Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Columbus State University
Columbus State University logo.jpg
Established 1958
Type Public university
Endowment $29.3 million[1]
President Tim Mescon
Provost Paul (Tom) Hackett (Interim provost)
Academic staff 473[2]
Admin. staff 572[3]
Students 8,298[4]
Undergraduates 7,069[4]
Postgraduates 1,229[4]
Doctoral students 32[5]
Location Columbus, Georgia, United States
Campus Suburban, 132 acres (Main campus); Urban (RiverPark campus)
Former names Columbus College
Colors Blue, red, and white             
Nickname Cougars
Mascot Cody Cougar
Affiliations NCAA Division II, Peach Belt Conference

Columbus State University (commonly referred to by locals as CSU) is a public institution of higher learning located in Columbus, Georgia. Founded as Columbus College in 1958, the university was established and is administered by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


The university was first called Columbus College when it opened as a junior college in a hosiery mill in 1934. The college was staffed by fifteen faculty and staff and almost three hundred students attended courses in the first year.

Columbus College relocated to the midtown area in 1963, building a campus defined by modern architecture on what was previously a dairy farm. The school was granted four-year status in 1965 with offerings of bachelor's and master's degrees. The first four-year class graduated in 1970.

In 1996 the school was renamed Columbus State University as part of a program to restructure four-year institutions within the state's university system. The school now offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than ninety academic disciplines. As of the 2010 academic year, the university enrolled more than 8,200 students. In early 2007, the art and theatre departments moved to the university's newly built RiverPark Campus in downtown Columbus. The complex was designed to provide students of the fine arts with a tightly-knit living community and larger studios, laboratories, and galleries. The Schwob School of Music is housed in the adjacent RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.[6]

Frank Brown was President of Columbus State University from 1988-2008. Prior to holding this office, he was Vice President for Business Affairs. In August 2008, Tim Mescon became the new president.

The T.Y. Whitley Clock Tower on main campus


Columbus State University's 132-acre main campus is located in the Midtown area of Columbus, Georgia. A smaller campus is located in Downtown Columbus and additional sites are located at West Point, Georgia and Fort Benning, Georgia.

Main campus

CSU's main campus is located in Midtown, near the intersection of Interstate 185 and GA-85. This campus houses the majority of the university's academic and athletic departments. Notable buildings include the Simon Schwob Memorial Library, the Center for Commerce and Technology (home to the D. Abbott Turner College of Business), and the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center (housing the athletic department).

RiverPark campus

CSU's RiverPark campus, located near the banks of the Chattahoochee River, provides an expansion for the university's fine arts programs. The Schwob School of Music is contained in the south wing of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, while the art and theater departments reside in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, the Yancey Center, and the Rankin Arts Center. The university is continuing to expand this campus with the acquisition of older buildings, some of which have been remodeled as student housing and additional classrooms.


The university has received special recognition for its business school, which offers a reputable MBA program, as well as for its servant leadership program. The department of theatre also boasts the only accredited teacher education and certification program in drama in the state of Georgia. Additionally, in 2008 the music department received the Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs from the University System of Georgia.[7]

The university recruits from all fifty states as well as every major metropolitan area in the state of Georgia. Because of the school's international education programs, presently offering exchanges to more than thirteen countries, the university has been known to be a popular destination for international students including those from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

The university operates the Coca-Cola Space Science Center which hosts student and public programs. Its facilities include the Omnisphere Theater (a planetarium) and the Mead Observatory.

The university also operates the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center which hosts student and public programs. Its facilities include two nature trails, a bee exhibit, a live alligator, various live raptors, various live reptiles, a live possum, and a Native American exhibit. Each month, the center hosts its Second Sunday on the second Sunday of each month which is a special program open to the public at a small fee. Programs include the annual Insectival, Reptile Fest, Natural Holiday Decorations, Hummingbirds, Bees and Honey, and Bats.

Student life

In addition to co-educational intramural and recreational programs, students participate in more than fifty chartered student groups, sororities, fraternities, honor societies, club sports, and special-interest clubs.


"The Saber" is the university's official student-run newspaper. It is available around campus and also throughout the city of Columbus. The Saber also has a web publication.


CSU Cougar logo

The Columbus State University Cougars have many different types of men's and women's athletics, including basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, and cross country, all of which compete at the NCAA Division II level. The Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, a 4,500-seat arena, houses the Cougars.

The baseball team at Columbus State University has made seven trips(1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 2002, 2004, 2007) to the College World Series, twenty-three(1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) NCAA Regional Championship appearances, and is frequently in the NCSWA National Top 30 Poll. The Cougars won the 2002 NCAA Division II World Series and were the National Runners-Up in the 1986 and 2007 NCAA Division II World Series.

The CSU golf team has won six NCAA National Championships; 1978,1980,1989,1992,1994 and 1997.[8]

Columbus State Athletics Department co-hosted the 2011 Rifle National Championship with Fort Benning. This was the first ever National Championship hosted on CSU's campus.

In the 2012-13 school year, the coed rifle team began competing in the Division I Ohio Valley Conference. Rifle has a single NCAA championship open to schools from all three NCAA divisions, and in that sport, Division II members are allowed to offer the same number of full scholarship equivalents as Division I schools.[9]

Assistant rifle coach, Jamie Gray, won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 50-Meter Three-Position event with a score of 691.9.

Club sports

Club sports at the university formed in 2008 and may represent CSU in intercollegiate competitions. Currently there are 10 club sports offered: bass fishing, co-ed tennis, men's soccer, paintball, martial arts, tackle football, ultimate frisbee, women's soccer, women's volleyball, and wrestling.

Greek life

Columbus State University currently has 18 Greek organizations. The following fraternities can be found on campus: Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Nu, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The following sororities can be found on campus: Sigma Alpha Iota, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Sigma Theta, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu, Sigma Gamma Rho, Xi Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Information on these groups can be found at the Columbus State University Greek Life website.

Notable alumni

Sources: Google Maps, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers

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