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Columbus State University Data & Information Overview

110 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
79% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Columbus State University Ranked?

#1,620 Best Colleges in Nation
#43 Best Colleges in GA
Other Education Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 110 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other education.

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Overall Quality

CSU is ranked #1,620 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

CSU also holds the #43 spot on the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

79% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Columbus State University has an acceptance rate of 79%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 10% 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 570. Math scores were between 430 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbus State University  ( 440 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Columbus State University  ( 430 to 560 )
CSU received ACT scores from 11% 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

16 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 16 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

61% Freshmen Retention
15% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 Columbus State University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 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 15%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

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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
52% Take Out Loans
$24,752 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 52% of students took out student loans averaging $6,188 a year. That adds up to $24,752 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
1,107 Undergraduate Degrees
456 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Columbus State University. Of these students, 1,107 received undergraduate degrees and 456 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
General Business/Commerce 42 $25,781
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 $36,741
History 41 $32,911

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

Online Learning at CSU

70% Take At Least One Class Online
26% 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 2020-2021, 5,497 students took at least one online class at Columbus State University. This is a decrease from the 7,082 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,497 2,019
2019-2020 7,082 2,516
2018-2019 3,779 1,460
2017-2018 3,630 1,518
2016-2017 3,411 1,644

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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