Columbia Southern University

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Columbia Southern University

21982 University Lane
Orange Beach

Student Details

The Student Details section provides a numeric overview of the students enrolled at the institution. The data lists the number of total students and breaks down this statistic by gender, full-time vs. part-time students, and student-to-faculty-ratio. With this information, you can determine the school’s size, the availability and popularity of part-time programs compared to full-time programs, and the potential size of classes. This section also discusses the institution’s admissions and retention rate. With this information, you can gain a sense of your own likelihood of obtaining admittance to the institution, as well as how many students typically continue on at the institution after one year.
Total Number of Students 20,823
Number of Men 12,602
Number of Women 8,221
Percentage Women61%
Percentage Men39 %
Full-time Students 12470
Part-time Students 8353
Number of Applicants Not Reported
Number of Admitted Not Reported
Full-time Retention Rate (2015) 40%
Student-to-faculty Ratio 60 to 1

Tuition + Costs*

The Cost section provides an overview of how much it will cost to attend the institution for the full academic year. The section discusses the average annual cost of tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and extra expenses and fees. With this information, you can estimate how much it may cost you to attend the institution yourself.
yesTuition payment plan
In-state Tuition $5,040
Books and Supplies $624
On Campus Room and Board $0
In-state Fees $135
Out of State Tuition $135
Estimated Total$5,934

Net Price + Financial Aid*

The Net Price & Federal aid provides an overview of the average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduate and first-time students enrolled in the institution, as well as the percentage of students that received aid. The types of financial aid that is reported includes scholarship aid, institutional grant aid, federal grant aid, state/local grant aid, Pell grant aid, and federal student loan aid. With this information, you can get a feeling for the types of financial aid that you might receive once you are enrolled in the institution.
Percent of undergraduate students receiving federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid 90%
Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid dollars received by undergraduate students$1,927
Percent of full-time, first-time undergraduates receiving federal grant aid 72%
Average amount of federal grant aid received by full-time, first-time undergraduates $3,784
Percent of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants 31%
Average amount Pell grant aid received by undergraduate students $4,038
Percent of undergraduate students receiving federal student loans 34%
Average amount of federal student loan aid received by undergraduate students $8,617
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The Degrees section provides an overview of the top area of studies that are awarded by the institution and the number of degrees that are awarded at each level. The degree types are classified by the US Department of Education’s CIP code system. With this information, you can begin to determine whether the institution offers the particular area of study and degree level that you would like to pursue.

Degrees Offered

yesLess Than 1 Yr Certificate
yesAssociate’s Degree
yesBachelor’s Degree
yesPostbaccalaurate Certificate
yesMaster’s Degree

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded by CIPCODE

Business Administration and Management, General2571
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician1617
Fire Science/Fire-fighting821
Criminal Justice/Police Science704
Organizational Leadership257
General Studies234
Health/Health Care Administration/Management200
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General192
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management179
Environmental Studies172
Information Technology160
Fire Services Administration127
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration110
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician80
Project Management43

Degrees Awarded by Level

Bachelor's Degree3107
Associate's Degree1579
Master's Degree1572
Award of Less Than 1 academic year169
Postbaccalaureate certificate88

Additional Services

yesAcademic/career counseling service
yesOpen admission policy

Sports and Athletics

Institution’s internet website address
School Setting Town: Fringe: Territory inside an urban cluster that is less than or equal to 10 miles from an urbanized area.
Geographic RegionSoutheast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
PresidentRobert G. Mayes, Jr.
Name of System, Governing Board or Corporate Structure Institution is part of a system or corporate entity
Columbia Southern Education Group Inc.
Opeflag Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Institutional control or affiliationPrivate for-profit (profit-making) institution - A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives compensation other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk.
Dual credit 0
Calendar system Other academic year Category used to describe ''non-traditional'' calendar systems at 4-year and 2-year degree-granting institutions. These can include schools that offer primarily on-line courses or ''one course at a time''.
Admission test scores
All data has been taken directly from the US Department of Education's IPEDS Data Center and reflects information that was self-reported by the institution for the 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Refer to our glossary for additional reference for the information given above.