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An exceptional and affordable education

Affordable Tuition Rates

Since 1993, Columbia Southern University has empowered more than 60,000 adult learners to earn their degree by providing accessible higher education at a low cost. This commitment to affordability is reflected in CSU’s low tuition and fees, scholarship opportunities, and by providing all eTextbooks, textbooks and integrated learning resources at no additional cost.

Get the support you need to achieve your academic goals

Student Support Services

CSU’s Student Support Center serves as a resource for general student inquiries. Student support specialists are available to assist with a wide range of questions related to CSU policies, courses, graduation and more. Specialists are available to assist you via telephone, email and chat.

Student support specialists are also available to help you stay on track to achieve your educational goals by offering enrollment assistance.

The freedom to earn your degree on your time

LifePace Learning®

Our learning environment, LifePace Learning®, allows you to earn your degree on your schedule, complete assignments when it’s convenient for you and fit education seamlessly into your busy life. Designed to fit the needs and lifestyles of working adults, it combines the flexibility you need with a time-based structure that provides the best opportunity for a consistent path towards graduation.

Here are some of the benefits of LifePace Learning®:

  • No required login times
  • Access your courses anytime, 24/7
  • Choose from multiple start dates each year
  • Complete your courses early or extend if needed
  • Learn from anywhere, from any browser or mobile device
  1. Apply – Complete your application for admission. There is no fee for the application.
  2. Submit Your Transcripts – Upload copies of your transcripts via your MyCSU portal or use our Transcript Request Service and CSU will locate your previous academic and/or military transcripts on your behalf.
  3. Receive Your Evaluation – Once you have submitted your transcripts, we will contact you with your academic evaluation report results. CSU evaluates your transcripts for prior academic credits, training and relevant professional licenses and certifications. CSU also evaluates military training for course credit.
  4. Enroll – Our helpful admissions staff will be with you every step of the way to make sure you get enrolled in your first CSU class without any difficulty.

We make it easy to apply

The Admission Process

Our admissions counselors can help you every step of the way, from submitting your application to enrolling in your first course. They will guide you through the financial aid process and answer any questions you may have along the way. Best of all, there is no application fee.

A university dedicated to serving military students

Benefits to Military Students

Thousands of military men and women choose Columbia Southern University to earn a quality education while serving our country. Superior service, flexible programs and exceptional value are the CSU promise.

In addition to being a member of the U.S. Army’s ArmyIgnitED and the U.S. Air Force’s Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative program, CSU provides a wide variety of benefits to military service members and veterans including scholarships and support with military tuition assistance.†

What our students are saying about CSU


    “One of the things that I love and respect about professors at Columbia Southern is most of them still work in the field. They’re teaching you relevant information that they’re still using in their careers that you can take in and immediately apply to your work.”

    David Combs
    Columbia Southern University, class of 2016‡


Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees, and certificates.