Columbus State University

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2021 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,371
2021 Average Net Price
$13,571
After Financial Aid
2019 Student Loan
3.72%
Default Rate
2021 Acceptance Rate
78.5%
10,550 Applicants
2021 Enrolled Students
15,796
60% Full-Time
2021 Graduation Rate
43.4%
858 Graduates

About

Columbus State University is a higher education institution located in Muscogee County, GA. In 2021, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Columbus State University were Registered Nursing (190 degrees awarded), General Health Services (63 degrees), and General Computer & Information Sciences (59 degrees).

In 2021, 1,712 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbus State University. 63.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (899 degrees), 1.53 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (588 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,371, which is $−18,813 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,184).

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In 2021, the median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,371, which is $−18,813 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,184).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,571.

In 2021, 87% of undergraduate students attending Columbus State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 44% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,371
2021 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2021, the cost of tuition at Columbus State University was $4,371. The cost of tuition at Columbus State University is $−18,813 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,184).

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Average Net Price

$13,571
2021 Value
14.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2021 Columbus State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,571. Between 2020 and 2021, the average net price of Columbus State University grew by 14.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,330
Room and Board
$1,440
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbus State University was of $11,330 in 2021. The cost of room and board increased by 10.2% between 2020 and 2021.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,440. The cost of books and supplies increased by 6.67% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

87%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
44%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

87% of undergraduate students at Columbus State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2021. This represents a growth of 3.57% with respect to 2020, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.72%
2019 Default Rate
84
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Columbus State University was 3.72%, which represents 84 out of the 2260 total borrowers.

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Columbus State University received 10,550 undergraduate applications in 2021, which represents a 1.14% annual growth. Out of those 10,550 applicants, 8,284 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.5% acceptance rate.

There were 15,796 students enrolled at Columbus State University in 2021. 10% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbus State University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2021
8,284
Accepted Out of 10,550

In 2021, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbus State University was 78.5% (8,284 admissions from 10,550 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2020, which was 78.3%. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of applicants grew by 1.14%, while admissions declined by −0.885%..

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SAT Scores

10%
Submission Percentage (2021)
224
Scores Submitted (2021)

10% of enrolled first-time students at Columbus State University in 2021 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Columbus State University had a total enrollment of 15,796 students in 2021. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 9,474 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,322. This means that 60% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.5% White, 38.7% Black or African American, 7.13% Hispanic or Latino, 2.95% Two or More Races, 2.49% Asian, 0.317% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbus State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (28.1%), followed by White Female (23.9%) and White Male (17.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (27.4%), followed by Black or African American Female (21.2%) and White Male (19.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

60%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbus State University in 2021, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,796 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 9,474 and the part-time enrollment is 6,322. This means that 60% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.3% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

61%
2021 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Columbus State University was 61%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Columbus State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2021)
  1. White
    7,180 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    6,114 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,126 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University is 45.5% White, 38.7% Black or African American, 7.13% Hispanic or Latino, 2.95% Two or More Races, 2.49% Asian, 0.317% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52% White, 16.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 172 students (1.09%) did not report their race.

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In 2021, 468 more women than men received degrees from Columbus State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Columbus State University is white (899 degrees awarded). There were 1.53 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (588 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbus State University is Registered Nursing (190 degrees awarded), followed by General Health Services (63 degrees) and General Computer & Information Sciences (59 degrees).

In 2021,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbus State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (277 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (119 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,758,408 people), Secondary school teachers (473,483 people), Education administrators (304,778 people), Other managers (303,271 people), and Special education teachers (184,594 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University in 2021 are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (277 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (119 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), and Communications (65 degrees) (as of 2021).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Surgeons, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Nurse anesthetists, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (277 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (119 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), and Communications (65 degrees) (as of 2021).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,013,879 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (464,904 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (397,931 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (266,894 people), and Computer Systems Design (213,020 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (277 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (119 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), and Communications (65 degrees) (as of 2021).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Columbus State University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 190 degree-majors awarded
  2. 63 degree-majors awarded
  3. 59 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbus State University was Registered Nursing with 190 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

622
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2021
1,090
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2021

In 2021, 622 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University, which is 0.571 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,090).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2021, 116 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.41 times more than the 82 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2021, 178 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.09 times more than the 22 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%
100% Completion Time
40%
150% Completion Time

In 2021, 15% of students graduating from Columbus State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 40% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (52.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2021 at Columbus State University is Male and Hispanic or Latino (52.9% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.9%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2021)
  1. White
    899 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    588 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    115 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbus State University is white (899 degrees awarded). There were 1.53 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (588 degrees).

0.175% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2021)
  1. White Female
    532 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    430 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    367 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Columbus State University is white female (532 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (430 degrees).

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Columbus State University has an endowment valued at nearly $93.4M, as of the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 3.12M (3.34%) compared to the 13.1% average return (6.61M on 50.4M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2021, Columbus State University had a total salary expenditure of 131M. Columbus State University employs 202 Professors, 162 Associate professors and 150 Assistant professors. Most academics at Columbus State University are Male Professor (126), Male Associate professor (86), and Female Assistant professor (80).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University are: Management, with 198 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 192 employees, and Service with 138 employees.

Endowment

$93.4M
2021 Endowment
30%
growth from 2020

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at about $93.4M, as of the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbus State University grew 30% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $43M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.1M - Federal
  2. $342k - State
  3. $14.1k - Local

As of 2021, Columbus State University received $4.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $342k from state grants and contracts, and $14.1k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$53.4M
2021 Salaries
2.59%
decline from 2020

In 2021, Columbus State University paid a median of $53.4M in salaries, which represents 40.7% of their overall expenditure ($131M) and a 2.59% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 35.1M (41.3% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$48.1M
Instructional Salaries
654
Number of Employees

In 2021, Columbus State University paid a total of $48.1M to 654 employees working as instructors, which represents 45.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $21.9M (62.5%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
202 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
198 Employees

In 2021, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbus State University were Professor with 202 employees, Associate professor with 162 employees, and Assistant professor with 150 employees.

In 2021, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University were Management with 198 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 192 employees, and Service with 138 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2021)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2021, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbus State University was Male Professor with 126 employees, Male Associate professor with 86 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 80 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Columbus State University.

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