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(Columbia, Mo.)- Columbia College again ranked in the top tier of America's Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report in its annual ranking of colleges and universities.
Columbia College ranked 44th out of 69 schools in the category of "Best Universities-Master's" for the Midwest Region. This category evaluates institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master's degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs. This is the first year the college was evaluated in this category due to recent revisions in the Carnegie Classifications.
Columbia College also ranked among the "Great Schools at a Great Price" by U.S.News & World Report for schools in its category. According to the magazine, only schools that ranked in, or near, the top half of their categories were included, under the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above-average academically.
"Columbia College has ranked in the top tier of America's Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report for the past four years," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. "This year we were pleased to see that we also were ranked as one of the best values in higher education based on our high academic quality and low tuition cost, something we have known for a long time."
Brouder said although there is ongoing healthy debate about the value of the rankings, they are one tool for students and parents to assess whether a college might be a good fit. "The rankings are just one way to obtain a snapshot of a college or university," said Brouder. "The best way to evaluate a school is to visit the campus and talk to current students, professors and alumni."
Founded in 1851, Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year through its Day Campus, Evening Campus, 31 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies Program.