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Best school ever

BSBA Finance - August 7, 2017
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I loved this school and really think it's the most affordable online degree program. Yes it requires a lot of writing and extensive research on most assignments but most of the instructors are lenient and understanding. They will work with you if you really want to achieve a good grade. In my opinion it's a great school to earn your degree and it's very doable with my busy full time job. Highly recommend!!

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Terrible school

Business Administration/Program Management - August 7, 2017
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This school is terrible. I am using financial aid so for my bachelors, instead of finishing in 4 years, it takes 5+ years. The teachers have problems and will give you Zeros for assignments you have completed on time and spent hours upon hours working on. They will fail you for no reason, causing you to take longer than the already long 5 years to complete just a bachelors. DO NOT GO THERE. It may seem fine in the beginning courses but as you get to the last year or so, they will fail you for everything.

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Manjone and Mayes are con artists

Columbia Southern University - March 18, 2017
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When I signed up 10 years ago I was promised that they were seeking RA. Still to this day nothing. They had applied to SACS but now are not listed at all on thenSAVS site. I had kept in contact witht them and followed up and kept being told it was coming. Mayes told me Manjone was working on it but he apparently made zero progress. Manjone would send occasional replies to my reqofor information updates. I even in frustration of not being able to teach any where applied there. Was told that they only consider RA professors. Eventually I got a chance and the staff there were condiiscending. I signed in for a conference call with two employees who thought I was on hold and they spoke disparagingly about the place. How disappointing. Of course Mayes only offered the gig when I was considering starting a class action suit. Manjone is an evangelical zealot who prayed in meetings and subjects people to his faith. Mayes ignores complaints. It is sad they won't even consider their students to be valid. My case is now pending. I spoken to a few lawyers and two who are taking on the for profit college crisis have expressed interest and will be seeking additional complainants soon. So check back. How can the school get away with this? They won't much long. So if you were scammed being told they would soon have RA like myself and 32 other possible litigants that Mayes, Manjone, his sister, and her husband lined their pockets full of your cash, you are in luck! Relief is coming.

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Amazing online school

Occupational Safety & Health - January 25, 2017
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I have to say that in the beginning, I was very skeptical about Columbia Southern University (CSU). After having been in the military for over twenty years, and obtained prior degrees from other schools I was not sure. My deployments while in, made it next to impossible until I had time.This school has been a terrific fit and will continue to do so. Very highly accredited professors (especially the fire safety and construction safety) prof's. These professors sit the boards for the CSP. Extremely knowledgeable and take right from OSHA standard. This makes learning true to the point of first hand knowledge. Very impressed by the professionalism they show us as students. If we make a mistake they hammer us to learn and it is not easy. The learning capability that I have gained thus far from this school is truly amazing and humbling. The school is and has prepared me for the challenges of the future and beyond. More to come in the Masters programs and beyond. Thanks CSU!!!

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MS in OSH with Enviro. Mng. Concentration

Occupational Safety & Health - January 11, 2017
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I don't see any current reviews for the MS-OSH/EM degree so I thought I'd offer up my experience. I'm an Active Duty Soldier who works full-time with all of the other Army related time sucking tasks. I'm not breaking rocks, but I am actually working 50+ a week, have three kids, and an hour roundtrip commute to work. Through 27 hours of coursework I have found the majority of the professors (all with Ph.D.s) to be both knowledgeable and fair, and the classes have been challenging with a significant amount of critical thinking and analysis. A majority of the classes require a legitimate 8-10 hours of work per week, which generally consists of A LOT of reading and 4-6 essay questions which require 200 word minimum responses...if you want a C. The average appropriate response is really closer to 800-900 words or the equivalent of a three to four page paper. Some classes require the occasional power point presentation which I believe is stupid for an online class where there is no audience, and especially because 12-15 slides can take longer and not validate your understanding of a topic as well as a five page paper. I've had one professor in one class that was absolutely terrible at providing useful feedback and I'm quite certain he gave me a blind B on an assignment because he was too lazy to read it. I challenged the grade and the support from my advisor and student resolution was equally as terrible. I was told to just challenge the final overall grade and none of my specific concerns were addressed. I went into a four hour ten essay question proctored final exam not having any clue how this guy grades. Pretty bad feeling after ten weeks. I got something like a 90.2% in the class so I rehashed everything in the GoArmyEd and CSU course critique and left it at that. If you've made it this far, a.) challenging, not a diploma mill, b.) a lot or reading and writing, c.) one masters level class is considered fulltime for a reason, some will keep you very very busy.

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Nothing but a Scam

DBA - December 24, 2016
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After completing my MBA with Columbia Southern University (CSU) in 2006, I pursued my DBA with them. However, 9 years of effort went down the drain when, towards the end of the program, my dissertation chair and committee suddenly claimed arbitrary authority to act retrospectively and even repressively. I had my research focus on regime-growth relationship based on comparative historical methods approved in February, 2016 and, accordingly, I expanded and developed my Prospectus into my Dissertation Proposal which I submitted to the committee on or about July, 11, 2016. No major objection was raised saved the request that I make some minor changes to comply with the university's dissertation template. A second submission was made to the committee on or about September 15, 2015. To my surprise, the entire paper was rejected with claims that political economy has no relation to business studies and comparative historical methodology based on secondary data analysis is not acceptable in doctoral dissertation. Exchanges between the chair and me only led to the former getting personal with assault on my political subscription and command of the English language. I was also reminded by the chair that he wields the ultimate power in whether or not to let my paper through. What a blatant threat! It became difficult for me to work with such a condescending, un-knowledgeable, and unprofessional person and any correspondence further thereto will only be distasteful and futile. Therefore, as a final recourse, I referred the matter to the Director for Doctoral Study but, alas, all my objections were ignored and all my questions raised were deliberately avoided and left unanswered thereby bringing the entire deliberative process to a halt. Under circumstances aforementioned, I cannot but suspect a lack in proficiency pertaining to doctoral research activities by those involved in this deliberative process. I regret having to say that the integrity of the entire institution is also being called into question when it allowed and/or condone unprofessional conduct of its faculty members. It is the most unfortunate for a fee paying international candidate to experience such affronting situation. Money wasted can easily be earned back but 9 years of my precious time wasted has no recompense. Therefore, if you are looking to earn a quality and recognised degree then CSU is definitely not a place you want to find yourselves in. I have made all the relevant information including email exchanges available on my Facebook.

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Amazing school and highly respected with employers

Occupational Safety & Health - August 23, 2016
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Amazing school and highly respected with employers. I got my dream job thank to the Masters Degree offered by this great school. It took me three long years of hard work and lots of assignments but it was totally worth the effort. The tuition fee was very low in comparison to the similar programs but the courses and instructors were high quality. I totally recommend them for any EHS/ OHS courses or degrees.

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Fair and Honest Critque from Recent MBA Graduate

MBA - May 9, 2016
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Here is an honest and fair assessment of my time at CSU in its online, MBA program. First and foremost, let's discuss ACCREDITATON. Decide what you want out of a school before selecting CSU. Yes, it is nationally accredited, and No it is not regionally accredited, nor does it possess any specialized, prestigious business accreditations such as AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). FACULTY. There are no professors that teach classes per se. They can be more accurately described as "facilitators" or "moderators". They don't grade papers stringently, and there are not any required discussion posts to grade classroom participation. When I had a question, or needed assistance, it would be "hit-or-miss" when it came to getting a response from them - depends on the facilitator. For example, I was having technical difficulty submitting an assignment and it was the final due date. So, I emailed the instructor to ask for a one-day extension to resolve the technical issue. I was able to submit the assignment the next day, and no points were deducted; but, I never received a response from the instructor. As far as the instructor's qualifications, they do possess the appropriate degrees that you would think a professor should have - MS, MBA, PhD. But, you're not going to see many that graduated from well-known institutions - at least I didn't notice any while reading all of my professors' biographies. Important to note, I didn't see any professors who were graduates of CSU. STAFF SUPPORT. I believe that the staff was friendly and helpful, and I don't have anything negative to say. I always received great customer service when I called CSU. CAMPUS LOCATION. I actually visited the "campus" at CSU one day as I was passing through during a business trip. I took a 15-minute detour to the location and drove into the parking lot of the campus. That's essentially what it was. It's a two-building campus surrounding a parking lot. Outside the campus seemed very rural. So, basically, it's a college in the middle of nowhere. The university campus looked nothing like a traditional college campus. Most community colleges I've seen have a more convincing campus - as you could imagine, I was disappointed, but nearly finished with my degree, so there was no turning back at this point. COURSE DIFFICULTY. It's not difficult at all. I believe a senior in high school or a freshman in college could easily pass the courses. It was almost too easy, but for me, it was a relief since I transferred from a top-ranked university master's program where I was writing papers until 3:00 a.m. and having to get for work at 6:00 a.m. I couldn't maintain that schedule while simultaneously performing well in my profession and being an adequate husband and father. Plus, I was paying out of my ears in tuition and books. CSU is cheap and the course load is more than manageable. That leaves you time to have a life and be a husband/wife, father, or mother. For me, that held a lot of value. JOB PROSPECTS. What I have to say about this is theoretical since I have had a zero sum gain in job prospects or income since I received my degree. I've spent a great deal of time in the past speaking with HR managers within my organization, and from other organizations, and many echo the same statement on education. For the Department of Defense, they verify if the university who granted the degree is recognized by the Department of Education; which CSU is. For the corporate sector, I have no idea. I also spoke to some talent recruiters at a career fair and one mentioned that they are favoring certifications, in addition to a degree. For example, if you have a masters in project management, you may want to pursue a PMP certification, or obtain a green or black belt in Six Sigma. That alone may still not be the "smoking gun" that lands you a job. I've witnessed, and you may have to, folks getting hired in management positions with only a bachelor's degree, or in some cases, no degree at all. Their experience and personal network were enough to get them in the management chair. When it comes to landing the target job, your experience and network is going to be more solid than your degree diplomas. In summary, jobs that pay well are competitive, and you may need a combination of experience, education, and qualifications. And even then, you may not get hired if you don't interview well. CSU RECOMMENDATION. I would recommend the CSU MBA program to working adults looking to add to their resume at the most reasonable cost possible while still maintaining a family and professional life. If you don't have children, and your job is 9-5, I would recommend looking into a more challenging, and recognized degree program where you would have the time to invest.

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful

Great School, Real Value, Real Accredidation

Occupational Safety & Health - March 24, 2016
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I have been enrolled in the BS Occupational Safety and Health since 2008 (yes, 2008), and it has taken me this long because I am older, work full time, lead a family, and balance real coursework. However, as of March 23, 2016, I completed my audit to be conferred an interim A.S. degree the same field on March 31, 2016. I am proud of this accomplishment as I really worked had an earned it! And I couldn't have done it without the support of the CSU faculty, staff, and learning resources along the way. For those leery (or critical) of this university, let me share some key facts. 1. CSU is a private, for profit institution. If you are looking for them to "give" you something other than quality resources, then you are in society's growing majority, so just move along. Earn what you get and consider it an investment in yourself. 2. CSU is nationally accredited. So what. National accreditation is through the Department of Education and DETC, and is not automatically granted. CSU had to go through a rigorous process to earn their accreditation, and still, they are frequently audited to ensure they maintain high standards. Furthermore, if CSU decided to pursue regional accreditation they could, and would be successful. No need; CSU already has regional accreditation through another PRIVATE, for PROFIT university they own - www.waldorf.edu (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)...and guess what? The course work at Waldorf is virtually identical to CSU. In fact, when CSU purchased Waldorf, they transferred their distance leaning programs over AND CSU credit is fully transferrable to Waldorf. So, if RA is really that important to you, go to CSU to complete most of your coursework for a lower cost, then transfer to Waldorf to complete your degree. You'll be paying for RA and validation of the same coursework you get at CSU. You should also consider that CSU was one of the early pioneers in distance learning. Now, we see all of the RA laggers trying to get on the band wagon. CSU is miles ahead. 3. CSU has real professors. When you see the professor profiles, they are virtually all B.A./B.S./Masters, and PhD degreed from RA brick and mortar institutions. One of the primary reasons I chose CSU it that I saw that one of the faculty also happened to be one of the most brilliant CIHs that I used to work for! He was a hard-a** to work for, so I knew he was the real deal. He was no easier in the course. 4. CSU degrees are accepted by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as meeting the educational requirements to sit for the ASP and CSP exams. For those that don't know, BCSP is the most prestigious safety and health credentialing organization in the WORLD. It is the certification that virtually every practitioner strives for, and every employer looking to hire a safety professional wants. There are fewer that a handful of schools like CSU that BSCP recognizes. Reason 2 for selecting CSU as my school of choice. Personally, I don't care if naysayers choose CSU or not. The facts above are real facts. I'm proud of the degree I earned, and know the value of it. IF you are intent on a degree from an RA institution, then congradulations. Go get your degree You'll work hard and complete hard coursework, no doubt. Meanwhile, I'll take my 24 years of career experience and walk into my boss's office at the world's biggest heavy equipment company with my worthless degree and walk out with a minimum of 5% salary increase, while you'll be standing in the entry level line with a RA degree hoping to make a salary high enough to pay your student loans.

