Columbus State University Reviews

3.11 out of 5 stars
(17 Reviews)
  • Columbus (GA)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,920
78% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
59% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars
Concerned - 10/26/2020
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2022
"This college is unhelpful with filing of financial aid. They ask for same info over and over and it has been uploaded about 8 or 9 time. You would think they would be willing to help since financial aid is guaranteed payment to them. What a joke. They don't read info sent in it's entirety"
1.8 out of 5 stars
Denise Brown - 10/14/2020
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2021
"This school is a joke. Dr. Yarbough-Allen, Dr. Williams, and Bordelon are crooks. They took up for a teacher who did awful things to hinder my grades and they did NOTHING. They decided to do nothing obviously because she’s a professor. This school is not legit and I will be reporting everyone and probably even file a lawsuit. This is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. People who’s in authority love to take advantage of that, but not anymore they won’t. Please spread this message so nobody else will fall victim of these crooks."
2.4 out of 5 stars
MC - 4/8/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2021
"This program is advertised to be suitable for students to continue working full time. What should be advertised is that the school will do next to absolutely nothing to work with your schedule if you continue to work full time. Tests must be taken on specific dates, within specific hours despite everything being online and "asynchronous". There are no online lectures. The professors pull their powerpoints from those provided with the textbook and leave you to do 100% of the learning on your own. Clinicals are entirely outsourced, and don't expect any help from the faculty in finding a location. Oh and when there is a global pandemic, that is not a good excuse for not having your clinical site lined up. The majority of staff is seemingly only there to enter a grade for you. When you have questions, don't expect them to be answered for days to weeks. Overall, this is a low quality program that minimally assists it's students. You get what you pay for."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Lola - 2/18/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2021
"The most absolute worst program I have ever entered into. The instructors do not teach! The weeks powerpoints are from the book, no actual lesson plan is attached. Then they throw heavily weighted exams every few weeks to destroy your grade. The assignments along the way are pointless but extremely time consuming and end up only counting for 3% of your grade. The clinical course has busy work assignments as well. I WOULD NEVER RECCOMEND THIS PROGRAM TO EVEN MY WORST ENEMY!!! IF I hadn't put so much money into this program I would quit and go somewhere else."
3.6 out of 5 stars
David Britt - 12/23/2019
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2003
"The Communications department at CSU has grown tremendously in the last few years. I would recommend it to anyone looking at pursuing mass communications, or other communications-related fields. I was in the communications department before they had the offerings that they have now. Whenever I am at CSU visiting, I am in awe of how much is available now. From the radio station to the new film program, csu is focusing on being on the cutting edge of industries such as film, art, and mass communication. However, CSU is also a good place for communication majors who are not interested in mass comm. CSU has a great network in the Columbus, GA school district if you are looking to pair communications with education. Another thing that I think comm majors will like about CSU is the environment. The communications building is located in downtown Columbus, not on the main campus. Therefore, the dorms are downtown apartments. The performing arts school is also downtown, so its more of an artsy vibe-if you will. Its not the traditional small college dorm life on campus. CSU focuses on giving students a great life experience as well as a quality education. I would recommend Columbus State Universitys Communication program to anyone interested in mass Comm and a College in a medium-sized town. Its not so small that there is nothing to do, and its not intimidatingly large. Columbus is a good area that is near a lot of other good areas like major cities, other universities, mountains, and beaches. Therefore CSU will offer a good life experience as well as a good college experience."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Rachel Dixon - 9/29/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"Columbus State University by far is one of the best public southern institutions in the state of Georgia. There are many opportunities to engage with the student population on campus. There are a number of organizations and clubs that I think meet so many students' needs. I was able to join many. However, I do feel like the institution could support more student life activities on campus. The funding allows some support, but student life can be a big reason why students choose a college, and although it does exist, the institutional could do more to make it more accessible to students. In regards to academics, I loved the relatively medium to small class sizes. I also didnt feel like I was competing with other students. For the most part, Columbus State is a collaborative space for students to learn with each other. However, I do wish the professors made themselves more readily available to students, and I wish there were more collaborative research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students could really use research to gain valuable skills that would help them in the future. Next, I would talk more about financial aid. Students often discuss how the financial aid department would be operated more efficiently. Many students cant wait in the long 1hr-2hr lines, and the communication between CSU and many students regarding finances isnt clear nor coherent. Many refunds are also sent out late, which impacts students wellness and success in many ways. All and all, I am proud to have gone to Columbus State University. There isnt much the school has to improve upon. The opportunities are limitless, and they have just about every academic interest you can think of. I would recommend this school for just about anyone, and I believe CSU does a great job of welcoming and being inclusive of everyone."
1.0 out of 5 stars
student - 4/23/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"The instructors do not interact in the courses in the FNP program. How is it again that they teach the students? Exams are limited on specific dates in 2-4 hour timeframes through online proctoring during the middle of the day (when you need to work or complete precepting hours). They have connectivity issues with their servers, so plan on getting booted out multiple times during the exams with very slowly connection on timed tests! Their solution, sit closer to the router when taking the test??? Many pointless assignments without any learning attached to them. They do not help find preceptors. You will beg door to door for preceptors and might have to sit out one or more semesters if you do not find someone. Financial aid is a complete joke. Do not depending on them to help you. The director is also arrogant and will not help students or change policies to allow for better student learning."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Erin - 4/2/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended CSU for my MSN/FNP. I had a great experience. I graduated with a 4.0 while working every weekend, obtaining my clinical hours, completing my assignments, being a law enforcement wife, and being a mom to 3 school age children. It was a challenge to maintain a school/work/life balance, but that is to be expected with any full time masters program. I learned a lot and feel that I received a good education for my next step in my career. Instructors were available and helpful. As with the trend with all FNP programs nowadays, it would be great if there were contracted clincal placements and students didn't have to arrange them themselves, but again this is a nation wide problem. Overall I feel like the program was excellent."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Regretful - 12/9/2018
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Honestly, I would not recommend anyone go through this program. The courses are applicable to your teaching development and you learn a lot. Some of the positives are that most of the professors care about the students and they understand that most of the students are working professionals. Unfortunately, your graduation from the program is dependent upon whether you pass a 100 question multiple choice exam with at least an 80. Most of the students in this program are already certified teachers, meaning we passed several GACE examinations to show the state we are knowledgeable in the field of special education. However, this is the most difficult test I have ever taken, having taken it several times and being a point or few points away every time. I made A's in nearly all of my courses, yet these courses still did not prepare me for this exit exam. I am having to pay back student loans that I took out hoping would lead me to receiving a step increase/pay raise. Instead, I am caught in this seemingly endless cycle of paying technology fees and student loans without making any more money. Then retake a multiple choice test every semester. with a maximum of two attempts per semester. There is no feedback on what you should study or what you have gotten wrong, it's almost as if the coordinator of the program constructs the test without the input of the professors teaching the courses. The folks in this program are special education teachers, trying to improve their professional skills and make a little more money in a profession that is overworked and under compensated. This program sells dreams and only gets its students further into debt and a seemingly endless cycle of pay more fees and retest."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Cuckoo bird - 7/18/2018
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Do not waste your money trying to get a masters degree! Use common sense! If something is not going to benefit you, leave!! Dont waste your money on trash! You take a class and flunk our?!?! Cuz its online! Go to Georgia State or Georgia College! They are better! And they are hands on!"
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