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Admissions FAQ

I attended Columbia College a few years ago. Do I still still need to apply?

Students who last attended Columbia College more than a year ago will need to submit a new Online Application form in order to re-activate as students. Readmitting students are not charged the application fee again.

How long does it take to be admitted?

New students can be admitted as soon as we receive the application fee. Returning students can be admitted immediately if there is no previous account balance owed to Columbia College.

How do I pay the application fee?

You may telephone our office at 800-231-2391 x 7246 or (573) 875-7246 with a credit or debit card number, or you may mail a check or money order to us at Columbia College, Online Education, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216.

What is the application deadline?

There is no deadline for admission. Students may submit an application and be admitted at any time.

I have my acceptance email. What do I do next?

The first thing to do is set up your student email account in CougarTrack, since this is the official communication link between you and Columbia College. Your financial aid, registration, and advising information will come to your CougarMail email. If you are applying for financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website for information and submit required paperwork as soon as possible. Request official transcripts from all previous colleges, military experience, and CLEP, AP, or DSST exams. If you are using VA or GI Bill funding, contact our representative for assistance. Check our website to find the date when you may register for courses.

Do I need to submit transcripts if I've served in the military?

If you are, or have ever been, in the military, you will also need to send us a transcript from whichever branch you served in. For details on what we will accept, please take some time to look at the military credit portion of the Evaluations Department Web site.

Do I need to submit transcripts if I'm not seeking a degree?

If you were admitted as non-degree seeking with Columbia College you are not required to submit transcripts unless proof of a prerequisite class is requested. However, if you were admitted as non-degree seeking and you then decide to pursue a degree with us, you will need to submit all transcripts for evaluation.