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About Columbus State

Columbus State University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Columbus, Georgia. Columbus State was founded in 1958 and now enrolls around 8,372 students a year, including 6,877 undergrads. Columbus State provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Columbus State! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Columbus State's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Columbus State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Columbus State has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Columbus State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Columbus State on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Columbus State on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Columbus State for Fall 2022 is June 30.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

2021 Columbus State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Average GPA 3.0
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 40%
In-State Tuition $5,464
Out-of-State $19,282
Percent of Need Met 53%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,159

Is Columbus State a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what Columbus State offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Columbus State University

It is slightly difficult to get into Columbus State. The acceptance rate at Columbus State is 78%. Last year, 5,261 students applied to Columbus State and 4,115 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbus State

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 76% of students who start at Columbus State come back for their second year of college. Columbus State's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 39%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Columbus State Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbus State

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Columbus State meets 53% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Columbus State full-time are awarded $10,159 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $30,200 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbus State. Based on this information, how does Columbus State sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Columbus State a good school for you?

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Where is Columbus State?

Columbus State is located in the suburban setting of Columbus, Georgia, less than an hour from Atlanta.

If you want to see Columbus State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 185 to Columbus, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Columbus Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Columbus State and Columbus are like without leaving home.

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College Info

4225 University Avenue Columbus, GA 31907-5645

Campus Setting: Suburban

Columbus State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Columbus State is Jun 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Columbus State is Jun 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Columbus State ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

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Columbus State SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

420 - 530


Reading SAT Range

440 - 550

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Columbus State Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Columbus State is like? There are approximately 8,372 students enrolled at Columbus State, including 6,877 undergraduate students and 1,495 graduate students. 69% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from GA and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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