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Columbia College earns high marks from U.S. News & World Report

[Columbia, Mo.] - Columbia College earned a top-tier ranking for the second consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report's annual edition of America's Best Colleges. The college ranked 35th of 51 schools in the Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's category for the Midwest region. In 2004, Columbia College ranked 37th in the same category.

In the category of Debt Load, Class of 2004, the college also ranked fourth in least debt among Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's in the Midwest region.

"We are proud of these results," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. "The report demonstrates that Columbia College provides a quality, private education at an affordable cost for students and their families."

According to U.S. News & World Report, Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's are institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts, accounting for fewer than half of their bachelor's degrees, and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education. The 2006 report ranks 324 comprehensive colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

U.S. News & World Report determines its rankings by analyzing data* in the areas of peer assessment, freshman retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni giving. Only schools appearing in the top tier in each category receive a ranking. Other tiers are listed in alphabetical order.

Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, 30 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies program.

The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.

*Please note: Data provided for the 2006 edition of America's Best Colleges comes from the Day Campus at Columbia College.