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Columbus State University

Columbus, Georgia

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Columbus State University overview
Location Columbus, Georgia
Online columbusstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Columbus State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Columbus State University is a public institution established in 1958, nestled in the urban environment of Columbus, Georgia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. The university occupies two primary campuses - the original main campus in midtown Columbus, and a second, more recent addition, the RiverPark campus in the city?s downtown area, known for its modern architecture and facilities blending into the historic riverfront. Columbus State offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a particular emphasis on business, education, and the arts. The Schwob School of Music and the CSU Department of Art are notable highlights of its academic offerings, providing dynamic programs and engaging with the community through the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Though Columbus State University has a more open application process, competition can vary based on the program. On-campus living is available to students, offering a blend of traditional residence halls and apartment-style accommodations.

In the most recent statistical year 3,870 prospective students applied, and 3,398 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,032 enrolled in the school.  4,619 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,860 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $4,371 plus fees of $1,380. Columbus State is ranked 995 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Columbus State is rated within the lower 24% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
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SAT 900/1130
ACT 16/23
GPA 3.07

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jun 30, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Georgia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Columbus State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,460
Other Fees$1,380
Room and Board $12,080
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$22,691

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Columbus State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,460
Other Fees$1,380
Room and Board $12,080
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$33,745

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$37,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

31% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Columbus State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 24%
Business 19%
Education 14%
Health Professions 14%
English and Literature 4%

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