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Best for Vets Military Times

Columbia College was recently named to Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” list

These annual rankings were based on accreditation, graduation rates, veterans staff, transfer credit policies, academic support and participation in the Yellow Ribbon program. The "Best for Vets" ranking reflects our commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities and service to our veterans.


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U.S.News & World Report names Columbia College online programs among nation’s best

Columbia College's online bachelor's degree programs and the MBA program were recognized in the second edition of Top Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Recognition was based on teaching practices and student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology.


Princeton Review names Columbia College one of the best colleges in the Midwest

Princeton Review Best Midwestern CollegeColumbia College is one of only 153 schools in a 12-state region to be named a 2012 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company. The review profiles hundreds of schools as "regional bests" across four locales: the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest and the West. Colleges were selected based on academic excellence and surveys of current students.

According to the Princeton Review’s website, "Columbia College opens doors for its students to experience new discoveries, relationships and areas of knowledge that can be explored through thought-provoking, honest dialogue — both in and out of the classroom."

"Academics are strong, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and offered in a learning environment characterized by civility and respect. Students feel at home on the beautiful campus, located in Columbia, Mo., thanks to the private college’s close-knit community where opportunities to get involved are plentiful."


GetEducated.com names Columbia College a “Best Buy”

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GetEducated.com, a respected clearinghouse of accredited online programs, designated Columbia College as a "Best Buy" for several online degrees. The college's online bachelor's degrees in business, criminal justice, human services, psychology, sociology and master’s degrees in business and criminal justice all ranked in the top 10 best buys for their respective categories. They also designated the college as a “Best Online College” in affordability for undergraduate psychology students.


Columbia College recognized as a leader in military-friendly education

 Military Friendly college award from Military Advanced Education Military Advanced Education, a publication that focuses on educational services and opportunities for military students, listed Columbia College in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities and ranked CC in the top 15% of all schools nationwide. According to MAE, selected schools have met rigorous criteria informed by education services officers across the services and have truly earned the designation of “military-friendly.” Institutions such as Columbia College, says MAE, set the gold standard for serving the men, women, spouses and retirees who serve or have served our country.


Military Friendly Schools

Military Friendly School awardColumbia College was recently named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. With this recognition, Columbia College is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges nationwide for being military friendly. The Military Friendly Schools list is based on a survey of more than 10,000 institutions across the country approved for VA tuition funding, and looks at criteria such as student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies and an institution's flexibility to the changing demands of service members.


Columbia College recognized as a “College of Distinction”

College of Distinction awardColumbia College is one of only 250 higher educational institutions in the U.S. and six in Missouri to be named a "College of Distinction" by Student Horizons, Inc., an organization that seeks to go beyond commercially driven rankings of admission selection standards to focus on the quality of education students receive.

Colleges are recognized for their commitment and performance of the “Four Distinctions:” engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The selection process also involves reviewing faculty/student ratios, average class size, the student first-year experience, general education curriculum, experiential elements in the curriculum, residential and extra-curricular activities and the school’s strategic plan. See their review.


OnlineU bestows Columbia College with “Most Affordable” awards

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OnlineU is a comprehensive guide that enables students to compare all online colleges in the U.S. Through an independent study to find the most affordable tuitions for the 12 most popular degrees people earn online. Columbia College ranks #9 in Business, #7 in Education, #5 in Psychology, and #5 in Human Services.


Online U ranks Columbia College as the most popular online school in Missouri

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According to the Guide to Online Schools, many students prefer to attend an online college close to where they live. Given that information, the Guide to Online Schools provides information about popularity of schools based on state. Columbia College ranks #1 in a list of the most popular online schools in Missouri.