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Columbus State University

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4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907

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The Guidance and Opportunities for Academic and Leadership Success (GOALS) Program at Columbus State University is a two or four year certificate program that provides a college experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Using a person-centered planning process, GOALS provides students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to set and work toward their personal post-secondary goals as a foundation for active, lifelong career and community participation. GOALS represents an inclusive, university-based program built upon the four principles of: personal advocacy, career development, health education, and civic engagement. Students complete 36 credit hours of inclusive and program-specific courses, along with work-related internships that are designed to support the academic and personal leadership development of students.

GOALS at CSU provides students the opportunity to complete college coursework within an inclusive environment. Students complete 9 hours of courses per semester over a 2-year, 4 semester period leading to a Certificate of Completion from the GOALS Program at CSU. Each semester, 6 of the 9 course hours that students complete are drawn from the university course catalogue. The remaining 3 hours are program-specific courses related to self-determination, personal leadership, and community engagement. After completing the first 2-year certificate, students have the option of continuing for an additional 2-year certificate.

Program Features

  • 2 year (4 semester) program, with the option to continue with another 2 years (4 semesters) for a second certificate
  • Students completing years 1-2 receive a College Experience and Personal Development Certificate
  • Students completing years 3-4 receive a Certificate of Community and Career Leadership
  • Internship requirement for each semester.
  • Each semester includes 6 inclusive course hours and 3 hours of program-specific courses related to self-determination, personal leadership, and community engagement.

Program Details

Total Enrollment: 5-10

Duration: 2 Years, 4 Years

IPSE Grant Eligible: Yes

On-Campus Housing: Yes

Peer Mentors Available: Yes

Pell Grant Eligible: Yes

Guardianship Admission Policy: Yes, With limits

Requires Meal Plan? Required if living on campus

In-Person Pre-Admissions Intensive Programs? Yes

Campus Style: Rural Campus

Full-Time Semester Credit Hour Requirement: 5-10

Average Yearly Program Cost

Total annual cost: $8,658.34 (as of the 2024-2025 academic year)
Annual tuition rate for average number of credits: $3,278.34
Annual IPSE program fee: $4,000.00
Annual student/campus fee: $1,380.00

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*Please note: Tuition and other rates are subject to change, please contact each program directly for the most current information.

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