Columbia Southern University Reviews

  • 179 Reviews
  • Orange Beach (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
86% 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

Mark Moody
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The school has been great over the years I have attend this school for the last four years. Lately though this school has started to hire teacher that are very unqualified for the classes they teach. I'm taking a class right now the instructor is a teacher that has no business teaching what so ever. There is no way you can pass the course with the syllabus you are given. The question you are asked isn't what he's asking for. You respond with what the book shows and cite it and he still fails you on the assignment. States you should look it up some where else and cite that. This will be my last class at the school. I'll transfer to AMU. I have never taken a class like this in my life. There is no right answer to any of the questions. I call the school talk to them and they give me excuses and tell me some instructors are strict. People I'm military I understand strict but theirs got to be a correct answer to something coming out of a textbook. Keep in mind this is Unit Assessments from a textbook that he's asking to answer not essay papers. All I can do is shake my head on this one. Never failed a course but this one is going t be close and kill my GPA. They say just drop the class then I have to pay back 750 dollars to the military. This school has lost touch with reality of online classes."
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I decided to wait until graduating to post a review, so I could share my entire experience. I graduated in 2017 with my bachelors in business administration. I loved CSU for many reasons! CSU was one of the most affordable online schools. I qualified for a Pell grant through financial aid, which paid for almost my entire schooling every term. The only things I really had to pay for out of pocket were my proctored final exams which were about $20/piece. The school, the instructors, and the staff were all very helpful along the way. This university is very organized. Classes are all in 8 week terms if you use financial aid. I love the flexibility of being able to get online anytime I want to finish my work. Weekly assignments typically consisted of a classroom community forum where a topic would be posted and you would be expected to discuss it. The second part of the assignment would usually be either a 2-5 page paper or a PowerPoint presentation. To prepare someone who may be thinking about attending CSU you HAVE to be knowledgeable in how to write essays. I had to write essays almost every week in every class. If you are a student who does not like to write or does not know APA style I would advise you to either learn it or pick another school. CSU is VERY essay heavy. You will have to learn how to manage your time to finish the research for those essays and the writings on time! But overall I would highly recommend CSU to anyone looking to advance themselves. It is a college that provides a great education at an even better price! And, yes, after finishing my degree I was able to find a job in the healthcare field in a bachelors preferred position."
Sandra J.
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2018
  • Degree: Human Resources
  • Graduation Year: 2029
"I am currently attending CSU. Having previously attended a traditional school, I was a little nervous about online classes but I am pleasantly surprised and impressed. Classes are challenging and the life pace program lets me submit work at my convenience, which is important to me working full-time with sometimes varying schedules. The teachers have been very accessible so far. This school is definitely geared towards independent, adult learners and may not be the best fit for someone straight out of high school. Prepare to write lots of papers."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Fire Science
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Great classes and flexible schedule. Staff and professors were easy to reach and responded very quickly to questions. If you are employed full-time the life pace program should work well for you. Eight weeks to complete the course is sufficient time."
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2018
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"This college is more worried about their politics than they are about helping you succeed. It's really unfortunate. You will read other reviews on her that are 5 stars but anyone I've spoken with has the same feelings as I do. I suspect the other comments are staged by their faculty...?"
Don B.
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2018
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"When I decided to return to school to finish my B.S., I wanted an online school that offered a degree in occupational safety and health. I did not want a generic business degree. CSU fit the bill perfectly. The classes were structured to fit a person who works full time plus off work commitments. The staff and professors are great, and will work with you to assist you. Every one I worked with, from the Outreach Representative, to my Counselor, to all of my professors were very knowledgeable, and I am thankful to all of them. If you are thinking of returning to school, I would highly recommend CSU."
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2018
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Excellent school. I was a bit wary still about pursuing an online degree, but the education I was received at CSU was excellent. I was impressed that they were able to balance a flexible schedule with a rigorous course of study and high expectations. It definitely took a lot of work, a lot of effort, and yes a lot time studying, reading, thinking, and writing, but I learned a lot, became more competitive at my job, and more competitive in the marketplace as well. I would definitely recommend."
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2018
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Thank you CSU. The supporting staff, such as the academic advisors and so forth were always on top of my needs and expeditiously solved any issue that I encountered while pursuing my B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership. Ive been to three colleges on my journey and CSU was by the best school I attended. I would recommend this institution to anyone interested in pursuing their degree."
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."