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Columbia College Alumni Jim Pasley at Fire Department with accelerant-detection canine, Izzo.

Featured alumni success story

"Each time I participate in the interviews, I’m afforded the opportunity to listen to the students and hear how Columbia College has been an integral part of their education, similar to my own journey."

Jim Pasley ’02
Fire Marshal Division battalion chief for the Columbia Fire Department
Bachelor in Management

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Professional excellence

The Robert W. Plaster School of Business is a Candidate for Accreditation of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and enjoys exclusive access to training, awards, programs and more.


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Campus safety

Columbia College is ranked the No. 3 most-secure campus in the U.S. by A Secure Life. The ranking is based on 10 years’ worth of data, including property crimes and campus safety protocols. 2019 Most Secure College Campus Award.

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Quality online education

Columbia College is the No. 2 school in Missouri for online programs in 2020, according to Value Colleges. The organization considered the number of degree, course flexibility and military friendliness.

Best Online Colleges in Missouri award from Value Colleges.

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Military friendly

Columbia College is consistently named a military-friendly college. The college was on Military Times' "Best for Vets: Colleges 2020" list and named a Military Friendly School in 2020 by Military Friendly®.

Military Friendly School 2019-2020 Award. Military Times Best For Vets Award. View all pride points

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"I am thankful that I’ve been able to use my journey – my experiences – and my education from Columbia College to advocate for other single mothers to pursue higher education."

Macie Peterman ’14
Bachelor in Criminal Justice

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Three schools, one mission: you

Study in one of our three schools

Our programs are divided into three schools. This gives you a closer connection to the professors and students who are working in and studying similar fields.

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  • Students and Graphic Design Professor Danielle Langdon working on large Macs at Columbia College.

    School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

    You'll learn about the way people communicate, interact and understand the world.

  • School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Study biological processes, environmental structures and informational systems.

  • Columbia College Professor Kennedy Amofa working with students.

    Robert W. Plaster School of Business

    You'll gain a strong understanding of the ways in which business is conducted.