Columbia Southern University
Review Averages: 8.7 out of 10
Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
Columbia Southern University Reviews:
Business Administration/Program Management - November 4, 2015
I was already entrenched in my career but witthout a college degree. Because I worked for a private firm, there was no degree required. Once I decided to get a job with a large firm, I enrolled in CSU to complete my last 50 credits. I did so in about a year. Classes are not very challenging but they do take time and it is busy work. After I completed my degree, I began my search at a large firm. By no means did my degree get me any interviews, my experience did...but never once was I questioned about accreditation (which it is) or about an "online" school. It checked the box quite adequately and at a very affordable cost. I recommend CSU highly if you arre in a similar situation. You need to check the box as having a degree. This is not to say the education was not valuable, it was...but for me it was about getting through the credits. Good luck!
Cudos to CSU
MBA - November 4, 2015
I see that there are a few students or former students that think that their degree will not get them to the utopic job that they are searching for, it's not happening. Education is when the mind expands, not when the mind memorizes. A degree is not a piece of paper that allows you to walk into a organization and throw down the degree and say "Hire me, I went to college". Name dropping schools does not get you hired any faster. At CSU if you learned anything, apply what you learned. Remember education does not override experience. If someone went to college for the sole purpose of getting a job you only fooled yourself. Education is an enabler in helping you to perhaps get your foot in the door for an interview, the degree or college does not walk in there with you. I attend CSU for both of my degrees, Bachelors and Masters. Everything that a person learns in college may not be applied in the real world, just like HS. I never end my day saying "Dang, I didn't get to use calculus or trigonometry today", or for the past 5 years. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CSU and would, and have recommended it to other of my friends. It is one of the only colleges that accept military experience and applies it to credits. Sure you have to write papers but that is part of being in college, especially since no student has to team up with other students that determine their or the groups grade. Some people are just looking for things to complain about in life. Maybe that why some people are using the excuse of not being able to get jobs is because of attitude not education
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Recent 2015 Grad/
Criminal Justice Administration - August 26, 2015
Having recently graduated from CSU, I have been more than happy with what I committed to in obtaining my degree. Being in the high tempo area of the Army and able to take my work with me anywhere was a huge plus and would not have stuck with it if that was not the case. Be aware, you WILL have to earn this degree and it is not given. I wrote more papers here than I would have liked, and trust me when I say I hate writing or research papers in APA. Ughhhh...never again, HOWEVER, I just may get my Masters from CSU because of the quality and service I was afforded. I did read a few other reviews here, and I hear the grumblings. First understand this is NOT Harvard, Ohio State, etc. If you are looking to land a job with no experience, get in line. Plenty of folks are still in the civilian work place...or lack of, and cannot find work. The economy is NOT what they would lead you to believe. Why do you think I have made a career out of my current service? Thanks but no thanks to the unemployment line. Use this school for current advancement, not as a "name-drop" to get you attention from a prospective employer. Next, FEE's are at every school My wife just graduated from American Law School, and I had to pay for the grad fee. ALL schools do this, and even when I went to the U or Akron, OH, we had to pay fees. It's a business based on education folks. Bills have to be paid; get a clue. All in all, I have enjoyed my experience with CSU and recommend them to anyone looking to better themselves if they are in a current career and are looking for a flexible and reasonable school to aid them.
so grateful for the education
MBA - August 22, 2015
I completed my BBA and MBA here, and I worked REALLY hard; do not think you can skate through- it is tough! I enjoyed the experience. I was never alone: the instructors, the writing center, everybody was always available to help if I needed it. I read a lot of the negative reviews and do not agree with most of them. It may be that you got a degree and could not get a job, but do not blame the school. The school is excellent and if you are planning on attending, speak to an advisor first. they can answer any questions you have. I am grateful for the education I got. I live in Houston and could go anywhere, but the ability to get a first class education AT HOME OR ANYWHERE was the key for me.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
DO NOT ENTER!
