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Columbia College was recently named to Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” 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.


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

Columbia College’s online bachelor’s degree programs, as well as the online criminal justice, education and MBA programs specifically, were recognized among the nation’s 2017 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.


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 Top School for military and veteran education

Military Badge

Military Advanced Education, a publication that focuses on educational services and opportunities for military students, awarded Columbia College the designation of a Top School in its 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities. The Guide evaluates schools on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services, and helps to arm students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform. Schools that attain the Top School designation are recognized for following best practices in military and veteran education.


Military Friendly Schools

2017 Military Friendly Spouse School Badge 2017 Military Friendly Badge

Columbia College was ranked as a Top 10 Military Friendly School in 2017 by Military Friendly®, an organization that evaluates institutions for their commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.

In addition, Columbia College was also ranked fourth in the category of 2017 Military Spouse Friendly Schools, underlining our commitment to making a high quality education available to the spouses of military members.


Columbia College earns statewide and national safest campus awards

Safest Schools Badge

The Safest Campus in Missouri award was granted to Columbia College by backgroundchecks.com. The organization gave Columbia College the top spot in its statewide 2016 ranking after comparing campus crime rates (based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents) and other information from the U.S. Department of Education’s annual reports.

Nationally, Columbia College was awarded fifth safest campus in America, according to College Choice’s 2016 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America ranking. The College was judged on Columbia city’s crime rates, as well as the campus and its crime rates, using information from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. News and World Report, and individual school websites. The College earned a superior safety score of 98.18 that factors in anti-discrimination, women's safety, the party scene, and fire safety grades.


Columbia College recognized as a “College of Distinction”

Columbia 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.


OnlineU bestows Columbia College with “Most Affordable” awards

Most affordable finance degree badge from Online U Most affordable marketing degree badge from Online U

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 #1 in Public Relations, #6 in Law Enforcement, #7 in Teaching, and #8 in Political Science.


Columbia College ranked as second best school for RN programs in Missouri

Top Ranked Nursing Schools badge from RegisteredNursing.org

RegisteredNursing.org recently ranked Columbia College as the second best school for RN programs in Missouri, based on analysis of the NCLEX-RN pass rates of 54 schools.

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