Columbia Southern University Reviews

  • 179 Reviews
  • Orange Beach (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
87% of 179 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 179 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 2/20/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I have been a student with CSU for 7 years now. Earned my CCAF and now in my last class for my BA in Business Management and Administration. I highly recommend CSU to Active Duty Military members. They are incredibly receptive to short notice taskers. The Online Life Paced option works best for me. Its an 8 week course in a 10 week period. You can turn in assignments early or late with no penalty."
Tokeyla N.
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2018
  • Degree: Human Resources
"CSU is an awesome school. I have received my B.S. in H.R. Management, and I am now working on my Master's. This school is great, staff is very helpful and understanding, and there is always someone to take my call. The professors are great, with the exception of some who tend to not be very sympathetic towards the working adult. The graduation ceremony was so nice and organized, in the heart of Orange Beach, Al. I cant wait to go back for my next ceremony, which will be 2019."
  • Reviewed: 1/1/2018
  • Degree: Business
"Great faculty. Easy to to work with. Being an active duty military soldier at the time and a the most senior rank, CSU provided the perfect opportunity to fit my hectic schedule. I plan to enroll again in the near future for my doctorate. In fact, I have recommended CSU to many of my subordinates and they all have moved into very successful post military careers."
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"I am enrolled at Columbia Southern University. This University is great if you work full-time and/or you are a working parent. The work load is manageable and the curriculum is current and relevant. If you are looking to increase your skills for career opportunities enroll in a bachelor or masters program. The class rates are competitive as well."
Native hialeah
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2017
  • Degree: Management
"Excellent school for those wanting to save money and working. Curriculum is the same as other schools and professors are true professionals. I have nothing negative to say and it is an excellent experience. I am doing the life pace program and currently finishing courses in 4 weeks. If you are concerned with accreditation just move in the last year to Waldorf."
Adam Argun
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"My overall experience at CSU is absolutely amazing. The courses and work load is just right. The professors and student advisors a great, the LifePace Learning option (10 week flexible term) is perfect for my work schedule. The online student portal is easy to use. Nothing but the most positive things to say about CSU."
Christopher Frias
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2017
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
"The University has always assist me when asked upon. I enjoyed the pace,the amount of work and the guidance without confusion. I recommend the school to people that needs flexibility. The instructors are always there when you email or call them directly."
Jennifer Cozby
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"CSU has been helpful in advancing my education for my career. CSU understands that everyday life can become an obstacle, and the professors as well as the counselors, are eager to help. My counselor, Amanda, was very helpful with any questions that I had, and was able to give the advance I needed to carry on. Thank you CSU staff for pushing me towards achieving my goals. Jennifer"
Charles Montgomery
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2017
  • Degree: Fire Science
"I found that CSU was the best choice for me. The class style means you have to be a self starter. As long as you put in the work you can do this type of school. If you are someone who is very busy with life, this is your school. I have truly enjoyed this school and would suggest it to any firefighter or police officer I know that needs to complete their education. Great staff and impressive operation in Orange Beach AL. Many of my co-workers have spoken with me about this school and have signed up in the last year and are equally impressed. I wish them the very best as an institution of education."
Wesley Murphy
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2017
  • Degree: Fire Science
"I found that CSU was the right school for me. The work load dose make you have to be a self starter. As long as you put in the work you can do this type of school. If you are someone who has to have a teacher standing over you 24-7 to finnish, this is not your school. I have recomened this school to alot of my coworkers and have had a real good response."
Elihu J. Lowery
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"CSU is not a bad school but it does require you to educate yourself about 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. Now, with that said there are some rare exceptions as it is up to each individual regionally accredited school to decide for themselves if they will or will not accept your transfer credit. I have transferred my CSU credit to my local regionally accredited Community College (one declined, the other accepted) in which they accepted a full years worth of credit, and once I earned my BS Degree in Criminal Justice from CSU I was able to enroll in a masters program with a regionally accredited University (CSU's sister institution Waldorf University, but from what I have read it seems they will accept CSU Degrees but not individual courses). It is however up to you to know the difference in accreditation and then be willing to shop around to find a school that will accept your credit should you decide to change from Nationally to Regionally Accredited institutions. I do hope this information helps you to be more informed as you decide as to which institution of learning you wish to attend."
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I received an AAS in Business in 2011 and a BS in HR Management in 2013. This school changed my life! Eight months after receiving a BS, I was promoted to HR Manager. A year later, I received a second promotion and more responsibility. My salary has increased by 45% in the past four years... all thanks to CSU. This school is what you make of it. Education alone will not get you to the next level. Work ethic, drive, motivation, and the right attitude is key and most critical!"
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I graduated with a BScIT in 2010 and I am currently enrolled in a 2nd BSc course (information systems security with a concentration in homeland security) The courses are definitely not easy. You are required to put in the work and you will EARN your degree. My instructors were helpful for the most part, with one or two exceptions. I have seen a few reviews complaining about the school, with those individuals listing their field of study as engineering. CSU doesn't offer engineering courses or any engineering degree, so I wouldn't lend too much weight to those reviews. I like the school. Otherwise i wouldn't being pursuing a 2nd degree."
Ms. D
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Courses were relevant and thorough. The staff and faculty support was great compared to my previous college. Free course materials encourage students to enroll and pursue their educational goals with no hefty financial constraints. Educational quality matches any traditional brick and mortar school."
Catherine Green
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"CSU is a great school!!! The professors in the Business Management/Human Resources program were excellent. They offered informative feedback on written assignments. I would highly recommend CSU to anyone seeking a degree but still has to maintain a home and family."
Tuan Nguyen
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I loved this school and really think it's the most affordable online degree program. Yes it requires a lot of writing and extensive research on most assignments but most of the instructors are lenient and understanding. They will work with you if you really want to achieve a good grade. In my opinion it's a great school to earn your degree and it's very doable with my busy full time job."
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2017
  • Degree: MBA in Human Resources
"CSU is a good school. My professors have been excellent and I have learned a lot from all of my courses. The program does require a lot of work but it is worth the effort since there is so much knowledge to be gained. I went to a traditional brick and mortar school for my undergrad and have definitely needed to put forth more effort in this program. If you are considering furthering your education, I think CSU is a great choice."
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I attended for 1 semester, when I transferred schools none of my credits transferred. The college algebra course I took wa actually Pre algebra. A waste of time and money. Don't let the free books and self paces course be the reason you attend this garbage university"
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2017
  • Degree: Business
"This school is complete garbage! I know you will read this and sign up anyway but you too will end up regretting it. This school hires mediocre, self absorbed professors who grade you as if you are their colleague instead of their student. They have zero interest in teaching you anything but instead want to put you down to make themselves feel better. This school acts like they are on the same level as Harvard and NO ONE will even accept any credits you earn here. Complete waste of time. Financial Aid staff and enrollment staff are super nice but that's because they want you to enroll and then you are turned loose to deal with the garbage professors at this school. Don't waste your time and money!!"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2017
  • Degree: Project Management
"The curriculum was very mediocre. Basically just turn in assignments and expect a hundred on everything. I would advise anyone else to spend the extra money and go to a REAL school. These credits don't transfer to any legitimate colleges, although some some other bogus degree mills schools around the country will accept them."