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Columbia College's Adult Higher Education division celebrates 40th anniversary

COLUMBIA, Mo.- Columbia College will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Adult Higher Education program Aug. 29, which coincides with the anniversary of the college’s first Nationwide Campus location, based in St. Louis. Established in 1973, the St. Louis campus is one of 35 Adult Higher Education campuses across the country.

“This is a great day for the College,” said Dr. Terry Smith, interim president of Columbia College. “Serving adult learners is woven into the fabric of our institution, and our mission is to provide students with a one-of-a-kind liberal arts education, as the foundation for their careers and personal lives.”

Columbia College’s Adult Higher Education program began as response to requests from Army recruiters in the St. Louis area for flexible education opportunities, and in 1973, the college established the Extended Studies Division. Today, the program serves more than 30,000 students annually and has been recognized as a leader in adult education.

Columbia College-St. Louis was established in 1973 and was located for a short time at the Army Reserve Personnel Center. The campus moved to its current location on Woodson Road in 1989.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit