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U.S. News Names Columbus State a ‘Best College’ in its 2022 Rankings

September 13, 2021

CSU Campus

In the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings released today, Columbus State University remains among top-ranked public and regional universities in the South.

The publication’s rankings for 2022 finds CSU ranked No. 35 among its top public regional universities in the South. The ranking looks at factors including tuition costs, graduation rates, and faculty resources. The university is also listed as No. 74 in its overall “Best Regional Universities in the South” list.

“Sustaining a presence on U.S. News’ ‘Best Colleges’ list is a testament to our faculty and staff’s commitment to cultivating creativity and reimagining education by discovering new ways to connect with and inspire our students,” said CSU President Chris Markwood.

“Equally important to our success is the tremendous collaboration that occurs between CSU and our community, industry and workforce development partners,” Markwood added. “Their insights enrich our students’ classroom learning, and the experience they provide our students through internships and the like sets our students apart when they graduate.”

As a Southern regional university, CSU ranked No. 46 in Top Performers on Social Mobility, up one position from last year’s ranking. The social mobility ranking measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. Pell Grant recipients typically come from households with family incomes less than $50,000 annually. 

Columbus State offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree options, including nationally recognized programs in the arts, education, business, and nursing. Across all programs and majors, Columbus State's curriculum is grounded in academic excellence and creativity. Students are challenged to think in new ways, turn ideas into innovations, and build a career for today's global economy. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and educational specialist degrees, as well as a doctoral degree. 

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings, visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/columbus-state-university-1561/overall-rankings.