Columbus State University is dedicated to developing the full potential of its students. A variety of opportunities are provided for students to explore personal, professional, and social interests; to develop leadership capabilities; and to broaden intellectual and cultural dimensions through student activities programs and services consistent with the goals and purposes of the university.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is responsible for student activities and university recognized student organizations. The student activities fee helps to defray the operational expenses of a number of programs and services which are intended for the benefit of all students. A student-faculty committee advises the university administration in the allocation of these fees and policy issues.
At Columbus State University, providing academic support services is a campus-wide effort. The resources available afford all students the opportunity to succeed throughout their academic careers. Students have access to dedicated faculty and staff, academic advising services, teaching libraries and computer labs, tutorial services, specialized courses, computer assistance and instruction, academic organizations and clubs, intellectually stimulating and engaging programs, and challenging and enriching opportunities for growth. These services assist students as they pursue the accomplishment of their educational goals and support the university's mission “To achieve academic excellence...” and “To achieve excellence in the student experience.”
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides students with a central resource for information about the academic programs, student support services, and other opportunities available at CSU. The Center assists students in exploring various majors and refers them, when appropriate, to related campus resources such as the Career Center and the Counseling Center. Advisors in the Academic Center for Excellence work closely with advisors in the academic departments to provide specialized advising to transfer students, first-year students who have not selected their majors, and returning students who are considering changes in their majors. The faculty and staff of the Academic Center for Excellence are supportive of students and encourage them to make responsible and informed decisions about their programs of study. The Office of Tutorial Services is located in the Academic Center for Excellence and provides free tutorial assistance for learning support courses in reading and writing and also core curriculum courses not served by the Math and Science Learning Center or the Writing Center. Free seminars and workshops provide information and strategies that assist students in making satisfactory progress in their chosen fields of study.
The university is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The director of athletics administers intercollegiate athletics in accordance with the regulations of the NCAA and the policies of a faculty-student committee. Women compete in intercollegiate basketball, softball, tennis, cross country, soccer, golf, volleyball, and track & field; while men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field. The department also competes in Rifle, the only NCAA sponsored sport that is coed. Any student interested in competing on any sports team should contact the athletic director. The athletic department also supports a nationally-ranked coed cheerleading squad, as well as a competitive dance team.
Campus Recreation offers a wide range of team and individual intramural programs for students, faculty, and staff. Current programs include flag football, volleyball, softball, tennis, basketball, golf, eight ball, and individual challenges. Outdoor adventure trips include whitewater rafting, canoeing, backpacking, and snow skiing. In addition to scheduled activities, the tennis courts, gymnasium, fitness center, handball courts, and an intramural field are available for free play. Hours of operation are posted each semester in appropriate locations. For information, contact the contact the Campus Recreation Office in the Student Recreation Center at 706-507-8650.
The Center for Career Development assists CSU students and alumni with career-related services ranging from résumé critiques, mock interviews , employment opportunities, career advising and experiential educational through internships , cooperative education, and volunteering .
CougarLink , our online job database, provides the opportunity to search for employment locally, nationally and internationally. It is also a one-stop shop to engage in internship, cooperative education, volunteering, full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment. CougarLink and the Hot Jobs board at the CCD posts on-campus employment, including student assistant and federal work-study positions.
We offer a variety of career-related programming throughout the year. The on-campus recruiting program invites employers to provide informational tables on campus. These opportunities provide students direct contact with hiring entities from across the region. Employers may also conduct on-campus interviewing.
Additionally, workshops and seminars are presented throughout the semester by area employers, including such topics as Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, Dining Etiquette, Dress for Success, Financial Awareness, Salary Negotiation, Social Media and How to Work a Job Fair.
The Center for Career Development hosts both a Spring and Fall Job & Internship Fair , as well as a Volunteer Opportunities Fair. The Spring Job Fair, focusing on full-time employment, provides students and alumni with an opportunity to connect with local, regional, and national employers and school districts. The Fall Job Fair highlights part-time opportunities students can work while attending school. The Volunteer Opportunities Fair connects students, faculty, and staff with local non-profits for a variety of service opportunities throughout the community.
The Center for International Education supports the university's efforts to provide opportunities for students' international learning by developing and promoting study aboard programs and providing services that enable international students to be successful at CSU and in American culture. The Center also facilitates exchanges between international and U.S. students, supports international faculty development, and facilitates and supports international faculty visits and exchange. The Center encourages internationalization of the curriculum across academic disciplines by supporting the International Learning Community, Latin American Studies Certificate and Minor, the European Union Studies Certificate, the African Studies Certificate and the Asian Studies Minor. The Center also promotes greater knowledge and awareness of international developments, concerns, trends and global interconnectedness through co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities.
