Our Mission

Columbia Southern University provides diverse learning experiences and affordable, flexible distance education programs at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate levels to a global student body, delivered by qualified, student-centered faculty committed to teaching and student learning. The university is dedicated to providing exceptional academic and student support services.


As we change lives for the better, we live by these values:

Organizational Health
We foster a family culture that provides a stable and enjoyable work environment of care and respect with open and clear communication.

We model a leadership style that is modest, humble, operationally oriented, and hands-on. No job is beneath us, and we work as a close team to accomplish our mission.

Exceptional Service
We focus on providing exceptional service through student-centered support services that are personal, responsive, and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals.

We embrace change, work hard, and relentlessly strive to continuously improve.

We are a first-class organization that places a high value on quality, accreditation, and doing what is right.

We focus on building long-term relationships with industries, governmental agencies, students, alumni, and members of the community.


The vision of Columbia Southern University is to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.