Graduate Studies Office
The Graduate Studies Office is located in the Kirkman House at the corner of Tenth and Rogers streets, across from the main administrative buildings in Columbia. The building has a Graduate Student Lounge, where students may relax before classes. Computers and a printer/copier are available for graduate student use in the lounge.
The J.W. and Lois Stafford Library provides a place for students to study individually or in groups. The library is open more than 90 hours a week and librarians are available to provide assistance and answer questions at all times for persons visiting the library or by phone, e-mail, chat or text. Library instruction is provided to individuals or to classes. The library classroom is used for group study and library instruction. Computers, printers, scanners and copy machines are available for student use.
The library’s collection supports the curriculum of Columbia College with more than 60,000 physical items (books, videos, compact discs, etc.), 150 print magazine, journal, and newspaper titles, as well as more than 25,000 full-text electronic journals, 150,000 electronic books and 15,000 streaming videos. All of the library’s electronic collections are accessible remotely 24 hours/day via the library website. Electronic delivery of inter-library loan articles is also available.
Columbia College is a member of the MOBIUS Consortium. This membership provides Columbia College students access to over 23 million items in more than 70 academic, special or public libraries. Students can borrow books by using the MOBIUS online catalog or visiting a participating library.
Click here for library hours. Hours are based on the Columbia, Missouri, campus class schedule and are subject to change when this campus’ classes are not in session and during holidays.
Technology Solutions Center
The Technology Solutions Center is available to students via phone or face-to-face. Help desk analysts are available to assist students with Internet connectivity and telephone issues in the residence halls, issues with accessing email and CougarTrack and general computer related questions. Please click here for Technology Services hours of operation.
Students who anticipate buying a computer for use at college are encouraged to purchase a standard laptop model through the Columbia College website, http://www.dell.com/ccis.
E-mail, Internet Access and Anti-Virus Software
Students are assigned e-mail accounts for all college-related communications. Students must authenticate their accounts using their student ID number at: http://accounts.ccis.edu. To access your college e-mail click on CougarMail on the main page of the web site. CougarMail, an Internet application, is a free service to all students and is a lifetime account for graduates. The system is accessible using any browser from any location with the exception of some military bases. Internet access is available to students in the student computer lab and lab classrooms, Stafford Library and the residence halls. A wireless network is available for laptop users.
Students using computers on the College network must have the latest version of anti-virus software.
Applicants are assigned a Columbia College CougarTrack account, including an official Columbia College e-mail address. Information on how to set up a CougarTrack account is sent shortly after the application for admission is submitted. CougarTrack provides a variety of electronic student services including application status check, financial aid information, web-based registration and ePayment.
Career Services Center
The Career Center has trained personnel to assist students with all aspects of career planning and development. Specific services designed to promote professional and personal success include a carefully guided assessment of students skills, abilities, values, achievements and interests as aids to effective career planning; a library of resource and online information about occupations, corporations, agencies and government organizations; salary surveys; employment qualifications and trends; maintenance of recent graduate employment surveys; listings of full-time, part-time and summer employment opportunities and internships; and services for graduate and professional school selection. Programs are provided to inform and train the individual in such areas as interviewing, resume/cover-letter development, job hunting, networking, decision making and salary negotiation.
In addition to the Career Services Center on the main campus, Columbia College offers Cougar Career Network (CCNet). This online career exploration database is free to students and alumni. Columbia College offers career assistance to all graduates, however, employment upon program completion is not guaranteed. For more information contact the Grossnickle Career Services Center.
Students with documented disabilities who may need assistance with access to an event or program, or who require classroom academic adjustments, auxiliary aids or services, must register with the coordinator of Disability Services at (573) 875-7626 or by visiting the office located in the Student Affairs suite on the second floor of Atkins-Holman Student Commons.
The Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA), founded in 1963, offers benefits, programs and activities to more than 84,000 members around the world. Its mission is to foster lasting relationships and to sustain the College’s traditions. Columbia College students become members of the CCAA upon graduation. There is no fee or registration process.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is a national education honorary society. Eligibility for membership requires enrollment in an institution offering an education degree and having the intent to continue academically and professionally in the field of education; demonstration of leadership attributes and evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree in education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
Sigma Beta Delta
An international honor society in business, management, and administration. Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the top 15 percent of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and at least 30 semester hours at Columbia College.
Main Campus Graduate Only
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 select titles are available for rent and digitally.
Textbooks for day, graduate and evening on-campus courses 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: http://ccis.bncollege.com or http://www.bnctextbookrental.com.
Students may receive textbook refunds based on the policies listed below. No refund will be issued without a valid receipt for all textbooks. Textbooks must be in the original condition.
The Bookstore hours are posted on the Bookstore door; on their website and available via phone greeting.
