Supplier Corporate Profile: Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University
Orange Beach, AL
Established 1993

One of nation's first completely online universities, Columbia Southern University was developed to meet the demand for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

Established in 1993, all programs are offered online, allowing the non-traditional student to honor their career and family commitments while steadily progressing toward their educational goals. Flexible programs and open enrollment give students the opportunity to begin courses at any time and study when it best fits their schedule.

Degree programs

To help individuals reach these goals, CSU offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and certificate programs in a variety of areas including:

  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Administration (with multiple concentrations)
  • Fire Science
  • Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Information Technology

Our OSH degrees are recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the Institute for Safety and Health Management.

CSU provides a diverse faculty of experts and friendly staff members who closely follow the university's principles of providing an excellent education and high-quality service to help our students succeed.


The average age of a CSU student is 36 years old. Approximately 40-45 percent of the student body is in or has served in the U.S. military. CSU has as small, but vibrant percentage of students from various nations including Vietnam, Germany, Virgin Islands and the Middle East.

Why CSU?

Flexible programs and open enrollment give students the opportunity to begin courses at any time and study when it best fits their schedule.

CSU also features:

  • Maximum Transfer Credit
  • Complimentary Tutoring
  • Career Services
  • Textbooks Provided Through a CSU Book Grant
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) and Veteran Benefits (VA)
  • No Entrance Exams Required

CSU is one of approximately 140 schools approved to offer upfront tuition assistance through the U.S. Army tuition assistance portal, GoArmyEd. Furthermore, CSU has continually been recognized as a Top Military Friendly School.


Our Faculty, Admissions and Student Services representatives and advisors work diligently to help CSU students stay motivated and inspired to complete their educational journey.  Our flexible class schedules are also key to helping CSU students stay on track. In fact, the self-paced nature of our degree plans was appealing and important to the success of 2011 OSH graduate Marc Greenfield, who was hired by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently. “The most important thing that I am most thankful to CSU for is that it helped me to get hired into the best and most satisfying job I have had in my adult life,” Greenfield said.


CSU has more than 2,200 existing partnerships with universities, corporations, municipalities, fire departments and police departments. Among these are the University of North Alabama, Delta Air Lines, the National Sheriffs' Association, Chicago Fire Department and many others. As a learning partner, employees and members enjoy a 10% tuition discount and exclusive scholarship opportunities.

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