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Columbia Southern University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Columbia Southern University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Columbia Southern University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Columbia Southern University was awarded 252 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is quality control technology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Columbia Southern University is ranked #2,422 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Columbia Southern University is also ranked #48 out of 48 schools in Alabama.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Columbia Southern University?

Acceptance Rate

Columbia Southern University has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Learn more about Columbia Southern University admissions.

Columbia Southern University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Columbia Southern University, the student to faculty ratio is 39 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia Southern University is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia Southern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Columbia Southern University this rate is 62%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  62 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Columbia Southern University is 12%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  12 out of 100

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Columbia Southern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,254 undergraduates at Columbia Southern University with 6,866 being full-time and 6,388 being part-time.

How Much Does Columbia Southern University Cost?

The overall average net price of Columbia Southern University is $10,368. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Columbia Southern University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,074 $10,035 $10,355 $11,627 $13,598

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Columbia Southern University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Columbia Southern University, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,412 a year. That adds up to $25,648 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia Southern University is 8.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Columbia Southern University Graduates Make?

Location of Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. The surrounding location of Orange Beach is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for Columbia Southern University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 21982 University Lane, Orange Beach, AL 36561-9000
Phone: 251-981-3771

Columbia Southern University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 15 majors graduated from Columbia Southern University. Of these students, 5,341 received undergraduate degrees and 1,965 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,032 $51,162
Quality Control Technology 793 $70,370
Fire Protection 468 $69,547
Criminal Justice & Corrections 277 $53,647
Health & Medical Administrative Services 201 $45,997
Human Resource Management 167 $47,260
Mental & Social Health Services 111 $34,704
Computer Information Systems 107 $57,318
Natural Resources Conservation 92 $68,219
Homeland Security 75 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia Southern University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Columbia Southern University

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 18,533 students took at least one online class at Columbia Southern University. This is a decrease from the 20,034 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 18,533 18,533
2018-2019 20,034 20,034
2017-2018 21,104 21,104
2016-2017 20,818 20,818
2015-2016 21,442 21,442

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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