Columbia College Sonora

Columbia College Sonora

Columbia College is the largest arts and communications college located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was established in 1890 as a speech and teaching college for women. Columbia is recognized as one of the top film schools in the nation. Some of the noted academic programs included Arts and Entertainment Management, Film and Video, Journalism, Design, and Photography. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Columbia College's campus is home to several clubs and organizations for the overall development of the students. Some of the popular ones are the Producer's Guild of Columbia (PGC), the Student Organization Council, the Student Government Association, and the International Student Organization.

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Columbia College
11600 Columbia College Dr
Sonora , CA 95370
General Phone: (209) 588-5100

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Columbia College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts124English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, geography courses
Cooking and Culinary Arts39culinary arts, restaurant and catering management
Family and Social Work23child development, human services
Security and Law Enforcement22fire-fighting
Mechanics and Repair20automobile mechanics
Conservation and Resource Management16conservation, environmental science, forestry
Business and Management13business, business management, accounting, taxation
Science4biology, biological and physical sciences, physical sciences, geology
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, information technology, computer science, web design
Medical Support and Technology4health service and sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine3EMT paramedic
Hospitality2hotel management, travel services
Art Studies2art studies
Office and Administration0administrative assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0health and physical education
Production Trades0welding
Photography and Commercial Art0photography
Medical Administration0medical secretary

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years258
Associate's degree17732
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years022
Award of less than 1 academic year789

Columbia College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia College had a total enrollment of 2,734 students (1,545 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 55%
Black 4%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 2%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 29%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 25%
20-21 15%
22-24 10%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 9%
50-64 12%
65+ 3%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown2%

Columbia College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 39 %

Columbia College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Columbia College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 526
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,870
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Columbia College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 770700)

Columbia College Faculty

Columbia College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track84

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year30$69,21323$74,132
All faculty totalacademic year30$69,21323$74,132

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

Columbia College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Forestry, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Services, General

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Geography, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

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Male % of student body
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Top 19%Columbia College Male % of student body

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