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Columbus State University Data & Information Overview

241 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
78% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Columbus State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. 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?

#1,351 Best Colleges in Nation
#40 Best Colleges in GA
Other Education Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Columbus State University was awarded 241 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other education.

Overall Quality

CSU is ranked #1,351 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CSU held the #1,420 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 69 colleges in Georgia, CSU is ranked at #40.

See all of the rankings for Columbus State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

78% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Columbus State University is 78%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that CSU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 440 and 550. Math scores were between 420 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbus State University  ( 440 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 420 to 530 )
CSU received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Columbus State University  ( 17 to 23 )

Learn more about Columbus State University admissions.

Columbus State University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
65% Full Time Teachers

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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbus State University is 65%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  65 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbus State University

75% Freshmen Retention
14% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% 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  75 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 14%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  14 out of 100

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

Columbus State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,708 Full-Time Undergraduates
54.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,877 undergraduates at CSU with 4,708 being full-time and 2,169 being part-time.

How Much Does Columbus State University Cost?

$12,385 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
$25,988 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CSU is $12,385. 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 +
$10,477 $10,922 $14,046 $15,162 $15,313

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CSU, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,497 a year. That adds up to $25,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSU Graduates Make?

$41,096 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CSU make around $41,096 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Columbus State University

Georgia State
4,708 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Columbus State University is a public institution situated in Columbus, Georgia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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

39 Majors With Completions
1,077 Undergraduate Degrees
426 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Columbus State University. Of these students, 1,077 received undergraduate degrees and 426 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 190 $61,920
Computer Information Systems 80 $50,668
Health Sciences & Services 63 $26,933
Communication & Media Studies 58 $31,890
General Biology 55 $22,107
Criminal Justice & Corrections 54 $33,237
Business Administration & Management 49 $31,730
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 $36,741
General Business/Commerce 42 $25,781
Health & Physical Education 41 NA

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

Online Learning at CSU

85% Take At Least One Class Online
30% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 7,082 students took at least one online class at Columbus State University. This is an increase from the 3,779 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,082 2,516
2018-2019 3,779 1,460
2017-2018 3,630 1,518
2016-2017 3,411 1,644
2015-2016 3,276 1,535

Learn more about online learning at Columbus State University.

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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.


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