Columbus State University

Public, Four-years School Located in Columbus, GA

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How much is the CSU tuition? For the academic year 2022-2023, CSU's tuition & fees is $5,751 for Georgia residents and $16,805 for out-of-state students based on the NCES data.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $22,691 for Georgia residents and $33,745 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

CSU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Georgia Residents Tuition & Fees$5,751
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$16,805
Books & Supplies Costs$1,460
On-campus Room & Board$12,080
On-campus Expenses$3,400
Off-campus Room & Board$11,622
Off-campus Expenses$4,240
2023-2024 Estimates
Georgia Residents Tuition & Fees$5,299
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$16,329

How Much Does it Cost to Go to CSU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $62,592 at CSU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $124,512. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $98,052.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$16,329$31,809$24,906
Sophomore (2024-25)$15,866$31,346$24,639
Junior (2025-26)$15,417$30,897$24,380
Senior (2026-27)$14,980$30,460$24,127
4 Years Total$62,592$124,512$98,052
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$15,866$31,346$24,639
Sophomore (2025-26)$15,417$30,897$24,380
Junior (2026-27)$14,980$30,460$24,127
Senior (2027-28)$14,556$30,036$23,882
4 Years Total$60,818$122,738$97,029
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$15,417$30,897$24,380
Sophomore (2026-27)$14,980$30,460$24,127
Junior (2027-28)$14,556$30,036$23,882
Senior (2028-29)$14,143$29,623$23,644
4 Years Total$59,095$121,015$96,034
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$14,980$30,460$24,127
Sophomore (2027-28)$14,556$30,036$23,882
Junior (2028-29)$14,143$29,623$23,644
Senior (2029-30)$13,742$29,222$23,413
4 Years Total$57,421$119,341$95,067
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$14,556$30,036$23,882
Sophomore (2028-29)$14,143$29,623$23,644
Junior (2029-30)$13,742$29,222$23,413
Senior (2030-31)$13,353$28,833$23,188
4 Years Total$55,794$117,714$94,128

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, CSU' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $12,740. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Georgia, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $9,838.
Columbus State University$5,751$16,805
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,259
Public Schools$7,023$12,740
Private Schools$20,449
Georgia Four-years Colleges$15,539
Public Schools$5,081$9,838
Private Schools$19,171

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between CSU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Columbus State UniversityColumbus, GA$5,751$16,805
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort Myers, FL$6,118$25,162
Grambling State UniversityGrambling, LA$7,683$16,706
University of the Virgin IslandsCharlotte Amalie, VI$5,235$14,496
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage, AK$7,508$21,635
Northeastern State UniversityTahlequah, OK$7,400$16,385
California State University-SacramentoSacramento, CA$7,484$19,364
Northwestern State University of LouisianaNatchitoches, LA$8,672$19,460
University of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie, WI$9,663$17,930
Washburn UniversityTopeka, KS$9,126$20,130
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyBuzzards Bay, MA$10,634$24,522

Financial Aid and COA

At Columbus State University, 5,933 students (92%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $7,104.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at CSU is $26,641 for students living on-campus and $27,023 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,074 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $9,147 and the average amount of student loans is $6,301.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Georgia ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$22,691$33,745
COA (off-campus)$23,073$34,127
Tuition & Fees$5,751$16,805
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$16,940$16,940
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$17,322$17,322
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,587$26,641
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,969$27,023
Average Financial Aid$7,104$7,104
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship5,93392%$7,104
Pell Grants2,78843%$4,695
Federal Student Loan2,71342%$6,150
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,07498%-
Grants or Scholarships1,07498%$9,147
Federal Grants1,04995%$5,521
Pell Grants65860%$5,404
Other Federal Grants1,04495%$2,141
State/Local Grants54049%$4,952
Institutional Grants29727%$4,575
Student Loan Aid59854%$6,301
Federal Student Loans58954%$5,270
Other Student Loans10610%$6,263
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level773727$7,237
110,001 or more6852$4,028

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

CSU's acceptance rate is 78.52%. A total of 5,275 applicants applied to and 4,142 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,205 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 29.09%.
To apply to CSU, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate78.52%75.86%79.86%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)29.09%37.48%25.07%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to CSU. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,000 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 21.
Its SAT score is lower than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is lower than the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,0008701,130
National Average1,168
Georgia Average1,112
SAT EBRW505440570
SAT Math495430560
ACT Composite211824
National Average24
Georgia Average22
ACT Math201623
ACT English211724

Student Population

Columbus State University has a total of 7,479 students including 6,003 undergraduate and 1,476 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,025 male students and 4,873 female students attending CSU. The school offers online degree programs and 2,055 students enrolled online exclusively (27.48% of all students).
Total7,898 3,0254,873
Undergraduate6,403 2,5373,866
Graduate1,495 4881,007

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered122 Programs
Graduate Program Offered31 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate87.80%
Student Population7,479
Graduation Rate43%
Transfer-out Rate1%
Retention Rate65% (Full-time), 33% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate17 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties331 (Full-time), 204 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs779 (Full-time), 330 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$69,092
Average Staff Salary$50,659