Columbia, Missouri, Collegetown 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 "Collegetown, U.S.A.". This atmosphere of culture and higher education creates a stimulating environment for all students.
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, theatres 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.
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.
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.
Columbia area links
- Downtown Columbia
Local shopping, dining, art and music, events, festivals and more.
- Visit Columbia Web site
A guide to attractions and accommodations in Columbia
- City of Columbia site
City government site with information about city transit, voter information, parks & rec, utlities, etc.
- Columbia Daily Tribune
- Columbia Missourian
Student-written Columbia newspaper