Columbus State University

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. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Columbus State University Ranked?

2022 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 298 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

CSU landed the #1,420 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 80 colleges in Georgia, CSU is ranked at #34.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

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 )

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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

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 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbus State University

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

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Columbus State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of CSU is $12,058. 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 +
$10,185 $10,614 $13,441 $15,075 $15,390

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 8.4%. 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 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

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Columbus State University. Of these students, 1,224 received undergraduate degrees and 524 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 224 $61,764
Health Sciences & Services 72 $27,492
Communication & Media Studies 65 $30,047
Computer Information Systems 65 $53,358
General Biology 56 $21,964
Criminal Justice & Corrections 55 $31,660
Health & Physical Education 55 $20,921
Sociology 54 $28,164
Business Administration & Management 51 $33,637
General Business/Commerce 49 $38,721

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 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

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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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