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

4.7 out of 5 stars
Rob Dietrich - 9/30/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"The courses are great! The format is presented professionally and follows easy! The professors are informed and experts in the field! The University staff is great! - I have NO complaints! I have been attending since 2013. I have attended several traditional Colleges/University schools, as well as attending several online Colleges, this format is by far the best! The professional improvement is clear and noticed by my coworkers, and managers. It has directly improved my professional standing and contributed to advancements in my career! You will need: Dedication, Time Management skills, Character and a 'Self starting mentality', and an ability to hit the ground runnning! the sessions are 8 weeks long and there is no time to 'catch up' - it isn't fair to you, your class mates, the professor's, or the University! Great School, Great staff and I am a proud Alumni! I am currently attending to complete my MBA and know the quality of that credential will be well accepted and applied in my professional setting! Good luck to all considering attending, welcome aboard and best wishes!"
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
TH - 9/4/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"Very positive experience. I did a lot of research looking for Master’s program and had a friend whom graduated from CSU, so I contacted advisors, and following a couple conversations decided to enroll. Along with the book program, (very military friendly) Federal TA the university works with, reviews I was reading, and the overall friendly and helpful environment of the staff, I felt it was a win win. I work a lot, travel often for work, have 3 kids, involved in different volunteer programs, and sit on a board as the finance officer for a local organization within my community. My schedule would not support being tied down to time requirements to be online and blog. CSU fit the needs of my schedule perfectly. Couple thing to take into account if you are thinking of enrolling. Be prepared to read, write, and do the work. Classes are 10 weeks built on an 8 week configuration. So it allowed me to take a week off every 4 weeks, providing I stayed up on my assignments. It also assisted in providing additional time for the readings and research needed to be successful in achieving what you are paying for in your studies. • Reading….be prepared to read. Not only the text, which in an average week you could be reading 100+ pages, plus on line research, and other scholarly articles in preparation for whatever the weeks writing may require. Some textbooks you can get in PDF, which I found to be very helpful with travel and indexing for citation. • Citation….learn, live, and love APA. The professors will demand it. • CSU Professors….Overall, and by that I mean 98% of my professors were outstanding. They will challenged you and provided insightful feedback. Understand, that not all professors are good, weather online or on campus at a major university, some will just stink. I had a couple I did not agree with, does not mean they were bad, we just had a difference of opinion, and I learned from a different prospective. I think that was an interesting learning feature I was not expecting that enhanced my experience at CSU. • CSU Staff….outstanding! From the advisors to the bookstore guy, nothing but positive things to say. If you begin to fall behind…they will call. I was traveling for 3-4 weeks with little to no conductivity to turn in assignments on a couple of occasions (hard to believe in today’s world, but it is possible to go off the grid). They called to check up on me along with emails from my professors checking to see if I needed additional help. They want you to succeed. (I would download my assignments prior to travel, another great feature of the coursework) • Textbooks….Some I liked, some I did not. Many professors will require some citation from the text, they also realize that is not the only place of information in learning. Get to know the library online at CSU. Great resource for additional learning and citation in supporting your writings. Hope this helps if you are thinking of CSU. CSU fit my lifestyle, due to work, family, and community commitments. Understand that you will be challenged, but that’s what a Master’s degree is, it is not easy. If you’re looking for an easy Master’s degree, it probably is not a degree worthwhile. Some classes I found easy, they fit with my ideology on business and life, others, I had to work my butt off, but learned so much. When you are done…..it’s worth it. GOOD LUCK on your decision."
5.0 out of 5 stars
JB - 8/26/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Loved this school and curriculum. I had a hard time at traditional colleges because I couldn't invest normal hours. I have children and a full time job. Columbia Southern was perfect because I could devote being a student and earning a degree on my own personal time. You have to do the work. I also like that each class is 8 weeks long Instead of 16. I would recommend this school to anyone."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Matt W. - 8/25/2015
Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2017
"Conducted a lot of research for my Master's degree and CSU seemed to have it all. Great structure in the online classes and just the right balance of reading and assignments. Would definitely recommend this to any working adult pursuing their degree. I started this year 2015 and have had no financial issues or enrollment concerns."
2.6 out of 5 stars
Joshua Parris - 8/25/2015
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014
"Columbia Southern University is fine as long as they are getting your money but in my case they had an accounting error in regards to my Financial Aid and now they are holding my transcript hostage even though they are not allowed to do so !!!!!! So word to the wise don't waste your time or money with these clowns because they will not do what is right for you."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Annonymous - 8/23/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"After carefully researching online colleges I choose CSU because of the cost and good reviews. From the day I was assigned my Advisor I had a bad feeling about her. I explained my situation to her and she encourage me to enroll and I did. The 2 classes that I am currently in are very difficult. You need to read 2 chapters each week and basically you don't understand what you are reading. Reaching out to one of my Professor compare to reaching out to brick wall. If they had allowed more time to withdraw from there classes I would and start school somewhere else. They say first impressions last but this will most definitey last as the worst online classes. I have done online classes before and here I must say is the worst. The Assessment essays are ridiculous. If you lead a busy lifestyle and have a family, this is not the school for you. To add their a few of the financial office workers are clueless. I called to find out information and that any financial aid officer should be able to answer and they couldn't. I googled the information and got the answer. I have emailed my Advisor requesting help 4 days now and no word. If she was on vacation, I would assume she would changed her greeting on her phone or email. As soon as this term is over I am out of here."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Daniel Gutierrez - 8/17/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
"I felt the instructors were very attentive which came as a surprise due to all of my classes being online. As long as you have some self discipline and some extra time to study and read, this is a very great option. It is yet to be determined how this university is accepted on a resume, but I feel like it was legit. Certainly was not a breeze by any means."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Diannia Duncan - 8/12/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"Columbia Southern University was an excellent on-line learning program. Teachers were outstanding and the service I received from all employees was always courteous and speedy. The way they have the program set up, it fits everyone's work schedule to include having a family. I recommend CSU to anyone trying to get a better education and still have to work."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Larry E7 (Ret) - 8/3/2015
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"This is the most military friendly school I have attended. Prior to CSU I attended: St Leo's Unv, Eastern Michigan Unv, Sinclair Comm College, and Park University. I have also used CLEP and DANTES extensively. I was amazed that CSU accepted/transferred nearly all of my other college credits into their program. Since it is fully nationally accredited, I was able to use my GI bill without any problem. Their Masters Degree Program is considered full time and you only have to take one class every eight weeks. Since full time qualified me for the housing allowance, I got a nice bonus check from VA. As far as the course work, it is a lot of writing and a good amount of time spent on research. Say what you want about "on-line" schools but I have attended several brick and mortar colleges over the years and this course work has been far more challenging. The Professors are first rate and many teach at other colleges as well as CSU. All of the professors that I had, have or are currently working in the field that they are teaching. I was surprised at how many are published experts and connected within their areas of expertise. Overall this is a great choice for anyone with a military background that is self-motivated and has good time-management skills."
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