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Statement of Mission

Columbia College assists individuals in gaining a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences through exemplary teaching. Learning is made possible by the discovery, acquisition, and application of knowledge, diverse learning experiences, and the totality of interaction among faculty, staff, and students. In both undergraduate and graduate education, the College encourages intellectual growth, preparation for the world of work, involved citizenship, and lifelong learning in order to pursue excellence in human endeavor.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
May 17, 1996


Columbia College, a private, coeducational institution, offers associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees that prepare students of differing backgrounds and abilities for entry level or advanced positions in various occupations and professions. Founded in 1851 by charter of the Missouri legislature and then named Christian Female College, Columbia College assumed its current name and became coeducational in 1970. Although it retains a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia College is a nonsectarian institution.

The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and holds specialized accreditation in its Education, Nursing, and Social Work programs. Students may enroll in either day or evening classes at the home campus in Columbia, Missouri, in its Extended Studies Division at one of many sites around the country, or in distance education classes.

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