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Columbus State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Columbus State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbus State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Columbus State University was awarded 8 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, CSU is ranked #1,339 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

CSU also holds the #27 spot on the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

Acceptance Rate

Columbus State University has an acceptance rate of 53%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for CSU.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to CSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 540. Math scores were between 420 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbus State University  ( 450 to 540 )

SAT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 420 to 530 )
CSU received ACT scores from 48% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Columbus State University  ( 18 to 24 )

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Columbus State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Columbus State University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbus State University is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbus State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Columbus State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 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 CSU is 11%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Columbus State University.

Average Overall Diversity at CSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,799 undergraduates at CSU with 4,693 being full-time and 2,106 being part-time.

CSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

CSU scored 59.29 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  59.29 out of 100
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How Much Does Columbus State University Cost?

The overall average net price of CSU is $12,194. 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 CSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,224 $11,659 $13,033 $15,476 $15,039

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 CSU, 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 CSU, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $5,802 a year. That adds up to $23,208 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 10.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do CSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSU make about $35,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 10% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Columbus State University make the most money.

Location of Columbus State University

Columbus State University is a public institution situated in Columbus, Georgia. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Columbus State University

Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Phone: 706-507-8800

Columbus State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 49 majors graduated from Columbus State University. Of these students, 1,085 received undergraduate degrees and 493 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
Nursing 207 $54,100
Computer Information Systems 72 $51,500
Communication & Media Studies 65 NA
Health Sciences & Services 64 $25,200
General Psychology 62 $24,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 59 $28,900
General Business/Commerce 42 $38,600
General Biology 41 $21,700
Business Administration & Management 39 $36,100
Sociology 37 $27,900

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

Online Learning at CSU

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 2017-2018, 3,630 students took at least one online class at Columbus State University. This is an increase from the 3,411 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,630 1,518
2016-2017 3,411 1,644
2015-2016 3,276 1,535
2014-2015 3,384 1,537
2013-2014 3,004 1,217

Learn more about online learning at Columbus State University.

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