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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.
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.
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
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!!
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.
Please stay away from this school. It is a complete waste of time and money. It takes over 3 weeks for instructors to get back to you. A complete lack of professionalism. I have to file several complaints just to get a response from instructor. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
I have attended 5 colleges (3 online and 2 local while going to CSU). This school has never once let me down. I am amazed there is anything less than 4 abd 5 star reviews. The professors are great and provide real life knowledge and application to the curriculum. My advisor (Patty Russell) has been so helpful throughout getting my As, BS, and as I go into my MS. The professors have made themselves available to me both during and after I have completed their classes; I've even reached out to one for help with an OSHA inspection. I cannot say enough about this school.
First and foremost, CSU is nationally and not regionally accredited. However, there are many schools that will take a direct transfer of credits including the University of Maryland University College, Grand Canyon University and Waldorf College. One of the common aspects that I see is that the courses are easy and many feel they are not working as hard as they should for their degree. I work with people that have graduated or go to Emery Riddle, Auburn and the University of Arkansas and really, none of the course work looks any harder or more intensive than CSU. Now, I'm enrolled at Arizona State as a junior working on a degree in Spanish while actively pursuing employment at the community college level.
This was a very easy degree to obtain. One board post and one paper every week. It seems that if you are looking for a low end job in a small to medium fire department then this will be for you. If you are planning to become chief of a larger department or plan to become fire Officer certified through the NFA then you need to look elsewhere. CSU is only nationally accredited and not regionally. I would conduct some in depth research into what you are wanting to pursue in your future and find out if they are looking for a regionally accredited degree. There are many diploma mills out there and larger more mature fire departments and organizations have done their homework and found out that many people put forth very little work to get their degrees in the nationally accredited colleges. So they require a regionally accredited degree. Don't waste your time here because I did to the tune of 18k. I now have to go elsewhere to get a regionally accredited masters degree to move forward in my career. Use caution here folks. It looks good on the outside but it is not that great in the end.
I chose CSU because my professional association, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, accepts a CSU degree as meeting the requirement to sit for the CSP certification. I have worked hard, had excellent professors, and have increased the breadth and depth of my knowledge in not only career-related topics such as toxicology, ergonomics, and chemistry of hazardous materials, but in general topics such as history and biology, etc. I have received a good education, and this is a win by any measure. I did not do my research about the difference between National and Region accreditations, however, before investing in this degree. I wish I had done so. I now want to attend graduate school, and the university in my city will not accept my degree transcript because Columbia Southern University is a nationally accredited school not a regionally accredited school. (Regional is the preferred accreditation). National accreditation is associated with for-profit schools whose educational standards are not as rigorous as those with regional accreditation. I had absolutely no idea I trusted that because the degree is recognized among HSE professionals, the BCSP, and is nationally accredited, that the degree had legitimacy. In some circles it does, but after 4 years of hard work I am not eligible to enter a graduate program at a regionally accredited school. Yes, the degree is recognized by the BCSP, and by many oilfield and energy industry employers. It is useless if I want to attend grad school, however.