Columbia Southern University is located in Orange Beach, Alabama and licensed by the State of Alabama, Community College System pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law, Code of Alabama, Title 16-46-1 through 10 (Certificate number 05-888-17).
State of Alabama License (pdf)
CSU seeks authorization, as applicable, in additional U.S. states and territories in compliance with federal and state regulations that govern the offering of online programs. CSU continuously monitors regulations in states and territories in which it offers programs and courses. Information about CSU’s state authorization status is provided below. Prospective students should review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements in your state of residence.
Columbia Southern University has been approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
As a member of NC-SARA, CSU only needs home state authorization to offer distance education to students residing in any other SARA member state. A list of NC-SARA states and institutions can be viewed at the following link: http://www.nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.
For specific information regarding state authorization contact:
Director for State Authorization & Licensure