Columbia Southern University Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
(178 Reviews)
86% of 178 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 178 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Tony - 9/2/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"I had a great experience with CSU. I read a lot of negative reviews and all of them have one thing in common, they all graduated with a Degree from Columbia Southern University. I think if the school was so bad why not go somewhere else? No matter, my adviser was very helpful, my professors gave meaningful feedback."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Rob Walker - 8/6/2019
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"Columbia Southern is a fantastic choice for a professional in public safety that wants to improve their career. The Lifepace program allows you to complete courses on off days and during downtime. It's not a diploma mill by any stretch. The work is demanding and I found the subject matter to directly relate to my career. Highly recommended."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Felicia - 7/19/2019
Graduation Year: 2024
"Columbia Southern University is a wonderful online College. They make learning online as simple as possible. The teachers are always more then willing to help students who need extra help via email or phone .The easy enroll option has make registrating for classes easy. Columbia Southern University exceeded my expectations."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Shawn - 5/18/2019
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2019
"I did not find Columbia Southern University's M.B.A. program to be as easy/breezy as some have stated- there was constant reading, research and writing throughout the year-and-a-half I completed my online M.B.A. degree. The classes are set up for students to pass and I wondered if some students were being granted A's without making as strong an attempt as the more serious pupils, but if you make an effort you will definitely believe you truly earned the degree when you finish- I know I have a lot more free time now that it's over, and I do feel a sense of accomplishment now. I enjoyed some of the coursework and being able to do assignments at home, but I had a big problem with the lack of communication and what seemed to be arbitrary grading practices by some of the instructors, to the point I wondered how much time and effort they were putting in to read and grade the assignments- for example, I might get 100% on an assignment I made a good effort on, but then have my score drop to a low-90's/high 80's range (sometimes with no explanation) for a project wherein I clearly made a substantial effort. I suppose this situation is more apt to occur with online degree programs, but improvements could be made to ensure everyone (both students and professors) are taking their responsibilities seriously. Overall, Columbia's courses are well-organized and provide a solid overview of the subject matter. It worked well for me, but I was relieved when the classes and this type of grading were over."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Disappointed Student - 4/10/2019
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019
"I had grievances with the professors who cut and paste generic responses to student assignments. This is how the professors grade assignments. No individual feedback. When I submitted grievances in accordance with the student handbook, administration brushed off the complaints and then asked me to resubmit them to go to the next level of appeal. They did this twice, so it's a way to get students to not complain about the teachers AND make it difficult for you to share your experiences. Admin doesn't care about students. Teachers are lazy and do not have any lectures or feedback to share. The only upside to this school is that it provides textbooks free to students. But with such a low tuition rate, you get what you pay for. Professors do not teach the class. They just grade papers. This is strictly a correspondence school put online."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chris - 3/9/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2019
"I found Columbia Southern University to be an excellent school. I attended for my graduate degree and the support I received from the advisers to the faculty was excellent. The school really cares about the success of the student and will support you the whole time from start to finish. The classes can be challenging, but they equip you for the future."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Angela Danler - 2/22/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"I returned to school to pursue my Master's degree after many years. I was not sure what to expect because I had been out of school for so long. To my delight, my experience was nothing less than exceptional. From the very beginning with admissions, to my academic advisor (MK), to each professor, I was met with kindness, quality, and care. My questions were answered in little to no turn-around time. Everyone was incredibly helpful and pleasant. The quality of education is excellent and so pertinent to my every day occurrences. I have recommended people to this school and will continue to do so. I am so grateful for this experience."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Disappointed - 2/20/2019
Degree: Emergency Management
Graduation Year: 2019
"Professors give no legitimate feedback. They use cut and paste responses. "Good job (student's name). Keep working hard." Professors add nothing to the pre-made courses - no video lectures, no supplemental material, nothing. It makes one wonder why they work in education since they have no knowledge to share. They are merely paper graders. "Professors" will nitpick you over APA and the appearance of your assignments rather than on the content. Many of the pre-made study guides were filled with errors and broken links to articles and videos they wanted you to view. When you contact the student resolution office, they play the game of "you didn't complete the complaint form" even though you wrote a lengthy explanation of your complaint via email. They will "conduct and investigation into your complaint" but not address any of your concerns. The professors are always "within the grading rubric", even though they don't actually read your assignments because it's a rubber stamp process, so making a complaint is pointless. Your complaints get escalated to a different person, but it's always the same generic response you receive. Administration has no genuine interest in student's concerns OR improving their program. Their goal is increasing enrollment only. This "college" was a disappointment. It is nothing more than a correspondence school, not a university. The tuition is low for a reason....very little human labor involved. You're paying for automated feedback and responses. The assignments are cookie cutter - meaning they are the same for each course. An essay, an article review, a powerpoint, and research project. Nothing original or unique...nothing to stimulate the student's interest in going deeper or allowing their creative juices to flow. Very boring courses and you come out feeling like you've learned nothing. It's probably better to go to the library and read books on the topics because you don't get much from the courses and there's no interaction with the professors to stimulate learning or discussions. This "university" does the bare minimums to get by."
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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Jasen Six - 9/28/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"I went to CSU for a little over two years. I entered it with an Associate's degree and finished with my Bachelor's in Business Administration. Please disregard the review (especially the lengthy ones that go on and know what they say - you can tell a liar when they try to give too much information). My only "gripe" with my experience at CSU was during my last year my academic advisor was changed twice on me. Granted I did not require their help much, but I did not like the switching of advisors. Overall I found the professors to be knowledgable and willing to help. The feedback I received on assignments, projects, and essays was professional and on point. I graduated cum laude in May of 2018 and three months later got a job working for my city in their HR department."