About Columbia Southern University (CSU)
On Campus Housing
Columbia Southern University (CSU) is a private for-profit online university, established in 1993 by Robert G. Mayes. It is headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama.
The University was established to provide distance education to provide the best in class online degree programs to those individuals who have trouble traveling campus due to several issues.
CSU offers support services and assists students to maximize their professional and personal potential with online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas. In addition to the degree programs, the college also ensures top-notch support service to all their non-traditional students
Students are provided an opportunity to choose a wide range of degrees in the fields of occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management and more.
Columbia Southern has been accredited and is nationally recognized by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC) listed by the U.S. Department of Education
The university consists of three colleges offering a total of 26 degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level as well as 21 certificate programs online
The student population of the university is 21,104 with the student-faculty ratio is 62:1
The retention rate is 56% for full-time students and 22% for part-time students.
According to the US News, the university is ranked #263 in Best Public Affairs Programs.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
“An investment in education pays the best dividends” - Benjamin Franklin
The above-said quote is absolutely undebatable and it’s the education that helps you move further in your path.
So, at Columbia Southern University an average annual cost that one invests is $5400. The amount fixed is affordable which is set keeping in mind the financial position of most of the students.
The expenses in addition to the tuition include costs such as books and supplies which comes to $688 and other expenses to $135 while net price reaches up to $10,547.
The students are given quality education for affordable tuition and fees, making it easier for more students to pursue an education and a successful career.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
The tuition fees and other expenses at the institution are affordable, but still, the university makes it easy for all their applicants to pay for the education without any financial burden.
Financial aid encompasses a wide range of assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, student employment with student gift aid of $3,456 and institutional grant aid to all students amounting to $285 on an average.
For getting the financial aid student has to fill up the FAFSA form, this form contains all the information of the student's family income and then they determine how much a student can pay for the college. The FAFSA code of Manhattan college is 041215.