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About CC

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 over 35 nationwide locations, the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo., and the Online Campus, the college serves more than 31,000 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 36 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 950 Day Campus students
  • nearly 3,000 Evening Campus students
  • more than 10,000 nationwide campus students
  • more than 16,000 online students
  • more than 600 graduate students


  • 10 associate degrees offered
  • 58 bachelor’s degrees offered
  • 5 master’s degrees offered

Find more information about each of the degrees that are offered at all campuses on our Academics page.

Online Campus

More than 800 undergraduate courses are offered online, along with 27 online degrees.

Student-faculty ratio

  • Day Campus - 11:1

Faculty and staff

  • 969 full-time employees
  • 346 full-time equivalent faculty members
  • 69 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 the NAIA Division I in 11 competitive sports: men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country, men and women's golf, men and women's track & field, women's volleyball, women's softball, and men and women's soccer.

Religious affiliation

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.


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