Columbia College-Missouri: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Columbia College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Columbia College

Based in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College was originally founded in 1851 as a Christian college for women. Currently, the school is coeducational, and students of all religious denominations are welcome. The college is composed of 34 campuses across the country, as well as an online campus that offers 23 degrees. Student athletes can join one of five varsity sport teams, which compete at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I-level.


In 2012, nearly 18,000 students were enrolled at Columbia College, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The school houses 13 academic departments that offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, along with pre-professional and certificate programs. Annually, five academic sessions are offered: August, October, January, March and June.

The Columbia location is divided between day and evening campuses. At the Day Campus, students can choose to participate in the college's more than 30 student organizations and clubs. In 2011, the most popular programs were business, management and marketing; homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting; psychology; public administration and social service professions; and visual and performing arts, per U.S. News & World Report.


Admission to the day and evening campuses is moderately selective, and applications are due August 12. The day, evening and online campuses each have their own admissions process. Generally, applicants are evaluated on high school and/or secondary grades and standardized test scores. Letters of recommendation and resumes are also welcome. Current students don't need to reapply to take online classes. Columbia accepts a number of credits, such as advanced placement, dual credit, international, baccalaureate and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The NCES reported that as of fall 2012, 16,940 undergraduate and 890 graduate students attended Columbia College. Full-time enrollment was 60% for that year, and 60% of students were female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students who attended Columbia College from 2012 to 2013 paid $6,739 in tuition and fees, per the NCES. Books and supplies cost $936. Numerous scholarships are available to students enrolled in the day, evening or online programs. The school's website provides a detailed list of scholarship options categorized by new, transfer, international or current students. Room and board in 2012 cost $6,254. The NCES calculated the total cost of attendance for on-campus undergraduate students as $22,237.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)*
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 16,940 undergraduates and 890 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing Yes; full-time freshman and sophomores enrolled during the day must live on campus**
Schools and Programs 13 departments; more than 50 certificate and degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 38 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: General Studies (850)
Bachelor's: General Studies (458)
Master's: Business/Commerce (221)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 32% in four years
42% in six years*
Admission Rate Open admissions for nationwide and online campuses*
Entering Class Size 1,103 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 46% for full-time and 32% for part-time students*
Application Due Date August 12****
Tuition (2012-2013) $6,739*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (69%), state and local grants/scholarships (21%), institutional grants/scholarships (15%), federal loans (68%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Columbia College, ***IPEDS Data Center, ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216
  • Phone: (573) 875-7352
  • Website:

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