Columbia College

Columbia College

Columbia College, also known as Columbia College of Missouri is a private co-educational liberal arts university based in Columbia, Missouri. It was founded in 1851. Though the College is nonsectarian, it has retained a covenant with the Christian Church since its inception.

Columbia College offers a variety of degree programs in different fields of study. It offers day and evening classes on its Columbia Campus and extension courses through its nationwide campuses and ties with US military bases. It also offers online courses.

The official mascot of Columbia College is a Cougar and their sports teams are nicknamed The Cougars. Some of the notable alumni of the College are Judy Baker, Missouri congresswoman; Deborah Bryant, Miss America l966; and Arliss Howard, actor, writer and director.

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Columbia College
1001 Rogers
Columbia , MO 65216
General Phone: (573) 875-8700

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Columbia College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,232business, business management, accounting, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts1,105American studies, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history, history courses ...
Security and Law Enforcement327criminal justice and administration, forensic science
Therapy and Counseling311psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine122registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering50computer and info science, computer science
Family and Social Work26human services, social work
Science23biology, chemistry
Education and Teaching18education, curriculum and instruction, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching
Design6graphic design, illustration
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy and religious studies
Fine Arts3painting, ceramics
Media3communication studies
Photography and Commercial Art2photography
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1sports and fitness management
Art Studies1art studies
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Columbia College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,18340
Associate's degree9537
Master's degree1053

Columbia College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia College had a total enrollment of 12,954 students (10,591 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 18%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 5%
20-21 9%
22-24 15%
25-29 22%
30-34 16%
35-39 13%
40-49 16%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Columbia College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 50 %

Columbia College Room and Board (2007)

Columbia College offers campus housing for 392 of its 10,591 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Columbia College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal453578
SAT Math535630
ACT Verbal1927
ACT Math1725
ACT Composite1926

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT5%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT79%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Columbia College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 13,686
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,686
Room and board $ 5,338
Room charge $ 3,446
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,092
Books and supplies $ 772
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Columbia College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 245600)

Columbia College Faculty

Columbia College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year0*6$59,545
All faculty totalcalendar year0*6$59,545

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year8$78,1822*
Associate professoracademic year13$63,34211$58,830
Assistant professoracademic year8$51,4558$51,653
Instructoracademic year5$49,7492*
All faculty totalacademic year34$62,03823$56,508

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbia College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Midwest Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports242650

Columbia College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
History, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Top 18%Columbia College % of freshmen enrolled part-time

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