Application Information


Thank you for your interest in Columbus State University! We look forward to assisting you with meeting your higher education goals!

Admissions Process

  1. From the "apply now" tab, you will be directed to the GaFutures website.  If you have not created an account previously for another University System of Georgia school, you will need to create a new account to apply to CSU. 
  2. Complete the online application for admission.  
  3. Be sure to answer all items on the online application to assist in determining both your admission and residency status.
  4. After you are finished, click the SUBMIT button located in the left column of the application (or at the end of the application) and follow the directions.
  5. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $40 (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa).

After applying please submit the following documents:

Traditional Freshman Applicants

(Graduated from an accredited high school within the past 5 years)

  • Official High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT Scores

Traditional Transfer Applicants

(Graduated from an accredited high school within the past 5 years and have 30 or more transferable hours)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (Applicants with less than 30 semester hours of transferable hours must also submit traditional freshman applicants documents)

Non-Traditional Freshman Applicants

(Graduated from an accredited high school 5 years or more, with no prior college experience)

  • Official High School Transcript or GED

Non-Traditional Transfer Applicant

(Graduated from an accredited high school 5 years or more, with 30 or more transferable hours)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  (Applicants with less than 30 semesters of transferable hours must also submit traditional freshman applicants documents)

Transient Applicants

  • Transient Permission Letter

Dual Enrollment / Joint Enrollment Applicants

  • Official High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT Scores

Priority Admission Application Deadlines

Spring Semester - November 30
Summer Term - April 30
Fall Semester - June 30

Lawful Presence Verification

In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to Columbus State University and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes, will be required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. One of the following documents are acceptable for verification of Lawful Presence:

  • A current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. A limited term license or a license issued for a period of less than two years is not acceptable.
  • A current Driver's License issued by the State of Alabama after February 1, 2008. A limited term license or a license issued for a period of less than two years is not acceptable.
  • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current U.S. Passport
  • A Certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy provided by the student is not acceptable.
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N - 550 or N - 570).
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N - 560 or N - 561).
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS - 1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS - 240).
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)

Other needed admission forms can be found here.  If you have questions about any part of your application process, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@columbusstate.edu or via telephone: (706) 507-8800 or (866) 264-2035.  

Thank you for applying, GO COUGARS!!!

— Last updated by Columbus State University on 10/16/2019 10:22AM PST

Contact Us

Columbus State University
Office of Admissions
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

(706) 507-8800
(866) 264-2035
(706) 568-2462
www.columbusstate.edu
admissions@columbusstate.edu

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