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Columbia College

Columbia College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. In 1970, the college changed its name to Columbia College when it became a coeducational, four-year liberal arts and sciences institution. Today the college serves more than 29,000 students through 36 Nationwide Campuses, a robust Online Campus, evening and day campuses, and graduate studies.


  • The Day Campus and Evening Campus are located in Columbia, Mo.
  • The college also has 36 extended campuses, including a campus in Guantanamo Bay.


  • more than 1,100 Day Campus students
  • nearly 2,000 Evening Campus students
  • more than 18,000 nationwide campus students
  • more than 6,000 Online Campus students
  • more than 1,600 graduate students


  • Undergraduate: associate and bachelor's degrees
  • Graduate: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Military Studies(MAMS), Master of Education in Educational Leadership(MED) and Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)

Online Campus

More than 800 undergraduate courses are offered through the Online Campus plus 29 online degrees.

Student-faculty ratio

  • Day Campus - 11:1

Faculty and staff

  • 969 full-time equivalent employees
  • 346 full-time equivalent faculty members
  • 69 full-time faculty (80 percent have the highest academic degree in their field)


Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


NAIA Division I in 10 competitive sports: men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country, men and women's golf, women's volleyball, women's softball, and men and women's soccer.

Religious affiliation

A nonsectarian school welcoming all students regardless of religious affiliation, however, the college is affiliated by covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


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