Columbia Southern University (CSU), a private, for-profit, completely online university, is headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama.
CSU provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of criminal justice, fire science, information technology, business administration, organizational leadership, occupational safety and health, human resource management, and other fields. The university also provides undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in specialized areas.
CSU has undergraduate and graduate partner programs with Waldorf College and the University of North Alabama, as well as certificate and certification partner programs with the National Security Agency (NSA) Center for Public Safety at Columbia University, the Chief Brunancini Fire-Rescue Leadership Institute, the Alabama Fire College, and the Fire Department Safety Officer Association.
Over half of the students are members of the U.S. military.
Colombia Southern University is recognized as one of the top 20 schools for military education by Military Advanced Education. It is also recognized as one of G.I. Jobs's Top Military Friendly Schools, and as one of Military Times EDGE Magazine's Top 50 schools for Servicemembers.