Columbia College

A private, not-for-profit institution that serves about 3,200 students in Columbia with day and evening undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 30,000 students through extended campuses and online. Scott Dalrymple is the president.

Originally founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, the school was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature.

Today, Columbia College is a four-year, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college that prides itself on its faculty, quality educational programs and small class sizes.

The school offers 10 associate degree programs, 59 bachelor’s degree programs and four master’s degree programs in Columbia and at 36 extended campuses in 13 states and Cuba, as well as an online program.

Columbia College has accumulated a number of accolades, including being named to U.S. News and World Report’s list of best online programs for its bachelor’s degree offerings, criminal justice, education and MBA programs and as a “best buy” by for affordability and for its business, criminal justice, MBA and psychology and human services programs. It was named a “college of distinction” by Student Horizons Inc. and was recognized with a “most affordable” award and as the most popular online school in Missouri by Online U.

Columbia College also has received recognition for its service and educational support for veterans. The school made Military Times’ lists of “Best for Vets: Colleges” and “Best for Vets: Business Schools”, was named a top school for military and veteran education by Military Advanced Education and was named to the Military Friendly Schools list.

Columbia College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and of the American Midwest Conference. The Cougars compete in 13 sports, including baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and track and field. The school has earned national titles in volleyball and men’s basketball.