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The Quality of CSU is very Professional and Consistent in the Learning Process

MBA - January 17, 2016
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Columbia Southern University is about maturity as a student. When I first inquired about the program I spoke with an individual with knowledge that supported the University and had the skills to explain the process to me with great ease. Some students have to be spoon fed. Unfortunately, I look at some of the Discussion Boards set up by Professors as a basic requirement in each program and I wonder about some students work ethic. Students make careless mistakes in their work they present which reflects highly on their behavior and performance skills. If students would take the time and learn patience, CSU Administration and Student Resource section will gladly take time with you. It is how you present yourself for people who find them rude. I have never encountered a rude worker at CSU. I would be upset and have to calm down because they were being so nice. Columbia was my selection after evaluating 457 school's graduate programs online. This University is so consistent that you have to be a big dummy to not follow through. Some professors are stricter than others. Same at the brickhouse University. Nothing different. All professors expect the student's work to be complete, accurate and professional using proper format prior to submission. Some may give you some lead way, depending on the situation. I have found every professor at CSU is easy to contact than my other University where I could knock on their door. If they grade hard, it is because they want you to be successful. Learn from your mistakes and move forward. I feel CSU supports its students to the utmost. If you are a young student, you must listen and pay attention to detail. You will go far at CSU. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go around. However, students who submit tacky mispelled work in Graduate school should not move forward if they cannot follow directions. My advice to students is to study and for God's sake, PROOF READ YOUR WORK BEFORE SUBMITTING IT!!! HAVE SOMEONE ELSE PROOFREAD YOUR WORK IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!!!!

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Good enough for the BCSP, good enough for me!

Occupational Safety & Health - November 28, 2015
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I have read many reviews that talk about National vs Regional accreditation and I for one am not concerned. I am an older student who already has a successful career, but to plan ahead for changes in the job market, I have decided to obtain a Health and Safety certification. The organization who issues these certifications is the Bureau of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and they list Columbia Southern University as one of only a handful of Associates Degree programs allowed to sit for the prestigious Associate Safety Professional(ASP)and Certified Safety Professional(CSP) exams. In addition, the company that I work for (big oil) has an agreement with CSU, so I get a discount on tuition, and the company will even pay for 75% of that. Because of all of this, I am very happy with CSU. They serve my needs, and I believe that they will serve the needs of most students that decide to get a degree from them.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful

No complaints

Business Administration/Program Management - November 4, 2015
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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!

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Cudos to CSU

MBA - November 4, 2015
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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

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful

Recent 2015 Grad/

Criminal Justice Administration - August 26, 2015
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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.

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so grateful for the education

MBA - August 22, 2015
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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.

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DO NOT ENTER!

Columbia Southern University - August 5, 2015
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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.

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Loved This opportunity

Health Care Administration - July 22, 2015
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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.

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Columbia Business Management Degree

Business Administration/Program Management - June 13, 2015
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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!!

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9 of 25 people found the following review helpful

M.S Occupational Safety and Health

Columbia Southern University - May 18, 2015
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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful

Great school for it's purpose

MBA - January 2, 2015
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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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful

Great school at a great price

BSBA - December 18, 2014
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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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Great School, worthy degree

Organizational Leadership - December 14, 2014
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I have just completed my second Master's degree from Columbia Southern University and I will tell you that a degree from this institution is earned. The staff, professors, and all of those in student services made the learning experience GREAT!!! A lot of hard work and long hours went into completion of all degree requirements. For me CSU is far and away an excellent university worthy of their standing among other Universities.

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Completed AAS, working on BSBA

Associates of Applied Science, Business - October 2, 2014
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Great school, the teachers are very helpful and always respond to emails within 24-48 hours. The books are always recent, I haven't had one more than 5 years old. Plus, the books are all free. Courses consist of posting on a discussion board every week, and responding to 2 classmates. There is reading required each week, with assessments due that normally consist of 200 word written responses and multiple choice (depending on the class). About half of the classes required proctored exams, which you simply use your computer's webcam and use remote proctor now. Many of the classes also have between 2 and 4 research papers due, typically 3-4 pages in length. I am now pursuing my BSBA, and should complete it within the next 6 months. My only concern is the national accreditation through DETC. I'm thinking about going to Bellevue or Eastern New Mexico University for my Masters, since they're regionally accredited and accept CSU's Bachelors, to maybe offset that "con" in employers eyes.

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Very good school, CSU was the perfect choice for me!

Environmental Management - September 8, 2014
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I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Management program. I researched other schools for several months before deciding on CSU. It was very difficult to find an online school that offered this degree; it was the main reason for my deciding on CSU. But there were many factors that helped me decide. I would love to share my current experience for anyone that may be considering CSU. I cannot say enough about the quality of customer service. I received a complimentary evaluation of my previous credits for all my general education and electives. I was given full credit for previous work, which only left me needing my core classes to graduate. Once I decided to enroll, I was taken through each step regarding financial aid. The cost per credit hour is $210. The textbooks are included at no cost, provided you do not fail or drop the class. CSU offers 3 different options of enrollment. They have standard 8 week terms with determined start and end dates. You have a week in between each new term, a little longer if you complete the term early. By the way, 2 classes per term is considered full time. They also have what is called the per-course enrollment option; these are taken one class at a time, and you have 10 weeks to complete. Keep in mind, if you choose the course option, you will not qualify for financial aid. Per-course enrollment is self pay only. They do offer a flex enrollment for veterans, but I am not familiar with the details on that. In addition to the assigned coursework, you are required to participate in weekly discussions on what is called the Blackboard. The professor will post a question, and you post your reply. You are also required to respond to at least one other person's post. Most of the time, I responded to several people. This really helped establish a connection with the professor was well as other persons taking the class. It can also help if it happens to be a topic you might be having a little difficulty with. The instructors are very friendly and you can ask a question outside of class any time you need help. The coursework is challenging, but can be completed if you work your assignments diligently each week. The courses that have a final exam are usually open book, but do not let that fool you. The final exams are not just a set a questions you look up the answers to. They are designed to see how well you comprehended the material, as well as practice for strengthening research and writing skills. CSU uses a tool called Turn It In, which is used by many other online schools to detect plagiarism. Do not attempt to copy and paste anything from the web for an "easy" grade. You can end up failing the course, or even be expelled for not completing your own work. Another thing, when you are enrolled in classes, you have a dashboard that shows your courses and what your weekly progress is. Each time an assignment came due, I received an email reminder. I thought this was very courteous. Online classes are supposed to be completed by the student, with each person keeping up with their assignments. It was just another reinforcement to me that CSU is committed to helping students succeed. I also received emails for when my books shipped for the next term. Each student is also assigned an academic advisor you can email when you have a question about your account. CSU has exceeded my expectations for my education goals, and I plan on completing my degree here. CSU has a once a year graduation in mid October, and I plan on attending mine in 2015. For anyone that might be considering CSU, I highly recommend them for service, course content, and instructor quality. GO KNIGHTS! (CSU's newly acquired mascot).

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CSU was the perfect choice for me

Project Management - August 30, 2014
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I just graduated July, 2014 from CSU with a BS degree in Business Administration/Project Management. I researched on-line colleges for several years before I decided to pursue my degree with CSU. There were two reasons I chose CSU. The first was the fact that they took every one of my community college credits previously earned and transferred them into the BS program. I earned an associate’s degree in 1988 in IT and some of the programming classes were obsolete by today’s standards and they still accepted them as electives. The second reason I chose CSU was the price. It was about 1/2 the price of other on-line colleges and they even include the text book for free! I even joined one of their partner associations for $35 per year to receive a 10% discount on tuition. When I first started, I decided to just pursue a certificate program in Project Management as I had not been to school since 1988. I signed up for the per-class option where you have 10 weeks to complete 8 units of work. This work can be accelerated if desired. I found that it was extremely challenging work which did involve a great deal of writing. Writing essays proves you know the material and understand it. I would rather write essays than have to cram my brain with facts only to dump them out on a test like regular colleges require. Another plus is the work can be completed at your own pace and time. They give you a suggested schedule to follow which includes two break weeks if you want. I did not take the break weeks and continued on with the next unit hoping to finish in 8 weeks instead of 10 as allotted. I never knew how much time one unit would take me. The unit assessments for most of the classes included 10 multiple choice questions along with 4 essays. I did have one or two classes that had all essays and one or two had a combination of multiple choice/essay/project of some sort. Some of the classes required me to do research on particular topics as well as citing multiple references. As I progressed further into 4000 level classes, they seemed to want me to produce more work. This is by no means an easy degree. I worked my butt off week after week. I had only two classes that required a proctor for a final. I did not like this very much as I had to find an approved person who would come to my house and sit while I took my final. CSU did start a proctor program where you could use your computer and they would monitor you through your computer's camera, but I did not go that route. Most all of my professors were great. I did have one or two that were really picky with my work or seemed aloof at times. I put a great deal of hours into my work as I was determined to get an A in all of my classes which I did. Once I finished the certificate program, I decided to keep going to get my BS. All of the credits received in the certificate program transferred into the BS program. It took me 4 years, 2 months to finish 20 classes for my BS program and I did put in a lot of sweat. I could have easily produced crappy work just to pass a class, but I wanted to prove I was better than that. I had no problem with registration or financials. I took one class at a time and had it set up to pay 1/2 up front and then the rest of the tuition after 5 weeks. They automatically charged my credit card. I graduated in July 2014 with my BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. My degree has "Summa Cum Laude" printed under my degree name indicating I graduated with a 4.0 gpa. CSU offers many great degree options and they even have partner colleges that you can transfer to if you wish. From the beginning, my advisor was great and walked me through what classes were required and then which classes I could pick from for electives. They even had tutors that can assist with writing and citing your work which I used several times. I would recommend CSU to anyone who enjoys working at their own pace and time.

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Great Education

Information Technology - August 11, 2014
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I have had an excellent experience with this university...the classes and materials exceeded my expectations. I have had either fantastic professors or awful professors...it seems it is always one or the other, but mostly they have been quite great. The IT classes were relavent and the professors seemed to want to teach and enjoy teaching. My only snag was that my employer did not recognize their accredations for employee tuition assitance...

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Not recognized elsewhere

MBA - June 19, 2014
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CSU is a good school. However, the school has national accreditation status. This is a problem for foreign (non-US) students and for those looking for jobs outside the US. The degree is recognized in the US but will be rejected by the concerned embassy during the attestation process since it is not regionally accredited. Degrees with US national accreditation are also not recognized in Canada. Schools/degrees that have regional accreditation are a safer and better option for foreign students and for those seeking employment outside the US.

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My journey

Occupational Safety & Health - June 12, 2014
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My experience was / is both enlightening and challenging . I would not have it any other way . I have worked Lon NGO and hard for this degree and it as been worth every tear I have shed. Nothing in life comes free or easy . If you want to get out of degree program the effort you put into it . Columbia Southern is the place for you !!!

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Much harder than brick and morter university

Occupational Safety & Health - April 22, 2014
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I am almost done with my undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety and Health and I have to say it has been a lot of work. Prior to CSU I completed 18 credit hours at another regionally accredited college and let me tell you, it was nothing compared to CSU. This school is going to be one of the premier online universities in the near future.

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CSP Qualifications

Occupational Safety & Health - April 8, 2014
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I love receiving my B.S. Degree from CSU, the only down fall is that its does not meet the requirements to qualify for the Certified Safety Professional board's Graduate Safety Practioner designation. Had CSU met the requirements, or standards, the ASP would have been exempt prior to taking the CSP exam. Oh well I still have my B.S.

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MS in Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership - January 17, 2014
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I graduated with my BS from a regionally accredited fairly prestigious university; I have been in the work-force for about 18 years and I am a Director at my company. I wanted to complete a MS Degree solely for personal purposes b/c I like learning. However, I have a full-time career and a full-time family and did not want to commit to the Executive MBA programs that are offered in my area due to the very high costs and the large amount of time required (every other weekend plus homework. I was also told by both Universities that a MBS would not make any difference in my future career opportunities b/c I alreaady have an excellent pedigree and work experience. Note that if I was in my 20's, I would have chosen to complete the Executive MBA Program at a highly rated University. CSU was simple and barely took any effort to complete the cousework for the MS in Organizational Leadership. I completed my degree in less then 18 months with all A's. I received permission to take 3 classes at a time in order to complete the degree in a shorter amount of time. Each class took me about two weeks to complete while working full-time and managing my family. The only class that I had to put thought into was Quantitative Analysis but that is b/c my brain is not wired for this type of statistical analysis. I think that you have to think long and hard about what your purposes for attending CSU are before attending. I hire people in my position and I look very closely at where Undergrad Degrees are from and I don't give a lot of acknowledgment to advanced degrees that are not regionally accredited.

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15 of 26 people found the following review helpful

Good experience.

Organizational Leadership - December 21, 2013
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I graduated this university with bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership. Soon after, I had much more job opportunity ... then I got transferred within my company to a place that I like in California. Even though this university is nationally accredited, there are universities (ie - Liberty University Online) that accept students from Columbia Southern. Good education at affordable price.

