Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach

Orange Beach, AL

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Columbia Southern University offers 138-degree programs and 138 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 60:1. 63% are women, and 37% are men. The average annual total cost of attendance at Columbia Southern University is 9884$, that is at the level of national average. 49% of full-time Columbia Southern University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Columbia Southern University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Columbia Southern University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,726
$30,001 - $48,000$10,806
$48,001 - $75,000$7,721
$75,001 - $110,000$11,650



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


13660 of Columbia Southern University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 90 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Columbia Southern University number 12 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Alabama.

Students at Columbia Southern University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

All programs offered completely via distance education

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Graduation Rate


Columbia Southern University graduation rate is below the national average.

49% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Columbia Southern University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Columbia Southern University is 60:1, that means that for every 60 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Columbia Southern University the biggest percent of students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Columbia Southern University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Alabama.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Columbia Southern University offers 138 programs in total: 42 are for Bachelor's degree, 36 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 24 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 18 - for Master's degree, 15 - for Associate's degree, and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 94 universities in Alabama state. Columbia Southern University is one of the few institutions in Alabama that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 138 distance education programs that are provided in the Columbia Southern University: 42 are for Bachelor's degree, 36 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 24 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 18 - for Master's degree, 15 - for Associate's degree and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Alabama state average data to help you compare.


Columbia Southern University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 11074 students with 332216 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3979 with 95501 credit hours.


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Address: 21982 University Lane


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Calendar system: Other academic year

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