From the School

Focused on hands-on learning and student-driven discussions, Columbia College opens doors for its students with numerous majors to choose from and a career center prepared to help them from day one through graduation. Rigorous academics are grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and offered in a learning environment characterized by civility and respect. Students feel at home on the beautiful campus, located in Columbia, Mo., thanks to the private college's close-knit community where opportunities to get involved are plentiful.

Each year, nearly 1,000 students attend the traditional Day Campus and represent 17 states and 23 countries. At Columbia College, students choose from 40 outstanding majors and pre-professional programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered at the home campus in Columbia, Mo., as well as at 36 locations across the nation and online. Alumni total 84,000 worldwide and often help students find internships and jobs after graduation through a variety of networking opportunities.

An interest in the student as an individual has been a hallmark of the institution since it was founded in 1851 traditions that can be seen and felt with a student-faculty ratio of 11-to-1 and meaningful relationships with professors and classmates. More than 80 percent of faculty have earned the highest academic degrees possible in their fields.

Whether you're an athlete or a fan, you'll appreciate Cougar Athletics with award-winning NAIA varsity sports in men's and women's basketball, soccer, golf, track and cross country, as well as men's baseball (2016), and women's volleyball and softball.

Though maintaining a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia College welcomes students of all religious affiliations. The covenant dates back to our founding as Christian Female College, the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. In 1970, the college opened its doors to both women and men and changed its name to Columbia College.

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From The School

While Columbia College is selective about admission, students with a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 who rank in the top half of their graduating class, or score at 21 or above on the ACT, SAT I or GED generally can expect to be admitted to the college. Transfer students who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 are welcome and Columbia College accepts previous college credits from accredited college-level coursework, as well as from programs like CLEP, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual credit, proficiency exams and DANTES.

With more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the country, it can be a challenge to find the school that best fits you. There's no better way to make a final decision than to visit the colleges on your short list and get a feel for each one. Columbia College offers private tours as well as hosts Cougar Days and Scholarship Days, the latter hosts a competition for 10 full ride scholarships each year. To set up a tour or find out more about Cougar or Scholarship days, contact the Admissions Office at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7352. Columbia College accepts applications throughout the year and the non-refundable application fee is $35. The fee is waived for applications received by Jan. 1 for the following fall semester. Plan a visit today and learn about the wealth of opportunities that await you at Columbia College.

Overview

Applicants
616
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average HS GPA
3.47

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
400 - 748
SAT Math
465 - 683
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Academic Programs

If you are a first-time freshman confident in the major you have chosen, the college will commit to offering you all the classes you require to graduate in four years through the Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Columbia College also offers a unique program for teachers. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching and teacher certification in a little more than four years through the DAYSTAR teacher education program. Graduates are eligible to be certified to teach at the elementary, middle or secondary school level anywhere in the state of Missouri.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Columbia College awards the Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Human Services, Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Military Studies.

Students can major in accounting, American studies, art, biology, business administration, ceramics, chemistry, communication studies, computer information systems, computer science, creative writing, criminal justice administration, education certification, English, entrepreneurship, environmental science, finance, forensic science, graphic design, healthcare management, history, human resource management, human services, international business, international relations, literature, management, management information systems, marketing, mathematics, music, philosophy, printing and drawing, photography, political science, printmaking, psychology, public administration, public relations and advertising, sociology, speech communication and sports management.

Pre-professional tracks are available to students who wish to attend law, medical, or veterinary school or study engineering after graduation. Students work with their academic advisor to choose courses that will prepare them for further study. The college also offers an outstanding teacher education program, including the DAYSTAR program, and exemplary nursing program boasting a 100% pass rate for 2014 nursing exams.

Students Say

The key to Columbia’s success, and what draws students to it, is that “Columbia College doesn’t feel like an institution, it feels like a community.” This may be a mid-sized school, but it “has that small town feeling.” A major factor in that is in the educators, who “know their students by name” and who “really care about each student.” Professors here don’t just teach, they are “probably some of the most friendly and helpful people on campus.” Which is not to say students find the academic portion of their education lacking. Here, teachers teach “from experience and not just from a book. They have real life stories that make the classes so much better.” For students who struggle, professors “are willing to work with students individually,” and the focus of the academics is not merely to help you earn a good grade, but to ensure you are “learning about things that are going to be useful to you long-term.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
132
with Terminal Degree
71

68
Women
64
Men
13
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
38%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Larry Williams
Sculptor, 1975 Olympic gold in racewalking

