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Campus History


Originally established in 1998 as an extension of the Los Alamitos campus, classes at Columbia College-San Luis Obispo were first held on the California National Guard base located next to Cuesta College. It opened as a separate and distinct campus at Cuesta College in 2001.

Today, the college continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in San Luis Obispo County.

Columbia College-San Luis Obispo 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.