Mar 01, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Main Campus Day Student Affairs


Columbia College sponsors 18 intercollegiate sports: volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, eSports, men’s lacrosse, women’s bowling and men’s and women’s basketball.

The College is a member of the American Midwest Conference (eight Missouri colleges, one Illinois college, one Tennessee college and three Arkansas colleges) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The lacrosse program is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and NAIA.

Opportunities to participate are available to day campus students who meet the eligibility requirements as established by the NAIA, AMC, and Columbia College. Full-time currently enrolled graduate students may be eligible to participate.

The College also has an active intramural program that attracts spirited participation in activities such as flag football, volleyball, basketball and softball.

In addition, the College sponsors various classes in physical recreation that vary with student interest and have included weight training and outdoor recreation.

Further information is available from the Student Affairs Office or Athletic Office.


The Campus bookstore, located on the main floor of the Student Commons, carries a wide range of textbooks, trade books, art supplies, study materials, college memorabilia, personal grooming products and snacks. Textbooks are available new, used and for select titles they are available for rent and digitally.

Textbooks are available for purchase a few weeks before classes begin. When obtainable, used texts are sold for 25% less than the cost of a new text. Rental textbooks for select titles are available for 55% less than the cost of a new text. Students can reserve textbooks online at: or

Students may receive textbook refunds based on the policies listed below. No refunds will be issued without a valid receipt for all textbooks. Textbooks must be in the original condition.

Refund Policy:

For all courses a full refund will be given with a receipt if the textbook is returned within the first week of classes.

  • Textbooks must be in original condition, including all components in packages
  • Merchandise other than textbooks may be refunded with a valid receipt within thirty days
  • Merchandise must be in original condition, unopened with tags
  • Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment
  • The textbook buyback period is during finals week. This is the best time to sell back textbooks
  • TI-83 or above calculators will not be considered for buyback

The Bookstore hours are posted on the Bookstore door; on their website and available via phone greeting.

Contact Information:

Columbia College Bookstore
Atkins-Holman Student Commons
1009 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

Phone Number: (573) 875-7341
FAX Number: (573) 442-0747

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is located on the second floor of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons (AHSC, Room 210).

Confidential counseling is provided free of charge by licensed professionals to assist students with personal, developmental, or psychological concerns related to personal growth and making academic progress. Students use our services to seek assistance with matters such as anxiety/panic, test anxiety, depression, stress and time management, developing healthy relationships, sleep issues, conflict resolution, grief, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, attention difficulties, and more. Counseling Services is a confidential resource for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment. Our office also provides referrals to community resources when appropriate. For additional information and online resources, see the counseling services webpage: Appointments are available Monday - Friday; to make an appointment please call 573-875-7423.

Dining Services

The College offers two dining locations on campus, Dulany Dining Hall and Cougar Cafe. All students living on-campus must purchase a meal plan. If students have a class conflict and cannot eat in the dining hall, they can request a to-go container through the Student Affairs Office. Students can only use the meal plan at Dulany Dining Hall and will be able to use Cougar Bucks, cash, or credit/debit cards at the Cougar Cafe.  

Food service begins with dinner on the day the residence halls open and ends with dinner on the last day of scheduled final examinations each semester. Meals are also served to all students participating in orientation.

Students who live in a residence hall must have their student identification card scanned at the entrance of the dining hall. Students who live off campus may contract for a commuter or full meal plan, or pay for meals individually. Prices for students, faculty, and staff who chose to pay for meals individually are as follows: Breakfast: $4.25, Brunch: $5.25, Lunch: $5.25, Dinner: $6.00 (subject to change). Guests may also purchase meals at Dulany Dining Hall. Guest prices are as follows: Breakfast: $5.95, Brunch: $11.95, Lunch: $8.95, Dinner: $10.95 (subject to change).

A student Food Advisory Committee through the Residence Hall Association meets throughout the school year with dining hall personnel to promote the best possible food service operation.

Grossnickle Career Services

Making the successful transition from college to the workplace can be challenging and Grossnickle Career Services Center is here to provide support.

Career Services works with students and alumni in all areas of career development through in-person meetings, online resources and communications in areas such as: 

  • Assessing abilities, interests and priorities
  • Developing interview skills
  • Internships
  • Learning about graduate school options and the admissions process
  • Mastering job search techniques
  • Resume development
  • Understanding the relationship between choice of major and career plans

Setting up an appointment to talk to a career counselor can be done through Aviso or contacting the office directly by phone at 573-875-7425, email at or by stopping by the office in Missouri Hall 223. 

