Originally housed in a renovated hosiery mill, Columbus State University is a public institution in western Georgia. Columbus State encompasses colleges of Business, Letters & Sciences, the Arts, and Education conferring undergrad degrees in 46 majors. Additionally, CSU operates several advanced facilities including the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and the River Center featuring three performance halls. For students interested in the fine arts, CSU’s Corn Center for Visual Arts displays student artwork alongside that of visiting artists.
Key Admissions Stats
Not for Profit
This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission
In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Room and Board
The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
(amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
+ amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
+ amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies
Aid & Grants
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants
Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
Students Borrowing Loans
Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation
The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment
The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
I thoroughly enjoyed going to Columbus State University and have had my share of the good and the bad that come with being a student there. It was extremely affordable for a state college and provided a very good environment for learning.
Michael from Hamilton, GA
this university has very strong programs for specific majors such as theatre, art, music, nursing, communications, business, etc. there are two different campuses, twenty minutes apart via shuttle, and each offer completely different college experiences. the student community is very close and strong among campuses, majors, or even clubs.
Jessica from Senoia, GA
Columbus State is a great school for those who don't want to get lost in the shuffle at larger campuses. I love the individual attention I get from my professors, and I feel they are interested in my success.
Chloe from Tyrone, GA
CSU has a cultural enrichment and campus environment. I applied to many schools and had the opportunity to visit them all but found that CSU has that home away from home feel that I was looking for.
Current CSU Student
Columbus State is a very diverse and fun school. The atmosphere is great and so are the people on campus. We never have any problems there, everyone is willing an ready to meet new people
Ashley from Pine Mountain, GA
Columbus State is a wonderful growing school in a growing community. It is really easy to be known around this campus and there are so many organizations to be involved with. The classes can be challenging but overall a wonderful college!