City of Columbus
Create You in a vibrant and welcoming city. Hugging the eastern banks of the Chattahoochee River, Columbus is place of discovery. With nearly 200,000 residents, it blends urban life with walkable neighborhoods, expansive public parks, and countless cultural attractions.
Columbus is home to many national corporations including Aflac, Synovus, TSYS, and Carmike Cinemas. Together with other large employers like NCR and Pratt & Whitney, these companies make Columbus a commercial and entrepreneurial hub. Taking full advantage of our location, Columbus State works closely with the business community to provide internships, field experiences, and employment opportunities to CSU students.
Expand your world. Be inspired. Live and learn in Columbus – a city filled with possibility.
Shopping and Dining
There’s no shortage of great shopping and wonderful food in Columbus. A few local favorites include:
The Landings: The perfect place to connect with friends. This open-air shopping center features national stores, local boutiques, and specialty restaurants.
Iron Bank Coffee: Meet friends, study, or listen to live music at Iron Bank Coffee in Uptown.
The Black Cow: Just steps from RushSouth Whitewater Park, The Black Cow serves classic southern comfort food with a contemporary twist.
Canon Brew Pub: This dog-friendly establishment is a favorite with locals. Sample craft beverages or enjoy a brick-oven pizza.
Entertainment and Recreation
The Loft: Part comedy club, part music venue, part restaurant and bar, The Loft is a Columbus institution.
RushSouth Whitewater Park: Choose your adventure. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, ziplining, or kayaking, you can find your rush at RushSouth.
Flat Rock Park: Known for its mountain bike trails, Flat Rock also features a large lake for fishing, a playground, and numerous picnic spots.
The Columbus Museum: One of the largest museums in the Southeast, The Columbus Museum features an extensive permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs.
Coca-Cola Space Science Center: A division of CSU, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center hosts a variety of interactive exhibits and is home to an immersive theater and observatory.
National Civil War Naval Museum: Home to the largest surviving confederate warship, the National Civil War Naval Museum hosts tours, living history events, and weapons demonstrations.
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts: Anchoring Uptown, RiverCenter is a 100 million-dollar modern performance space. The facility has welcomed such classical artists as Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman and hosted numerous Broadway shows including Miss Saigon, Chicago, and Cats.
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