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About Whidbey Island campus

Columbia College-Whidbey Island was established in 2001 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The campus offers six high-tech classrooms, high-speed and wireless access, qualified academic advisors and faculty and online access to library resources.

The campus at Whidbey Island provides a unique educational opportunity to working adults through its degree offerings and eight-week course format. As part of a network of campuses across the country and a robust online program, the college offers convenient courses to civilians as well as military adult learners.

More than 300 students each year take a mix of in-seat and online classes.

Campus history

Columbia College-Whidbey Island was established in 2001 on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Today it continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.

Columbia College-Whidbey Island is part of Columbia College's network of nationwide campuses. The first extended campus was founded in St. Louis in 1973 after an Army education services officer was interested in providing courses to Army recruiters in the area.

Today, the Division of Adult Higher Education at Columbia College includes 30 campuses, including one in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About half of Columbia College's nationwide campuses are on military bases. The Online Campus at Columbia College also serves students in the Whidbey Island area.

Community information

We know there's more to life than studying. When you're ready to take a break from the books, you'll find plenty of recreational, cultural and sports opportunities.

The NAS Whidbey campus is located on the largest and (as most would say) the most beautiful natural island in the United States. The island is home to a variety of recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities including sailing, arts and crafts festivals, sailboat racing, flying clubs, historical societies, educational study groups, political activist associations, and economic development organizations. Many active duty personnel who have been stationed here remain for a lifetime. The island is a place of conservative change intended to preserve quality of life, and we both promote and conserve these values.


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