Skip to main content

Search Bar Icon Close Menu

Day Campus Student Q&A

What is the High-Flex Plan?

The High-Flex plan is Columbia College’s innovative educational model that allows you to choose how you attend class. You can either attend in-person or virtually, and you can change your mind depending on your specific circumstances. With the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, Columbia College believes that empowering you to choose will help you successfully continue your education under challenging circumstances. The High-Flex plan prioritizes in-seat experiences, but also provides a high quality virtual option at the same time. We have made significant investments in technology and pedagogy to ensure that you receive the same excellent education no matter how you choose to attend.

What is a virtual classroom and is it the same as an online class?

A virtual classroom is a remote learning experience where you participate in synchronous instruction through Zoom (or other meeting technology). Synchronous instruction means that you are in the virtual learning environment at the same time as your faculty and other students and interacting with them in real time even though you are not in the same physical location. Online classes are asynchronous – while you are covering the same materials, you do not have to attend a class at any specific times.

Will I be able to attend classes in-seat on Main Campus?

Yes! Most classes will take place in-seat, and also have a virtual classroom offered simultaneously. You can choose which method to attend for each class period, and if you choose to attend in-seat you will be able to do so safely, with appropriate social distancing. After Spring Break, all instruction will take place virtually through Zoom and other resources.

Could I attend all my classes virtually if I wanted to?

In most cases, yes. Some classes (for example, lab classes) may not offer a virtual classroom. There may also be times when your faculty may ask you to attend a class in-person for academic reasons. It is recommended that you speak to your advisor about course options, and also your faculty member about individual class requirements.

Am I guaranteed in-seat instruction?

Not always. We are prioritizing in-seat experiences to ensure that students are in-seat for most of our classes, but social distancing requirements have changed class sizes and there may be some classes where space is no longer available. Please speak to an advisor with questions on specific courses by emailing

How many students will be in a classroom?

It varies depending on the class and the room assigned. We are committed to your health and safety and have reconfigured all our classrooms to be consistent with social distancing guidelines. We are also using some innovative methods to provide in-person classes – in some cases we are offering classes in larger spaces that haven’t been used as classrooms before. In other cases, we are using technology to allow a faculty member to teach in two classrooms at the same time.

Will I have to wear a mask?

Yes, we are requiring masks for students attending class in person. Masks are also required campus at all times. Please see detailed safety information provided by the College.

If I attend virtually, does that count for attendance?

Yes, in classes where the virtual classroom is available, attending virtually will count for attendance. You will be expected to be present for the entire class with your video camera turned on. Please refer to your course syllabus for additional guidelines on attendance.

What equipment will I need to attend virtual portions of a class?

A computer, web cam and microphone/headset will be required. The computer should be meet technical requirements for Zoom.

Will training be available for students?

Yes, training will take place on Zoom in August. It will include training on any technology you need to know to participate virtually in a classroom. More details will be provided as we get closer to the semester. We are also starting a virtual coaching initiative which will provide you with the skills to be successful in the High-Flex model.

Are the dates changing for the semester?

No, the academic calendar remains the same. The semester still starts on January 11, 2021, and ends on April 30, 2021. However, the last day of in-seat classes will be March 26, 2021, after which instruction will be fully virtual. Finals week is still April 26-29, 2021, and most exams will take place virtually, unless specified otherwise by your faculty member.

Will classes go fully virtual at any point?

Yes, all classes will be fully virtual after Spring Break. If we have to transition to fully virtual courses earlier due to the pandemic, we will inform you as soon as possible. Please know that Columbia College is prepared to go fully virtual, and has made investments in technology and training to make sure you can continue your education with limited interruption.

I have not registered for the fall yet, what do I do?

Get registered! Register online immediately or contact a day campus advisor at to get assistance. A day campus advisor is ready to assist you during regular business hours and appointments (by Zoom or phone) can be set up to discuss your options.

Will faculty still have office hours?

Yes, faculty may hold office hours by Zoom or in-person. The specific office hours and method will be announced early in the semester when classes start. The key is to communicate often with your faculty. The CC faculty and staff are here to help but need you to reach out if there are issues or concerns.


Apply now