Students are encouraged to participate in the programs and services of student organizations that can enhance personal and professional development. The university has recognized the following clubs and organizations. For further information regarding clubs and organizations, contact the Office of Student Life, 271 Davidson Student Center, (706) 568-2273.
D. Abbott Turner College of Business
College of Education and Health Professions
Department of Military Science
College of the Arts
College of Education and Health Professions
College of Letters and Sciences
Student Affairs Sponsored
The Counseling Center, located on the third floor of the Schuster Student Success Center, offers a variety of services to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The counseling staff consists of mental health professionals who are trained and experienced in facilitating personal development. A confidential atmosphere is provided where personal, social, and academic concerns may be discussed. These concerns include, but are not limited to, the following: anxiety management, depression, career decisions, loneliness, interpersonal relationships (peers, boy/girl friend, family), and academic difficulties.
If the counseling staff are unable to provide the necessary service for a client, appropriate recommendations are discussed and referrals are made. The orientation and philosophy of the Center give equal consideration to the emotional, personal, academic, and vocational aspects of each student's development.
Each semester, the counseling staff present outreach programs on topics such as test anxiety reduction, stress management, assertiveness training, study skills improvement, body image, healthy relationship skills, and other life skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free workshops.
A fee-for-service, psycho educational assessment is available for students who want to determine whether they have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a specific learning disability, and/or test anxiety. If testing results indicate that one of these diagnoses is preventing the student from being successful in college, results of the assessment can be used to petition for special academic accommodations. In addition, personality and career testing are available. The primary purpose of the testing service is to assist students in self-awareness and to integrate this awareness into decision-making skills and rewarding behavior.
The Office of Disability Services, located in Schuster Student Success Center, 221, coordinates the compliance of Columbus State University with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in order to foster academic potential through individualized plans tailored to the particular needs of students with disabilities. Students with documented physical, medical, psychological or cognitive disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible so that proper accommodations may be made in a timely manner.
The Office of Diversity Programs and Services, located in the Davidson Student Center, room 271, provides assistance and advocacy to minority and multicultural students. Sensitivity to minority, multicultural and cross cultural students is an important aspect of the office. The office consults with student groups regarding programming for this aspect of Student Life.
New students face many challenges when making the transition to university life. CSU's First Year Experience® Program is designed to help smooth this transition. The components listed below are intended to assist new students in building a foundation for academic success while promoting social, cultural and personal development. Among the programs and events CSU offers to first year students are the following:
All entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours must satisfy the First Year Experience requirement by enrolling in a Freshman Learning Community (FLRC ) or the First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105) before they reach sophomore status (30 credit hours).
Students have the opportunity to affiliate with one of the sixteen recognized Greek organizations on campus. The self-governing, self-supporting bodies of the fraternities and sororities are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Council. These groups coordinate events, provide educational programs, establish community-wide relations, and implement policies for their member organizations. The university has recognized the following clubs and organizations. For further information regarding Greek Life, contact the Office of Greek Affairs, Greek Center, 1st Floor Woodruff Gym, (706) 507-8012.
The CSU Honors Program is designed to attract exceptional students who want to take this educational experience beyond the ordinary. The program offers opportunities for students to enrich their educational experiences, with special academic courses, cultural activities, and social interactions. Honors Scholarships are available each year for entering freshmen. Admission into the program is highly selective, requiring a high school or college GPA of 3.5 or higher and a total SAT score of 1200 or higher, among another criteria. The CSU Honors Program features small classes (15 students maximum), special luncheons with guest speakers, academic travel, and study abroad opportunities.
Columbus State University maintains two libraries: the Schwob Library in the center of the main campus and the Music Library in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on the RiverPark campus. The Libraries serve as CSU's premier information resource that provides a print collection of over 400,000 volumes as well as access to thousands of electronic journal articles via GALILEO, Georgia's impressive collection of over 100 electronic databases.
Schwob Library supports two computer labs and circulates laptops that may be used anywhere throughout the facility using the campus WiFi. Collaborative learning and study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.
The staff of CSU Libraries is comprised of library faculty and staff members who strive to provide quality service for all library users. For more information and assistance regarding our facilities, resources, and services, you may visit our website at library.columbusstate.edu or call 706.568.2042.
