Columbia College

1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO

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Columbia College, located in Columbia, Missouri, was founded 1851 and has been providing a quality education to students for over a century and a half. The school was originally founded as Christian Female College and was the first such college to be established west of the Mississippi River. The school became a four year institution in 1970, after nearly 120 years as a two years women's institution, and it was during this time that school became known as Columbia College. Though the school maintains a relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), it is nonsectarian and admits students from all denominations. The school currently operates 34 campuses nationwide, with an enrollment of over 17,000 student, including students enrolled in the school's online campus.

Columbia College offers degrees in a variety areas, allowing students to choose a program that best reflects their needs and goals. Associate degrees are offered , providing study over the course of two years in a given field. Bachelor degrees are obtained over the course of four years through the completion of lower and upper division courses, general education classes and electives. Master degree programs are also available for student though the main Columbia campus, though the admissions requirements typically involve high scores on graduate level exams, an appropriate degree earned, and a strong academic record.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students looking to enroll at Columbia College will find that the admissions process is moderately selective. Students must complete the application for admission as well as provide the appropriate transcripts and test scores which will be used to measure a student's academic ability. The submitted information will be reviewed by an admissions committee provide a final decision regarding enrollment, after which students will be notified and those admitted provided the necessary information for beginning their college experience. Individuals pursuing a two year education or taking specific courses online or at branch campus will not have the same stringent review process when being considered for admission.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used to determine the tuition needs of the student, aid program eligibility and monetary awards. Financial aid must be reapplied prior to the start of each academic year. Students may be randomly chosen to provide additional financial information in order to verify the FAFSA's accuracy due to new federal regulations for aid. Scholarships from sources other than the school may be applied for separately and are awarded for an extensive of reasons using varying criterion to determine winners.

The Columbia College Cougars participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the American Midwestern Conference. Athletics are available through the school's main campus and allow students to participate in a forum of healthy competition and develop skills and habits that are useful in one's personal, academic and professional life. These skills and habits include things such as teamwork, discipline, leadership, responsibility and good health. Students will also experience the camaraderie associated with experiencing the shared successes and failures with their teammates. Additionally, participating students must maintain a minimum GPA to continue participation and balance their schedule with workouts and practice in order to continue their primary goal of completing their education.

Athletic programs offered include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Distance Track
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the students Columbia College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Columbia College has a total student population of about 15,000, with undergraduate students making up about 94% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $7,000-$8,400 per year
  • Part time students pay in the range of $260 to $310 per unit
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid85%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships81%$6,158
Receiving Student Loans62%$5,977

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Columbia College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

Columbia College has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 41%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years25%
Graduating in 5 Years9%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1995)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Columbia College is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division I classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (American Midwest Conference)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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