Why Columbia Southern University?

Quality Service

Beginning with your initial contact, you’ll find that our personalized service is second to none. Faculty and staff are dedicated to the principle that it is only through your success that we succeed. We are readily available to assist you with information from the application process to graduation requirements.

Open Enrollment

Begin courses at anytime and study when it best fits your schedule. With the CSU Per-Course/Open Enrollment System there are no predetermined semester or session dates to contend with.

Maximum Transfer Credit

CSU allows maximum transfer credit for your prior academic credit, training, and relevant professional licenses and certifications. Up to 75 percent of undergraduate courses and 50 percent of graduate courses can be transferred into your degree program at CSU.

Online College Courses

Self-Paced Programs

Begin courses at anytime and study when it best fits your schedule. At CSU, you can set your own pace for completing a degree program with our Per-Course/Open Enrollment System. Students are allowed 10 weeks to complete each course, but may finish a course in as little as three weeks depending on how quickly you complete the coursework.

Flexible Learning

Forget the days of scheduled online sessions and on-site test taking! At CSU residency is not a requirement and coursework can be completed at times that are most convenient for you. Faculty and staff offer flexible individualized instruction designed to provide each student with the guidance and support necessary for successful course completion.


CSU will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your application and within seven to ten business days we will prepare a detailed evaluation report. This report will outline those courses we have determined you should take and those which we have accepted for transfer credit.

Asynchronous Courses

There are no group projects and courses are totally asynchronous. Study offline anytime and anywhere that works best for you and simply log back on to submit the prepared assignments by the due date.

Military Discounts

All Servicemembers receive an application fee waiver ($25 value). Immediate family receives the waiver and a 10 percent tuition discount.

Free Information Regarding Online Courses


When comparing quality and cost – CSU is your best option. Our tuition is competitively priced to make achieving a quality education affordable and realistic for the average person. Federal Financial Aid and military educational benefits are also available for eligible participants.

Accreditation and Recognition

Columbia Southern University is an accredited member of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The accrediting commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSU is also licensed by the Department of Postsecondary Education, State of Alabama.

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