Columbia Southern University: Ranking & Review

Orange Beach
United States
Top 25%

Columbia Southern University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Enrolled total (including graduate students)20,81812,5158,303

20,818 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

20,818 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

It’s free to apply for both undergraduates and graduates.

Columbia Southern University has an open admission policy (non-competitive). The only requirement is a certificate of attendance or a highschool diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.

Columbia Southern University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies and other expenses per full academic year.

Columbia Southern University does not provide on-campus housing.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates$5,280$5,280
Fees for full-time undergraduates$135$135
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates$220$220
Tuition for Full-time graduates$3,480$3,480
Fees for full-time graduates$135$135

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services5591,2801,243203,102
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service7837432761,802
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields5507423841,676
Health Professions and Related Programs5729819374
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities214214
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11144155
Natural Resources and Conservation3888126
Public Administration and Social Service Professions7777
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies22
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies11
Grand Total2,2143,2961,999207,529

A total of 5,510 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Columbia Southern University.

At the master's and doctor's level 2,019 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate31%33%28%
  • Full-time retention rate - 50%
  • Part-time retention rate - 23%

General info

Religious affiliationNot applicable
Academic CalendarOther academic year
Total FTE staff654
Instructional FTE252
Sector of institutionPrivate for-profit, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPrivate for-profit
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, Alabama, 36561-9000
United States
Urbanization levelTown: Fringe