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Columbia College to open campus at Fort Drum
Monday, February 06, 2006

(Columbia, MO) - Columbia College will soon open a new military campus to serve Fort Drum located outside of Watertown, N.Y.

The college will begin classes March 27. Registration will begin Feb. 20.

Fort Drum, home of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, serves more than 20,000 soldiers, military dependents and contractors on post.

"Fort Drum will be a perfect fit for Columbia College," said Mike Randerson, Columbia College vice president for Adult Higher Education. "The college already operates a campus at Hancock Field in Syracuse, N.Y., and with the addition of Fort Drum, Columbia College will have 30 campuses across the nation, half of which are located on military bases. We understand well the needs of military students."

Columbia College-Fort Drum will offer majors in psychology, criminal justice administration, interdisciplinary studies and history.

Columbia College will be associating with the SUNY colleges in the North Country, a consortium of two- and four-year state colleges and universities. Columbia College also will seek articulation agreements or equivalency guides with consortium members serving the installation. Civilians also will be able to attend classes on Ft. Drum with proper base access.

Columbia College was founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, 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 became coeducational. The college began serving nontraditional military and adult students in 1975, the same year the Hancock Field campus was established. Today, Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students across the country through its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Graduate Program and Online Campus.