The Math and Science Learning Center (located on the top floor of University Hall in room 250) is a community resource dedicated to enhancing the learning of math and science through curriculum development and best-practices training for college faculty as well as in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers. The Center also provides student tutoring and tutor training.
The Learning Center is a unique destination in our region for those interested in the teaching and learning of science and math. The Center seeks to support learning at all age levels, understanding that one of the largest sectors of job growth in the U.S. is projected to be in scientific, mathematical and technical fields.
The Math & Science Learning Center (MSLC) offers many services to the CSU community, area schools, and the region. The MSLC:
Staff at the MSLC are involved in many projects. They assist with the coordination of events for regional schools, including the Columbus Regional Science & Engineering Fair and the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament at CSU.
A collection of faculty development books is available for loan. Topics include:
The MSLC has smart classroom facilities for workshops and presentations, chemical lab benches and other lab equipment for K-12 teacher training events. Molecular models, rock collections, and math equipment can also be borrowed to enhance classes.
The Minority Advising Program promotes the academic welfare of African American and other minority students at CSU. Through programs, activities, and services, the Minority Advising Program enhances the personal development, retention, and academic success of the students it serves. MAP programs, activities, and services are open to all CSU students. Contact the Division of Student Affairs for more information.
Main Office -3423 College Drive; (706) 507-8710
Courtyard II Office-3528 Gentian Boulevard; (706) 507-8778
RiverPark Office-1011 Broadway 2nd Floor; (706) 507-8035
Courtyard I is a 444 bed student apartment complex that houses first year students. Courtyard I, located at 3423 College Drive, is just a short walk from the center of campus.
Courtyard II is a 356 bed apartment complex. Courtyard II, located at 3528 Gentian Boulevard, houses upperclassmen students.
Maryland Circle includes multiple traditional homes and townhomes located in a neighborhood close to the Main Campus. Maryland Circle houses upperclassmen students.
Broadway Crossing is a 140 bed residential area, Broadway Crossing, located at 25 West 10th Street, houses first year students.
Columbus Hall is a 112 bed residential area. Columbus Hall, located at 1019 Broadway, houses first year and upperclassmen students.
Yancey at One Arsenal Place is a 31 bed residential area. Yancey at One Arsenal Place, located at 901 Front Avenue, houses upperclassmen students.
Oglethorpe is a 24 bed residential area. Oglethorpe, located at 1017 1st Avenue, houses upperclassmen students.
Fontaine is a 37 bed privately owned residential area that is managed by Columbus State University. Fontaine, located at 13 West 11th Street, houses upperclassmen students.
Rankin is a 99 bed residential area. Rankin, located at 1004 Broadway, houses upperclassmen students.
All entering freshmen must reside in on-campus housing operated by the university for two semesters (summer term does not apply). Freshmen may be exempt from this policy if they:
Students are automatically exempt if they:
All other exemptions will require a student to fill out an exemption request. The request is available on the Residence Life website.
All freshmen who are not automatically exempted are assessed housing and meal plan charges. Charges will be removed if a student successfully completes the exemption process.
Students who provide false information or fail to cooperate with institution officials regarding mandatory freshmen housing requirements will be considered in violation of Student Conduct Standards of the Columbus State University Handbook and subject to sanctions accordingly.
Servant Leadership at CSU is a comprehensive program committed to developing future leaders who practice the servant leadership philosophy. The Program is a collaborative partnership between CSU, the Pastoral Institute and the Columbus community. Participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, hands-on modeling of leadership practices, participation in community service projects, and much more. Scholarship members of the program are competitively selected and awarded a $1,250 stipend each semester for successful completion of the program requirements.
In addition to the traditional stipend program, the Servant Leadership Program at CSU includes the Associate Program. The Associate Program enables any student who is interested in leadership development to take the leadership seminars, participate in community service, and enjoy many of the same benefits as the scholarship students. As stipends become available associate students are eligible to apply for those openings in the program.
The exhibition spaces located around the RiverPark campus and the Simon Schwob Library on Main Campus have a number of art exhibitions on display throughout the year. These displays often feature contemporary works by student artists. Annually, during the fall and spring, Graduating Seniors Thesis Exhibition in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts is the high point of art students' academic activities during the year.
