Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Ala., that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.



Recognized as one of the top schools for active-duty military members and veterans, thousands of military men and women choose Columbia Southern University to earn a quality education while preserving our nation’s freedom. Superior service, flexible programs and exceptional value are the CSU promise.

In addition to being a member of the U.S. Army’s GoArmyEd® and the U.S. Air Force’s Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative program, CSU also provides the following benefits to military service members and veterans:

Assistance with TA and VA Benefits

A dedicated military support staff and career development counselors

Math and Writing Assistance

A specialized Office of Disability Services


CSU respects the sacrifices made by spouses of military men and women to protect the freedoms of this nation. Many spouses face the challenges of raising a family, maintaining a home and job or searching for work while their partner is deployed.

To help spouses attain more for themselves and their families, CSU offers various opportunities to use education to achieve their career goals.


The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses pursuing a license, certification or associate degree in a portable career field and occupation. Spouses may use their MyCAA funds at any academic institution approved for participation in the MyCAA Scholarship.

The MyCAA Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration).

CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.

CSU provides student-centered support services that are personal, responsive and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Caring, highly trained faculty and staff create innovative educational programs that incorporate the latest instructional technology with challenging curriculums. CSU focuses on affordable, quality online instruction with a general education core that promotes life-long learning and success.

As a corporate citizen, CSU participates in various community and charitable endeavors and supports the partnerships enjoyed with numerous businesses, organizations and institutions.

Our Mission

Columbia Southern University is a private institution that provides diverse learning experiences and affordable, flexible distance education programs at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate levels to a global student body, delivered by qualified, student-centered faculty committed to teaching and student learning. The university is dedicated to providing exceptional academic and student support services.


As we change lives for the better, we live by these values:

Organizational Health

We foster a family culture that provides a stable and enjoyable work environment of care and respect with open and clear communication.


We model a leadership style that is modest, humble, operationally oriented, and hands-on. No job is beneath us, and we work as a close team to accomplish our mission.

Exceptional Service

We focus on providing exceptional service through student-centered support services that are personal, responsive, and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals.


We embrace change, work hard, and relentlessly strive to continuously improve.


We are a first-class organization that places a high value on quality, accreditation, and doing what is right.


We focus on building long-term relationships with industries, governmental agencies, students, alumni, and members of the community.


The vision of Columbia Southern University is to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.