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 calculators will not be considered for buyback.
Technology Services maintains two instructional use classrooms in Buchanan Hall. Classes using computing resources, such as English, Computer Programming and Accounting are conducted in these facilities. Students may complete assignments outside of class using the computer resources in the Student Computer Lab. An instructional lab is also available in the Tenth Street Center.
Confidential counseling is provided free of charge by licensed professionals to assist students with personal, developmental, or psychological concerns related to their academic progress and/or personal growth. Students use our services to seek assistance with, or assessment of 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 is short-term and solution-focused. Our office also provides referrals to community resources when appropriate. For additional information and online resources, go to www.ccis.edu/counselingservices. Appointments are available Monday - Friday, to make an appointment please call 573-875-7423.
Laptops can be checked out from the Stafford Library circulation desk to be used in the library only. Students must have their ID card and a loan agreement form must be signed to check out a laptop. Students using these laptops are responsible for damage to or theft of the computer. Laptops may not be reserved in advance.
Student Computer Lab
Technology Services maintains the Buchanan Hall Student Computer Lab, equipped with computers, scanners, a copy machine and a high speed laser printer. It is available to currently enrolled students on a walk-in basis and offers extended hours. Software used in classroom instruction is available to students, and e-mail and Internet access is also provided.
The Student Computer Lab multi-media room is equipped with three computers: two Dell and one Apple, a color printer, a black and white printer, and scanners. These computers have video and photo editing software installed. This room is available for group study.
Tenth Street Center offers an open lab with computers and high speed laser printers.
The Technology Solutions Center has digital cameras and digital video cameras available for check out. Cameras may be checked out for a period of 24 hours. For more information, contact the Technology Solutions Center at (573) 875-4357.
To assist in providing a safe and secure environment, all vehicles parking on Columbia College campus property must be registered with the Campus Safety Office. Parking permits must be purchased online by using the “Campus Safety” link found at the bottom of the Columbia College website (www.ccis.edu) or by going directly to the following online address: http://web.ccis.edu/Offices/CampusSafety/Permit.aspx. Once the application has been completed, a receipt must be printed and taken to Missouri Hall room 205 (Enrollment Service Center). The office staff will require the receipt and proof of identification to issue a parking permit “hangtag.”
The AHSC Commons, Southwell Sports Complex, Gene and Fran Koepke Fitness Center, common areas and residence hall lounges are available for a variety of recreational activities. The Fitness Center is located in Southy Building. It includes free weights, machine weights and cardio equipment. The courts at Southwell Sports Complex are available for basketball, tennis and volleyball. Other college facilities, such as Launer Auditorium, the Jane Froman Dance Studio, classrooms, Dulany Hall and the AHSC Commons are available upon approval to any officially recognized student organization for meetings and programs. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available in the Student Activities Office. Please click here for Gene and Fran Koepke Fitness Center hours of operation.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services is located on the second floor of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons (AHSC, Room 206). Health services are available to day and evening students. Student Health Services strives to provide students of Columbia College with excellent high-quality health 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. The Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides a wide range of health care services with a focus on the health and well-being of the whole person. Student Health Services emphasizes disease prevention, health management education and promotion of positive healthy choices. The nurse practitioner obtains medical histories, conducts physical examinations, prescribes medications, diagnoses and treats acute and chronic illnesses, orders, performs and interprets diagnostic tests, and provides consultations and referrals as needed. Most services are free to students, some fees may apply for in-office testing and injections. Health information is available at no charge to students. Call (573) 875-7432 for more information.
AHE Graduate Only
Text books are required for all courses. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase books from Missouri Book Service (MBS) prior to the start of the session. In order to maximize student success, students enrolling close to the start of a session should ensure their textbooks are in hand within 48 hours of registration. To view the booklist, and/or order books, call or visit MBS online at:
If you are eligible for a book voucher, contact your campus location staff to obtain one. The campus staff will authorize the proper amount for charges.
Most Columbia College campuses, as well as the Online Campus, use the services of MBS Direct as the official textbook vendor to provide students a convenient way to order textbooks and other course material via the Internet, mail, fax or phone.
Information needed for ordering includes your school name, campus location and complete course information, including course title. Online course textbooks may differ from on-campus classes. MBS Direct will ship orders within 24 hours Monday-Friday, and payment is accepted via credit card, personal check or money order.
Web-based master syllabi book information is recommended only. Please review specific course syllabi for textbook information.
Please note the use of an eBook carries certain risks: information may be missing due to copyright restrictions, the book cannot be resold to MBS Direct, and an eBook purchase cannot be refunded.
MBS Direct guarantees delivery of the correct books and will replace any defective or incorrect item. Columbia College is not responsible for any incorrect or late textbooks not purchased from MBS or another college-authorized supplier.