Additionally, Columbia College students have access to a powerful, innovate career management system called Handshake.  Handshake allows students to search through thousands of jobs, internships and employers throughout the country, find in-person and virtual hiring and graduate school events, and access resources to help them build resumes and cover letters.  Handshake is free and easily accessible on all devices.  Get started with Handshake at

Career Services also hosts a number of free events every year to help students get ready for their professional life.  From opportunities to meet alumni in different fields, safely practicing your networking skills, or meeting employers at our annual Career Fair - these events are fun ways to get ready for graduation. Events can be found through our website or Handshake.

To learn more about the Career Services Office or any of our services, check out our website at

Housing Requirement

Columbia College 2019-20 Housing Requirements

Full-time Students

  • All full-time Day Campus students with fewer than 75 semester hours completed must live on campus.
  • Full-time Day Campus students receiving institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75% or more of their Tuition including Presidential Scholars, Athletics Scholarships, or students receiving the Employee Education Grant (EEG) must live on campus regardless of their parents’ or legal guardians’ address until they complete 75 credit hours or meet another exemption.

Part-Time/Graduate Students

  • Part-time Day students and Graduate Students are not required to live on campus, but may submit a request to live on-campus to the Director of Residential Life.  Housing for Graduate and Part-time students is dependent upon availability.   

Exemptions to the Campus Housing Requirements

Full-time Day Campus students are exempt from the Housing Requirement if they meet one of the following exemptions. 

  • Students living at home with parents or legal guardians’ within a 25 mile radius of the main campus in Columbia, MO, where such address has been established as the sole, legal and permanent residence of the parents’ or legal guardians’ who receive LESS than 75% of their tuition from institutional scholarships/aid. Students listed as living at home with parents/legal guardians and later found living in off-campus housing not with parents/legal guardians will be assigned a room and meal plan on campus and charged accordingly.
  • Married students (requires marriage certificate for review). Columbia College does not offer married/family housing.
  • Students who are parents or legal guardians of dependent minor children (requires dependent birth certificate for review). Columbia College does not offer married/family housing.
  • Students age 22 or older by the first day of classes of the Academic Semester for which they are enrolled.
  • Military veterans as defined by federal guidelines.
  • Transfer students who have achieved 60+ credit hours, but who do not meet any other exception, may request an exemption through the appeals process if they already have established their residence within a 25 mile radius of the main campus in Columbia, MO.

The Housing Contract is for the duration of the academic year for which the student is registered.

Students seeking exemption from the college’s residency requirement who do not meet an exemption listed here must complete and submit an appeal to the Director for Residential Life. The appeals process is available on our website at

Immunization Policy

Columbia College policy requires that all newly admitted, readmitted or non-degree seeking students in the Day Program, and any person living in the residence halls, show proof of required vaccinations upon admission. A tuberculosis questionnaire is required of all main campus students. Certain students may require tuberculosis testing based on risk.

All Day students are required to provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). This includes those living on and off campus, full, part-time, and non-degree seeking students. The MMR requirement is waived if born before December 31, 1956. A blood test with serum titers indicating medical immunity for measles, mumps and rubella may fulfill the MMR requirement.

Students living in residence halls must provide proof of meningococcal meningitis vaccination or sign a waiver indicating they choose not to be immunized against meningitis.

A student will not be able to register and enroll for classes in subsequent semesters beyond the initial semester of enrollment if the documentation of required immunizations and the tuberculosis questionnaire are not submitted. If personal, religious beliefs or specific medical conditions preclude immunization, students must complete the appropriate statement of exemption. In the event of an outbreak, exempted persons will be asked to leave school.

It is recommended that students be immunized against other vaccine-preventable diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, polio, chicken pox, hepatitis A and B and influenza. For more information please call 573-875-7423.

Mail Services

Every full-time Day student living in a residence hall is assigned a campus mailbox. Students living off campus may request a mailbox by bringing your Columbia College student ID to Mail, Imaging and Print Services (Robnett-Spence Hall) and completing a mailbox request form. Students keep the same mailbox throughout their enrollment at Columbia College. Mailboxes are located in the AHS Commons and all official campus mail is routed through the student’s box. Students are responsible for all mail, publications, and notices placed in their box, including official correspondence from the College. No fee is charged for the mailbox.

Students may mail letters and packages from Mail, Imaging and Print Services in Robnett-Spence Hall. The College’s official address is Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, Missouri 65216. Mail Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Parking Permits

All Columbia College students and employees must obtain a parking permit for any vehicle parked on campus. Parking permits must be displayed at all times. Parking permits may be purchased online by using the “Campus Safety” link found at the bottom of the Columbia College website ( or by going directly to the following online address: It is recommended you have your parking permit mailed to you, at no additional charge. Permits may also be picked up at the Enrollment Service Center in Missouri Hall 205. Proof of identification is required to pick up a parking permit. Call (573) 875-7252 for more information.