Jane Froman
Singer and humanitarian

Arliss Howard
Film and television actor

Sally Rand
Dancer; inventor of the Fan Dance

Vinnie Ream
Sculptor of A. Lincoln's statue in Congress

Artie Mason Carter
Founder of the Hollywood Bowl

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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

At Columbia College you should be able to plan your finances with confidence. That's why, while some colleges introduce unexpected tuition changes, Columbia College offers you a fixed rate tuition program. From the fall of 2013, the tuition rate charged for your first academic year at the college will remain fixed for five consecutive years. For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition is $20,936; and room and board is $6,440. The room & board rates are based on a double-room rate and a standard 20-meal plan.

Financial Aid

In addition to maintaining competitive tuition costs, Columbia College also awards several millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships every year. The majority of our students receive financial aid in one form or another.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,342

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,063

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,691

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$79

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
14,591%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,342

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$19,386
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,315

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,995

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

As a Columbia College student, you'll quickly discover that your initiative and involvement are key to your own success. Maybe that's why nearly all of our Day Campus students are involved in at least one of the 50+ student clubs and organizations on campus.

At Columbia College, you'll have the opportunity to become a respected voice on the Student Government Association, an admired actor in the Elysium Players, a responsible resident assistant, or an inspiring leader from the Emerging Leaders Institute. Other student interest groups include mock trial, international club, honor societies, academic clubs along with many social or service clubs. It's also easy to start your own club or organization with assistance from Campus Life.

Columbia College also offers competitive athletic programs with 8 NAIA sports which are men's and women's basketball, men and women's soccer, men and women’s golf, men and women's track and cross country, men's baseball (starting 2016) and women's volleyball and softball. In the past 10 years, almost all of our athletic programs have produced All-Americans and All-America Scholar-Athletes. Our women's volleyball team has brought home the NAIA national championship title three times. In 2013-2014, the men's basketball team was ranked 1st in the NAIA and finished their season 32-3. And for eight of the past 10 years two or more Columbia College coaches have been recognized as conference or regional coach of the year. In 2012, head men's basketball coach Bob Burchard was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and in 2013 was named NAIA/NABC National Coach of the Year.

Students Say

They come from small towns to urban areas, “and even foreign exchange.” They come from a “good variety of backgrounds.” In short, “everyone's unique.” Unique, and more importantly, welcoming to others. “Almost everyone knows everyone by name” in part because students at Columbia are eager to know one another and “open to diversity.” None of this is to say there are not cliques – there are – but “we get along with every other group as well.” Indeed, as one student notes, those who attend “are generally friendly and accept people from all walks of life; no one is made to feel different.” Studious students (or which there are many) interact well with sports enthusiasts, clubs happily fraternize with one another no matter their interests, and you “cannot walk past anyone without someone saying hello.” The bottom line at Columbia is, “A typical student comes in shy the first morning and with the help of everyone, by the first night they are outgoing.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
895
Out of State
13%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
36

Demographics

1.15%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.02%
Asian
5.47%
African-American
2.54%
Hispanic
83.84%
Caucasian
2.42%
Unknown
12.34%
International

55% female
45% male
13% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

At Columbia College, you'll live on a campus of 30 beautiful acres, where you'll bump into friends and faculty everywhere you go. Columbia, Mo. Is often called Collegetown U.S.A. and Columbia College shares this beautiful city with both Stephens College and the University of Missouri, leading to a town of more than 30,000 college students along with roughly 100,000 full-time residents. Located between the large, urban areas of Kansas City and St. Louis, Columbia is perfectly situated for a mix of both city and suburban living. Plus, the city has consistently been ranked among the best places to live in the nation by national publications and offers a surprisingly affordable cost of living. Downtown (known as The District) boasts some of the best pizza, ice cream and cafes around, and the city has an independent movie theater and a thriving art scene. There are also a host of outdoor adventures waiting at the Devil's Ice Box, Rock Bridge State Park, MKT Trail and the city is home to a variety of cultural events such as the True/False Film Festival, Roots & Blues Festival and more.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The campus is a wonderful mix of historic and contemporary buildings situated on 30 park-like acres, yet all the buildings are within a five-minute walk no matter where you are on campus. Great pride is taken in preserving the campus's historic buildings, many of which are 100-150 years old. However, new buildings, such as the Atkins-Holman Student Commons and the Southwell Athletic Complex, are designed to tastefully blend in with the existing historic structures. The most recent addition to campus is the state-of-the-art Brouder Science Center, home to nursing and science majors and housing numerous lecture halls and labs. Columbia College is also pleased to host the Sidney Larson Art Gallery featuring artwork from students and professionals year-round.