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MBA Human Resources Management

MBA/Project Management - December 6, 2013
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It is sad to hear that to obtain a college degree you have to get into debt. In our nation people are going into debt to sometimes flip hamburgers or simply not finding the dream job. Most of us work at small, medium and large companies and not at Wall Street. The accreditation system was designed for colleges and not by or for employers. I graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors in Management (from a National accredited institution). I have climbed the corporate ladder and I make almost a six figures salary. It has not been easy and I worked hard for it. I decided to complete my MBA in Human Resources. I was searching for flexibility and a quality education. I researched many colleges and universities, but most were very expensive (I am paying for it). I needed a college that was accredited and not expensive. I decided for Columbia Southern. I am on my fifth class of the MBA in HRM and I have been challenged from the very beginning. CSU is a school designed for busy professionals, family oriented individuals, military personnel (THANKS for your service) and those who do not have the time to waist to sit down in a classroom. I attended a brick and mortar school for my undergraduate degree and I feel more challenge online. In reality at a brick and mortar schools you do all the work at home (online), the same way you do at CSU. At the brick and mortar school you are even paying fees for the parking lot where you leave your car to attend classes. At CSU I do not pay for those expensive fees and my books are included in my tuition. America, please wake up from the lie that to obtain a good education you need to go $100,000 in debt to land in a good job. Most people choose an expensive school to impress their friends or employers, who do not even look at the school you attended or do not even care. In 20 years of career none of my three employers asked my what college I attended. As a police officer they paid me extra for having the degree. At my current company I am in the process for a promotion as soon as I complete my MBA. CSU is there for the ones that want to grow as professionals and are smart with their money and future.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful

Good school - satisfied

Information Technology - November 25, 2013
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A good school overall, not great. Support and value are great. Got me where I wanted to go, a legit degree, a job in IT and acceptance to FSU's graduate school.

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Earned, not given.

Occupational Safety & Health - October 19, 2013
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Look, if you're on the fence about attending CSU like I was while researching the school, know that this is not an easy degree or a scam. You will be challenged, mentally engaged, and rewarded in kind for your work in class. To claim that it's a scam because the unit quizzes are all open book..well, so are the tests for ASQ professional certifications. It doesn't mean that the questions on either test are all based on simple recall ability. The two essay questions on some of the quizzes will leave you scrambling for relevant sources to use outside of the textbook. The test questions will force one to think critically about the question being asked. The use of simple recall ability, or the back of the book answers, will not help you to pass. You will have to actually read and understand the course material. Harsh I know, but it's ok. You can do it. To believe those previous posts that claim completion of a class in one day or a week is just outright ridiculous. If you have nothing to do and have zero responsibilities then maybe, just maybe, a class can be completed in two to three weeks. If you can complete an entire class in a day then maybe you should consider attending MIT, not CSU and possibly dare to venture outside your mom's basement more regularly. Bottom line, I think this school is great. The staff is almost over-supportive and the course expectations are clearly laid out for you. It meets my needs perfectly. If you can't or won't do the work however, do not think that you will just "get" a degree, CSU will make you earn it.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful

If it isn't Wharton, Kellogg or Harvard, an MBA is an MBA

MBA - October 15, 2013
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I graduated from ColumbiaSouthernUniversity (CSU) in Aug 2009 with an MBA. Based on previous online classes taken through Colorado State and Embry Riddle, CSU provided the same quality of instruction and critique throughout the course of study. What CSU did provide was flexibility to study when and where I had the time or computer to do so. As an active duty military officer who deployed over 800 days over the past 6 years, traditional education did not and could not work for me. The majority of people in the military complete their Professional Military Education in the same manner that CSU uses. Or what we in the military call by correspondence. Very few actually attend advanced education in person. Uncle Sam decided he could not afford nor require all officers to attend graduate level and advanced education in residence and therefore established a manner where by military officers were exposed to the same level and concepts that their "in residence" counterparts were exposed to. CSU provided an avenue that allowed me to receive a quality education at a great value to the tax payer while still being exposed to the required lessons and concepts required to complete the curriculum. Is this type of education for everyone, definitely not. But if you are looking for flexibility and value then CSU is good for that. I can honestly say that some instructors were more challenging and thought provoking than others but you will get that no matter where you go to school. I think CSU can definitely improve on their online lectures and do more to maximize their use of technology.

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MBA-Project Management

MBA/E-Business - September 24, 2013
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I have one more class left to complete for my MBA in Project Management at CSU. This school has everything I was looking for, accredited, affordable, and my preferred degree of study. This school is not a walk in the park, however there are some classes that are easier than others. Occasionally, there will be a course that takes almost 2x as long as a previous course. This is due to the instructors and level of difficulty of the material. The school provides a lot of assistance, if needed, and constantly checks up on you through emails and phone calls to make sure everything is going well. All in all, this school has served me well. It is a GREAT investment. You could pay over $40,000 for a graduate degree at a traditional school, or $12,000 at CSU. The level of education you receive is equivalent to what YOU PUT IN, like most schools. I don't like hearing people gripe about how this school didn't afford them the opportunity to learn. The textbooks are TOP-NOTCH business books, most retailing for over $100 (which you get FREE). So if you can't learn from having a great text book and decent teachers that is your fault. I landed a job paying $50k a year with this school on my resume FYI, and I'M NOT EVEN FINISHED WITH THE PROGRAM YET. Don't buy into the hype that you must sell your soul in student loans for a good graduate degree.

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A Great Choice

Occupational Safety & Health - September 5, 2013
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I am so glad I choose this University. I am a new student here in the Occupational Safety and Health Master's Program. I procrastinated for a very long time trying to decide if this was the best program for me, at my age. I also was a little concerned about accreditation.My research proved me that there was no need to be. I am absolutely impressed with Columbia Southern University. Its challenging, but they lay it all out for you to easily understand the material. There's a lot of reading but that's expected. I am so impressed with this school so far. I will keep you all posted on my journey here at CSU.

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Waste of Money and Time

BSBA - September 3, 2013
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This school prides itself on assisting military students, but I have been ripped off by the for-profit school on multiple occasions. It’s quite clear that they lack the true understanding of service and compassion for Soldiers who have unpredictable situations arise. Accreditation is important if you desire to attend a private or state school. Overall, I would suggest looking for a school that is dually accredited, and stay away from CSU.

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7 of 32 people found the following review helpful

Decent school

Project Management - August 27, 2013
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No real complaints, 1 or 2 teachers not so hot maybe, good service, suits my needs, recommended.

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Good middle-of-the-pack school

Information Technology - August 26, 2013
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Good middle-of-the-pack school, not the best not the worst. Accredited/legit. Good value. Very fast-paced but quite doable if you focus. The BS-IT program is very well-rounded and comprehensive, I don't know about other programs. Be ready for timed proctored tests on most tech classes. Most professors were OK. GREAT support. Recommended.

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No Challenge No true Value

BSBA - July 20, 2013
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I made the mistake of thinking this was a real valued university. it isn't by other 4 year state schools and business's alike. Sure it is cheap, easy, but in the end you are NOT doing yourself any favors by attending this school. My problem is I found out too late when I got one of those professors who was indifferent about teaching the subject at hand. Now I get to finish my degree somewhere else IF they will take my credits from this PUPPY Mill of a university.

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Good choice

Information Technology - June 26, 2013
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CSU has a good reputation and is a great value, especially good for working adults. The classes are very fast-paced but I was able to take 2 at a time with not much trouble. Recommended.

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Excellent School from a current student!

MBA - June 17, 2013
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I chose CSU after careful and thorough research on National vs. Regional Accreditation. I spoke to various colleges from Human resources Department, from large and prestigious companies; more than 90% said that they didn't ask or care what accreditation the degree had. So long as it was accredited and based on your resume, you had the qualification. Regional schools get evaluated and re-certified every 10 years, whereas National schools do it every 5; from the same accrediting agencies. That said the school administration is excellent. Always responsive and very courteous. The school is by no means a walk in the park, as was said. You are basically on your own. You receive hard copy books, which is covered in their extremely low tuition ($200/undergraduate, $265/graduate,and $300/Graduate,per credit. It's ridiculously low when compared to other school. As I was saying you have two weeks (out of 8) outlined, and available to you, at one time. You have your assignments on the blackboard, and from your course syllabus. You MUST read, be responsible. It's not as easy as a B&M school., which I have attended. It's up too you to be responsible. You also have to log in the discussion boards, and comment with other students. But if you do everything on time, you should have no problem. I am finishing my BSBA in Human Resource Management, and I have truly enjoyed my stay here , and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good accredited school, with excellent service, and outstanding tuition.

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Poor Organizational Skills For Enrollment

Bachelor of Science / Marketing - June 13, 2013
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I am really hoping my experience will be positive but right now I'm very concerned. I have been trying to enroll here for 4 months. I have been given 3 enrollment dates, filled out 2 FAFSA's and keep getting bumped around and told "they will get back to me soon". I then have to email again asking what's going on. I'm currently less then a week away from starting classes and they still haven't sorted out my enrollment!!!! While they get back to you right away when you email or call they keep telling me "you will hear from us soon." This should have been sorted out a long time ago. I've attended college before and have never had to wait until the last minute to know what is going on.

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Just Completed My Bachelor In Occ Safety and Health

Occupational Safety & Health - May 17, 2013
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I love this education. It has completely changed my world view and helped my communication skills. The classes were tough, but the support from the staff is so well organized that is almost feels seamless. I already have a job, but when the economy tanked I realized I needed an education to further myself and protect my family. This is one of the schools recognized by the BCSP, so you can sit for the ASP/CSP after you complete your degree. I just received my letter to sit for the ASP, so everything is completely legit with this education and its acceptance in the workplace.

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decent value

Columbia Southern University - April 28, 2013
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overall, for a military or federal worker, this university is a good deal. it is considered by the federal govt as accreditated so your degree from CSU is treated the same as any other degree, that is, it is legitimate. the course work is not as hard as a brick and mortar school but on the other hand, with web and their on line library, i was able to do a fair amount of research and learn considerable in my field (MOS = environmental studies). I think this is the future of education; my MS at CSU cost less than $10k and I did learn a fair amount.

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Super School

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - March 24, 2013
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I have 7 classes left and for ease of enrollment, Military Tuition assistance, and support I recieve while working toward my degree is superior. The book grant really makes CSU stand alone in the way they help military personal achive their educational goals..I highly recommend them to anyone...

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Almost 100% for me!

Occupational Safety & Health - March 13, 2013
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Ive taken several credits here toward an MS in OSH. Let's get the National Accreditation things out of the way. The National Accreditation status of CSU is NOT an issue for me, nor will it be an issue in this field. So far the classes have been great. The instructors have been great as well. The ONLY issue I am having thus far is that they have a Graduate Orientation class that is getting in the way of my real classes. This class has regular assessments, a research paper and the like. THIS CLASS IS NOT NEEDED FOR EVERY STUDENT AT CSU. Have an option for students with a proper background and experience to waive this class. I believe that when one has taken online classes prior AND has used the Black Board format previously that they should be afforded the opportunity to waive that class. A few other students in the orientation class have expressed what a waste of time this is for them since they had already graduated from CSU with a bachelors degree.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

CSU is not a cake walk!

Information Technology - February 20, 2013
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I would have to say that I thought online school would be easy because everyone says that it is...well they haven't worked full-time, raised children and gone to school full-time. While you do miss out on the interaction you have with the professors they are there for you via email and phone, and they are very helpful. You have to do a discussion board with each class that requires you to interact with other students. You also have to have really good discipline to get online courses done and anyone that does that should pat themselves on the back! I would refer a friend to CSU!

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Great Experience!

Fire Science - February 20, 2013
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I attended CSU (and still plan on getting a Master's degree from CSU) to prepare myself to one day become the chief of a fire department. I chose CSU due to the affordability and because I could work at my own pace. I recently completed my degree in Fire Science and made very good grades. I feel that I drastically improved my writing ability and reading comprehension; and would recommend CSU to anyone! Some of my concerns: I hate the regional vs. national accreditation and feel this detracts from adult students desiring a quality education. I did not get much out of the CSU Online Library and had a difficult time navigating through the various pages. This seems like something that needs drastic improvement! All in all though, my journey with CSU followed the tradition mindset of "you get what you put into it," and I am proud of my degree! Jason

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Best school for Military Members!

Occupational Safety & Health - February 13, 2013
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If you have every found yourself in a college course and you had no time to complete an assignment by the deadline or if you have been in a class that you wish you could complete faster than the set time, CSU is for you. They are the most military “schedule” friendly school I have ever attended. CSU requires mil members to enroll in their “term” class which is synonymous with “self-pace”. You still have to complete the course within the given timeline but they include extra week(s) in the schedule to make up assignments that you could not complete. The course are complete and engaging. They provide the appropriate level of difficulty fitting of a college level course. The best part is if your deployed or in a remote area away from a “testing center” you can have an approved supervisor or higher ranking (mil or civilian) proctor your exams. So there is no reason that you cannot complete a class and finish your degree. In the current military we have, civilian education is where the cuts will be made. Finish your degree, get promoted and continue your successful career. Huge added bonus… you never pay for your books… they are included in the cost of the class. Good luck, stay motivated and finish your degree!

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Not bad. You get what you pay for

Columbia Southern University - January 31, 2013
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I received my BS from CSU. It wasn't too rigorous but it took me more than two years with a lot of transfer credit. And honestly there is a lot to be said for a school that will work with your schedule. I finished my last 5 classes while on deployment. It was hard but I did it. People are saying that they lie about accreditation. Not so. I knew the risks going in. When I realized I wanted to go to grad school I knew I might have problems. I was accepted into programs at two different RA schools. My two first choices. It took research and planning and obviously you aren't going to Harvard after CSU but you can get into a pretty decent seminary. I have just completed my seminary degree and quite frankly I am going back to CSU now for an MBA to use up all my VA benefits.