Residence Halls

Columbia College residence halls are an integral part of the campus learning environment. The Residential Life program enriches the total college experience by providing a variety of opportunities that supplement the students’ classroom experience. The residence hall program is designed to foster personal growth and development and to provide a successful experience in community living.

Residence halls range from modern and modular to charming and traditional. All halls contain lounges, recreation or game rooms, kitchenettes with microwave ovens, laundry rooms and computer labs. Rooms are furnished with beds, dressers, desks and chairs.

Students may bring computers for their room and access the campus computer network system using the campuses high-speed wireless internet service.

For the most up-to-date information about living on campus, visit the Residential Life website.

Banks Hall

Banks Hall is coeducational and houses 110 students in double rooms. Among its features are special study rooms on each floor, air-conditioning, hall baths and a spacious kitchen area.

Hughes Hall

Hughes Hall houses 64 women in 32 double rooms. It is traditional in architecture with hardwood floors and a spacious parlor. The air-conditioned double-room suites are connected by full baths shared by four residents.

Additionally, Hughes Haven is a special living environment, housing 10 women, in the lower-level of Hughes Hall. Rooms are apartment style with a shared kitchen.

Miller Hall

Miller Hall, a coeducational hall, is Columbia College’s largest residence hall, housing 156 students in double-room suites connected by full baths. The building is air-conditioned and subdivided into four sections of living quarters.

Cougar Village

Cougar Village is a fourteen-apartment complex housing 52 students. Among its features are full kitchens and three or four bedrooms. All apartments are fully furnished. To live in Cougar Village, students must be at least sophomores, have lived in our residence halls for at least a semester, and be in excellent standing with Residential Life. Selection occurs in the spring for the following year.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

RHA is composed of the members from each of the residence halls and an advisor. It addresses concerns of resident students and coordinates planning and budgeting among the halls.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is located on the second floor of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons (AHSC, Room 210). Health services are available to day and evening students. Student Health Services strives to provide students of Columbia College with excellent high-quality medical care that promotes student health and academic success in a non-discriminatory and supportive atmosphere. It is staffed by a board certified advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). The nurse practitioner provides a wide range of health care services including diagnosis and treatment of most acute illnesses or minor injuries. Medical care and most services are free to students. Some fees may apply for testing and injections. Appointments are preferred and are available Monday - Friday; to make an appointment please call 573-875-7423. For more information refer to the Student Health Services Website:

Student Medical Insurance Policy

Effective fall 2019, all full-time students at the Day campus in Columbia, Missouri are required to maintain health insurance coverage that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while they are a student with the College.

Students covered by this policy will be required to provide proof of health insurance coverage in an ACA compliant health insurance plan to the College when enrolling for the first time and each academic year thereafter. Students who do not provide proof of health insurance coverage in an ACA compliant health insurance plan by the deadline set by the College, will automatically be enrolled in an ACA compliant health insurance plan, for which plan premiums will be charged to the student account and for which the student is responsible for paying. 

If a student withdraws or otherwise stops attending the College during a semester, the student will remain enrolled in the health plan for the duration of the plan period and the student will continue to be responsible for plan premiums for the duration of the plan period.

Additional information about the student health insurance requirement is available here: https://www.

Student Organizations

Columbia College is proud to offer the opportunity to get involved in over 50 Registered Student Organizations (including Academic Honor Societies). For a comprehensive list of descriptions and regular updates, please click here.

Testing Services

The Testing Center conducts a variety of tests such as the CLEP, DANTES, ACT Residual, English and Math Placement, Online Proctored Exams, MOGEA, and testing for students with disabilities. To contact Testing Services, call (573) 875-7485. or by e-mail at

TRiO Student Support Services

The Student Support Services (TRiO SSS) program is a federally funded, U.S. Department of Education TRiO program designed to increase retention and graduation of students who are either low-income, first generation, and/or have a documented disability.  TRiO SSS provides a supportive student learning community emphasizing academic literacy and cultural enhancement.

TRiO SSS accomplishes its mission by providing financial, personal, career and academic guidance, peer and professional tutoring, mentoring, and by serving as a referral agent for many departments on campus. Activities are varied from month-to-month and include educational workshops, cultural excursions, and social events. SSS also offers opportunities to develop leadership skills and to participate in community service. In addition to these services, SSS offers a computer lab, study room, textbook and equipment checkout (including laptops) and a student lounge.

Student Support Services is located in Columbia House, 311 North Tenth Street. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 7:00 am- 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.  Applications to determine eligibility are available to all interested students. For more information, please call (573) 875-7615, email or visit our website: