Columbia Southern University

Institution Details

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Columbia Southern University

21982 University Lane
Orange Beach
School Setting Town: Fringe: Territory inside an urban cluster that is less than or equal to 10 miles from an urbanized area.
Geographic RegionSoutheast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
PresidentRobert G. Mayes, Jr.
Name of System, Governing Board or Corporate Structure Institution is part of a system or corporate entity
Columbia Southern Education Group, Inc.
Opeflag Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Institutional control or affiliationPrivate for-profit (profit-making) institution - A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives compensation other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk.
Dual credit 0
Calendar system Other academic year
Category used to describe ''non-traditional'' calendar systems at 4-year and 2-year degree-granting institutions. These can include schools that offer primarily on-line courses or ''one course at a time''.
Admission test scores Not applicable

Student Details

The Student Details section provides a numeric overview of the students enrolled at the institution. The data lists the number of total students and breaks down this statistic by gender, full-time vs. part-time students, and student-to-faculty-ratio. With this information, you can determine the school’s size, the availability and popularity of part-time programs compared to full-time programs, and the potential size of classes. This section also discusses the institution’s admissions and retention rate. With this information, you can gain a sense of your own likelihood of obtaining admittance to the institution, as well as how many students typically continue on at the institution after one year.
Total Number of Students 19,933
Number of Men 12,640
Number of Women 7,293
Percentage Women37%
Percentage Men63 %
Full-time Students 10934
Part-time Students 8999
Number of Applicants Not Reported
Number of Admitted Not Reported
Full-time Retention Rate (2012) 65%
Student-to-faculty Ratio 82 to 1

Tuition + Costs*

The Cost section provides an overview of how much it will cost to attend the institution for the full academic year. The section discusses the average annual cost of tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and extra expenses and fees. With this information, you can estimate how much it may cost you to attend the institution yourself.
yesTuition payment plan
In-state Tuition $4,800
Books and Supplies $0
On Campus Room and Board $0
In-state Fees $95
Out of State Tuition $95
Application Fee $0
Estimated Total$4,990

Net Price + Financial Aid*

The Net Price & Federal aid provides an overview of the average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduate and first-time students enrolled in the institution, as well as the percentage of students that received aid. The types of financial aid that is reported includes scholarship aid, institutional grant aid, federal grant aid, state/local grant aid, Pell grant aid, and federal student loan aid. With this information, you can get a feeling for the types of financial aid that you might receive once you are enrolled in the institution.
Percent of undergraduate students receiving federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid 41%
Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid dollars received by undergraduate students$2,275
Percent of full-time, first-time undergraduates receiving federal grant aid 66%
Average amount of federal grant aid received by full-time, first-time undergraduates $4,027
Percent of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants 22%
Average amount Pell grant aid received by undergraduate students $3,705
Percent of undergraduate students receiving federal student loans 28%
Average amount of federal student loan aid received by undergraduate students $8,237
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The Degrees section provides an overview of the top area of studies that are awarded by the institution and the number of degrees that are awarded at each level. The degree types are classified by the US Department of Education’s CIP code system. With this information, you can begin to determine whether the institution offers the particular area of study and degree level that you would like to pursue.

Degrees Offered

yesLess Than 1 Yr Certificate
yesAssociate’s Degree
yesBachelor’s Degree
yesPostbaccalaurate Certificate
yesMaster’s Degree
yesDoctor’s Degree – research/scholarship

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded by CIPCODE

Business Administration and Management, General1604
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician670
Fire Science/Fire-fighting591
Criminal Justice/Police Science362
Environmental Studies100
Information Technology97
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration85
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General84
Health/Health Care Administration/Management83
General Studies80
Organizational Leadership73
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician63
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management29
Hospitality Administration/Management, General19
Project Management12

Degrees Awarded by Level

Bachelor's Degree1845
Master's Degree1026
Associate's Degree612
Postbaccalaureate certificate28
Award of Less Than 1 academic year21

Additional Services

yesAcademic/career counseling service
yesOpen admission policy

Sports and Athletics

Tel / Fax (251) 981-3815
Institution’s internet website address
All data has been taken directly from the US Department of Education's IPEDS Data Center and reflects information that was self-reported by the institution for the 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Refer to our glossary for additional reference for the information given above.