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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.
"I like CSU because it isn't too big. I'm here at a time when the campus is growing, so it is working to my advantage, but it isn't so big that it's intimidating like some of the bigger schools in Georgia."
— Marianne Ward, junior (2006)
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. Our graduates played a major role in the success of a $100 million capital campaign that concluded in 2005, paying tribute to the value of their CSU education and what they want it to mean to future generations.
"The CSU campaign is a wonderful example of the power of successful partnership between a university and a community … The results are astounding."
— Kathryn Costello, consultant
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:
"This will complete the dream to make Columbus State University the premier music, art and drama school in the South."
— Bill Turner Sr., retired chairman of the W. C. Bradley Co.
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, nursing, music, theatre and teacher education. The university also offers a variety of online offerings and an extensive continuing education program.
"I get a lot of satisfaction out of working with a lot of first-generation students who didn't know what to expect out of college. It is really exciting to take kids like that and see them turn out as good – in some cases – as any students anywhere."
— Dr. George Stanton, professor of biology
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.
"CSU provided study abroad scholarship money which allowed me to visit both Belize and Australia. Not only was I able to travel around the globe, but I was fortunate enough to have professors from the Biology Department accompanying me on those trips and on hand for instructional purposes."
— Blayke Gibson, 2005 biology
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.