Columbia College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. In 1970, the college changed its name to Columbia College when it became a coeducational, four-year liberal arts and sciences institution. Today the college serves nearly 25,000 students through over 30 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Evening Campus, Day Campus and Graduate Studies Program.
- The Day Campus and Evening Campus are located in Columbia, Mo.
- The college also has 34 extended campuses, including a campus in Guantanamo Bay.
- more than 1,200 Day Campus students
- nearly 3,000 Evening Campus students
- more than 10,000 Extended Campus students
- more than 16,000 Online Campus students
- more than 800 Graduate Studies students
- Undergraduate: associate and bachelor's degrees
- Graduate: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Military Studies(MAMS) and Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ), on campus and online
More than 800 undergraduate courses are offered through the Online Campus plus 23 online degrees.
- Day Campus - 14:1
- Evening Campus and Extended Campuses - 16:1
Faculty and staff
- 59 full-time faculty (80 percent have the highest academic degree in their field)
- More than 700 Nationwide Campus adjunct faculty
- More than 80 Evening Campus adjunct faculty
- Approximately 250 full-time and 50 part-time staff members
Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
NAIA Division I in ten competitive sports: men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country, men and women's golf, women's volleyball, women's softball, and men and women's soccer.
A nonsectarian school welcoming all students regardless of religious affiliation, however, the college is affiliated by covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).