Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs.
Originally founded as Christian Female College, the college was the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it transitioned from a two-year women's college to a four-year coeducational college. Though Columbia College has retained a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since its inception, the college is a nonsectarian school welcoming students of all religious denominations.
Through its network of campuses in 35 nationwide locations, the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo., and the Online Campus, the college serves more than 29,000 students annually.
In addition to offering associate and bachelor's degrees, the college also offers master's degrees at the main campus, selected extended campuses and online.
- The Day Campus and Evening Campus are located in Columbia, Mo.
- The college also has 35 extended campuses in 13 states and Cuba.
- Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- more than 1035 Day Campus students
- nearly 1,852 Evening Campus students
- more than 14,235 nationwide campus students
- more than 5,102 Online Campus students
- more than 1,193 graduate students
associate degrees offered
bachelor’s degrees offered
master’s degrees offered
Find more information about each of the degrees that are offered at all campuses on our Academics page.
More than 800 undergraduate courses are offered through the Online Campus, along with 29 online degrees.
Faculty and staff
- 942 full-time employees
- 286 full-time equivalent faculty members
- 74 full-time faculty (More than 80 percent have the highest academic degree in their field)
Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Find out more about Columbia College’s accreditation.
Columbia College is part of NAIA Division I competitive sports. In 2017, men’s lacrosse and women’s bowling will be added to the current 15 competitive sports: men and women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, track and field, as well as women’s softball, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball.
The competitive eSports team began its first season in fall 2016.
The college is a nonsectarian school welcoming all students regardless of religious affiliation; however, Columbia College is affiliated by covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The college is not owned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); it merely holds a covenant, an affiliation that is mutually beneficial.