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Degree: Occupational Therapy Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016

This is not a degree mill! I am academically gifted, and I am currently struggling to maintain a 4.0 with this school. The course curriculum is designed not to be a multiple choice, find the answer in the index, and input the answer, type of school. You have to research, think, and relate your experiences and knowledge in a variety of essays, short answers, discussions, etc. It forces you to learn. I easily put 10 hours a week in each of my 8 week courses. Even on flex enrollment plans, I cannot finish the course in a day or two as in most traditional online flex courses. The instructors place their cell phone numbers in their biographies, and on numerous occasions have answered my calls to clarify assignments. They give feedback continuously, and you can improve each and everyone of the assignments, without making the same mistake twice. They are awesome with transferring credit, especially with military. I transferred 72 of 120 credits: 21 from Central Texas, 6 from AMU, 9 from CLEP, and the rest from military training via SMART/JST. The staff/academic advisors are more than willing to answer any question/fulfil any request.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014

The intent of any college/university is to teach and for the student to learn. I recieved that very service! Each class taken to earn my AAS/Business delivered a set of expectations and once they were met, I realized I had improved my understanding of the subject matter. The course setup is not threatening and the Professors/instructors are well informed, engaging, and concerned with my progress - always providing sound advice in a coaching manner. Simple - they kept me interested and the subject relevant. I am in the military, the flexibility and convenience of the online software made the lessons comfortable and access perfect. The administration staff made every effort to help with every question (and I can be a email stalker). They answered each question, direction and were very thourough when they evaluated my militray schools/experience and previously earned credit, applying it to maximize my college credit. The finance department was great providing sound advice and offering help where and when needed. EVERY question, regardless of department was answered or responded to within a day or less! I have NO complaints! The entire experience earning an AAS was so rewarding, I enrolled in CSUs Bachelor/Business program. The improved awareness and education has developed my career and improved my standing at work. I even have job offers (assuming I complete the BA/Business) that are directly. Def a military friendly school, Def a plus for someone working full time/raising a family! Thanks CSU!

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Graduation Year: 2015

I been to other colleges.I have to say Columbia is the best online college I have ever been to. They are well organized, any one who picks up the phone can help you with your problems not just your adviser. They make the transition to college a very easy one , great staff , I have been going to this school for 2 years I have no complains yet. the assignment are well tailored, challenging, but this is college . ........Columbia southern University you ROCK.................

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Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2013

My college experience has been fantastic at CSU. its taken 7 years for my BA in Business and my Master in Organizational Leadership but well worth it. being in the Military and deploying all the time it was nice to have my own schedule.

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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2013

I always had a doubt about online university, especially when the educational institution is accredited by DETC. However, Columbia Southern University (CSU) changed my view. Tuition was affordable and their generous book grant helped me a lot to get me a bachelor degree for my employer. Even though, my employer does not provide tuition assistance for nationally accredited university, I got promoted to a managerial position shortly after I got the degree of BS in Organizational Leadership from the CSU. Due to flexibility of CSU's online course, I was able to study around my busy work schedule. I definitely recommend CSU unless you are planning to go IVY league schools to land a job in White House or something.

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Degree: Psychology

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I have been to many school's and this is the first time I am writing a review about one of them. After searching for a while for an online school to get a different perspective (I have been to a lot of on-campus school's). I am going to be starting my second class with this school and so far, I love it. My academic advisor is extremely helpful, every time I email her, she either calls me back as soon as she can or emails me back as soon as she can. My student representative is also very good. I have emailed her a few times and she has also been very helpful. My first class, which I am about to end, is a good starting point for this school. At first I was a little annoyed with the teacher for not getting back to me but then I realized it was the weekend and he got back to me on Sunday night, not realizing the time difference. I enrolled in this school using the per course enrollment, just on the simple fact of if I didn't like this school but turns out I do. I just got my books for my second class, very fast and reliable. I am not military, I was just tired of going to campus and it just not seeming to get me anywhere. I choose this school because I want to start a family school and this school seems to fit me very well. I can download my assignments anytime and also submit my assignments anytime. It is a great school so far.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

Yes I would choose psychology for my degree just because I am very passionate about psychology.

What advice can you offer other students?

My advice to students about college is to put yourself in school, try not to get burned out of school, push yourself to achieve great things and never loose faith in yourself.

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Graduation Year: 2012

I am two classes away from a Bachelors in Occupational Safety and Health 40% graduation rate. I am active duty military and this is a great school for me. very flexible. I really enjoy this school because I can log on whenever I want to complete my classes. With my degree program my grade is not based off of group projects (this comes in handy if you really care about your GPA vs. joining other schools and joining someone who just wants to knock out a class).,

Trust me, when you want to be marketable you want that GPA, it helps with the whole package. Also this school has group forums that are optional, I do not have to worry about logging on and putting in my two cents to someones comment in fear of not receiving participation point that will effect my GPA. What you put in, is what you get out.

If you want the grade you have to work for it. The student services programs are very helpful and always there when you need them. There are plenty of programs within the school that will help you in your classes such as tutors, student success center, student forums, class forums, online libraries, etc... I hope you do your research and best luck with your educational choice.

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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2014

I am finishing bachelors degree in orgnaizational leadership from here. I must say this is the best college for the working military and family. They transfer alot of your work history or if you're military from your AARTS and any current course like opsec and security awareness etc. While online, I can tell you it's not as easy as some people may think. This college is meant for the working/family person that does not have the time to sit in a class room environment. As a military wife with childrena dn working full-time this is the perfect fit for me. I also chose this school because hands down it is one of the cheapest schools you will find hands down!

The staff is friendly and work with you every step of the way through the school. I would highly recommend Colunbia Southern to anyone who is ready to excell and are motivated to complete this at an accelerated pace.

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While working for the US Department of Justice in Miami, Florida, I decided to pursue my education.

I found Columbia Southern University's program in the area of Criminal Justice very informative.

Upon receiving a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice I am sure it assisted in furthering my career.

Shortly there after I received a promotion in the area of Special Investigations.

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I am getting ready to receive my bachelors degree from here. First off this is the perfect college for the working military guy. They transfer alot of your work history off your smart transcript. I have completed 10 courses through their Business Administration degree and I can tell you its not as easy as some people think. I have written over 160 essays and 2 research papers in those 10 classes. Although they are not regionally accredited they are nationally and would not recommend them to an 18 year old high school grad. This college is meant for the working/family person that does not have the time to sit in a class room environment.

The staff is friendly and work with you every step of the way through the school. If you are in the same boat as me than i would highly recommend them to you.

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