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Campus History


Columbia College-Orlando was established in 1975 as part of the Navy Campus of the Naval Training Center. The campus later moved to its current location in 1999 when the Naval Training Center closed.

Today, it continues to provide a unique educational opportunity to working adults through its degree offerings and eight-week course format, and serves civilian and military adult learners in the Orlando area.

Columbia College-Orlando 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.