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CSU business administration student

Business Administration/Program Management - January 9, 2013
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I am currently a student at CSU in their bachelors degree program for business administration. I have nothing but good things to say about the university. I have completed my associate's degree with a traditional institution and also took some classes for my bachelor's degree at a traditional institution. I feel that the classes at CSU are just as comprehensive and challenging as any other courses I have taken at another traditional university. The university also uses blackboard for their online format which was used for online classes with the traditional university that I previously attended. I am scheduled to complete my bachelor's degree August 2012 and I am thoroughly enjoying my experience at CSU. The student service representatives have been prompt and helpful as well as the professors. Also, there is no other online university that I have researched that offers a book grant. A+ rating from this student!!

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Very Satisfied Graduate

Fire Science - January 6, 2013
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I completed my BS Fire Science in September 2012 and have nothing but good to relate regarding the CSU experience. Entering with an AA from a local community college as well as other classes allowed me to complete by degree with 16 additional courses. Florida has changed their policy and now does not accept non-regional accredited programs but in my case, that really does not concern me. My reason for completing my degree was personal satisfaction along with wanting to add this to my resume for work after retirement. For me, it is perfect. I do not believe you will find an educational experience anywhere with more helpful staff than CSU. They truly care about your progress and making sure you are successful. For my money and time, CSU was the best fit for me.

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Do your homework when considering a college

Occupational Safety & Health - December 6, 2012
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Before you consider any college, take the following into consideration. 1. Regional Accrediation. It's the gold standard hands down 2. Do credit courses at the college transfer to other institutions? 3. If it's a masters program, most legitimate programs require a 3.0 undergrad, GMAT or GRE exam,and a thesis or comprehensive exam to graduate. DONT SELL YOURSELF SHORT. 4.Cost per credit. Some colleges that have lowered standards such as lowered GPA's, and life skills credit to eliminate course work have an extremely high cost per credit. I know a co worker who paid more per credit for a bachelors program than I paid for a masters program. 5. If it's a for profit college, go somewhere else.

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20 years of safety experience

Occupational Safety & Health - November 27, 2012
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OK so I took advantage of the military tuition assistance (Army Reserves) and transferred my 60 AA units from a CA community college plus another 12 from another brick and mortar and got some credits for OSHA certificate courses and my E7 course work credits and had to take 12 more classes for 36 more units. I have worked as a civilian in the OCC Health and Safety field for close to 20 years so of course I finally needed the parchment to move forward. Take this college for what it is. It is challenging for some and not so much for others. For those that complain about open book or easy course work lets take a look at real life. So when I run across a toxic substance issue at work where do I turn? Reference materials like MSDS files, chemical dat sheets, online resources. HMMM Open book. We bring in a new material that requires the use of PPE so what do I do? reference the MSDS and manufacturers recommendations and purchase the correct PPE by what? Looking up selection guides and chemical resistance guides for gloves etc etc.. HMMM again open book. Spills? How do you handle them? Fires well OK training involved and muscle memory of using extinguishers but storage of materials. AH reference OSHA guidelines as well as state and local requirements. I am a bit older than some and remember not using a calculator in math classes. Now my 10th grader uses one in calculus that is like a computer. Do we not allow accountants to use software programs? The world has changed. If you know where to find the answer you will go far in business. Knowing it is great. Understanding it is necessary but without the ability to reference and communicate an employee is useless. My advice to any student looking for a degree is yes you get what you pay for but you only get as much as you put into it. The material they use for their Safety degrees are up to date, relevant and have all the information you will need to understand to be a good safety representative. Only experience can make you great in this arena so start with the class work.

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Great Program

DBA - November 14, 2012
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Great Doctorate Program! I was skeptical about using an on-line formate, but I have come to learn that it is very effective and I am very impressed with the program and the institution as a whole!

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GREAT SCHOOL

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - November 8, 2012
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I currently have 6 classes left to complete my BA in Human Resource Management. I have had no bad experiences with CSU. All of the staff and teachers are extremely helpful. I would recommend this school to anyone. I am a USMC wife with 2 kids and a full time job. If you make the time it will work. It is not a walk in the park but the teachers will work with you.

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Awesome School

Criminal Justice Administration - October 14, 2012
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I started classes with Columbia Southern University a few weeks ago and I love the school! Through the admissions process to quality of education it is AWESOME!! I have learned so much thus far and look forward to learning much more. On the road to graduation at one of the best schools ever!!

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Don't let the low cost fool you!

Organizational Leadership - October 1, 2012
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CSU helped me get started on my road to education after over 20 years of putting it off. I completed an Associates of Applied Science in Business with them first, followed two years later with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and now I'm currently in the Master's Program for Organizational Leadership. All i can say is that I've had my share of pressure and stress that a full time schedule and school can put on you. So this was no cakewalk. I've had to sacrifice parties, reunions, weddings, football games, ect. in the name of pursuing my degrees. CSU did not hand me anything, but made me earn it. If you do not open the book, you will not make the grade. Simple. This is online education at it's best. The price can't be beaten, free books, and the best customer service (I have used it on more than one occasion) so I should know. They have been here for me and that's what's matters to me. My degree is accredited and validated. Thank you CSU for helping to reach my goals and now to set them even higher.

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Works for Me

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - September 22, 2012
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I am currently enrolled in the MBA program after completing my BS HRM. The school is great and employer are hiring veterans with degrees and that is all that matters. Keep wasting time and you will be left behind while we continue to get our education on. US Army Soldier

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This school is in no way a cake walk.

MBA - September 20, 2012
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Okay so I have read many of the posts on here before and after attending CSU. I can honestly say that it is not a cake walk within regards to their course load. I have attended other NA programs in which you could complete everything in less than a day. CSU is not like this. The courses are actually similar to the model of my B&M courses. There are many research papers and they also almost require you to respond to discussion forums in APA format. I do not know of requirements at other schools but APA format for discussion forums seems a bit excessive to me. I love that I do not have to check in on a daily basis or at a certain time to complete my assignments. As long as I submit everything before the required deadlines and do everything that is required of me I am fine. On average I would say that I spend about 15 to 20 hours per week reading my text, completing assignments and preparing for the next unit. This school has everything that most B&M or R/A schools have and honestly for the life of me I can not understand why they are not RA but he I will take them as they are. You get your books sent to your home free, your instructors are responsive, they are priced extremely well and you get to complete everything on your time. What more can you ask for? This is my first review as I am just starting out. I will post another one when I graduate or am near graduation.

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Some folks that go to "college" are not educated

Occupational Safety & Health - September 13, 2012
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Wow reading the post by Mr. "Be careful" above implored me to review my new school and it's accreditation. I too am in the Occupational Health and Safety program. So far it's been GREAT, and the coursework is no harder or easier than my B&M counter part education. To clarify any misinformation about national accreditation (NA) allow me to respond this way. First, NA is accepted 110% by the U.S. Government, and the U.S. military, local and county governments, as well as 1000's of civilian employers. One can become a military officer with an NA degree - simple. Can one transfer NA credits to an RA school, yes. It is a as easy as transferring RA to RA credits of course not, why because it's different accreditation. What I can tell you is some RA schools are seeking both NA and RA accreditation to accept a larger student population ( Thomas Edison State College, Excelsior College name a few and they take BOTH RA and NA credits without question). Saying NA is a "buyer beware" situation is like saying U.S. institutions do not accept credits from overseas universities. Let me say that they absolutely do, AFTER a transcript/course evaluation is performed. Which consequently they do with NA credits for transfer to an RA institutions. I hate to be the bearer of bad new but not all RA credits transfer to RA schools - that is a fact. So in short, do your homework before you tell folks that NA (DETC) is anything but credible accreditation because it 110% is. As for my experience here: So far the instructors and the classes are great, the structure and materials work well with my assignments. And they treat veterans like myself outstanding. Do not choose or reject this school based on what some "don't know" about the types of accreditation out there, AND most importantly what they mean. Because what I can tell you is most folks that post on this subject have no idea what they are talking about. You just see a lot of "I've heard", "I have been told by" and so on. Do yourself a favor and see if NA accreditation fits your plans. I chose NA not because it's NA but because A) my two other degrees are RA accredited, B) this school has the program I NEED to the letter, and C) The U.S. Government accepts it 110% for my position. Any questions?

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Easy, but don't exaggerate

Columbia Southern University - August 12, 2012
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I thought that the master’s course work was rather easy, but of course I am a top performer. I graduated from the University of Arizona and achieved high marks. I withdrew from this school because I wanted to challenge myself more, paid more money and earned a second masters from a regionally accredited school. However, the Columbia Southern program that I was in would have met my intended need. Because I recently got hired for a job, and the title “Dr.” would have paid me another 10% I am considering this school’s DBA program. I enjoy teaching at the community colleges, and I do not desire to ever teach in a traditional university, so why stress myself?

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Great school for a great price

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - August 11, 2012
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I enrolled at CSU over a year ago and decided to include my review. This is a good school for a very good price. Also, the work is difficult. I've attended brick and mortar schools and other distance learning programs. I have an AA from a private, regionally accredited university, and CSU programs are as challenging. There are several papers to be written for each course and they are intended to test your critical thinking skills. While I become frustrated with all the writing, you definitely are stretched in your thinking and that is what makes a good program. The professors are awesome and the student support is first class. You have several people who support you throughout your program, and they check on you periodically. I researched several schools before enrolling at CSU and find this to be the best school for the price. Don't be fooled by some of the negative reviews, this is a real university expecting hard work from their students. My goal is to complete a Masters and then DBA here at CSU. The school has exceeded my expectations and I would recommend this school to working adults.

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Associates then Bachelor

Columbia Southern University - August 1, 2012
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I graduated at CSU with a Associates first then aBachelor in Healthcare administration. I felt the college was very good . You know exactly what is expected and have a week to get it done. The work is sometimes challenging but most of the time easy if you put some effort into what your suppose to do. I thought they were very fair if problems arise. I am now starting my Master in Healthcare in September. I have been looking at other schools for two months for the Master program. Alot of them have more classes than you need , close to 30,000 and books are exspensive, some are turning to ebooks if you like constantly reading a book on blackboard. CSU is a good school, very fair, and very affordable After looking at other colleges for 2 months and listening to alot of lies to get you in there schools Im back registering at CSU. The only other schools I find good are the ones you can complete the masters in a year, one very exspensive the other two fast change classes evry 4 weeks. CSU can be finished quicker if you take 2 classes at a time which is aloud if you GPA is high enough,,CSU is a Great college , with a great affordable price. And I really dont believe employers care what accredidation only that the college is accredited. Great College

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CSU is for you!!!

Environmental Management - July 31, 2012
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I'm finishing my BS in Environmental Management currently. The support provided by CSU continues to amaze me. They walk you through the entire process from day one and are always there. The course work is laid out in an easy to use fashion. Books and material arrived ahead of time. Assignment scores are emailed directly to whatever email you provide so you know immediately what you scored. I'm very impressed with CSU and recommend them to anyone serious about obtaining their education. Books are paid for through a government grant which helps anyone attending as long as grades are maintained. Pricing is extremely reasonable compared with what I've seen out there. I've seen comments where people talk about how other schools are better. I really have no idea how a person can go school to school bad mouthing schools. Like what does that even mean? Usually you apply with a school and attend. So comments referring to other school's being better do not make sense to me. Matt,

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CSU does not hand out a degree

Occupational Safety & Health - July 31, 2012
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I have been impressed but alarmed at all the research you must do. I love it because I have learned more being required so much research and I know it will help me in my career. I will say you must be able to effectively manage time and be committed. I look forward to being with them til I earn the MS. The instructors have been so helpful and their student services are second to none

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Program for the self developers

BSBA - July 24, 2012
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I have attended CSU for almost four years now; I am working on my second degree from them and soon will go into my graduate level courses with CSU. It's a good school for the self learners, if you have practical working knowledge of society and how things work their system of incorporating the educational factor will be an easy fit for you. It's a practical school that works. They do have the free book thing but don't let that be your only factor of consideration, it's just a plain decent school to attend if you're a working person, heck I've continued my education with them through 2 deployments to Iraq. So If I can manage that, I'm sure you can find the time to get yourself educated too.

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Excellent- great value

Criminal Justice Administration - July 2, 2012
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Excellent school. they are truly involved in the law enforcement/ public safety world in the south.I thought they did a great job with mixing up class requirements such as article reviews, essay questions, research topic, somewhat difficult questions and final exam all in the same 10 week class. If I had to nitpick the instructor reviews are general.I had a killer psych class so the classes arent all a breeze. All in all a great value to get a accredited Bachelors in CJ-law Enforcement Administration.

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Just look at how many satisfied students

Occupational Safety & Health - June 30, 2012
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CSU should be teaching other schools how to run a college. The customer service is routinely phenomenal, the coursework challenging and at a pace that makes sense. I work my butt off and guess what? I actually master the material. When I get out of CSU I will be an effective leader in my chosen field with the competence and knowledge to run circles around other grads at other schools. Cocky? I think not. It's confidence. If you are reading this and on the fence, just look at the myriad of positive responses. CSU has PROVEN to be superior in so many way. Good luck to everyone.

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Perfect Fit

Columbia Southern University - June 12, 2012
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Very good fit for me as I work full time. I just completed the Certificate program in Occupational Safety and Health. I plan to continue my education at CSU and obtain my AAS in OSH. The Materials used in my courses were very informative and the course content was excelent. Chris - Virginia

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It worked for me

BSBA - May 30, 2012
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I graduated back in July of 2011 with a BSBA from Columbia Southern and I could not of asked for anything better. I retired out of the military and immediately found employment with a company called Biomet in Warsaw Indiana and was placed as a packaging Supervisor of 35 people making very good money for the Indiana area. This degree did everything that it was suppose to do. I had the leadership experience, I just needed the degree to get my foot in the door. Columbia Southern is meant for the working person that needs a boost. It worked for me

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Middle of the road

Information Technology - May 12, 2012
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It's a decent legit school. Best things: support, value, transfer policy, and their online system. Can't think of anything really bad, it's very fast-paced but that's what I wanted. Some professors are great, some average, some indifferent. Had no real problems. Just a good middle-of-the-road school.

