Get Started with Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is a family-owned accredited university committed to providing a valuable online education for working professionals that focuses on an industry-relevant curriculum and keeps tuition costs low.

The Admission Process

Our admissions counselors can help you every step of the way, from submitting your application to enrolling in your first course. Students who wish to use Federal Student Aid should refer to the admission process outlined under the Office of Financial Aid.

  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 utilize our Transcript Request Service and CSU will locate your previous academic and/or military transcripts for you.

  3. Receive Your Evaluation

    Once you have submitted your transcripts, we will contact you with your academic evaluation report results. CSU allows maximum transfer of credit hours 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.

Flexible Online Learning Options

Giving our students the flexibility they need to fit education into their busy schedules is at the core of our mission. Our courses are designed to accommodate working professionals, moms, dads, and anyone else who is balancing school with other life commitments.

LifePace Learning®

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Enrollment Features

Start anytime with LifePace Learning®. Progress through your course in as early as four weeks or as long as 10 weeks.

  • No Required Login Times
  • No Set Start Dates or Completion Dates
  • Complete Assignments at Your Own Pace
  • Enroll 365 Days a Year
Learn More about LifePace Learning®

Term Enrollment

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Enrollment Features

Complete assignments at your own pace while working within set course start and end dates. A term lasts approximately nine weeks.

Register for the next term by .

  • No Required Login Times
  • Weekly Assignments Keep You on Track
  • Choose From 11 Term Start Dates Per Year
  • Federal Student Aid Available for Those Who Qualify
Learn More about Term Enrollment

Veterans Flexible Enrollment

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Enrollment Features

Available to students using VA educational benefits, this option combines the freedom of working at your own pace with the structure of set start and end dates.

  • No Required Login Times
  • Complete Assignments at Your Own Pace
  • Choose From 11 Term Start Dates Per Year
Learn More about Veterans Flexible Enrollment

Federal Student Aid and VA funding is unavailable for students who enroll in the LifePace Learning® option. Federal Student Aid is unavailable for students who enroll in Veterans Flexible Enrollment.

Find the Program That's Right for You

Degree Interest Information

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Ways to Save

Paying for school is possible. At CSU, there are many Ways to Save including scholarships, military tuition assistance, Learning Partnerships and more.

Payment Options for Everyone

On average, CSU’s tuition is less than half the cost of our competitors. Plus, there are many Ways to Save including scholarships, military tuition assistance, Learning Partnerships and more.

Changing and Improving Lives Through Higher Education

In 1993, the Mayes family founded CSU. What began as a dream has grown into a thriving university that has empowered more than 60,000 adult learners to earn their degree. Today, CSU is still a family-owned institution that values family, learning and exceptional service.

  • 405 Courses Offered
  • 54 Active Degree Programs
  • 60K+ Degrees Conferred
  • $0 Cost of Textbooks

Accreditation & Institutional Recognition

Carefully designed and taught by experienced industry experts, CSU's courses have been recognized for their rigorous academic material, high-caliber instruction and commitment to advancing the industries that they serve.