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About Fort Leonard Wood

The Fort Leonard Wood location provides a unique educational opportunity to working adults through its degree offerings and eight-week course format. As part of a network of locations across the country and a robust online program, the college offers convenient courses to civilians as well as military adult learners.

The Fort Leonard Wood location has the distinct ability to provide services to students through the Educational Services Office on Fort Leonard Wood. In addition, classes are offered at another conveniently located Columbia College location in Waynesville, very near the Fort Leonard Wood base. The Waynesville course location provides students with access to it’s a high-tech computer lab, three classrooms and academic advising and student services. Students take a mix of in-seat and online classes.

Campus history

Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood was established in 1974 to serve the military population and their families on the base and surrounding communities. Today it continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.

Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood is part of Columbia College's network of nationwide campuses. The first extended campus was founded in St. Louis in 1973 after an Army education services officer was interested in providing courses to Army recruiters in the area.

Today, the Division of Adult Higher Education at Columbia College includes 30 campuses, including one in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About half of Columbia College's nationwide campuses are on military bases. The Online Campus at Columbia College also serves students in the Fort Leonard Wood area.

Community information

We know there's more to life than studying. When you're ready to take a break from the books, you'll find plenty of recreational, cultural and sports opportunities.

Ft. Leonard Wood is a closed post. To enter the military base, guests must show a driver's license, a current state vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Civilians enrolling in classes on post must apply for a post pass, contact the office to get information about post access. Non-affiliated civilians from the surrounding communities are welcome to use on-post education program facilities on a space-available basis.


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