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Prospective Students

Smiling student Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks has been helping working adults advance their lives through higher education since 1990. In fact, everything we do is geared toward adult learners.

We are part of an extended network of campuses located around the country. The home campus, founded in 1851, is located in Columbia, Mo.

Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year.

When you compare academic quality, tuition, scheduling, faculty credentials, flexibility and convenience, we think you'll agree Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks leads the way in offering an affordable, private education for working adults.

Someday starts today.

Associate and bachelor's degrees and Teacher certification as well as certificate programs

Affordable, private education

Students in discussion
  • Accept Veterans Administration benefits and corporate tuition assistance
  • Financial aid to qualified students

Academic integrity

  • Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member since 1918.

Online and on campus degree programs

  • Online and on-campus classes may be taken simultaneously so you can earn your degree as soon as possible.

Convenient scheduling

Easy application process

  • online application
  • Submit high school diploma or GED
  • Official transcripts for any colleges attended
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Qualified faculty

  • Practicing professionals
  • Credentials include at least a master's degree

Small classes

  • Faculty-to-student ratio of 1-to-14 at the Lake of the Ozarks campus
  • Quality interaction with mature students and instructor

Student-friendly transfer credit policy

Resources when you need them

  • Two floors of large comfortable classrooms
  • State of the art Science lab
  • Modern new computer labs
  • The latest technology in each classroom for course presentation
  • Updated medical skills lab complete with current hospital equipment
  • Easy access from major highway 54 with large parking area
  • Large student commons area w/small kitchen, computers, and comfortable study chairs


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