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Columbus State University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Columbus State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors CSU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. 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 Columbus State University Ranked?

2021 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 8 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CSU as #1,339 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

CSU is also ranked #27 out of 56 schools in Georgia.

See all of the rankings for Columbus State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Columbus State University is a competitive 53%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Columbus State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 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

Columbus State University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 11% for first-time, full-time students at CSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at CSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,501 undergraduates at CSU with 4,554 being full-time and 1,947 being part-time.

CSU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,900 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 10% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Columbus State University

Located in Columbus, Georgia, Columbus State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of 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 39 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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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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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