Daily Information Session and Campus Tour
Visiting a college campus is a crucial step in the college search process and we're delighted that you are considering a visit to Columbus State University!
The Daily Information Session and Campus Tour is offered Monday through Friday, starting at 10:30 a.m. and lasting until 12 p.m.
You will meet with an Undergraduate Recruitment Representative for an informative presentation about Columbus State and then be taken on a walking tour of the Main Campus by a current student. *If you are considering a major within the College of the Arts please be advised that tours of the RiverPark campus are offered only on Wednesdays and Fridays after concluding the main campus tour* Don't forget to ask your Campus Tour Guide about adding an optional housing tour during your visit. Main Campus Housing tours are offered Monday - Friday after concluding with your main campus tour. RiverPark Housing Tours are offered Wednesday and Friday after concluding with your RiverPark Campus Tour.
Visitors to campus are advised to wear comfortable attire and shoes, and should be prepared to spend an hour viewing the campus on foot. We also recommend that visitors be aware of traffic conditions and familiarize themselves with our parking options in order to plan accordingly for an on-time arrival. If you have special needs, please inform our office before your arrival.
In order for us to prepare for your visit and to insure that space is available on your desired day, we request that you reserve your spot prior to your visit. You can register online or by calling our office at (706) 507-8800.
Thinking about spending more time on-campus? We encourage you to consider registering for one of other special events for prospective students. We trust you will find something that will fit your needs and your schedule.
We look forward to hosting you on campus soon!
Discovery Days are the most comprehensive way to experience Columbus State University. While each Discovery Day is different, generally attendees will have the opportunity to chat with Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Life and Activities Representatives, meet current students, and discover what kind of engagement and experiences are available to them. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with faculty to gain insight about the academic offerings available at Columbus State.
There are five Discovery Days offered throughout the Fall 2014 - Spring 2015. They will take place on select Saturdays and typically last between three and five hours. Due to space-limitations, all Discovery Days require pre-registration and have a limitation on the number of guest that can accompany each student. Registration for each event opens four weeks prior to the event date and closes two days before it takes place. There is no cost to attend these events.
Senior Day: Event date - Saturday, October 18, 2014
This event is designed for high-achieving, high school seniors who have demonstrated excellent academic performance throughout their high school career. Participants take a deeper look into our academic majors, are introduced to special programs such as Competitive Pre-Med and the Honors College, as well as tour the campus with current students. This is an invitation-only event which utilizes test scores and self-reported GPAs for inclusion. For more information on how to get on the invitation list, contact your CSU recruiter.
Discovery Day: Spring 2015 event date - Saturday, February 21, 2015
The most popular way to visit CSU! Attendees have the opportunity to engage with current CSU students, speak with faculty and staff, and tour the campus. This event is ideal for high school students, transfer students, graduate students, and adults considering starting or finishing their degree. Schools groups are also encouraged to participate in this event.
Junior Day: Event date - Saturday, March 7, 2015
This event is designed for high school juniors as they begin the college search process. Attendees will receive general information about Admissions and Financial Aid, learn about co-curricular opportunities, and attend an Academic Major Fair. Several optional activities are also available to personalize the visit.
Accepted Student Day: Event date - Saturday, April 18, 2015
This event celebrates accepted students and provides information about the next steps for enrollment at CSU. Students have the opportunity to experience a traditional college class, talk with faculty, and socialize with current and future students. A parallel schedule for parents includes learning more about Financial Aid, Student Services, and expectations for the first year experience of their students.
Columbus State University
Office of Undergraduate Recruitment
School Group Visitation Policy
We are thrilled that you are interested in bringing a group to visit Columbus State University! We welcome this opportunity to showcase our academic programs and vibrant student community with prospective students and their group leaders. Please review the information below as it will provide helpful instructions on how to go about scheduling your group visit to our campus.
To qualify as a school group, the group should consist of prospective students from one of the following institution/group types:
- High school (9th - 12th grade)
- A college-bound program associated with a high school or university
- An accredited college or university*.
