Columbus State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,371
2022 Average Net Price
$12,902
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.72%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
87.8%
3,870 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
7,479
61.8% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
43.8%
413 Graduates

About

Columbus State University is a higher education institution located in Muscogee County, GA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Columbus State University were Registered Nursing (122 degrees awarded), General Health Services (62 degrees), and General Psychology (55 degrees).

In 2022, 1,724 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbus State University. 62.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (897 degrees), 1.52 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (592 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,371, which is $−19,625 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,371, which is $−19,625 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,902.

In 2022, 92% of undergraduate students attending Columbus State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 42% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,371
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Columbus State University was $4,371. The cost of tuition at Columbus State University is $−19,625 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$12,902
2022 Value
4.93%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Columbus State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,902. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Columbus State University grew by 4.93%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,851
Room and Board
$1,460
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbus State University was of $11,851 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.6% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,460. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.39% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

92%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
42%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

92% of undergraduate students at Columbus State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 5.75% with respect to 2021, when 87% 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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Admissions

Columbus State University received 3,870 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 26.6% annual growth. Out of those 3,870 applicants, 3,398 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.8% acceptance rate.

There were 7,479 students enrolled at Columbus State University in 2022. 44% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbus State University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
3,398
Accepted Out of 3,870

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbus State University was 87.8% (3,398 admissions from 3,870 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 78.5%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 26.6%, while admissions declined by −18%..

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SAT Scores

44%
Submission Percentage (2022)
450
Scores Submitted (2022)

44% of enrolled first-time students at Columbus State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbus State University had a total enrollment of 7,479 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 4,619 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,860. This means that 61.8% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43.9% White, 37.3% Black or African American, 7.81% Hispanic or Latino, 3.72% Two or More Races, 2.91% Asian, 0.254% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.201% 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 (26.2%), followed by White Female (23%) and White Male (17.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (25.2%), followed by White Female (25%) and White Male (18.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

61.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbus State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,479 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 4,619 and the part-time enrollment is 2,860. This means that 61.8% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2022 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 65%. 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 (2022)
  1. White
    3,281 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    2,792 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    584 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University is 43.9% White, 37.3% Black or African American, 7.81% Hispanic or Latino, 3.72% Two or More Races, 2.91% Asian, 0.254% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.201% 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 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% 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, 137 students (1.83%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 444 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 (897 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (592 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbus State University is Registered Nursing (122 degrees awarded), followed by General Health Services (62 degrees) and General Psychology (55 degrees).

In 2022,  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 (217 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (140 degrees), and Education (301 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 (1,686,380 people), Secondary school teachers (541,321 people), Education administrators (299,814 people), Other managers (252,143 people), and Special education teachers (197,995 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University in 2022 are Protective Services (217 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (140 degrees), Education (301 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees), and History (17 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (217 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (140 degrees), Education (301 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees), and History (17 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (3,023,264 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (432,680 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (402,515 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (241,369 people), and Computer Systems Design (173,277 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (217 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (140 degrees), Education (301 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees), and History (17 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 122 degrees awarded
  2. 62 degrees awarded
  3. 55 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbus State University was Registered Nursing with 122 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

640
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,084
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 640 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University, which is 0.59 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,084).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 139 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.81 times more than the 77 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 117 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University in Registered Nursing, which is 6.16 times more than the 19 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
39%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 18% of students graduating from Columbus State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 42% 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.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Columbus State University is Female and Two or More Races (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 0.242% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    897 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    592 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    105 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbus State University is white (897 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (592 degrees).

0.522% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    512 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    430 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    385 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Columbus State University is white female (512 degrees awarded). There were 1.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (430 degrees).

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Operations

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at nearly $83.7M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−1.13%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Columbus State University had a total salary expenditure of 137M. Columbus State University employs 100 Professors, 79 Associate professors and 63 Assistant professors. Most academics at Columbus State University are Male Professor (63), Female Associate professor (40), and Male Associate professor (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University are: Management, with 96 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 85 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 65 employees.

Endowment

$83.7M
2022 Endowment
10.3%
decline from 2021

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at about $83.7M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbus State University declined 10.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $37.1M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.03M - Federal
  2. $214k - State
  3. $4.42k - Local

As of 2022, Columbus State University received $2.03M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $214k from state grants and contracts, and $4.42k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$56M
2022 Salaries
4.94%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Columbus State University paid a median of $56M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($137M) and a 4.94% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$24.6M
Instructional Salaries
312
Number of Employees

In 2022, Columbus State University paid a total of $24.6M to 312 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
100 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
96 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbus State University were Professor with 100 employees, Associate professor with 79 employees, and Assistant professor with 63 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University were Management with 96 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 85 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 65 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbus State University was Male Professor with 63 employees, Female Associate professor with 40 employees, and Male Associate professor with 39 employees.

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