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Campus History


Columbia College-Fort Drum was established in 2006 to serve military and working adults on Fort Drum and nearby Watertown, N.Y. It provides a unique educational opportunity through its degree offerings and eight-week course format.

Columbia College also operates a campus at Hancock Field in Syracuse, N.Y., about 70 miles south of Fort Drum. Columbia College-Hancock Field was established in 1975.

Columbia College-Fort Drum is part of the college's extended network of more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country, including 18 on military bases.

Degree programs at the extended campuses vary. However, no matter which degree you pursue or which campus you attend, degree programs meet the same accreditation standards as degree programs from the main campus in Columbia, Mo., as well as meet requirements set by the respective state education departments.

Columbia College was founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., as Christian Female College, the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by state legislature. In 1970, the college was renamed Columbia College when it opened its doors to men and women. In 1973, the college began educating adult learners. Today, the college serves nearly 25,000 students nationwide each year.

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