Columbus State University: Narrative Description

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4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Tel: (706)568-2001; (866)264-2035; Admissions: (706)568-2035; Fax: (706)568-2123; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1958. Setting: 132-acre suburban campus with easy access to Atlanta. Total enrollment: 6,937. Faculty: 373 (197 full-time, 176 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,637 applied, 70% were admitted. Full-time: 3,981 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 2,013 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 40 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 30% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 71% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to under-grads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, proof of immunization, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: SAT II: Subject Tests. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/28.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $2212 full-time, $93 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8848 full-time, $369 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $464 full-time, $168 per semester hour part-time. College room and board: $5270. College room only: $2900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Programming Council, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Simon Schwob Memorial Library with 250,000 books, 840,000 microform titles, 1,400 serials, 2,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Columbus, Georgia's second largest city, is located in the Chattahoochee Valley, 100 miles south of Atlanta on the Georgia-Alabama border, having an annual mean temperature of 65 degrees and annual rainfall of 37 inches. All forms of transportation serve the area. Columbus is one of the South's largest textile centers, a regional retail center, and manufacturers high-tech industrial products, iron and metal goods, hosiery, processed foods, soft drinks, candy and peanut products. Cultural facilities are the churches, libraries, symphony orchestra, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Fort Benning Little Theatre, and Springer Opera House which is the State Theatre. With the completion of the dam projects on the Chattahoochee River and the Apalachicola River in Florida, Columbus became a port city. A navigable waterway extends to the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Canal. Oliver Dam provides facilities for all water sports. There are recreational facilities at community centers, golf courses, bowling alleys, and swimming pools.

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