Jun 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Columbia College

Columbia College, a private, coeducational institution, offers associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees that prepare students of differing backgrounds for entry level or advanced positions in various occupations and professions. Founded in 1851 by charter of the Missouri legislature and then named Christian Female College, Columbia College assumed its current name and became coeducational in 1970. Although it retains a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia College is a nonsectarian institution.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds a specialized accreditation in its education and nursing programs. Students may enroll in day, evening or online education classes at the home campus in Columbia, Missouri, or through Columbia College Global (CCG) at one of our many nationwide locations.

Degree requirements, course objectives, and academic standards at each CCG location are the same as those established for students on the main campus in Columbia, Missouri. Classes at extended locations are taught primarily by adjunct faculty who meet the qualifications for appointment by the full-time faculty of each academic department based at the Columbia campus. The credentials of adjunct faculty are reviewed by academic department chairs who determine the courses they are qualified to teach; faculty who are determined qualified by the departments are then approved by the Dean of the course’s School.

Course goals and objectives are prescribed by full-time faculty. They develop master syllabi for all courses and recommend textbooks to be used. The Vice President for CCG, along with the director of each CCG location, has the responsibility of recruiting faculty and ensuring the academic programs and instruction at the locations are of the highest quality. The nationwide locations classrooms are housed in appropriate facilities and are equipped with computers with internet access, projectors and other equipment in support of academic courses and programs of study.

Columbia College educates more than 19,000 students each year and has more than 91,000 alumni.

College Profile

Classification: Private, coeducational undergraduate and graduate-degree granting college with a liberal arts and sciences foundation. Carnegie Foundation classification: Master’s Level College.
Location: Home campus in Columbia, Missouri (population 100,000 plus more than 30,000 students at three separate colleges), on Interstate 70, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City. Air service via major airline to Columbia Regional Airport. Nationwide locations located throughout the U.S. and in Cuba: Alabama: Redstone Arsenal; California: Imperial Valley, Lemoore, Los Alamitos, San Diego, San Luis Obispo; Cuba: Guantanamo Bay; Colorado: Denver; Florida: Jacksonville, NAS Jacksonville, Orlando, Georgia: Fort Stewart, Kings Bay, Hunter Army Air Field; Illinois: Crystal Lake, Elgin, Freeport, Lake County; Missouri: Fort Leonard Wood, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Lake Ozark, Moberly, Rolla, Springfield, St. Louis; North Dakota: Minot AFB; Oklahoma: Fort Sill; Texas: Fort Worth, Mesquite; Utah: Salt Lake City; Washington: NS Everett/Marysville, Whidbey Island.
Degrees Conferred: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education and Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
School Code/FICE #: 002456
Campus: 37 buildings on a 40-acre campus four blocks from downtown Columbia, and also includes a building downtown.
Library: Print: More than 64,000 items including 100 print periodicals. Electronic: More than 210,000 e-books, 38,000 streaming videos, 149,000 streaming audio discs and 74 databases. Member of MOBIUS statewide consortium.
Enrollment: More than 1,000 full and part-time day students, representing 30 states and 17 foreign countries; more than 1,500 evening and graduate students and more than 16,000 Nationwide and Online students per year.
Alumni: More than 91,000 Columbia College alumni.
Athletics: Member, American Midwest Conference of the NAIA (men’s and women’s soccer, basketball,cross country, track and field, golf, and esports; men’s baseball and lacrosse; women’s volleyball, softball, and bowling) and a variety of intramural sports.