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Navy blue and silver reign. Columbia College is proud of its strong and lasting colors. Navy blue and silver were chosen as the college colors because they exude strength and pride, respectively. Navy blue communicates steadfastness, strength, knowledge and power, while silver represents value, intelligence and success. The college navy also is representative of truth and strength of character, integral to the values of the institution throughout its history.


We are the Columbia College Cougars. The Cougar is a leader in its community. It is valued for its power and strength. The Cougar is assertive and decisive and takes charge in every situation. 

Our mascot, Scooter the Cougar, first appeared in 1984, replacing the Centaur mascot which originated in 1976. Scooter’s cheerful grin is contagious as he traverses campus decked out in his navy and silver “Columbia 51” jersey, reminding the campus community of our school’s establishment in 1851.  He is a conveyer of spirit on campus, in the Columbia Community and beyond. His presence has been a bonding force for Columbia College Alumni across all venues and images of Scooter have traveled the world. Click here to view some of Scooter’s travels.

Spirit chant 

We are CC! Whether participating in Explorientation, listening to a motivational speaker, or attending an athletic event, it is common to hear the spirit chant fly. Although this more recent tradition began in 2008, students, faculty, and staff know the drill. When someone yells, "WE ARE", the response is always loudly and proudly, "CC." We are CC!

Cougar Athletics

Columbia College has a tradition of excellence in athletics. Whether playing intramurals for fun, being a spectator, or playing on a team, students feel part of the excitement.  Columbia College students, faculty, and staff have lots of opportunities throughout the year to support men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, track, basketball, and golf, as well as women’s volleyball and softball. Join the student spirit organization The Pride, wear your navy and silver, and cheer on the Cougars! Click here for the most up to date information on Cougar Athletics.

the pride

The Pride 

The Pride is Columbia College’s very own student spirit group. The purpose of The Pride is to increase student involvement and attendance at athletic events and school functions. The Pride infuses excitement, spirit and pride at all Cougar Athletics events and student pep rally functions.

Cougar Pride Fridays

Every Friday is COUGAR PRIDE FRIDAY! Students, faculty and staff wear navy and silver proudly across campus to show off their Cougar Pride. 

Rogers Gate

Rogers Gate is the most recognized symbol of Columbia College, and plays an important role in many of our traditions. The Rogers Memorial Gateway was dedicated in 1913 in honor of Joseph Kirtley Rogers, the third president of Columbia College, formerly Christian College. For more than a century Rogers Gate has represented opportunity. Built of stone, it conveys both longitude and strength. Atop the stone pillars of Rogers Gate sit lights that serve as a beacon, calling those in search of knowledge and truth.


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