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Columbus State prepares students for career, life success

Academics by the nubmers Ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Columbus State offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing and more. Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment.

Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is part of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,200 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education.

Since 1958, CSU has educated students who have gone on to become leaders at the local, state and national level. Currently, the university offers 46 undergraduate and 42 graduate degrees.

CSU has also cultivated a reputation for extending its commitment to learning into the community, especially with the development of its RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. The world-class performing arts campus includes:

  • Riverside Theatre Complex, a new stage for students in CSU's nationally recognized Department of Theatre. which relocated to the campus.
  • Corn Center for the Visual Arts, the home of galleries that feature the work of visiting artists and students in CSU's Department of Art, which also moved downtown.
  • The Schwob School of Music is housed in the RiverCenter, a state-of-the-art performing arts complex, which opened in 2001.
  • Two new apartment buildings for students and a parking garage to serve the RiverPark campus community and the public.

At least three other outreach centers nearby — the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians — extend CSU's reputation as a teaching university, offering learning opportunities for students as well as the public.

Boasting stellar faculty, impressive facilities and small class sizes (20:1 on average), CSU offers top-notch educational opportunities, including nationally accredited programs in art, chemistry, music, nursing, theatre, business, and teacher education. The university also offers a variety of online offerings and an extensive continuing education program.

Students in all majors have opportunities beyond campus and enhance their traditional learning through internships, clinical experiences, cooperative education and field research alongside senior professors. CSU offers valuable service to the community and "real world" experience to its students by  collaborating on projects with a variety of business/industry, civic, arts and governmental partners.

Additional educational opportunities are available through special opportunities available to CSU students, such as our Honors Program, our heralded Servant Leadership Program and study abroad curriculum. CSU expects its students to provide the effort, enthusiasm and determination to make the most of their learning opportunities and the people who empower them to move in new directions. We promise challenges and inspiration, support and encouragement and an experience from not only your formal education, but also extracurricular activities, lifelong friends and an energetic college experience.

Ranked Top 35 in Online Business and Education Graduate Degrees - U.S. News & World Report      Ranked Top 35 in Online Business and Education Graduate Degrees - U.S. News & World Report


Click above to check out one of the university's latest commercials, or click below to check out the whitewater flowing past our downtown campus, which we call RiverPark.

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