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Downtown Columbia in the Evening

Columbia, Missouri, College Town U.S.A.

Our city offers a pleasing blend of sophistication and small-city charm in a culturally diverse community. With a population of 100,000, including 30,000 college students at three separate institutions, Columbia has earned the nickname "College Town, U.S.A.". This atmosphere of culture and higher education creates a stimulating environment for all students.

Students in Downtown Columbia Restaurant

Quality of life

National magazines consistently rank Columbia as a top city in which to live for safety, high-quality health care, educational facilities, cultural opportunities and cost of living. Shops, restaurants, galleries, comedy clubs, concert halls, dance clubs, theaters and cafes are plentiful in the lively downtown, many within walking distance of Columbia College. A large shopping mall is only a short city bus ride away and is a popular destination for students.

Natural beauty

If you enjoy the outdoors, Columbia offers a number of parks and trails for walking, jogging and biking, including the popular MKT Nature and Fitness Trail; large, clean public swimming pools; and hiking in nearby Rock Bridge and Finger Lakes state parks, the Mark Twain National Forest and more. Columbia experiences relatively mild winters and pleasant summers. Spring, summer and autumn are especially vibrant in Missouri with an abundance of beautiful trees and flowers.

Centrally located

Columbia is conveniently located between St. Louis and Kansas City, with their many cultural and dining opportunities, just a two-hour drive from either city. Both cities have international airports and shuttle service, making Columbia an easy destination.

See it for yourself! Schedule a visit to the Columbia College campus today.

Students at Downtown Columbia Coffee Shop

Columbia is consistently ranked in the top "Best Places to Live in the Nation" by Money Magazine in its annual survey of the 300 largest metropolitan areas.

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