Columbus State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,371
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$11,855
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.03%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
78.3%
5,336 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
8,372
62.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
38.5%
332 Graduates

About

Columbus State University is a higher education institution located in Muscogee County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbus State University were Registered Nursing (224 degrees awarded), General Health Services (72 degrees), and General Communication (65 degrees).

In 2020, 1,924 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbus State University. 63.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,036 degrees), 1.64 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (632 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,371, which is $−18,159 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,371, which is $−18,159 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,855.

In 2020, 84% of undergraduate students attending Columbus State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,371
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Columbus State University was $4,371. The cost of tuition at Columbus State University is $−18,159 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$11,855
2020 Value
4.35%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Columbus State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,855. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Columbus State University grew by 4.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,283
Room and Board
$1,350
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbus State University was of $10,283 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,350. The cost of room and board increased by 2% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
51%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Columbus State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 9.09% with respect to 2019, when 77% 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.
6.03%
2018 Default Rate
143
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Columbus State University was 6.03%, which represents 143 out of the 2370 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Columbus State University received 5,336 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 85.2% annual growth. Out of those 5,336 applicants, 4,179 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.3% acceptance rate.

There were 8,372 students enrolled at Columbus State University in 2020, and 39% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbus State University has an overall enrollment yield of 33.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,179
Accepted Out of 5,336

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbus State University was 78.3% (4,179 admissions from 5,336 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 79.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 85.2%, while admissions grew by 82.6%.

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SAT Scores

39%
Submission Percentage
516
Scores Submitted

39% of enrolled first-time students at Columbus State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbus State University has a total enrollment of 8,372 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 5,212 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,160. This means that 62.3% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.7% White, 38.9% Black or African American, 6.68% Hispanic or Latino, 2.58% Two or More Races, 2.57% Asian, 0.311% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.239% 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%), followed by White Female (25.4%) and White Male (18.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.4%), followed by Black or African American Female (22.8%) and White Male (20.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

62.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbus State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,372 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 5,212 and the part-time enrollment is 3,160. This means that 62.3% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2020 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 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Columbus State University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,912
  2. Black or African American
    3,259
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    559

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University is 46.7% White, 38.9% Black or African American, 6.68% Hispanic or Latino, 2.58% Two or More Races, 2.57% Asian, 0.311% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.239% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% 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, 59 students (0.705%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 534 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 (1,036 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (632 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbus State University is Registered Nursing (224 degrees awarded), followed by General Health Services (72 degrees) and General Communication (65 degrees).

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 (298 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (138 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,868,561 people), Secondary school teachers (458,949 people), Education administrators (301,907 people), Other managers (233,373 people), and Postsecondary teachers (217,635 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (298 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (138 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (62 degrees), and English (33 degrees).

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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 Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (298 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (138 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (62 degrees), and English (33 degrees).

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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 (3,056,490 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (470,000 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (377,192 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (239,789 people), and Computer Systems Design (156,954 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (198 degrees awarded), Education (298 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (138 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (62 degrees), and English (33 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 224 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 72 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 65 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbus State University was Registered Nursing with 224 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

695
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,229
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 695 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University, which is 0.566 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,229).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 128 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.83 times more than the 70 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 218 degrees were awarded to women at Columbus State University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.79 times more than the 28 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
38%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 14% of students graduating from Columbus State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 38% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (55.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Columbus State University is Male and Asian (55.6% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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
  1. White
    1,036 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    632 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    123 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbus State University is white (1,036 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (632 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    605 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    475 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    431 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Columbus State University is white female (605 degrees awarded). There were 1.27 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (475 degrees).

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Operations

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at nearly $71.9M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $118k (0.165%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Columbus State University had a total salary expenditure of $137M. Columbus State University employs 97 Professors, 93 Assistant professors, and 75 Associate professors. Most academics at Columbus State University are Male Professors (62), Female Assistant professors(54), and Male Associate professors (42).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University are: Management, with 103 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 90 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 81 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$71.9M
2020 Endowment
0.568%
decline from 2019

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at about $71.9M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbus State University declined 0.568% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $32.2M 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. $1.86M - Federal
  2. $156k - State
  3. $19.4k - Local

As of 2020, Columbus State University received $1.86M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $156k from state grants and contracts, and $19.4k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$54.8M
2020 Salaries
2.15%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Columbus State University paid a median of $54.8M in salaries, which represents 40.1% of their overall expenditure ($137M) and a 2.15% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.289% decline from 2018 and a 3.9% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$23.9M
Instructional Salaries
330
Number of Employees

In 2020, Columbus State University paid a total of $23.9M to 330 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
97 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
103 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbus State University were Professor with 97 employees; Assistant professor with 93 employees; and Assistant professor with 75 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University were Management with 103 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 90 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 81 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbus State University was Male Professor with 62 employees, Female Assistant professor with 54 employees, and Male Associate professor with 42 employees.

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