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Prospective Students

Smiling student Columbia College-Elgin has been helping working adults advance their lives through higher education since 1997. 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-Elgin leads the way in offering an affordable, private education for working adults.

Someday starts today.

Bachelor's degrees 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
instructor with student

Qualified faculty

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

Small classes

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

Student-friendly transfer credit policy

Resources when you need them

  • Modern educational equipment in classrooms
  • Full access to the Elgin Community College (ECC) library
  • Access to the ECC computer labs
  • Advising by appointment, phone, fax or e-mail
  • Text purchases in the ECC bookstore
  • Convenient location with plenty of free parking