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Campus History


Columbia College-Crystal Lake was established in 1989 at McHenry County College, and in 2000, moved to the University Center near downtown Crystal Lake. The campus relocated to its current home at 446 N. Rte. 31 in 2008.

Columbia College-Crystal Lake 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.

Read more about Columbia College history.