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Degree: Public Safety Management
Graduation Year: 2014

I attend this school right now. The only reason I will continue is because it is a cheap way to get a degree. What I am about to write is based on my experience so any of you that do not like what I write sorry this is just what I have experienced. The financial office screws up my enrollment every single time. I call them and try to work out what ever the issues is and I am told that's just the way we do it. So I get a hold of a supervisor and they say oh no problem we do this all the time. Sounds like the workers are a little lazy to me. One time I signed up for a class because I was at about to finish a course. I told them the day I wanted to start they sent my books and enrolled me right then. I had not finished my class I was taking and was taking the Air Force NCO course and could not do all threethe same exact time. Their answer was to drop the class they could not change the date. I did this not knowing the problems it would cause at my job with CSU saying I dropped the class. We a head ache that was. The very next class they did the same thing again. I called they said you have to drop the class. I said I'm not dropping anything. So I got a supervisor and they said we will just change the start date. Funny. How that works. I sent in a few things to be looked at with the writing center I was told they are not a proof reading service and to this day they never did send me back what I needed checked. So I never use them. If you try to set up more than one class at a time and you want to know if there is a term paper or a proctored test they will not tell you. I work 60 hours a week and I need to know what the class load is so I can adjust my schedule. I took the remote proctored test and it tiok me 2 and a half hours on the phone with Technical support from the school to get my cam to work. Then I had to take a 4 hour test. The best part is I i was charged twice for the same test and when you call the school they say that's not our problem you have to call the company that does it. My bank ended up refunding the $20. I could go on and on. Look at their graduation rate why is it so low? I would say if you want a cheap degree that the quality of education is the same as if you bought a book at the store and came home and read it then this is the school for you. If you want a school that puts more emphasis on APA than what you actually learned then this is a school for you. Like I said I am attending this school cause it is cheap and I need the degree. I am basing this on my experience. If you have had a good one then write a good one. I think this school stinks. Would rather use stronger words but can not. Man there are so many things I would like to say about my experience. None good. Anyways that's how I feel. Stay away if you want a good education. Sorry about spelling writing this on my phone at work.

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Degree: MBA in Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2015

This is not an Ivy League school so if your looking for Harvard go somewhere else. I'm a full time soldier and father or four and this school is been by far the best school I have attended. I am not able to attend to a brick and mortar institution for several reasons with deployment, TDY, PCS, and going to the field doing so is just not feasible. This school is no cakewalk , but I you put forth the effort you can breeze through the course work. I've attended other schools where you could google 90% of the answers, but with CSU the majority of the answers are essay questions. So you have to read an understand the book. If you try to just copy the answer out o the book the teachers will not count your answer ( believe me I tried). At the end of the day you get out what you put in. I your looking for a quality education, but don't have a lot of money to spend this is they place. I got my BA from a state school and I will CSU is much harder. If you already have a career and you want t move up then all means attend this school. As for entering the job market I really can't speak on that, but for government related jobs. CSU is the key to those career fields.

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 2010

Columbia Southern University isn't a degree mill. I enjoyed my tour I learned an awful lot the instructors were just awesome. The instructors were there to make sure that we understood, what they were teaching us. Most of my instructors held Doctoral Degrees, and had taught in the field well over ten years. That was a plus to me because I needed to know that they'd worked in the field of what they were teaching me, and wasn't just reading to me out of their textbook. I was an adult learner so I really wanted them to be older than me, that way I was sure to know they would have knowledge. About 98% of my instructors were much older than I was. This is an excellent university!!! There were times when I needed extra help in several of my courses I would drive over to the university, and someone was always there willing and able to assist me. In several of my courses I had midterms also finals that needed a proctor, I would drive over to the university and be proctored I live about 45 minutes away from the university. So for those who are interested in attending Columbia Southern University just do it (smile). The books and materials are shipped to your home most times about two weeks before your course starts, all of your books and material are brand new. Oh the books are your to keep after your course is over. Your refunds are sent out in a timely manner. So please don't believe all of the lies that others write about this university.

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Degree: Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Graduation Year: 2004

I have been attending Columbia Southern University for years - this is an outstanding university !! I obtained by MBA through CSU and I am currently pursuing my doctorate degree. The education that you receive at CSU is outstanding; the courses are challenging; and the professors are excellent. I would gladly refer my family and friends to this university. If you are looking for an excellent university, look no further - enroll at Columbia Southern University. And ..."no"... I do not work there.

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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!

5 out of 5
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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.................

5 out of 5
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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.

5 out of 5
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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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