May 28, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Main Campus Day Student Affairs


Columbia College sponsors 20 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, cheer & dance and men’s and women’s basketball.

The College is a member of the American Midwest Conference and an associate member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Opportunities to participate are available to day campus students who meet the eligibility requirements as established by the NAIA, AMC, KCAC and Columbia College.

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.


The Campus bookstore, located on the main floor of the Student Commons, carries a wide range of books, art supplies, study materials, college memorabilia, personal grooming products and snacks.

Dining Services

Dulany Dining hall is an all you can eat dining facility open 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Students may purchase a meal plan through the Housing Portal or purchase individual meals. All students living on-campus are required to purchase a meal plan.

The Cougar Cafe is located in the Atkins-Holman Student Commons. The menu consists of a variety of grab and go items and Starbucks coffee. Students may use their CougarBucks included in their meal plan, or cash or credit/debit card.

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 or virtual 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

Housing Requirement

Columbia College 2022-23 Housing Requirements

Full-time Students

  • All full-time students at the traditional campus with fewer than 60 semester hours completed must live on campus.
  • Full-time students at the traditional campus receiving institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75 percent or more of their tuition including Presidential Scholars, Athletics Scholarships, or students receiving the Employee Education Grant (EEG) must live on campus until they have completed 75 credit hours regardless of their parents’ or legal guardians’ address until they meet another exemption.
  • Transfer students who receive institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75 percent or more of their tuition and have achieved 60+ credit hours, but who do not meet any other exception, may request an exemption through the appeals process.  

Non-Traditional/Part-Time/Graduate Students

  • Non-traditional Day 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 Non-Traditional, Graduate and Part-time students is dependent upon availability.   

Exemptions to the Campus Housing Requirements

Full-time students at the traditional campus are exempt from the housing requirement if they meet one of the following exemptions: 

  • Students who are married and/or living with a legal dependent. A certificate of marriage or legal document showing dependence (i.e. tax return) must be submitted in order for the exception to be granted. Columbia College does not offer married/family housing. 
  • Full-time students at the traditional campus receiving institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75 percent or more of their tuition including Presidential Scholars, Athletics Scholarships, or students receiving the Employee Education Grant (EEG)/Tuition Exchange (TE) must live on campus until they have completed 75 credit hours regardless of their parents’ or legal guardians’ address until they meet another exemption.
  • Students age 22 or older by the first day of courses of the academic semester for which they are enrolled.
  • Military veterans and active duty service members as defined by federal guidelines.

    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 campus.

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 Dorsey. 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. Incoming packages are to be retrieved at Robnett-Spence Hall.

Students can mail letters and packages from Mail, Imaging and Print Services at Robnett-Spence Hall. The College’s official address is Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, Missouri 65216. Mail Center Customer Service Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Telephone: (573) 875-7431 Email:

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 going to

Residence Halls

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

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

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 in the lower-level of Hughes Hall. Rooms are apartment style with a shared kitchen.

New Hall

New Hall, a coeducational hall, the first floor is home to our Robert W. Plaster School of Business. Floors two-four house 150 students in double-room suites connected by the bath. This is also the only building that features an elevator. The building is air-conditioned and feature large social lounges on each residential floor.

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.

Student Organizations

Columbia College is proud to offer the opportunity to get involved in over 30 Registered Student Organizations (including Academic Honor Societies). For a comprehensive list of descriptions and regular updates, please click here.

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi

Missouri Epsilon chapter of the national honor society for four-year colleges and universities. It selects its members from junior and senior students of good character who rank in the top 10 percent of their class based on cumulative GPA, have earned at least 24 credit hours at Columbia College and are enrolled for coursework at the time of eligibility. All CC students are available to participate. 

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta, an international sociology honor society, is for sociology majors who maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national scholastic society that recognizes superior academic achievements of first-year freshmen. Members rank in the top 20 percent of their class during their first term and have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes high-performing students studying criminal justice and forensic science. Members rank in the top 35 percent of their class. They must maintain a 3.2 GPA in criminal justice courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Honor Student Association

HSA provides an affinity group for students in the Columbia College Honors Program. Members participate in social, academic and service opportunities.

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is a national education society. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of undergraduate and graduate education majors. The organization encourages excellence in scholarship, personal standards and teaching preparation.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national honor society in mathematics. Membership is open to students who rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Eligibility requires a “B” or better in at least three courses in mathematics, including one semester of calculus.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Phi Eta is a national honor society for students in speech communication. Membership requires completion of at least 60 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.0. This includes completion of 12 hours in communication studies with at least a 3.25 GPA.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society that promotes the study of history. The society encourages research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning among historians. Members must have at least a 3.1 GPA in 12 or more hours of history and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is a national honor society that recognizes students excelling in the field of political science. Membership requires completion of at least 10 semester hours of political science courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Members must also rank in the upper third of their class.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi encourages excellence in scholarship in psychology. Membership is open to students majoring or minoring in psychology who have completed at least nine credit hours of psychology courses. Members must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

SALUTE Veterans Honor Society

SALUTE Veterans Honor Society recognizes the academic success of student veterans at Columbia College. Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of initiation, have been honorably discharged from the armed services, or provide proof of current duty station. Members must also have completed 12 semester hours or its equivalent of one semester, have sophomore standing, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society for students interested in business, management and administration. Membership is open to all students in the top 15 percent of their class. Members must also have at least a 3.5 GPA and 30 credit hours at Columbia College.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society for students majoring or minoring in English. Members must have a B or higher average in English courses and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Membership also requires completion of at least three semesters of college work. Students not majoring or minoring in English but who meet other requirements may join as associate members.

Sigma Zeta

Sigma Zeta is a national honor society primarily for science students. Membership is open to students who have earned at least 15 hours of science and mathematics credit with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Tau Upsilon Alpha

Tau Upsilon Alpha is a national honor society for students studying human services. The organization honors academic excellence, promotes service to humanity and fosters lifelong learning and development. Membership requires at least a 3.25 GPA and completion of at least 12 hours of human services courses at Columbia College. Members must also be in the top 35 percent of their class and have at least 52 total semester hours.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Upsilon Phi Epsilon is a national honor society in computer and information sciences. Membership requires completion of at least 64 credit hours including CCIS 350 or equivalent. Members must also have a GPA of at least 3.5 in computer science or computer information systems. They also must rank in the top third of all students in their major.

Testing Services

The Testing Center conducts a variety of tests such as the CLEP, DSST, ACT Residual, English and Math Placement, Online Proctored Exams, MOGEA, and testing for students with approved ADA accommodations. 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 proves 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.

Wellness, Health & Counseling Services

Wellness, Health, and 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.

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, treatment and medication prescriptions for 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 available Monday - Friday. Students may schedule appointments on the student health portal, accessed through student links on CougarTrack or call 573-875-7423.