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Campus History


This campus was established in 1975 at Fort Douglas Army Education Center. Columbia College-Salt Lake originally served the educational needs of military personnel at Fort Douglas and the Army National Guard Units in the area. After the base closed in 1989, the campus moved to a leased facility on 400 South Street in downtown Salt Lake City. To accommodate increasing enrollment numbers in 1997 the campus relocated to Decker Lake Drive. In order to improve accessibility and increase visibility, the campus moved again in June 2008 to its present location. Columbia College-Salt Lake is part of the college's Adult Higher Education network of 35 Nationwide Campuses across the country, including 18 on military bases.

The campus offers 10 degrees and 75 courses in five eight week sessions per year. Last year the campus served over 400 students and the campus has graduated more than 500 students since 2002. In 2000, the college started the Online Campus and today its 20 Online degrees are open to Salt Lake students. Last year, about 200 Salt Lake students took online classes, joining the total 21,000 Nationwide students.

Columbia College-Salt 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.

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