Columbia Southern University Reviews

  • 177 Reviews
  • Orange Beach (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
87% of 177 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 177 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/27/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
Chief Jerry Swift
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"If you're a working adult with a family to support and do not have a lot of money to spend on tuition, CSU is the right place for you. It is Nationally Accredited and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. As far as quality of education goes, it does not compare to what you would get out of a regionally accredited university. I am currently enrolled at CSU and it has been too easy to score straight As without putting forth much effort. I know my writing skills are not where they need to be for a graduate level and yet I have never scored below a 90 on any papers. It is discouraging to know that some of my fellow classmates get by making the same grades with even less of an effort that I make. But you get what you pay for."
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This school is so amazing! Professors truly care. They always responded to my calls, texts, emails. I am so thrilled to have selected this university for my undergrad. The schedule was rigorous and very well laid out. You were able to work a week ahead if you so desired. This accommodated my family time very well."
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2017
  • Degree: Project Management
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I started school with CSU in 2013. Everything was great until recently. A few classes in during an Earth Science class on Unit 1, the professor gave me an AIV (Academic Integrity Violation). This violation was due to not properly citing material which came from the book they provide to you in APA format. She did not give me a warning because this was Unit 1, all she did was write me up for a violation. This happened in May 2014, the reason this is an issue now is because that violation has ruined my chances of graduating with honors because I currently have a 3.82 GPA and will graduate after 3 more sets of classes. APA format was difficult to learn, and many professors won't help you with it all they say is to reference the APA Manuel guide, which doesn't help as much as someone teaching you or showing what you did wrong. I filed an appeal a few days ago, I received a response stating that they are going to stick to their policy and not forgive the violation. Also stating that employers rarely look at honors or GPA. I don't really care if employers look at it, it was a personal goal of mine that I worked really hard at. My main point is that if the professor could have had a bad day or could have been frustrated because other students were not citing in APA properly and took it out on me on Unit 1 without warning. This is pretty pitiful if you ask me. If she did it to me it should be her standard for everyone on every single improperly cited material. I will be finishing the program but I will not return after I receive my bachelors degree in a few months. She invited me back pursue my graduate degree, but that won't be happening. D."
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2017
  • Degree: Finance
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Columbia Southern University has a great curriculum. The advisors are very supportive. The resources for research papers are at your finger tips. The class setting and interaction really stimulate your mind and is sometimes challenging depending on the course. As long as your committed to reading more than your expected too, then you will do well in all the courses. The online schooling consist of a lot of reading, researching and writing. I think it is more challenging than a traditional class room setting. You have to be self driven. I enjoyed every class and I highly recommend Columbia Southern University, I have no regrets and I am so glad I attended this school."
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  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"What I love about this college is that my classes were exactly in the work field that I applied every day. The support that I got from the CSU staff was amazing. It took me longer 6-months longer than I thought it would, but my advisor never let me take my eye of the prize. I highly recommend this college if you are in, or wanting to work in the EHS profession."
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I spent over 12 years in the public fire service and then made the move to industrial safety. I now work in the oil and gas industry as an Environmental, Safety and Health professional. Overall I am pleased with my educational experience with CSU. The courses were beneficial and some of the instructors were very helpful. I did have a few courses where the instructors seemed to be under qualified judging by the feedback that they administered. One negative comment that I will make is that some instructors were more concerned with APA guidelines than they were with actual content. I understand the importance of professional writing and can appreciate that, however I also know that working professionals at a Graduate level need valuable content to assist with career advancement. I ended with a 3.92 GPA in the Masters program and would recommend this institution for working professionals that desire flexibility in their course work."
Wayne Gombar
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Homeland Security
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I have had the best experience at CSU. I recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Homeland Security program. I experienced a lot over these past four years and all of it was a great experience. I will admit that out of the all of the instructors that I met there each and every one of them deserves kudos from me. Well all except one who I will not name here, but the course was in the Political Science arena. I feel that I was given a great education, at a reasonable price, and in an agreeable amount of time (just under five years). I was so impressed with the education that I received that I have just started a Masters program in Emergency Services Management. Before I sign off I need to give a big shout out to Professor DJ P!"