Columbus State University

Columbus State University

Columbus State University or CSU is a four year public university, located in Columbus, Georgia. It was originally founded as Columbus College in 1958. It received university status in 1996. The main campus is located in midtown Columbus while the other smaller RiverPark campus is located in the downtown area.

CSU offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various fields of study. These degrees and programs are managed by five colleges within the University. The colleges are:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Science
  • D. Abbott Turner College of Business
  • University College

The official University newspaper is known as the Saber. The sports teams of CSU are known as the Cougars and they compete in NCAA Division II men's and women's athletics, including softball, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and cross country.

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Columbus State University
4225 University Ave
Columbus , GA 31907-5645
General Phone: (706) 568-2001

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Columbus State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching310educational administration, instructional media design, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, school counseling, middle school teaching, early childhood education, art education, ...
Liberal Arts301African studies, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management238business, business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Security and Law Enforcement172criminal justice and safety
Nursing and Emergency Medicine58registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering50computer and info science
Science32biology, chemistry, geology
Music30music, music performance
Medical Support and Technology28health service and sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27exercise science
Therapy and Counseling17psychology
Photography and Commercial Art15drawing
Drama and Performing Arts9drama

Number of programs and degrees for Columbus State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year11
Associate's degree273
Bachelor's degree83639
Master's degree29615
Post-master's certificate415
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years921

Columbus State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbus State had a total enrollment of 7,593 students (6,474 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 84%
Part-Time 16%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 33%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 21%
22-24 19%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 3%

Columbus State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 64 %

Columbus State Room and Board (2007)

Columbus State offers campus housing for 1,200 of its 6,474 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbus, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Columbus State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math420550
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT71%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Columbus State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,552
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,184
Room and board $ 7,934
Room charge $ 3,800
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,500
Books and supplies $ 933
Other expenses $ 3,231

Financial Aid:
Columbus State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 156100)

Columbus State Faculty

Columbus State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5142
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2437

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$105,5182*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$51,676
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year9$94,9606$73,741

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year27$72,79017$63,460
Associate professoracademic year43$60,61237$59,248
Assistant professoracademic year50$51,11352$46,671
Instructoracademic year2*3$44,583
Lectureracademic year3$50,5003$37,467
All faculty totalacademic year125$59,038112$53,072

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbus State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Peach Belt Conference
Baseball Peach Belt Conference
Track Peach Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports94150

Columbus State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
African Studies
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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