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DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

Environmental Management - April 29, 2012
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I recently withdrew after seeing for myself how poor CSU is in education quality and level of difficulty. No job recruiter should take this place seriously. All tests are OPEN BOOK! The whole curriculum is based on you writing short papers. Like others that have commented, I feel that this school is a waste of time and money. The instructors are mostly "adjunct" professors, they are part-time and lacking the experience that is necessary to instruct. I also was perplexed with how poor one of my instructor's grammar was. These people are supposed to be grading you on grammar and spelling as part of the rubric. Ha! It's a scam. Go to a regionally accredited school so your degree will be taken seriously.

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Challenging, fast-paced

Information Technology - April 28, 2012
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This is not the school for you if you require hand-holding, you have to be self-motivated. Lots of military and ex-military go to this school. The pace is fast and furious and you can get left behind quickly if you don't keep up. But the payoff is you can get it done relatively quickly if you load up and run with it. Support is exceptional. I was accepted into FSU grad school with this degree too so don't believe the disgruntled or uninformed naysayers. Very satisfied.

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CSU is as challenging as any other school

MBA - April 17, 2012
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Let's be clear, Columbia Southern University is just as challenging as any regionally accredited school that I've attended. I graduated with a B.A. degree from Thomas Edison State College, a (RA) school and CSU's cirriculum and workload is structured the same. I totally agree with some of the other comments that if you are looking for an ivy league school or obtained your degree from some other big name (RA) school, then CSU is NOT for you! Go spend mom and dad's money or get yourself a loan and go to Duke or Yale. Don't kid yourself, there is no big difference between Regional vs National Accreditation (Go to DETC.org) Distance education is not for everyone, especially the young kids coming out of H.S. or those who could not make the grade at the big schools. Both accrediting bodies are approved by the Dept of Education for title IV funding, GI Bill and student loans and both have rigorous approval standards. What is most important is the price. The tuition and fees are far less cheaper than attending schools like Strayer or University of Phoenix. Don't believe me check it out for yourself. By the way both of those schools are RA and will accept NA credits. Please do you homework and check out CSU thourougly before giving them a bad rap. If the school work is too easy for you then obviously you are not working full-time, holding down a family, and trying to earn a reputable degree all at the same time. Go sit yourself in a classroom. Thank you CSU!

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Future Grad 2012

Psychology - April 10, 2012
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I found Columbia Southern University on our company's career/education portal about 2 years ago. Just to make it more clear, I work for the largest retailer in the US and Canada and have for the last 11 years. I talk to a friend, had him evaluate my two choices and he gave me a thumbs up for either school. Stating they'd both help me reach my educational and professional goals. The choice was mine in the end..... I am now a current CSU student and must admit that at first the classes I was required to take to meet my DAP requirements were not that different from the Tech School I'd attended when first graduating high school. As time has progressed CSU has implemented a few new requirements when you are working towards receiving your education. They are taking their students education and learning objective to whole new level. I believe the professors have continued to make me and my classmates work much harder to reach our goal. There are no longer just 20 question assessments but the professor are challenging you with full on discussion and essay questions that require more than a once over. You have to have depth and understanding there are no easy As. You now have projects and article reviews due every other week, if not weekly and for someone who works fulltime these things are no easy task. I have enjoyed my time at CSU and have recommended it to other friends and family as way to reach their educational goals. The low-cost tuition, book grants, CSU library, and Success Center are only a few of the great things you'll find at CSU. If you're interested in reaching you educational goals at lower cost to you then Columbia Southern University is the place to be. But don't take my word for it Research, Research, Research. In the End ....."the choice is always gonna be YOURS."

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Understand the school and what it is for!

Fire Science - March 26, 2012
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I graduated in November 2011 with a BS in Fire Science from CSU. The degree, without a doubt, aided me in getting the job at the fire department I wanted to work for. I get so tired of reading all the dreadful reviews from unsatisfied students on here who don't understand what this school is intended for. Columbia Southern University is not for recent high school graduates wanting the college experience, Ivy League graduates wanting a Masters degree to help get into Law School, or those seeking PhD's from the "Regional Accredited" world. This school is intended for people like me, a WORKING Firefighter who can't attend a traditional campus and earn a degree in my respective field. It is meant for adults with families trying to better themselves. Do you think that my Company Fire Officer cares at 2 a.m. during a fully involved structure fire whether or not I completed 6 credits of English from a Regional school, or took enough Western Civilization from a Harvard grad professor?? NO!! He cares whether or not I know fire patterns , pump pressures, strategic hose lays, and proper fireground communications...which is EXACTLY what I learned in my Fire Science classes here at CSU. I live 7 miles from the University of Alabama. Unfortunately, UA does not offer a degree in Fire Science. The program in Fire Science at CSU is widely accepted in the Fire Service. My state fire academy has even partnered with CSU, allowing for transfer credits from previously earned credits. I took a class at the Fire College to get my pumper certification, later I took a class at CSU similar to the outline of my certification class....SAME BOOK. In saying that, the quality of education at CSU and the resources used (books, outlines, etc.) are superior to my needs. Not once was I asked about the accreditation of my degree. If I wanted to be a lawyer, I would have gone to Alabama...but I am a firefighter, so I went to CSU. I'm not chasing prestige....I'm chasing knowledge!

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CSU (It is what it is)

MBA/Project Management - March 23, 2012
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I completed my MBA with CSU in 2010. Compared to the course load and level of knowledge required at the traditional four year university (UNC School System)I attended for my BA, CSU required next to nothing. Which among other things left me questioning CSU's accreditation... CSU is nationally accredited but not regionally. What does this mean? The issue is the transferability of credits from one school to another. While nationally accredited institutions will usually accept credit from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, regionally accredited schools often do not accept credit from nationally accredited institutions. Traditional institutions use regional accreditation and have far more stringent acceptance policies. In short I have aspirations to attend Law School and my MBA from CSU is of no value in the process. If a person desires and MBA with little to no effort; I graduated from CSU in 18 months Summa Cum Laude with an estimated 4hrs/week workload.

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Good College for my needs.

Bachelor of Science / Marketing - February 10, 2012
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This will be my second degree program at this university;and the bad comments are funny because with so many colleges fighting for your money just pick one that suits your needs and go. Columbia Southern University is not for everyone and maybe if I was 20 then a brick and mortar would be OK but for working older adults this is great and besides unless you went to a elite university "Harvard, Yale" who cares where your degree is from.

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MBA in progress!

MBA - February 9, 2012
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I am not sure why people are posting that CSU is easy? I've been working on my MBA for 4 years! I have one class to go and I've had many papers to write that were minimum 10 page reports. Let me make it clear. CSU is flexible. You need to do the work in order to complete your classes. The Professors are always there to assist you and answer questions. The text books are current and relevant. It’s up to you to make your experience the best it can be… I recommend CSU to anyone looking to complete their BS or MBA. Be positive and know that it can be done. I have a wife and children, a full time job, play music professionally and I still am going to graduate “Magna Cum Laude” with a 3.8+ GPA because I work hard! Don't hesitate, just do it. Time goes by so fast, and before you know it, you'll be feeling great about your accomplishments.

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Very Good Method of Instruction

Criminal Justice Administration - December 29, 2011
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I am very impressed with the quality of instruction, lesson plans, and teachers at CSU. The English Composition class taught me more in 8 weeks than I ever learned writing a paper every week for 13 classes with another popular and very expensive online university. Very good support and assistance are offered by student services. Overall, this is a great university with quality instruction, very reasonable costs, teachers, and employees.

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The Best Online School

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - December 10, 2011
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I chose CSU because of the free books,low tuition cost, and flexibility of classes since I am Active duty Army and usually deploy and work long hours. Choosing CSU has been the best choice I have ever made I just finish my associates with them and now going for my Bachelor's. The teachers and staff responds back immediately to any questions you may have. I would recomend this school to someone who wants to get a quality degree without having to pay a ridiculious amount of money for an education.

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CSU MBA

MBA - November 30, 2011
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I have recently started my MBA program with CSU. I have previously obtained a MA from the University of Phoenix, where I attended in a brick and mortar format. Drawing on my previous experience, CSU appears to be very challenging. I would not call it easy on any aspect. The value you receive for the cost of tuition is very high. I spent a considerable more amount of money at the University of Phoenix for my MA. I am retired from the AF and know of many individuals who have utilized CSU with no complaints. All are happily employed with no issues regarding their degree. I look forward to graduating.

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So Far, So Good!

DBA - November 10, 2011
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So far, So Good. I am military officer that is in pursuit of a DBA. One day I will retire and would like to open a business with my wife (hopefully a pastry Shop!). Anyway, CSU is waht you make of it. I can point you in the right direction. If you want a better school than CSU and regional accredited school, pay more for it! Otherwise, I think CSU is a great institution. One day, it will be regionally accredited!

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Enjoying CSU

MBA - November 2, 2011
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My employer provides tuition reimbursement and CSU was one of the schools they covered. I decided to apply with them because they had very affordable tuition. What sealed the deal was the excellent treatment I received from the staff. I never had a single problem and they always handled questions and requests promptly. I found the text books to be very relevant and not full of "filler" material. The professor gave good feedback. I enjoyed interacting with the other students. The assignments in my first class were challenging. I think you get out of the classes what you put into them.

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Going on to my MBA in Health Care Admin! by Rebecca Foster

BSBA - October 1, 2011
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My husband and I started our bachelor's degrees September of 2008. We are done May 2012. I don't see how anyone could call this a diploma mill. Laughable. The classes are challenging, highly educational and we have loved our time with CSU. As financial aid recipients we are considered Term and have 8 weeks to complete the course. Each week is an assessment of questions and essays, with possible research papers and finals, but the course load is determined by each professor. I love being able to study on my own time because I am a mother of 3 soon to be 4 in December and I could NOT have achieved this degree in a traditional school. I tell everyone about CSU! Both my husband and I are moving on to our Master's as soon as we graduate. Don't know how I'll do it with a 1 year old and a new born, but I will fill you in as soon as I can! Graduating with a 4.0 as well. YE HA!

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New CSU Studen

Associates of Applied Science, Business - September 19, 2011
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I am so glad I found CSU. I'm a full time employee, wife, and mom, over age 40. I had 18 credits from 20 years ago. If I were to attend night school, I would graduate around age 80. CSU is a great school. Terms are only 8 weeks long. What a great incentive to continue my eduation: to know I'll have my associate's degree in 18 months! The staff are very friendly and communicative. Financial Aid was a breeze. I researched many online schools before deciding on CSU. I know all about the RA vs NA debate. My plan is to earn my associate's at CSU, then my BS at Waldorf College(RA.)There are many RA schools that will accept NA credits. You just have to do your research.

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BSBA Finance- recent graduate

BSBA Finance - September 15, 2011
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Overall the curriculum was not complicated. The school has a lot of support and very economical. The books are the latest and greatest. I had a colleague who went to another school and had to buy the same textbook I got free via CSU. CSU is very user friendly instituion, would reccomend.

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Shame on CSU!

MBA - September 4, 2011
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Unfortunately anything that comes too easy, should be heeded! Why is my MBA program easier than my BS? Perhaps because I went to a real institution when I acquired my BS. I am shocked that I do not have to write papers over 8 pages and all finals are open-book, you would have to be a complete IDIOT to fail this school! I want no part in having a degree from CSU on my resume!

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My CSU Education

Columbia Southern University - August 5, 2011
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I started CSU back in 1999, I believe. It has been a long journey for me. I took a year off from my studies due to work changes and lack of funds. I paid for my undergrad out of pocket because this worked for me at this time. I enjoyed the classes and learned more about my own determination than anything else. I never thought that I would get a degree. Everytime I started traditional college, I had to stop from burnout. I worked at my own pace and set hours for study where it did not interfere with work. I graduated in 2009 with a degree in environmental management with a 3.30 gpa. They have always been caring and supportative of what was going on with me and my studies. The encouragment from the staff is what helped pull me through. In a few short months, I will be getting a masters. I never thought this would be possible for me. They believed in me and helped me tobelieve in myself. I would recommend CSU to any one , any where, and at anytime.

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Chiefrock

Occupational Safety & Health - July 25, 2011
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I have just completed my Masters Degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) from Columbia Southern University (CSU) July class of 2011. I started in September of 2009 and it took roughly twenty-two months to complete my degree. I have enjoyed my experience here at CSU. The Staff and Professors were very helpful on helping me complete my educational goals. The experience was very challenging and at the same time rewarding. If you are like me and really don't have the time to go to a traditional university with a classroom environment, then CSU might be the school for you to attend. I know that there are skeptics out there who say that CSU is not a good school, but I challenge you to explore it for yourself. I encourage you to do your own research when choosing a college or university to attend whether classroom or online. For me, CSU has done everything that it said it would do for me and I am truly grateful. With this OSH Masters Degree from CSU, I am truly looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for me. Thank you CSU for enriching my educational life. V/r Chiefrock Class of 2011

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What more can you ask for?

