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Registration Day

Registration Day makes it easy for admitted students to get enrolled in classes before fall semester begins.

It is time to start preparing for fall semester! All newly admitted students coming to our traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri, attend Registration Day. We want to help you have a smooth transition to Columbia College and a stress free year!

During the event, you will select your classes, get your photo taken for your student ID, learn about campus resources, and meet other new students. You'll also meet meet one-on-one with an experienced team member to talk through your payment plan[1] and financial aid.

To RSVP, select an event date below:

Event details

Before the event

  • Complete the Pre-Advising Form External link. This form provides our academic advisors with information to build your class schedule. 
    • Your schedule will include a foundations course (COLL 133), as an introduction to Columbia College. There are multiple options for this course, each focuses on a specific topic. Review the list of course descriptions to determine what interests you most.
  • Verify your identity by submitting two photos to Please note that all information should be clear and legible.
    • A close-up of a valid government issued photo ID (most students use their drivers license).
    • A selfie of you holding your ID next to your face. 
  • Complete your Housing Contact (form in your CougarTrack) so you are ready when room selection opens June 1st. 

If you have any questions about these forms, contact your enrollment counselor at (573) 875-7352.


Submit any updated documents to Admissions at This may include:

  • Updated high school transcripts
  • Any dual credit coursework transcripts (this information is not located on a high school transcript, it can be found through the college that is awarding the credit)
  • Your most recent ACT/SAT score

If you are a transfer student with 24+ college credits we only require college transcripts. High school transcripts or ACT score may be requested to help place you in the correct coursework.

Event schedule

After completing the RSVP form, students will receive a detailed schedule for the day.

Check-In begins at 9:00 a.m. in Atkins-Holman Student Commons and is expected to end by 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast, lunch and light snacks will be provided throughout the day for students and their guests.

1 All students will be required to make a first tuition payment or have a payment plan established by August 5th, 2022.

2 Deposits are required for enrollment and will be credited to your student account. Please note that deposits are non-refundable after May 1st.

Foundations: Discovering Your Story

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 9:05 - 10:10 a.m.
Section: OCA
Instructor: Rachel Smith

Description: Everyone has a story. Our experiences and the people around us shape our views, relationships and ultimately the choices we make. This course will help students reflect on how their past experiences influence their life now and to start diving in to their “why.” Students will end this course having a better understanding of how the decisions today could impact their future.

Foundations: American Democracy and its Challenges

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 10:10 - 11:05 a.m.
Section: OCB
Instructor: Terry Smith

Description: Democracy in America is facing some serious challenges. What are some of these threats, and how can we understand them using approaches from history, politics, and literature? In this course you will examine challenges from a variety of perspectives. You will read George Orwell’s classic short novel, Animal Farm, about barnyard animals forming a society of their own and falling into the trap of dictatorial rule, and historian Timothy’s Snyder’s On Tyranny, a short non-fiction exploration of how to identify and confront these threats.

Foundations: Competitive Spirit: The Mamba Mentality

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 10:10 - 11:05 a.m.
Section: OCM
Instructor: Jerone Lester

Description: Designed around the philosophy of former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, this course focuses on an analysis of the Mamba Mentality and its application beyond the realm of sports. According to Bryant, the approach is all about focusing on process and trusting in hard work when it matters most. The plan is to challenge students to tap into their curiosity and creativity, and to reflect on the impact they want to make in the world.

Foundations: The Art of Finding Yourself and Creating the Future You Desire

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Section: OCC
Instructor: Kim Coke

Description: You don’t have to be an artist for the creative process to help you understand yourself more fully. Explore who you are and how you relate to the world, while focusing on crafting the future you envision for yourself. This is not your typical course. Be prepared to challenge your thoughts, spend time in nature, explore creativity, connect to yourself and others, and clarify a personal vision for your future.

Foundations: Unlocking Your Creative Potential

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Section: OCD
Instructor: Amy Johns

Description: This course will include an exploration of the habits of creative people, activities to establish personal creative habits, and discussions surrounding the importance of creativity in all aspects of our lives across all disciplines.

Foundations: Living a Life of Purpose

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
Section: OCE
Instructor: Bryan Sappington

Description: If someone were to make a movie of your life, what would your story be? Students will explore questions related to who they are, what success means to them, and how they can add meaning to their lives and make a difference to those around them.

Foundations: How Others See You: Shaping Your Personal Brand

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
Section: OCF
Instructor: Adriana Nieman

Description: Students will examine how they present themselves to the world professionally and socially by analyzing social media presence, and classroom/campus engagement. Students will get to identify and build their personal brand by diving into their passions, strengths, core values, and talents. With the overall focus on how their brand impacts their future career.

Foundations: Choose Your Own Adulthood

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.
Section: OCG
Instructor: Stephanie Whitener

Description: Students make thousands of choices every day, with each one potentially taking them on a different path. This course will focus on daily choices that students are making in areas like academics and finances while understanding resources that are available and develop strategies to be successful.

Foundations: History and Popular Culture

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 1:25 - 2:20 p.m.
Section: OCH
Instructor: Sarah Lirley

Description: Hamilton. Mrs. America. Harriet. These films, TV shows, and plays are all based on historical events. These media also have a history of their own. How did various forms of popular culture come to be? How have they changed over time? Do films, novels, and TV shows that are based on historical subjects or events depict historical events accurately? In our course, we will examine history through popular culture as well as the history of popular culture.

Foundations: Leadership and Lattes

Day & time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Section: OCI
Instructor: Kip Andrew Kendrick

Description: Leadership and Lattes will prepare students to become leaders on campus or beyond and encourage them to embark on the path of their personal leadership development. Leadership development concepts used in the course will be applicable for students in the present and useful in their journey beyond college.

Foundations: Conspiracy Theories and Political Misinformation

Day & time: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Section: OCJ
Instructor: Brian Kessel

Description: This course will explore how and why conspiracy theories and political misinformation are developed. It will examine psychological factors that make people prone to believe conspiracies and misinformation, as well as how government, media and technology companies, and citizens can effectively combat their spread. Students will investigate case studies of conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Foundations: Oh, the Places You'll Go

Day & time: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30 - 1:25 p.m.
Section: OCK
Instructor: Ed Schumacher

Description: The Dr. Seuss book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, provides the reader with six lessons about life, decision making, risk, and more. The primary focus of his book is the individual and place. Place-Base Learning immerse students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences. Place-based learning emphasizes learning involvement in service projects, field work, research, and exploration.

Foundations: The Power of Play: Lessons from Games

Day & time: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Section: OCL
Instructor: Lindsay Zeiter

Description: In this course, students will take a cross-disciplinary approach to exploring gaming. We will examine the psychology of gaming, diverse representation in the gaming industry, releasing games globally and locally, and the social impact of games. We will also engage in all five stages of the Design Thinking Process to design our own games. The course will emphasize how lessons from the gaming world apply to multiple disciplines and industries, and to a wide variety of situations.

Foundations: Cultivating Compassion for the Self and Others

Day & time: Monday & Wednesday, 1:25 - 2:20 p.m.
Section: OCA (Honors)
Instructor: Kristina Clevenger

Description: This course will explore compassion as something that is not only inherent to each one of us but that can be developed and cultivated. Students will engage in exploration of their identities and clarification of their values, and will consider the role of compassion in decision-making, interpersonal interaction, and determining ones purpose.