Since its founding in 1958, Columbus State University has been a university that fosters creativity to change lives. CSU helps its 8,200-plus students build their creative muscles to see things in new ways, collaborate across disciplines, and discover unexpected solutions—whether they are pursuing careers in the arts, business, technology, sciences, education or health professions.
Serving the Southeast while attracting students internationally, CSU is consistently ranked as a top regional university in the South and as a military-friendly institution, and is cited as an innovator in fields ranging from business to nursing. New programs in cybersecurity, communication, film production, public health, public safety and robotics engineering indicate its commitment to preparing graduates for challenging, high-demand jobs. These, and all its 90-plus degree programs, range from certificate and one-year nexus programs to traditional undergraduate and graduate degree options. Some of these include five-year bachelor’s-master’s combo degrees.
CSU challenges its students, faculty, staff and alumni to be creative to the core. This includes cultivating creativity through experimenting, exploring, questioning and imagining; inspiring collaboration through partnerships with the community and across the globe; reimagining education in ways that leverage knowledge, research and outreach to solve real-world problems; and expanding worlds by offering a diverse learning community that values both differences and similarities found in everyone. These ideals are reinforced by the university’s core values: excellence, creativity, engagement, sustainability, inclusion and servant leadership.
Programs like the CSU Honors College, William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership, and extensive academic, outreach, internship, community and professional partnerships ranging from local nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies to the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning enrich the student experience.