Health Care Administration - July 24, 2011
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CSU has pretty much changed my professional life for the better. If you want a degree that is legitimate, affordable, attainable, practical and worthwhile, then CSU is definitely the way to go. By the way, CSU will certainly help you obtain a degree but it's really up to you to get an education. Thanks CSU!!! :)

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Great school, great experience

Occupational Safety & Health - July 9, 2011
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Just completed my BSIT from CSU, it has opened a lot of doors for me. It was challenging but entirely doable if you apply yourself and don't give up. This type of school is for self-starters and self-motivators, they will not hold your hand like at a traditional school. You have to earn it, but at the end you get a respected degree.

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You take away what you put into it!

Occupational Safety & Health - July 7, 2011
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When I started my degree process, I had a tough time deciding how I would want to go about the next phase of my life…attend a B&M school full-time and hold a job that wasn’t too demanding, or try an online school where I can have the time to not only attend school full-time, but continue working as an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist with the Air Force. I decided on the online school and after a couple of months of searching and making phone calls inquiring about course work and credit transfer applicability, I went with CSU and since then haven’t looked back. The big selling point for this school was the acceptance of CSU’s Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) degree by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals who oversee many different certifications, the primary one being the CSP (Certified Safety Professional). After completion of my B.S. in OS&H, I did go on to earn my CSP designation as well as the RPIH (Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist) designation which is offered by the Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists, and am now serving as an OS&H Manager for the military. Is this school for everyone…no it’s not and I implore folks to do an adequate amount of research for any school you attend. I can say that CSU has definitely fulfilled what I wanted it to do with regards to the OS&H degree. I would recommend anyone attend this school for their degree in OS&H if you have a tight schedule…but I cannot speak for any other degree.

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Great for the working adult.

Business Administration/Program Management - June 14, 2011
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I completed nine credit hours with CSU, and all are very comprehensive. I'm deployed and find it difficult to satisfy other online school requirements: blogs, postings, group interaction and other superficial demands. I’ve attended several on-line institutions, and this one is by far the best I’ve experienced. They have a great administration department, and a pro-active support center that monitors your progress through course and degree completion. Books are included and always arrive on time before the start of a course. CSU does have a downside—not being regionally accredited! Most regional schools don’t accept all credits earned or you have to satisfy undergrad courses during grad school. If you’re looking to transfer from CSU, pick a school that’s highly associated with on-line learning, and you should find success with your educational goals.

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Excellent Program

Occupational Safety & Health - May 4, 2011
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I have completed my Associates degree in Occupational Safety and Health and am nearly done with my B.S. in OSH as well. This school took all of my military training credits, my professional licenses, certificates, and I was able to transfer all credits from a previous college. I would and have recommended this school to friends and family. I need a flexible schedule as a working adult and parent, CSUfits my needs.

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Very Satisfied, Just wish They were RA!!

BSBA - March 21, 2011
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Im a soldier in the US Army who has over 22 years of Active Duty Service. A few years back my ultimate goal was to complete my undergrad prior to retirement. I came across CSU and after a good review I thought they had the best program to offer that accommodated my busy, full-time work schedule. Halfway through the program I was accepted to Officer Candidate School, where I graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. I finished my BSBA with a 3.92 GPA, and felt like I had truly been enlightened. I've attended both types of colleges, traditional bricks and mortar, and CSU. My AA was from the first type where my GPA was a 3.78. I believe a student can get a lot out of CSU, if they truly wanted to put the work in. The only downside to CSU is the accreditation piece, CSU is only nationally accredited. The US Army recognized the accreditation at the time of my commission, so there's no issue there. The issue is my goal has now shifted to earning an MBA. The Army offers an MBA Degree Completion Program for officers who want to take 18 months to attend a traditional bricks and mortar university. A large majority of these institutions require an undergrad from a regionally accredited (RA) institution. I contacted CSU and they informed me they don't have any plans of trying to gain this type of accreditation. They do however have a partnership with the University of North Alabama and Waldorf University who are both RA. Overall CSU is great for obtaining a great degree that employers recognize, but if your plans include entering a good MBA program from a big name school, I would maybe consider other options.

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Excellent Online School

Columbia Southern University - March 14, 2011
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Overall, this online school has satisfied my educational needs. By the way, this school is not for everyone as you will need to teach yourself most of the time. It is also mainly designed for working adults who do not have the time to attend a regular B&M institution. The exams are relatively easy if you read and understand the course textbooks. Consequently, I really don't see why people complain about CSU. If you don't like it, then there are other universities to go to. In addition, do not enroll in CSU if you are particularly concerned about school recognition or regional accreditation. CSU will help you get a degree; what you do with your education is entirely up to you.

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MBA program

MBA - March 9, 2011
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For those who say it is a diploma mill is extremely incorrect. Sure you can complete your degree relatively quick if you really crank it. You are given 10 weeks to complete a course, which is fairly equivalent to going to class 2 days a week for 10 weeks. If you were not sitting in class waiting on an assignment but all assignments were given to you on the first day as with CSU, then a typical class would not take 10 weeks to finish. I highly recommend CSU for anyone. It is not an easy program but does require a lot of work,

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EASY as can be

Columbia Southern University - March 2, 2011
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You have no idea how easy it is to get a degree at this "college". All undergrad classes have 8 tests. Each test is 10 multiple choice questions and 2 essay questions. They're all open book. You can complete a class in as little as 3 weeks or as long as 10 weeks. I just waited until the end of the third week then sat down and did the entire class in a day. 1 hour per test x 8 tests = 8 hours and you're done. The professors don't grade anything. All they do is go in and give you 30 points on each essay and your grade will automatically populate. I tested this by writing a "chewbacca defense" essay and yeah, I got a perfect score. If you want to earmy your bachelors FAST, and can deal with the "DETC accreditation" this place has, then go for it. If you're in the military, choose this school, you're bosses will be happy you have an education, and no one will really know what a joke it was to get it.

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I had a positive experience

BSBA - March 2, 2011
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I had a very positive experience wrapping up my BSBA. I got more out of this program than I did sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture. As a working professional online classes offered me the ability to log on when it fit into my schedule. I had up to 10 weeks to complete my course work. If you are looking to complete your degree quickly the best CSU can offer is 3 courses in a 12 week period which is equal to what I could take at my local University 3 nights a week at triple the cost. Schedules and funds were important to me so CSU was my best option. I learned a lot and had great feedback from the professors.

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CSU's OSH Degree Plan is awesome

Occupational Safety & Health - February 12, 2011
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National vs regional accreditation? They are both accredited. 1. The BCSP or Board of Certified Safety Professionals, which offers the coveted CSP designation in the field of Safety recognizes this online education program. If your school makes the list then I'm glad, cause you've got more to work for for your CSP. 2. The Army and Dept of Defense recognize this school...universities and colleges must be accredited in order for Tuition Assistance to be allocated. 3. CSU is rather inexpensive and allows you to complete at your pace. Being in the Army and sometimes in Iraq, I can still work on my degree no matter where I'm at. 4. Not a diploma mill, I assure you, you will work for your degree here, it just isn't handed out. 5. Great staff and customer service can be found here at CSU.

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Wonderful!

Business Administration/Program Management - January 21, 2011
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I went to a few online schools before attending CSU. Wish I would have found this one first! The school was wonderful, clases and programs were flexible, and the administration staff was awsome. Financial aid can be a nightmare but the financial aid staff were such a help everything went very smooth. Teachers were great, and the way the program was formatted, you could work at your own pace through the weekly assignemnts as your schedule permitted. I would not only recommend this school, but would choose it again.

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MBA: Finance

MBA - January 7, 2011
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I've been with this university since August 2009 and after coming from another onsite University, I am well pleased with the instructors, staff, admissions team, and financial aid office. Not one problem while enrolled and would highly recommend this university over any other online school. Can't beat the cost with free books and very knowledgeable and well diversified professors.

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Accredited

Columbia Southern University - December 30, 2010
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Accredited school. Affordable tuition. Exceptional customer service. Quality Education. What more can you ask for? :)

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CSU BS in HRM

Occupational Safety & Health - December 14, 2010
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I finshed my BS in Human Resource Management with CSU in 2009 Cum Laude. It was a great program to go through. I have had extensive conversations with other HR professionals within my local SHRM group. I have never felt "second tier" because is not regionally accredited. I am returning to CSU for my BS in Occupational Safety & Health. After doing alot of research and talking to other safety professionals I have concluded they dont care about the accreditation of the school but if the "professional organization" such as the BCSP accepts your education. CSU was a great experience before and I am sure it will be this time as well.

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Great Choice

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - November 23, 2010
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I had started attending another online university whose costs were through the roof. At the urging of a coworker, I enrolled at CSU and obtained my Bachelors Degree 9/15/10. I was so pleased with the support, encouragement and general ease of enrollment, I decided to pursue my Master's degree. I never thought I would even obtain my Bachelors, and to be enrolled in my Masters program is beyond my wildest dreams. It would never have been possible without the support of ALL the staff at CSU. The professors, I have mixed reviews about. Some were great at returning answers to questions, others treated you like you were rather stupid for even asking the question, but I figure it's much the same as any ground school. I would highly recommend CSU to anyone, especially if they think that a degree is out of their reach. CSU will change your mind in a heartbeat.

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BS Health Care Administration

Columbia Southern University - November 16, 2010
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I am nearly through with a BS in Healthcare Administration. I was able to transfer in 90 hrs of B&M credit, CLEP, & DSST exams, and will have spent just over a year completing the final 30 credits. The best thing about CSU is the support. They call you if there is any sign of an issue. They are very responsive to email inquiries, and really couldn't improve much on customer service. The free books are fantastic. They send genuine textbooks to you free for each course. Professors are usually fairly prompt in getting back to you, and most are easy to deal with. Some go far above and beyond what is necessary to help you out. I plan to attend graduate school at CSU as well.

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It is what you make of it.

MBA/Project Management - October 25, 2010
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I just completed an MBA in Project Management and I thought I would share my thoughts on CSU. Each course in my program was graded on a series of unit assessments and a small research paper or two. The Assessments were made up of mulitple choice and a couple essay questions. All assessments were open book. With the open book nature of the unit assessments it would be very easy to skim through material and ace each assessment. If you did this you could "earn" a degree, but wouldn't get much value out of this. As as student I chose to read the material and apply the concepts to my organization. As a result I found the results to be very beneficial. In the end I feel the educational experience at CSU is what you make of it. You get out of it the effort that you put into it.

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Excellent marks so far

Project Management - October 18, 2010
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I have completed one class and I'm halfway through my second class at CSU. I was able to transfer most of my credits earned previously from Indiana University. I'm currently working towards my Bachelor's in Business Admin with a concentration in Project Management. Anyone that has said CSU is a degree mill or doesn't offer a valid education obviously has no experience with CSU. I can attest that the classes are top-rate and use current textbooks. The coursework is not easy and requires quite a bit of work. I have received a huge amount of support since starting. Honestly, my one complaint so far might be that I'm receiving emails from so many people I'm a bit confused on who to go to if I do have a problem. The CSU staff has done everything possible to offer me support and help since the day I inquired about their services. The two professors I've had so far have been very knowledgeable and helpful. They grade work within a few days and offer comments and help on everything. As far as accreditation, you need to do your homework and understand the difference between national and regional accreditation and the pros and cons that go with them. CSU is nationally accredited with the DETC and any employer that looks the school up with the Department of Education will find CSU listed as a fully accredited school. People that went to Regionally accredited schools are snotty about it and will tell you that a national accredited school isn't a "real" college. This is simply not true. If you don't have the money to afford a regionally accredited school, then a nationally accredited one might be a perfect choice.

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Real degree...what the?!?

Information Technology - October 10, 2010
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Somebody explain to me, if this is a "degree mill", then how come I have to take 20 8-week classes (after I transferred my A.S. degree to them) to complete my B.S. degree for 120 credits. And nobody told me they were ACCREDITED (ick). Also, they have the nerve to send me ACTUAL TEXTBOOKS, which they expect me to read. And I have to take ACTUAL TESTS at the end of each week, and write ACTUAL APA ESSAYS, and some even have a FINAL EXAM! What a nerve. And to top it off, they assign me ACTUAL PROFESSORS who, get this, EXPECT ME TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL AND PASS THE TESTS! Also, the Department of Education recognizes this "degree mill", and the Department of Defense will pay for its members to go there! My employer even says they are approved..ugh. That was the last straw. Here I thought I was going to breeze through a "degree mill", but I really got conned big time. This is more like a "real" degree, which I wanted to avoid, what a rip.

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CSU Degree Opened a Door

Environmental Management - October 1, 2010
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I just graduated Columbia Southern University in August of 2010 with my BS in Environmental Management. I placed my resume online and within a month I was offered the position of Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator for an energy company with a starting salary of $70K. I have attended other online school programs that cost twice as much as Columbia Southern University. The education I received from CSU was at times very demanding, quality focused and relevant to the real work environment. The staff and teachers were always there to help me understand the materials and apply the knowledge at work. Don't listen to the negative people out there that complain about CSU. It is a wonderful school that can help open doors to your future. A CSU Education can truly open up opportunities where none existed before. They helped open one for me!