School group visits can be tailored to the individual needs of the group, but typically include an information session with a Recruitment staff member and a student-led tour of campus.
School Group visit information & dates:
School group visits are available at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the following months: February, March, April, July, September, October, and November. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide school group visits on weekends or during our peak processing months of January, May, June, August, and December. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Reservations are required and we ask that they be made as early as possible, but no less than 2 weeks prior to the desired visit date. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate last minute requests. Due to space limitations, groups are limited to no more than 60 students. Additionally, there must be one adult chaperone per 15 students. Requests for a school group visit should be made by an adult who will be accompanying the group to campus.
Once a school group tour request is submitted via email, the CSU Campus Visit Coordinator will make contact with the requestor to plan and confirm the visit. When final arrangements have been confirmed, a packet of material with additional information will be provided to the school group tour leader/organizer. If you find it necessary to cancel your visit, please notify the CSU Campus Visit Coordinator at least three (3) days in advance.
If you are interested in eating lunch on campus during the school group visit, you are encouraged to contact our Dining Services Department for additional information and pricing options. The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment does not provide meals or coordinate meals on campus for school group visits.
*Due to the availability (or schedules) of professional staff and student tour guides, school group visit reservations are limited to high school and college student groups only. If you have a group of students that includes elementary or middle school-aged students, or if the group is comprised of other non-secondary/post-secondary aged students, please see some of our recommendations for other campus visit alternatives that might be a good fit for your group*
Options for other groups:
Our office encourages elementary and middle school groups to consider two other campus visit alternatives that may be more suitable for this age group. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center and Oxbow Meadows are affiliates of Columbus State University and provide an educational alternative for your groups.
The Coca-Cola Space Science Center’s primary goal is to improve learning by making science, mathematics, and technology accessible to all students while enriching the quality of teaching and student exploration in these areas. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center provides an educational visit experience for all age groups K-12. For more information about visiting the Coca-Cola Space Science Center make sure to check their website or contact them at (706) 649-1477.
Oxbow Meadows is an environmental learning center destination for people of all ages to actively engage and participate in plant and animal research programs, hands-on activities and trail adventures. Oxbow Meadow’s offers a variety of dynamic educational programming for all age groups K-12. All educational programs are aligned with state educational standards. For more information about visiting, make sure to check their website or contact them at (706) 507-8550.
Career Exploration Presentations
A special career exploration presentation is offered by the CSU Center for Career Development. This 30 minute presentation hopes to provide 5th - 8th graders with more information about the different career opportunities available after earning a bachelor’s degree in their area of interest. Reservations for this presentation are required. For more information or to register for this presentation make sure to contact our CSU Visit Coordinator at (706)507-8850 or submit your Career Exploration Request Form.
Career Exploration Sessions Dates:
- Thursday, September 18th, 2014
- Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
- Thursday, October 30th, 2014
- Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Interested in spending more time on-campus? We encourage you to look through some of our other special visitation options listed below, we trust you will find something that will fit your needs and your schedule. We look forward to hosting you on campus soon!
These events are especially designed for prospective students interested in learning more in depth about their program of interest. This session includes an academic overview hosted by a department representative and can be added on to the Daily Information Session and Campus Tour Option.
Honors, Study Abroad and Competitive Pre-Medicine Program: Learn more about the Honors, Study Abroad and Competitive Pre-Medicine Program at CSU! This session includes an overview presented by a representative from each program and can be added to the daily campus visit option. Reservations Required.
Fall 2014 Sessions: September 19th , November 21st. All sessions will be held at the following times: 9:45a.m. – 10:15a.m.
Join the Columbus State University Graduate School for an exploration of graduate studies. Discovery Day provides prospective graduate students an opportunity to meet with faculty, current students, and graduate admissions staff to learn more about our graduate programs. Individuals meet with faculty in their prospective department to learn about the program they're interested in and get a clear understanding of the degree requirements. This event is ideal for current Columbus State University undergraduate students who are considering graduate studies, career professionals looking for advancement and recent college graduates looking to obtain a Masters, Specialist or Doctoral degree.
This event is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2014.