Columbia Southern University - August 5, 2015
I appreciate all the reviews that were written. after coming from a school that wasn't regionally accredited I decided to do my home work before enrolling into another school. I read where some people experienced negative attitudes from some of the administration. I can testify to that. I had called for some information on some of the student fees, in particular the petition to graduate fee? I had never heard of it and was curious about it. I was then told by an admissions rep the fee was something us students paid in order to obtain the degree we had already EARNED. She went on to state that the fee allows the school to review our records to ensure we have met all the required courses needed to graduate. I found they also keep up with our grades, they know if you've passed or failed a course, so why are they unable to simply pull up our grades to see what we have or have not completed? Anyhow, I questioned the fee and was instantly greeted with attitude. the rep became irate and stated if I did not pay the fee I would not receive my degree. I simply stated "fine!" I will not be attending your money hungry school , and hung up. I perceived her attitude and this fee to be a warning of things to come years down the line. I will simply scratch CSU off my list of considerations... I hope all of the reviews posted will help some one else from making a terrible mistake. to all who have claimed to have had a good experience from this school, GOOD FOR YOU....I'LL PASS ON CSU.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Loved This opportunity
Health Care Administration - July 22, 2015
This is the real deal. I was skeptical of online colleges until I took my first exam. It had to be held at a place with a certified teacher. I was put in a empty room and given my allotted time to complete the exam. The instructor took the test when I completed it and sent it back to CSU for grading. It was all very professional and official. Online College is not for lazy people. It is a lot of individual work and review. You must be dedicated to completing the course. As any college, getting a degree from CSU DOES NOT guarantee you a job. You get your own job. The degree just shows the employer that you have determination and the ability to learn. How you present yourself during the interview speaks a lot to whether or not you get the job. I would never have been able to complete my degree if it had not been for online schools. I am a mother of 2 that had a full time job and still was able to study at my own pace and complete my degree. I even took a trip to orange beach, Alabama to visit the school, once I graduated! They were extremely friendly and courteous. I got a tour of the college and some souvenir items for my trip. I HIGHLY recommend this school.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Columbia Business Management Degree
Business Administration/Program Management - June 13, 2015
Completed my degree with the college and two years latter I am still not using this degree. I have post my resume and still no calls. I am still working at the 7.25hr job I had when I enroll in this college. The only thing I got is a high student loan that NELNET charges interest on daily. I wish I never attended this college. This college is good for individuals who are currently employed and looking for a rise or advancement in their current job. However, for someone looking for door to open then attended a college that can give you internship. Columbia is not that college. Good Luck!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
M.S Occupational Safety and Health
Columbia Southern University - May 18, 2015
I never had any issues with CSU. Serving in the Military with a high deployment tempo I was able to complete my course work without any issues and if I did have any issues CSU was there to assist me in every way they could. I can honestly say my degree from CSU helped me transition from an Enlisted Soldier to an Officer. I would definitely recommend CSU to anyone; as a matter of fact I'm going to obtain another degree from CSU to assist me in my transition out of the military.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great school for it's purpose
MBA - January 2, 2015
As a person that attended a regionally accredited, nationally known brick and mortar school for my bachelors degree, I feel qualified now after completing my MBA at CSU to voice my opinion on the comparison of online schools vs classrooms as well as national vs regional accreditation. Completing a degree online was much harder than sitting in a classroom, it took much more discipline and time management to study and complete assignments. It's very tough to read, comprehend and be tested on material without being able to ask questions of the professor or get the perspective of others in the class. With regards to the knowledge gained, I also feel I got more out of the classes online since I was forced to take my time and understand the material which lead to much greater retention of the information. As for the accreditation, rarely do employers ask about this, as a hiring manager I never have! I check to insure the school has an accreditation accepted by the Dept of Ed and that's it. If DOE accepts it, it's a degree plain and simple. Of course there are some programs and graduate schools that won't take nationally accredited degrees but I'm betting there are more that will than won't. It's imperative that you do a little research before making the commitment to any school, CSU is no different. Everyone learns differently so online classes are not for everyone. During my young and stupid years, I don't believe I could have handled online classes but most adults that are completing their degrees online are dealing with "real life" issues and have a mature perspective on education and why it's important. CSU is a great school for adults looking to finish up or advance their education. The degree is recognized by the DOE and I for one can tell you it is not easy to get. You will work hard and get out of it what you put into it...ironically that's no different than at any other school online or B&M.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great school at a great price
BSBA - December 18, 2014
Due to what I read online in various reviews, I was concerned about my CSU degree being nationally accredited through DETC. I am very happy to be able to say that I was accepted into a state school with one of the best distance learning programs in the nation, to pursue my graduate degree. The university I'll be attending is regionally accredited and they had zero issues taking my CSU degree. I am completely satisfied with the education I received at CSU, and have no complaints. A note to prospective students: be prepared to write! I took about 25 classes here, and the average amount of writing was 15 APA formatted written pages per class. Just because its a distance education school doesn't mean you get a free ride to a degree; you will have to earn your grade here.
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