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Great University, Don't Believe the Rumors

Criminal Justice Administration - September 18, 2010
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I began attending Columbia Southern University (CSU) in 2009 on a scholarship awarded by the National Sheriff's Association (NSA). I previously completed an Associate's of Applied Science degree at the local community college. With 10 years of Law Enforcement experience under my belt, and the fact that my undergraduate degree would be completely paid for by NSA's scholarship, I went forth and continued my education at CSU. After a couple of classes and reading reviews of CSU, the question of accreditation started to linger. I did my research have no regrets. While I wish that CSU was regionally accredited, the fact that it is not will not hinder my future education plans. I plan on working towards an MPA and have found several regionally accredited, brick and mortar, schools that will accept my nationally accredited degree. Specifically, Wayland Baptist University, where I will pursue my MPA. The layout of CSU's classes is perfect for working parents' schedules. I have enrolled in the "Per-Course" terms and find that working at my own pace has been key to my success. The courses are set up as follow: There is assigned reading with each unit (usually 8 units). At the end of each unit you will take a 10 question/2 essay quiz. Some courses require an article review. Article reviews are a summary and analysis of a professional publication related to the topic being covered. Some courses require a comprehensive final exams which can be proctored at local colleges for a small fee or by someone who qualifies as a proctor. Most of the finals have been open book and 50 multiple choice questions. I currently hold a 4.0 GPA and have only 5 classes remaining in my degree plan (2 of which are in the process of being completed). I hope to graduate by the end of this year and immediately start graduate school. The staff at CSU have been extremely helpful and are always in contact with me. I do however miss the back-and-forth debates and conversations with other students that I have experienced at traditional colleges. Emailing professors has been very easy and they will usually respond to questions/emails in about a day or two. The textbooks are great, however I have found a couple (very few) questions in the unit assessments that are either not in the text or have different answers than reflected in the text. In instances like this, I choose the best answer then email the professor. I have almost always been given credit for answers I can support or for pointing out errors in the exam. I wish that there was a more formal forum for CSU students. This would enable students to find others enrolled in the same class and support open discussion. The BlackBoard does have a list of students in the class, but I do not think that it's current. Also, most people do not communicate via the BlackBoard forums. There is a Facebook page for CSU, but discussions on the page are not academic...they are limited to regular "FaceBook type activity".

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My honest depiction of CSU.

Business Administration/Program Management - August 26, 2010
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A have been a student for a long time now. I have tried many different online schools. CSU was one of them. Truly, it is not exactly like the degree mill schools found in Alabama. But it is very close. Firstly, the curriculum. There were about 8 to 10 units per class. At the end of the week, you are asked to answer 10 multiple choice questions and 2 short essays as a quiz. That's it for an entire week. There is homework problems assigned, but never had a class where homework was due. In all honestly, even a smart middle school student can ace every course offered in CSU. Everything is open book. Sometimes to make the courses a bit more challenging, they assign papers. It is really a hit or miss depending on the teachers. Surprising some teachers are really good and knowledgeable, but the curriculum is so easy I do not know how they think students are learning. Every week I opened my weekly quiz, looked at the book glossary for an hour and then I was done. Never did any homework. Aced every class. So if you not self motivated to learn and read the text, you will not know anything. It may be a bit of challenge for someone who hasn't been in school for 15-20 years. And most students who enroll are exactly just that. You will know when you everyone introduces themselves in the discussion board. Now about the accreditation. They are DETC accredited. But what does that mean. Not very much. You will be able to transfer your credit to most completely online schools. But you won’t be able to transfer anything to any state schools or a good private school. I have called to ask about transferring credit to most of public school in Florida (UF, FSU, USF, UWF, etc...), they will not accept them. You can't really blame them. I got a really poor score GRE, but GRE is not even a requirement for the masters program, not do they ask of any recommendation letter. Anyone can be in the masters program as easily as bachelors. Now about the professors. Some of them are very smart no doubt. But others have graduate with their degrees from this school with MBAs or other completely online schools. The level of difference you notice is scary. So to finalize, CSU can be absolute be a good experience if you want an easy degree and feel accomplished after haven’t being in school for years. And there are many companies who do not care where you got your degree from as long as you have one. But it was not it for was me. I wanted to get in good PHD program someday from a state school like FSU. But that I am doing my master in FSU you can truly see the scary difference of learning. If I had to rate CSU for how much a student learns on average is probably 20/100. And you ever switched from this to a state school; you will have a really hard time keeping up. It is nowhere in the same league. Respectfully, Nicholas

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Columbia Southern

BSBA - August 13, 2010
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My overall experience with Columbia Southern University was Outstanding. From my very first class in my undergrad program to my Graduate program the staff and Professor have been their to guide you through the challenges that were around the corner. For those of you that question whether or not this is real or not, I am currently employed by the federal government as a contract specialist because of my degree from Columbia Southern University.

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Environmental Management at CSU

MBA - July 30, 2010
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My husband has been attending CSU, for Occupational Health and Safety, since the spring of 2009 and will be a Junior in the fall of 2010. He is flying through his courses although some are a bit difficult. I myself have enrolled in EM and am very excited to obtain my degree. They accepted all but one of my credits from my past college. Great news for me! We personally know of at least 10 others who are happy attending CSU and we would highly recommend it. Pip

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Great School

Bachelor of Science / Marketing - July 26, 2010
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I graduated from this institution last October. Just now getting around to writing a review.The staff was tremendous and very helpful at all times. If you make a low grade in a particular class or a sbject, they contact you to see if you need any assistance. The classes were fairly easy except for the math classes. If I made low marks on quizzes its becasue I waited to the last minute. I recommend this school if you are going into business for yourself and you want the 'know how'. I don't think the accredidation will carry you far in the 'real world'. Although in today's world, everything is at your fingertips, including getting an education.I will not be continuing with this school because I desire to use my BA towards my Master's in Psychology.Good blessings to you.

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Average University

Business Administration/Program Management - July 24, 2010
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CSU is an average university. I transferred my credits over from Franklin University with ease. Everytime I contacted the staff with questions they were very professional and helpful. My schedule is demanding (active duty military) and CSU is very supportive with multiple deployments. The quality of the classes leaves much to be desired. There is no challenge. The "tests" are easy and the essays need to be only 200-300 words in length. I have attended Central Texas College and Franklin University online and their classes were much more challenging. I am suprised by the ease at which I compete the courses at CSU. Interaction with the teachers is almost non-existant but I didn't feel the need to contact them as I had no problems with the material. Overall, if you want your degree quickly with minimal effort, CSU is the way to go. Not a terrible school, but not top flight either. I have read many of the reviews on this site. My two cents: the whole regional vs. national accreditation is bunk in my opinion. The degree is nothing but a tool that tells your employer you have potential, you can learn and that you are not a complete idiot. All that other junk means something to folks who are degree obsessed and base their self-worth off of their degrees. I don't have the time or money to worry about such things. You get yourself the job you want.

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2003 MBA Graduate

MBA - July 7, 2010
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Only CSU made it possible for me to get an MBA while working full time as an engineer with Ford Motor Company. CSU has certainly enhanced my resume and made it possible for me to survive our current employment situation. Thank you CSU.

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CSU (Outstanding)

Criminal Justice Administration - May 26, 2010
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My entire learning experience at CSU was outstanding. I began my college journey many years ago at a traditional college, and left for personal reasons. The educational experience that I enjoyed at CSU is second to none!!!! I would and have highly recommended Columbia Southern to others.

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Highly recommend CSU

MBA - May 20, 2010
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I just completed an MBA that I started at Jacksonville State University in Alabama prior to transferring to Georgia with my employer, a Fortune 500 company. My employer recognized CSU's accreditation. I found the course material to be very thorough. I think CS's MBA program is better suited to students show can be very self disciplined and complete the course work on time.I highly recommend CSU's MBA program.

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Do your own objective research....

Occupational Safety & Health - May 3, 2010
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To all of those students who posted negative reviews about accreditation, please review your facts; CSU is a great school and I have been to several. Regional is not better than National, it is just different. When you compare the two types of accreditation it is like comparing apples and oranges; no, the credits do not transfer easily because the accreditation is different. National accreditation is recognized by The Dept of Education, i.e. legitimate. If you start with National accreditation then you need to stick with it and complete the degree. If you plan on going to the graduate level then you need to know what school and grad degree you want to take well before hand, I am talking 2 to 3 years not a few weeks before your undergraduate studies are complete. It is called 'prior planning'. That lends to the idea of knowing what you want before you sign up. You have to do your own research and shop for a college the same way you do clothes, know your goals and the correct way to get there BEFORE you even start. As far as career moves, no employer on the planet will refuse you a job based on the fact that your degree is Nationally accredited rather than Regional and anyone that tells you that is either not educated on the facts, got burned because they did not understand the difference between the types of accreditation and tried to transfer, or is just condescending and pretentious. Finally, PLEASE understand that degree accreditation is more important than the colleges accreditation. For instance, CSUs OS&H degree program is accredited by the premier agency in the Safety field; if your degree program itself is not accredited by them you will not be able to sit for the ASP or CSP certification, even if your college is regionally accredited. Those two certifications are paramount to progression in the Safety and Health field. Now, please do not even take my word for it and do your own research. I am going to do my BS and MS with CSU, get my ASP and then CSP certification, which will position me for the job I am aiming for with the DOD or OSHA and I will be successful National accreditation and all. Thanks

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Very disappointed with Columbia Southern

Environmental Management - April 30, 2010
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I enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management program at Columbia Southern University. I withdrew after three classes and a TOTAL waste of my money! The quality of the courses and instruction were far below par in comparison with other schools I have attended. I almost felt that it was a joke. The questions on the tests seemed to be written by someone that doesn't have English as their first language, and the materials were littered with grammatical and spelling errors. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. Meanwhile, they are supposed to be grading you on grammar in your essays with APA rules in mind. ALL THREE CLASSES I TOOK HAD MULTIPLE ERRORS IN THE TESTS. They were grading me wrongly, even when I chose the correct answer. I ended up spending alot of time trying to contact professors to alert them of the errors, as well as petition them for credit that was rightfully due to me. That's right, all of a sudden it was my job to QA every test I took and report to the school all of the errors I encountered. I paid alot of money to basically do their jobs for them. People, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE! Also, this school is NATIONALLY accredited. If you want to pursue a Master's or Ph.D. at any REGIONALLY accredited institution out there, you will not be able to. Your degree from Columbia Southern WILL NOT be accepted during the admission/application process. Again, do not waste your time at this dead-end school like I did. I am now enrolling at a regionally accredited school to complete my bachelor's so that I may choose to pursue a Master's and above after I finish.

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CSU is a diamond in the rough!

Occupational Safety & Health - April 26, 2010
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I completed my BS with CSU in 2008, and shortly thereafter I returned for my MS in Occupational Safety & Health. Why? Several reasons. 1. The quality of the instructors. Yes, I have had some that were better than others, but almost all of the my professors have been both knowledgeable and responsive. Whenever I have had questions or issues they have always been there with the answer. 2. Support from Student Services has been nothing short of AWESOME! The staff are engaged and friendly, and help is only a phone call away. In the rare instance where a SS rep was not able to provide instant resolution to an administrative issue, I received a phone call after hours to tell me that they would have an answer for me in the morning. 3. The curriculum is current and relevant. I have been able to make significant contributions to my company's safety program because of my education at CSU. In fact, I have been in contact with several of my former professors after graduation and they were more than willing to advise me on real-world issues in my workplace! 4. The open-enrollment program is unrivaled by any other school out there today. Not everyone has a 9-5 job with a fixed schedule, and those of us in unconventional careers really benefit from the asynchronous nature of CSU's program. Military and public safety folks especially will benefit from CSU's rolling enrollment. 5. The NA vs RA accreditation is blown out of proportion. Yes, there are organizations and institutions that look down upon an NA school, but it is up to the INDIVIDUAL to do their homework and determine if an NA school will meet their needs. My personal experience has been that employers care a great deal more about what a job candidate brings to the table as opposed to where they went to college! CSU has been a very positive experience for me, and I would recommend it for anyone in public safety who has the desire to succeed.

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CSU is great for the working professional

Environmental Management - April 26, 2010
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CSU has provided an opportunity for me to balance my Family, Career and mmet my educational goals to advance in my organization. The material is comprehesive and applicable to today's technology. The Professors provide excellent feedback and guidance on all assignmets during the course.

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Disappointed CSU student

MBA - April 21, 2010
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I am currently pursuing my MBA at Columbia Southern University. If I was not so far into my degree I would change schools but have deterred friends and family from attending the school. There are some decent support staff but the facilitator for Research Methods is not professional, does not know how to teach the class, and can not explain where she receives her information. The Dean of Students does not take his job seriously and thinks that his opinion is more important than that of a physician. I would highly recommend looking elsewhere for your educational needs.

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Not Accredited

BSBA - April 21, 2010
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The courses you take here cannot be transferred to a legitimate, regionally accredited school. I took courses here and then wanted to transfer to a state school and they wouldn't take the credit so I had to start all over again. CSU doesn't tell you that up front, so watch out. I think they market it so people won't know that...

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Mark Twain

MBA - April 20, 2010
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"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." CSU is a great online school. There are employers and universities that WILL transfer credits from this school and WILL recognize degrees from nationally accredited schools. Do your homework. Moreover, education is what you make of it. If you believe a prestigious college or university is the key to your success then you've got another thing coming to you. Don't enroll in CSU if you're after college/university name recognition or regional accreditation.

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be careful

Occupational Safety & Health - April 14, 2010
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I would recommend being very careful with the reason you choose this school. I took 3 courses and stopped due to the national rather than regional accreditng. If you don't plan on getting additional degrees elsewhere or don't plan on making any career moves then this might be the school for you. BUT there are actually employers and schools alike that won't transfer credits from this school and won't recognize degrees from nationally accredited schools. Yes it's cheap but make sure you are aware of the pitfalls. If you want to use a degree from this school for future opportunities you might be very disappointed.

