Columbia Union College

Columbia Union College

Columbia Union College was originally established in 1904 as the Washington Training Institute. Founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the institute was renamed Washington Foreign Mission Seminary in 1907. It came to be known as the Washington Missionary College in 1914, and was rechristened Columbia Union College in 1961. Since 2009, it has been known as the Washington Adventist University. Popularly referred to as WAU, the university is situated on a 19-acre campus in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Washington Adventist University offers the Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Business Administration degrees. Students can choose from courses in engineering, information systems, mathematics, nursing, computer science, liberal studies, and theology among others. A number of master's degrees in arts and science are also offered through the university's School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

WAU's athletics department is a member of the USCAA and the NCAA Division II. Nicknamed the Pioneers, the teams participate in sports like baseball, basketball, acrobatics, cross country, track and field, soccer, and softball. The students are also involved in various clubs and organizations such as Alpha Chi, Alpha Kappa Mu, Delta Sigma Tau, the Drama Team, Loaves and Fishes, and the Student Association.

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Contacting Columbia Union

Columbia Union College
7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park , MD 20912
General Phone: (301) 891-4000

Columbia Union Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management79business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling30psychology, substance abuse counseling
Liberal Arts27English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, political science, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine26registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Education and Teaching17elementary school teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching
Medical Administration14health care administration
Medical Support and Technology8respiratory care tech
Media8communication studies, journalism
Religion and Philosophy7religion, theology
Computer Science and Engineering7information science, computer science, computer support
Science7biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Music1music performance
Office and Administration0office management

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17624
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years02
Associate's degree92
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years02
Master's degree471

Columbia Union Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia Union had a total enrollment of 1,068 students (991 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 92%
Graduate 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 15%
Black 48%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 21%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 20%
22-24 18%
25-29 12%
30-34 8%
35-39 7%
40-49 11%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Columbia Union Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %

Columbia Union Room and Board (2007)

Columbia Union offers campus housing for 450 of its 991 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Columbia Union Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,430
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,430
Room and board $ 6,887
Room charge $ 3,742
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,145
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 2,050

Financial Aid:
Columbia Union participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 206700)

Columbia Union Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year11$58,8204$62,328
Associate professorcalendar year6$55,5636$57,154
Assistant professorcalendar year5$51,67810$51,892
Instructorcalendar year1*5$39,782
All faculty totalcalendar year23$55,90625$52,403

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

Columbia Union Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division II Independents
Baseball Division II Independents
Track Division II Independents

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports151833

Columbia Union Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Information Science/Studies

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets Columbia Union Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 8%Columbia Union Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Columbia Union Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of students
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Top 13%Columbia Union Number of students
Minority % of student body
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Top 16%Columbia Union Minority % of student body
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 17%Columbia Union % students on athletic fin. aid
% of degrees in medical administration
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Top 18%Columbia Union % of degrees in medical administration
% students 40 years or older
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 20%Columbia Union % students 40 years or older

checked Seventh Day Adventists affiliation
checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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