally accredited school will not accept your transfer request. If you start at a nationally accredited school then you will need to end at a nationally accredited school. Now, with that said there are some rare exceptions as it is up to each individual regionally accredited school to decide for themselves if they will or will not accept your transfer credit. I have transferred my CSU credit to my local regionally accredited Community College (one declined, the other accepted) in which they accepted a full years worth of credit, and once I earned my BS Degree in Criminal Justice from CSU I was able to enroll in a masters program with a regionally accredited University (CSU's sister institution Waldorf University, but from what I have read it seems they will accept CSU Degrees but not individual courses). It is however up to you to know the difference in accreditation and then be willing to shop around to find a school that will accept your credit should you decide to change from Nationally to Regionally Accredited institutions. I do hope this information helps you to be more informed as you decide as to which institution of learning you wish to attend."
4.6 out of 5 stars
C. Covington - 5/14/2016
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am 1/2 way through my masters degree program and thought I would share my thoughts. CSU might not be for everyone but it works for me. Some reviews complain about advisors and disbursements. My advisors change every few weeks. I can see where this can cause confusion for folks. I don't require much from them so it doesn't matter to me. I could see how this could be a problem for someone in undergrad who doesn't understand what classes they need. As for disbursements this is difficult at most colleges. The money comes from the fed usually so the college has to wait until it arrives. I am a law enforcement officer at a college and I am frequently called to enrollment services to deal with irrate students who get very angry. I don't think CSU is unique there. Overall I am very pleased with my program. My command staff is aware that I am working on my masters and that alone has given me an edge. There is a promotion board coming up and even without the degree I am a strong applicant for promotion. I have been able to take information from class and apply it directly or used it to explain something several times already impressing my supervisors. I am very happy with the program so far. The school isn't perfect though. The quality of the professor varies widely. Some have been very involved and others much less so. I think a few just read enough of your work to write a short comment in the grades section and move on. Others rip your paper to shreds and question you a great deal. This is often true in brick and mortar schools too though. This school really requires a great deal of self motivation. The student does nearly everything, no one is teaching you the material. You have to learn it on your own. If you aren't able to thrive in that environment this might not be the place for you. Since I do like self learning it works great for me. The student also has to know what they are getting involved with. As many have said this school is Nationally accredited not Regional. Sometimes this matters and other times it doesn't. Do your research before you sign up. For me it doesn't matter. I work for a Regionally accredited college but they accept National degrees. One of the deans' phd is from. nationally accredited school; good enough for me. This school isn't Harvard or Yale either (it doesn't claim to be). Your degree might not have the brand name recognition that a major school has. Just make sure you research your academic needs before you sign up (you should do that at any school though). Is it perfect? No. Is it good? I think so! Is it a good value with a good return on your investment? For me it has been. Good luck!"
1.9 out of 5 stars
B - 3/4/2016
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
"There are many, many choice of online education providers. Having said that, this institution may not be for you and here's why. Many of the professors have no idea about the course curriculum. I have called several professors during their office hours to discuss the unit topics. Not once did I receive anything in the way of direction, insight or even a glimmer of knowledge. I wasn't looking for an answer, just clarification. One Fire Science professor I called was intoxicated and couldn't even discuss the topic. He wanted to know about my life goals and offered loan forgiveness advice that wasn't applicable. Another Criminal Justice professor wanted to brag about being a court expert and published. Again, he offered his resume and not clarification on the subject at hand. The academic advisers are some of the worst available. They will offer classes that do not correspond to your degree action plan, return emails/calls in a few days and are generally not helpful. You actually need to take charge of your own degree program and tell the advisers that you will be taking certain classes and in the order of your choosing, otherwise they will enroll you in classes that will not count and you will have to pay for them. Overall experience, not impressive. I went on to earn my Master's from another institution."
4.8 out of 5 stars
T. Green - 2/3/2016
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have enjoyed my time at CSU. I am actually going to work towards my Masters degree with them as well. Don't get me wrong, there were times where I just wanted to walk away from my studies due to a professor not doing, what I felt, was right. 98% of my professors were awesome! I would recommend CSU to anyone interested in furthering their education. There is lots of reading, writing, and research so just prepared to work. The staff has been nothing but helpful and I look forward to working with them. FYI, CSU is a little slow on the disbursement of funds; I did not depend on them. Whenever they came it was just like a small treat in my bank account. Again, I have nothing negative to say!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shawna - 1/13/2016
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
"I enjoyed this school. I had great advisors and professors. I was married shortly before graduation and needed my name changed. This way my name appeared correct on my transcripts to make it easier when applying for jobs. The first job I applied for after graduation, I got thanks to my degree! As far as those complaining about disbursement, don't count on student loan money. Work! I worked full time out of town 4 days per week while getting this degree."
4.7 out of 5 stars
L.Hernandez - 11/23/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"Columbia Southern university is a great school. I waited nine years to get back into college I was more worried about making money then owning money to the government. The school really helped me slide back into the groove. What I found amazing was the access I had to real people such as advisors and instructors to the ease of getting online to complete the work. I been working full time as a law enforcement officer and sorry to say completed some discussion boards in between dispatch calls. One story I like to share was I forgot about a discussion board, I completed the assignment with a kindle fire on the beach it took forever but it shows how easy access was (Computers, Kindle Fire). I learned a lot from the classes and read examples which matched real world issues in the field such as juvenile crime. My employers two sheriff offices and now the federal government all recognize my degree so don't worry its a real school with real results. In closing the school and college experience was great and I went back for the bachelor as a challenge. "Good Luck""
5.0 out of 5 stars
JBonk - 9/6/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"Great School and great program. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking to attend an online school. I completed my degree while working full-time as a police officer. I am now looking to complete another degree! The staff were always available to help and ensure you do well."
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