There are three residence halls; Banks, Hughes and Miller, along with upperclassmen apartments known as Cougar Village. Each residence hall features extra-spacious rooms; individually controlled heating and air conditioning; e-mail and Internet services; cable television hook-ups; computer labs with printers; study lounges; free laundry facilities; and access to a kitchenette with a microwave station. Banks Hall also includes a Wellness Floor exclusively reserved for students committed to a substance-free lifestyle.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Many of our students can list one or more real-world professional experiences on their resumes by the time they graduate thanks to our alumni network and the Grossnickle Career Services Center. Our students have presented cutting-edge research to prestigious professional gatherings, landed internships with the FBI and at Walt Disney World, volunteered at local elementary schools and traveled to New York, Ireland and China as members of the Jane Froman Singers. Our students also have the opportunity to explore new cultures through study abroad programs to countries like England, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and France, just to name a few.

Student Organizations & Activities

As a Columbia College student, you'll quickly discover that your initiative and involvement are key to your own success. Maybe that's why nearly all of our Day Campus students are involved in at least one of the 50+ student clubs and organizations on campus.

At Columbia College, you'll have the opportunity to become a respected voice on the Student Government Association, an admired actor in the Elysium Players, a responsible resident assistant, or an inspiring leader from the Emerging Leaders Institute. Other student interest groups include mock trial, international club, honor societies, academic clubs along with many social or service clubs. It's also easy to start your own club or organization with assistance from Campus Life.

Columbia College also offers competitive athletic programs with 8 NAIA sports which are men's and women's basketball, men and women's soccer, men and women’s golf, men and women's track and cross country, men's baseball (starting 2016) and women's volleyball and softball. In the past 10 years, almost all of our athletic programs have produced All-Americans and All-America Scholar-Athletes. Our women's volleyball team has brought home the NAIA national championship title three times. In 2013-2014, the men's basketball team was ranked 1st in the NAIA and finished their season 32-3. And for eight of the past 10 years two or more Columbia College coaches have been recognized as conference or regional coach of the year. In 2012, head men's basketball coach Bob Burchard was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and in 2013 was named NAIA/NABC National Coach of the Year.

Students Say

Being in a town with a Division 1 NCAA university means “there is always something to do in town.” Sports, restaurants, concerts, camping, sports, school clubs, study groups, festivals, and did we mention sports? On campus, “they always have activities for students to go to,” and off campus there are an array of options, even if only just hanging out downtown. There are parties to be found – the campus is technically dry, “but kids will always find a way around that” – yet it’s not a party campus. “If you don't drink or smoke, you'll fit it just fine.” Students not adept at making their own fun will find help from the school and their fellow students. “This school gives many opportunities to get involved,” from BBQ carnivals to intramural sports to charitable efforts and more. The one thing students should keep in mind is simple: “Complete slackers need-not-apply.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
36%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
81%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
54
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
4 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Women's Sports (Lady Cougars)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Horizons-Cougars Gay/Straight Alliance

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of MO - Columbia
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of MO - Columbia
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of MO - Columbia

Sustainability

Green Rating
70

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
59

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell computers

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Stephanie Johnson
Interim Director of Admissions

Address
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

Phone
573-875-7352


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Science Building-new in Fall 2013
The newly expanded Southwell Athletic Complex
Atkins-Holman Student Commons building
Stafford Library
Starbuck's coffee shop in new student commons building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shakespeare's Pizza
Katy Trail
Ragtag Cinema
Heidelburg
Sparky's Ice Cream

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@ccis.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The closest regional airport is Columbia Regional Airport, 10 miles south of town. The nearest national airports are in St. Louis and Kansas City. There is also bus service to Columbia and Amtrak service to Jefferson City, which is 30 miles south of Columbia. Inside town, one may get around using taxis or the city bus line.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Columbia is 125 miles from both St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri on Interstate 70. Exit at the 126 mile marker and proceed south for approximately five blocks on Rangeline Street. Columbia College will be on the left when the street ends and "T"s into another street (Rogers Street).

Local Accommodations
Dozens of hotels from inexpensive to expensive all over town, the majority of which are close to our campus. Also a few bed/breakfast establishments in the area.
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Key Stats

616
Applicants
895
Size
19%
Acceptance Rate
1150
SAT Scores

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