The exhibition space located on The RiverPark campus in The Corn Center for the Visual Arts. The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery features exhibits by international, national, regional and local artists. This large gallery exposes students to the finest available traditional and contemporary visual artwork. The highlight for many of the exhibitions would be the public lectures and receptions attended by students, faculty, and community members. The Senior Thesis Exhibition is held in this gallery.
The Bay Gallery is located in the common area of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts Building. Bay Gallery is a 1500 sq foot exhibition space for students, visiting artists, and regional outreach exhibitions such as the Tri-State Annual High School Student Exhibition.
The Fulcrum Gallery is an extension gallery in a high traffic window space on Broadway adjacent to RiverPark student housing and dining. Fulcrum's high visibility location provides the public exciting contemporary art by students and professionals.
Gallery 4 is a foyer space at the entrance to the Art History lecture hall in the Carpenters Building. This gallery hosts displays of artwork of students and the CSU Permanent Collection. Exhibitions are visible from this sidewalk on 9th Street.
The Art Store within the CSU Student Bookstore offers exhibition and sales opportunities to creative students. The bookstore hosts and manages Art Store for current art students and alumni. Conveniently located on Broadway in Uptown Columbus, this space presents some of the best student artwork representing all studio disciplines in a revolving format.
The Student Government Association represents the interest and welfare of students through its elected officials and representatives. Student government has as its purposes the encouragement of student participation in university affairs and the promotion of understanding among students, faculty, and administration. The student forum advises the university administration on student issues, recommends students to serve on university student-faculty committees and administers programs and services consistent with the privileges granted in its constitution.
A student handbook is available to all CSU students, faculty, and staff. The handbook contains general information on student life, student services, campus organizations, and fraternities and sororities. University policies and student rights and responsibilities are also included in this publication.
Handbooks are distributed during new student orientation and are also available in the Student Life Office, Davidson 271, in most academic department offices, and on the CSU Website.
Student Health Services are available to Columbus State University students on Main Campus and RiverPark Campus. A per semester student health fee allows the student access to either health center. The goal of student health services is to provide quality primary health care at a reasonable cost. Community referrals and health counseling are available through the health center. All medical care and counseling are confidential.
The Main Campus Student Health Center is located in Tucker Hall and is open Monday through Friday. The RiverPark Campus Student Health Center is located in Building 6, behind University Police and is open part-time. The hours of operation for the clinics are posted each semester.
A family practice physician is available (at the main campus only) to see students by appointment during scheduled clinic hours. Students may be seen by a Physician Assistant or triage nurse at both locations.
Students who become sick or injured after hours may seek treatment at one of the local urgent care centers or emergency rooms. For medical emergencies call Emergency Medical Services (911) or Columbus State University Police (706-507-8911). For more information on hours and services, please call 706-507-8620, or visit our website at http://healthservices.ColumbusState.edu
The student health clinic accepts and bills all insurance plans. Students are requested to bring a copy of their insurance card when visiting the center. Students/parents should know that the health center will never balance bill for any portion that the insurance does not pay.
The university is not responsible for medical bills or for illness/injuries incurred in free play, physical education classes, university-sponsored intramural sports, including club sports, or other regularly scheduled classes or activities.
All students are urged to have health insurance coverage of some type. A voluntary health insurance plan is available for non-insured students. The University System of Georgia has contracted with United Health Care as the vendor for student health insurance for the coming academic year, 2014-2015. For more information, please call 706-507-8620 or visit http://www.uhcsr.com/columbusstate
A student may be administratively withdrawn from the university when, in the judgment of the office of the Dean of Students, and after consultation with appropriate university officials, such as the Director of Student Health Services and/or the Director of the Counseling Center, it is determined that the student suffers from a physical, mental, emotional, or psychological health condition which poses a significant danger or threat to themselves, others or the University. Also, a student may request a medical withdrawal through the office of the Dean of Students. Appeals concerning administrative withdrawals or a denial of a student's request for a medical withdrawal should be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs. In emergency situations, a decision on medical withdrawals may be made at the judgment of University Officials, but review of the decision may be made at the student's request.
Opportunities are available for students to participate in instrumental and choral activities in the Schwob School of Music. Individual auditions and professor/conductor approval is required for all CSU ensembles, including Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Orchestra, Chamber, Women's Vocal Ensemble, Chorale/Choral Union, Concert Chorale, and Jazz Band. Students selected for participation in these various ensembles may register for one hour of credit per semester. All rehearsals and most performances are in the RiverCenter. A university shuttle is available to transport students from the main campus to the RiverCenter.
