Columbia Southern University Reviews
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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!
CSU has been the best school ever! I finished my Bachelor's in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in 2014. I attempted to try out other schools but their customer service skills led me right back to CSU. I was concerned about the accreditation but I have already been offered a new job using the degree I receive from CSU. I graduated 09/2014 and I got a job by 02/2015. The book grant is amazing and I think that is what keeps me coming back to CSU.
I chose to go back to school several years after graduating high school. I read many reviews on many different colleges. One school that continually popped up in my search was Columbia Southern University. Not only did this school have very good reviews, but the tuition was very reasonable and this school offered online classes. I could not be more happy with my decision. I have just completed my first term and I am proud of my grades so far! Online classes are definitely much different than a traditional college in the respect that as a student, I had to self-discipline and create a routine to balance work and school. The instructors are readily available, the financial aid office has been very helpful and I do not feel the lessons are too easy or too hard. I'd say the curriculum is spot on. I recommend this college to anyone looking to pursue a degree and wanting to attend online.
Thanks to the VA's Vocational Rehab program, I was allowed to return to school to obtain a degree that would bolster my employability. I had a B.S. from a (brick and mortar) regionally accredited university, but my major was limiting my career potential. As such, CSU accepted all of my credits, so I was only responsible for twelve classes in the safety field. With the VA paying the tuition AND paying a stipend, I was able to complete the program in less than 24 months. I graduated in 2010. One of the most important aspects I considered was whether or not CSU would be accepted by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals when obtaining the coveted Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. It was, and I passed the CSP exam in 2012. The information I learned at CSU directly enabled me to move ahead in the safety field. Having experience earning a degree in a classroom setting, I can tell you that the online experience is more of a challenge. To any person that is looking for a new career, I will tell you that you need to focus on a field that offers you the ability to obtain a legitimate, nationally recognized certification, i.e. Accounting (CPA), Safety (CSP), etc. In today's world a B.A. or B.S. doesn't mean much to employers. What does matter is a certification that sets you apart from others in your field. Yes, you have to study and take exams to earn the certification, but it is WELL worth the time and effort, trust me. Overall, I was pleased with the education I received from CSU, and it helped me grow both financially and professionally. I recommend it to any mid-career professional looking to get a leg up on your non-degreed brethren.
I started Columbia Southern back in 2009 and have loved it every since. I enrolled at this school for two reasons. Free books and classes at your own pace for military. Columbia Southern has allowed me to take courses at my own pace (8 weeks course) and as a military member that's a huge deal due to the frequent deployments and late shifts. I have one class left and I will be done with my bachelors and after that I will move on to complete my MBA with them. I never dreamed of finishing my Bachelors degree but Columbia Southern has made it possible. Now that I have my Bachelors degree to combine with my work experience it will definetly make me competitive with my counterparts for healthcare management positions. The only knock against CSU is that they're National Accredited. I left the military in 2013 and not once has anyone cared about where the degree came from and I've interviewed and landed jobs with some of the top hospitals in Southern California and now work as a Federal Govt (GS). I recommend friends and family all the time. My brother even attends. You can't go wrong with Columbia Southern.
I have read all of the reviews concerning this university and they are very accurate. If you are on the fence about attending this university because it is nationally accredited vs regionally, don't be (depending on profession). Most employers only care that the college is accredited. The only problem with nationally accredited universities is that their credits do not transfer as well as regionally accredited ones. I didn't have a problem with this because I knew I was finishing with CSU. Overall great experience.
I was able to complete a BS degree from CSU. The school provided me this opportunity with the schedule and guidance that I needed. The school low rates matched our cities tuition reimbursement program. This was critical, because almost every other program was very costly and would have required out of pocket expenses. I was provided concepts that helped me learn to understand difficult processes. CSU also provided the needed writing guidance. The completion of a BS would have been much more complicated without this wonderful institution. I would like to thank the members of the CSU faculty for their professionalism.
As a person that attended a regionally accredited, nationally known brick and mortar school for my bachelors degree, I feel qualified now after completing my MBA at CSU to voice my opinion on the comparison of online schools vs classrooms as well as national vs regional accreditation. Completing a degree online was much harder than sitting in a classroom, it took much more discipline and time management to study and complete assignments. It's very tough to read, comprehend and be tested on material without being able to ask questions of the professor or get the perspective of others in the class. With regards to the knowledge gained, I also feel I got more out of the classes online, since I was forced to take my time and understand the material which lead to much greater retention of the information. As for the accreditation, rarely do employers ask about this; as a hiring manager, I never have! I check to insure the school has an accreditation accepted by the Dept of Ed and that's it. If DOE accepts it, it's a degree plain and simple. Of course there are some programs and graduate schools that won't take nationally accredited degrees but I'm betting there are more that will than won't. It's imperative that you do a little research before to making the commitment to any school, CSU is no different. Everyone learns differently so online classes are not for everyone. During my young and stupid years, I don't believe I could have handled online classes but most adults that are completing their degrees online are dealing with "real life" issues and have a mature perspective on education and why it's important. CSU is a great school for adults looking to finish up or advance their education. The degree is recognized by the DOE and I for one can tell you it is not easy to get. You will work hard and get out of it what you put into it...ironically that's no different than at any other school online or B&M.
Attending Columbia Southern University was not my first time taking online classes, because I previously had taken classes at University of Phoenix. I did not like working in the group settings and potentially doing all the work while others took credit for work not done and getting a passing grade. After Phoenix, I began looking for other colleges and was referred by a previous boss to take classes at Columbia Southern University. After starting at CSU I loved it because I no longer had to work in groups but was graded on my own work and effort. I would definately recommend CSU to everyone looking for classes online. They were sometimes very challenging and yes you have to put in the time and effort if you want good grades. The instructors were great with getting back with you when having a problem. I may have had 2 professors I had to speak with my academic advisor about and the situation was fixed. Over all the courses were great and I would attend there again. They also had tutors to help in the different areas as needed. I was very impressed with my instructors and their willingness to help. I also stressed out myself in areas because I thought they had no help, but once I spoke with my advisor and she gave me the tools needed, I passed everything with flying colors. I graduated with high honors with a 4.0 and Summa Cum Laude. I will actually walk in 2015 because I wanted to walk down the isle with honors.