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Great school

MBA - April 7, 2010
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Wonderful School. Exceptional student services. Terrific Staff. I strongly recommend this school to anyone who wants an affordable quality education.

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Excellent Staff to Help You Succeed

Information Technology - April 5, 2010
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I started online schooling a month ago and the Staff and Administration has contacted me daily to check on my welfare. I didn't think this online school would do that. Thanks for proving me wrong CSU.

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Genuine care for my success

Environmental Management - April 1, 2010
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Having obtained my Associates Degree ten years ago, I desperately wanted to complete a Bachelor's degree, but was very afraid to do so. What if my online skills were inadequate? What if I had waited too long? Would I be too 'outdated' to pick up where I left off? All of these doubts clouded my vision of achieving my dream. I decided to take the plunge. I contacted this school and immediately my fears were put to rest. I started out with an extremely friendly Admissions representative who cheerfully answered all my questions and easily lead me through the enrollment process. I had an Academic Advisor to help me decide where to start and has since guided me along the way. This school has a Success Center, which I'd never heard of, that was there to help me whenever I needed extra assistance with a course. I was also assigned a Student Services representative that has been at my side through the whole experience. Even if I wasn't asking for help, they were diligent in letting me know that they were there and that they actually cared. I am finishing my degree in June, and honestly, I feel as if I'm leaving a family when I graduate. Thanks CSU for helping me to achieve my dream!

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A school that fit my needs

Fire Science - March 31, 2010
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CSU filled my need for education and also fit my schedule. My profession requires that we work non-standard hours, that is where CSU fit our needs exactly. I have never been associated with an organization that offers the level of help and support that the employees of CSU gives their students. I graduated in 2008 with fond memories of my association with this fine organization. I would highly recommend this institution to anyone.

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Terrific!!!

Columbia Southern University - March 30, 2010
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I'm going to CSU for over a year now and my experience has been nothing but terrific!!!! I always get help when needed, all the CSU staff is very nice and thoughtful. I always get my books on time, by the way they are free of charge and it's a big plus in this economy. CSU's prices are wonderful; they don't charge an arm and a leg for their classes.The quality of classes is very high, I've been going to other colleges, even in different countries, and I've been just a number. Here at CSU I'm appreciated and valued as a student, I have enough freedom to do my studying at my own pace and it's very helpful for people with jobs. Also about the transfer credits: I think that if you want to go and get your Master's somewhere else, or if you just take a few classes at CSU to transfer to another college, well, then it is your responsibility to check if that school of yours will accept CSU's credits. You can't just randomly take any courses anywhere and then expect your school to accept them just because. There are lists of schools that your college will accept credits from, so if you forgot or didn't even bother to check for that, then don't get mad at your college or CSU - it was your own mistake! Other than that I just want to say that CSU provides the best online education, it's self-paced courses are awesome!

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CSU is perfect for the working adult

BSBA - March 25, 2010
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Columbia Southern University has many excellent degree programs. I am active duty military and I would not be this close to completion of my BS without their flexibility. The per course or open enrollment and the 3 to 10 weeks per class has been perfect for me. I have nothing but good things to say about CSU and would reccomend them to anyone seeking higher education. James

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superb!!!!!

Columbia Southern University - March 6, 2010
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I have been in executive managment for over 15 years and can attest to the value of the education I am receiving to be one of the best I have used. Must be self disciplined and organized to be successful. I have attended both classroom settings and distant learning and can truley say this has been the best and rewarding.

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Great Program

MBA - Public Administration - January 12, 2010
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I earned my bachelor's degree from the State University of New York, completing most of it via on-line learning. I was so impressed with the on-line experience that I decided to pursue an MBA at CSU. I completed my MBA in December and I was totally satisfied with CSU. The papers are difficult at times but definitely doable! I would recommend this school to anyone!

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Ready for the future

Criminal Justice Administration - December 22, 2009
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I finished my BS Criminal Justice Admin in May 2009. I immediately applied to a graduate program at a state university and my degree was accepted without question. I found the classes at CSU to be relatively easy and the instructors were for the most part accessible and helpful. I have finished my first semester of grad school at a brick and mortar college with a 4.0. It is my opinion that CSU prepared me the future.

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CSU: very good value with a couple of limitations

Fire Science - November 16, 2009
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I’ve been enrolled at CSU for over a year now. I have taken quite a few courses, both in my major (fire science) and general education classes. After much deliberation I decided to go with CSU. I am writing this review because I wish there was someone I could have spoke with when I was making that decision. There are several positives aspects to attending CSU. First the Blackboard system has been upgraded and is very easy to use. It is easy to find coursework, assignments, and information concerning the class. For the most part, you can work as quickly as you like through the courses. I attended a community college while I was taking a course at CSU. Semester long traditional classes seem to move too slow now for me now. There has not been a class that I couldn't finish in 8 weeks, that includes the final or research paper. The book grant is a great value. The course textbook arrives at least 3-4 days before your course starts. The book is yours to keep and if you need some cash you can sell it on the internet. All editions of the books so far have been the latest and brand new. Lastly the tuition is probably one of the most inexpensive I've seen. There might be cheaper schools out there but CSU is an exceptional value. CSU has a learning partnership that gives you 10% off tuition rates. It's a little leg work to get it done but if you work for a company it may qualify to become a learning partner. That can save you a little money. There is always an abundant amount of people to answer any question that you may have. Everyone I have spoken with has been helpful and informative. One note: most people who work at the CSU offices are from the south, some folks can have a pretty thick accent. For a guy from California like me, that is difficult to understand sometimes. Everything is not perfect, so there are a few things that could stand improvement. I've had great instructors and I've had some duds. Most contact is going to be student initiated. Questions have always been answered within a day but expect a delay over the weekend for some instructors. There is not much interaction between fellow students. This might be due to my major but be prepared to move through this on your own. I have friends who are students at University of Phoenix online and they have considerably more contact with their instructors and students. The accreditation issue always seems to come up with anyone who is attending school online. My advice is to do your research and find out if you need your school to be regionally accredited or not. CSU is nationally accredited and you should understand what limitation that puts on your ability to transfer units to other schools or having your degree recognized. It works with my employer and the school I eventually want to get my master's degree from. Overall I am considerably pleased with my experience at CSU. I would recommend it for anyone who needs flexibility in their schedule and is tight on the educational dollars.

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Great School!

MBA - September 3, 2009
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I am a grad student currently enrolled at Columbia Southern University. My experience with CSU and the professors who teach the courses has been very positive! The work is challenging and grades are definitely earned! My employer (who happens to be the Federal Gov't) only pays tuition for reputable institutions of higher learning and Columbia Southern University is on their list of approved schools. Several of my coworkers have either completed their degrees or are currently enrolled at CSU and every one of us has been very happy with the school - so much so that we recommend it to others (which is how I found out about the school!) If you are considering CSU I would encourage you to apply!

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CSU Can Compete With Any RA School

MBA - Public Administration - September 2, 2009
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I recently completed my MBA in Public Administration June 2009. I also completed my BS in Health Administration August 2002, both from CSU. I have worked with many people from schools around the world during my 25 years in community development and education, and I must say, that some of these people attended ivy league schools--however, CSU prepared me well. I always look forward to constructive debate amongst my ivy league colleagues. I will always give honor to the administration, teachers and staff of CSU--thank you for dedication and commitment to distance learning education.

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BSBA/Project Management

Columbia Southern University - August 29, 2009
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I believe you get out what you put in. I am in my last semester at CSU, and it has been a difficult journey. The coursework is no joke. You have to study every week, as you are tested every week. I received my Associates from a traditional local college. The coursework at CSU is just as hard if not harder than a traditional classroom. You have to be determined and self driven to complete classes online. I have been a full-time student for over a year now with a full-time job and a family. CSU is a good school. Is it the best out there? No, but I am cost contious, and I have student loans already and did not want $40,000 more to say that I went to this school or that school. My employer is just waiting for me to finish so that I can move into a leadership role and has even offered me an opportunity to intern while at work on projects that need attention. Many employers do not know the difference between national and regional colleges, all they want is someone who has the skill set to complete the job. No school is for everyone, but for me CSU was the best choice. If you are concern about transferring to another university for the graduate level, look for universities that are both regionally and nationally accredited. They are out there.

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CSU is Great!

MBA - July 1, 2009
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I'm almost through the MBA and starting the Public Administration portion. I earned my Bachelor's degree from CSU before they were completely on line. I love the on line and have learned a great deal that I could apply to my work. It is geared to work with your work and that is like getting a double value. So far the courses have helped me with an employee retreat, visioning and strategic management, and I am now writing a Code of Ethics Policy and Program for my corporation. Without CSU I'd be making a third of what I am now making. My job would not have supported going to a classroom on a designated day/night and time. CSU allows you to get the most out of education. I have talked four people into finishing up their Bachelor's degree. I should then have someone to graduate with next year. Thanks CSU.

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Outstanding!!

Criminal Justice Administration - May 24, 2009
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I am currently enrolled in the CSU BS Criminal Justice Administration Degree Program. I previously attended another online college and all my credits transferred to CSU. The per course enrollment option works out great due to my work schedule. The course information and content have given me a greater insight on just how much I can learn. Thanks CSU for helping me work toward my dream of a four year degree!!

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Best DETC school currently available!

Information Technology - May 13, 2009
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So far - So good! Does a very good job in course format, outline, and delivery. Have, and will continue to recommend school to family, friends, and co-workers. Can't beat the price per credit hour! Considering enrolling in their E-Commerce & Tech program after successful completion of BS degree.

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Safety and Occupational Health

Columbia Southern University - May 4, 2009
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I am taking the Safety and Occupational Health program through CSU. It is a great advantage to be able to do this on-line, since I am employed full-time. I can fit the course work into my schedule. I have a BS and MBA degrees through other institutions in regular settings. A degree is only as good as the interaction you have with the professor and the materials you cover. CSU does well in both areas. Even though it is on-line, there is a lot of interaction between the student and the professor, which takes these courses above just computer based training. I have enjoyed the courses I have taken to date and feel I can use a lot of the material in my work. I would recommend CSU to anyone who just can't sit in a regular class room. I consider the education to be equal to the extent that you work with the professor. If you sit in a classroom and don't talk with the professor, you are going to get limited results. With CSU, you pretty much are forced to talked to the professor, because he/she will require it.

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Better than you think....

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - April 26, 2009
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I've been attending CSU since fall of 08'. I have often wondered if I should be taking distance courses through a state university, but then I remember what I'm getting with CSU. I like that the courses - no matter the subject, have the same ouline. Meaning - I always know the class structure. I have to post a dicussion answer to the Professors question by Thursday; I have to post a reply to another student by Sunday; I have to complete the weekly quiz by Sunday...etc. When you look up the quiz questions from the course, you can see that other universities are using the same information. This school is accredited and no different than any other University. The teachers are great and available when you need them. I also like that my books are included with tuition so I don't have to search for my books every term/semester. I also like that every 8 weeks I'm starting a new class. I tend to get bored with a typical long semester of slow moving courses so for me, this pace is just right. For anyone who says this place is a just a Degree Mill - I seriously disagree. Think about it - you pay all this money for a degree, why would the school want you to fail? Clearly they care whether or not you succeed. If you are behind or things are looking grim for you to pass the course - a school rep. contacts you asap. They work with you to help you find a way to get your grades up so you CAN pass. I have had a really good experience with CSU and would recommend it!

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Very Comprehensive Programs

MBA - April 20, 2009
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I have attended classroom settings in major universities and the online setting with CSU. I can honestly say if you think CSU is a lesser ride than the majors...think again. You are challenged with independent thinking and decision making that is very comparable. The only difference in the settings? In the CSU environment, you can't hide behind the rest of the class and not be involved. You are involved actively every day. The critical thinking skills and time management techniques are all yours. THIS is the experince you need in the real world.

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You Can't Loose with CSU

Business Administration - Human Resource Management - April 20, 2009
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As much as you hear about online schools not being creditable. You can put that to rest with CSU, their staff and department supervisors will help you achieve your goals with one on one assistance and help. My advisor has been wonderful and a real help when I needed her and believe me I've used her a lot for questions and guidence. The material is up-to-date most books revised with the newest copy dated in 2008. The professors are there if you have questions about the material and their course material really makes you think and study to make sure you understand what is being shown to you. This is not some degree mill where you just pay them to give you a piece of paper, no you have to work for this degree and in my opinion work HARDER then a traditional school offer. Which really shows the value of their education. Thank You CSU for your standards, I've loved being your student!

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Health & Safety MS degree

Occupational Safety & Health - April 17, 2009
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Very challenging course, good interaction with different professors, clear expectations to grow, made responsible for content of real life and learning models application, and overall a very flexible course for serious working students seeking to better themselves. I would recommend the school to anyone.

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NOT a real college - just a building

Fire Science - April 17, 2009
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Not a real college. You should be aware that Columbia Southern is a building and not an college. If you do not believe me, ask for pictures of the campus, or go to the Orange Beach, AL lcoation. There is NO college campus. This place is very close to be a degree mill and everyone should be aware of this matter. It is also not accredited for transfer to any 4 year University. They do a great job on marketing and provide department discounts. If you want a real college education, select another real college.

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CSU MBA in Project Management

MBA - March 23, 2009