The student newspaper, The Saber , offers a wide variety of opportunities for interested students to gain experiences in writing editorials, reporting, photography, layout, and business management. It reports and interprets news of interest to the campus community and expresses opinions on significant matters.
The purpose of the Student Activities Council (SAC) is to contribute to the social, recreational, cultural, and educational development of the university community through programs and services. A program of concerts, lectures, films, and other entertainment is provided through a portion of the student activities fee paid by students at registration. Student admission is free or at reduced rates.
CSU Theatre provides students with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of dramatic activities which includes main stage productions, as well as several shorter studio theatre presentations each semester. Experience and training can be gained in acting, directing, musical theatre, children's theatre, makeup, design and production, and arts management. Academic credit may be earned for participation in theatre productions. Student admission to the university theatre productions is free.
Tutorial services are provided to CSU students through a variety of campus resources such as the Math and Science Learning Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Tutorial Services.
The Math and Science Learning Center, located on the top floor of University Hall in room 250, provides free tutorial services for core courses in math and science. Assistance is also provided for selected upper division courses in math and science. Please visit the MSLC website at http://mslc.columbusstate.edu/ for hours of operation, schedules for specific tutors, and the courses they support.
The Writing Center provides trained and knowledgeable Peer Writing Consultants who assist undergraduate and graduate students of all ability levels with writing assignments in courses across the curriculum.
The Office of Tutorial Services in the Academic Center for Excellence provides free tutorial assistance for learning support courses in reading and writing and also core curriculum courses not served by the Math and Science Learning Center or the Writing Center. The Office also provides free seminars and workshops that assist students in developing effective study habits, productive time management skills, and strategies for transitioning to the university setting.
The mission of University Information and Technology Services (UITS) is to provide a best-in-class technology platform and information-based services. UITS provides central support to CSU students, faculty, and staff for computer equipment, media in the classrooms, distance learning, software programs, and information access services. Services specifically geared towards students include campus-wide wireless Internet access, a 24-hour computer lab, 24-hour Help Desk services, a Student PC Repair Shop, and personal web sites.
The CSU University Police Main Campus office is located in the University Police Department, located next to the Turner Center. The CSU University Police RiverPark campus office is located at 1013 Broadway. The department has sworn police officers who are responsible for life and property safety, parking enforcement and enforcement of state and local laws. The officers also secure campus buildings, assist motorists with battery jump-offs and patrol the university campus on foot, bikes, and marked patrol cars. The University Police Department has membership in the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Operation and parking of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege. All motor vehicles (including motorcycles) parked on campus, CSU Courtyard I & II and RiverPark campus are required to have a university decal. Students must first register online thru ISIS for a temporary parking decal, valid for five (5) business days, and then obtain their permanent parking decal at the University Police Department in the University Police Department. Decals for Courtyard residents may be obtained at the Residence Life Office. Permits are issued and valid for the school year. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for vehicles (to include parking citations) while their vehicles are located on university property. Temporary permits are available for students, faculty, and staff online thru ISIS. Temporary permits should be obtained and placed on vehicles upon arrival on campus. Two parking decals are included in the university access fee. Additional decals maybe purchased for $5.00 each.
Habitual parking violators will be booted and/or towed. Tow and Boot Fees are the responsibility of the violator. The Boot Fee is $50 and can be paid to the Bursars Office in University Hall. Also, illegally parked vehicles in handicapped parking are subject to a $100.00 fine.
A complete code of motor vehicle regulations may be found in the Student Handbook and the University Police Department. For more information, visit the University Police Web site at http://police.columbusstate.edu.
The Writing Center is a free service to all enrolled Columbus State University students. The Writing Center's primary mission is to help students succeed at writing in their core English courses and courses across the curriculum. The Writing Center's secondary mission is to contribute to efforts that support a culture of writing at CSU.
Formally trained peer consultants achieve this mission by providing assistance to writers of all levels, abilities, and disciplines. The consultants work to empower student writers by helping them understand assignments; generate ideas; focus, organize, and develop drafts; document sources to avoid plagiarism; and edit for usage and punctuation errors.
Besides consulting with students about writing assignments, consultants will also help students prepare for writing that is relevant to their professional lives, such as scholarship essays, personal statements, and grants. Additional services that contribute to students' academic excellence and life-long learning include online consultations, class-based mini-lessons, and consultations with writing review groups.
For more information about services, locations, and hours for the main campus and for the RiverPark campus, visit the Web site at http://writingcenter.columbusstate.edu/ or call 706-568-2483.