Columbus State University

2014 Quick Stats
4225 University Avenue

Columbus, GA 31907

Phone: (706) 507-8800
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jun. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#92 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Columbus State University is a public institution that was founded in 1958. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,025, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 132 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Columbus State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 92. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,774 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,356 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Columbus State offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing and more. Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is part of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,200 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education.
Columbus State University considers itself, above all, a teaching university. Stellar facilities on main campus and in the community bolster this mission with rich learning opportunities, including CSU's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center; Coca-Coca Space Science Center, Rankin Arts Center; a state-of-the-art performing arts facility, RiverCenter, which houses three performance halls, a world-class organ and the university's widely respected school of music; and a riverside art and theatre complex that includes two state-of-the-art teaching theatres, an art gallery and an array of specially designed art classrooms.
The RiverCenter, a public-private venture that is the centerpiece of the city's arts programming, is an example of the university's extraordinarily strong community support in the historic city of Columbus. It is a significant piece of the university's assistance in a dramatic revitalization of downtown Columbus over the last decade. Columbus State University now has a strong presence in downtown Columbus with student apartments, and about a dozen different buildings in the historic downtown area. The university calls this campus CSU RiverPark. At the back door of Columbus State University's RiverPark campus is the world's longest urban whitewater experience on the Chattahoochee River. The city and supporting organizations breached two dams to create whitewater rafting, kayaking, tubing, river surfing and other river-related activities along a 2.5-mile stretch between Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1958
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $39,908,954


When applying to Columbus State University, it's important to note the application deadline is June 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 30. The application fee at Columbus State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.6%
Application deadline June 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Columbus State University is 17:1, and the school has 40.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Columbus State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and English Language and Literature/Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Education 17%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 10%
English Language and Literature/Letters 7%

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Student Life

Columbus State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,025, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus. Columbus State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,237
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Columbus State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Columbus State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Columbus State University, 66 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Columbus State University.

Students who have cars on campus 66%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Columbus State University, 71.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,727.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,774 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,356 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,338 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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