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Columbia College receives national recognition for quality and value
Friday, August 22, 2008

(Columbia, Mo.) – Columbia College once again has been nationally recognized for academic quality and value.

U.S.News & World Report names Columbia College one of America's best colleges

For the fifth year in a row, Columbia College has been ranked in the top tier of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S.News & World Report. Columbia College is now ranked 51st in the category of "Best Universities–Master's" for the Midwest Region. This category evaluates institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master's degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs.

Princeton Review names Columbia College one of the best colleges in the Midwest

Columbia College has been named a 2009 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a New York City-based education services company. The college is one of only 159 schools in a 12-state region to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation. Colleges were selected based on academic excellence and surveys of current students.

The Princeton Review calls Columbia College a "small community with great teachers and lasting friendships" and a college that is serious about "educating the whole person," where academics are bolstered by a "full college experience," and general education requirements ensure that "everyone receives a well-rounded education no matter what one's major is." names Columbia College a "Best Buy", a respected clearinghouse of accredited online programs, designated Columbia College as a "Best Buy" for several online degrees. The college's online MBA and online bachelor's degree in criminal justice ranked among the top five best buys; the online bachelor’s degrees in business, psychology and sociology ranked among the top 10 best buys. The college also was recognized for the online MBA's flexible admission requirements.

"We've known for a long time that we offer outstanding academic programs at an affordable price," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, college president. "It is gratifying to have reputable outside sources recognize this as well."

Brouder said that although there is ongoing healthy debate about the value of the rankings, they are a tool for students and parents to assess whether a college might be a good fit.

"The rankings are just one way to obtain a snapshot of a college or university," said Brouder. "The best way to evaluate any school is to visit the campus and talk to current students, professors and alumni."

Columbia College, a private institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates nearly 25,000 students worldwide through the home campus in Columbia, at 33 campuses nationwide and online.