Visit Columbus State University!

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* Housing tours are offered as an add-on option after your main 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

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 four Discovery Days offered each Academic Year. Generally, there are two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. They take place on select Saturdays and typically last between three and five hours. All Discovery Days require pre-registration due to limited space availability.

Dates for the Discovery Day Programs are listed below:

Junior Discovery Day
This event is especially designed for High School Juniors and their guests as they begin the college search process. Attendees will receive general information about the Admissions and Financial Aid process and overview of CSU’s academic departments and majors, in addition to a student lead tour of campus.

Event Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Accepted Student Day
This event is especially designed to provide Accepted Students and their parents with specific information about the next steps for Enrollment. Students will have the opportunity to experience a traditional college class and talk with faculty about their major. Parents will participate and learn more about Financial Aid and Student Services.

Event Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014

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.

School Group:

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*

School Group Visitation Request Form

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, February 6th, 2014
  • Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
  • Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Career Exploration Presentation Request Form

Special Events

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!

Academic Sessions:

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 Predicine 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.
    Spring 2014 Sessions: January 31st, February 28th, March 28th, and April 25th. All sessions will be held at the following times: 9:45a.m. – 10:15a.m.
  • Academic Session – School of Nursing : Learn more about the Nursing Program at CSU! This session includes an academic overview hosted by a representative from the School of Nursing and can be added on to the daily campus visit option. Reservations Required!
    Friday, February 28th, 2014. Event Time: 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.

Spring Featured Events:

These are featured events hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment.

  • OPORT-UNIDAD@CSU : This event is especially designed to provide Hispanic/Latino high school students and their families with specific information about Columbus State University. Students and guests will have an opportunity to meet with current students, staff, and faculty as they learn more about the college admission process and financial opportunities available at CSU; in addition to a student led tour of campus. Reservations Required!
    Saturday, March 1st, 2014, Event Time: 1:00p.m. – 4:15p.m.