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.


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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 535
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
475 - 565
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


From The School

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Basic Skills

  • Second Language Learning

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General
  • Public Administration

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Military Science and Operational Studies

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Fire Services Administration
  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

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 and 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 upwards of $4 million in financial aid and scholarships every year. Around 90 percent of students receive financial aid in one form or another. Both need-based and merit scholarships are awarded.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
13% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time


From The School


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 resumés 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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
4 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Lady Cougars)
6 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

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


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell computers

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Stephanie Johnson
Interim Director of Admissions

1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216


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
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

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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.