Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST
Location: Atkins-Holman Student Center
Phone number: (573) 875-7420
Fax number: (573) 875-7235
The first-year experience
At Columbia College, your success is our mission. Use these resources to navigate your journey as you transition to your first year of college. Take advantage of activities, events and other opportunities to maximize your education and experience.
Apply for admission
The first step to joining our community is to submit an application. If you need more information about the process, visit our admissions page.
New Student Registration Day
New Student Registration Day is designed to help first-year students get ready for the start of the semester. During this event, you will register for classes, meet other new students and learn about our traditions and resources.
Welcome Week activities
Welcome Week is an exciting time for new students. It is an opportunity to meet new people, prepare for classes and get connected to resources. Transfer and international students should plan to attend the Welcome Week events catered to your specific population. Watch out for Welcome Week activities. The activities are planned with your success and connections in mind.
- New student welcome packet
- International student orientation
New Student Winter Welcome
All new and transfer students coming to the traditional campus during the Spring Semester should attend this hands-on introduction to Columbia College. This event will introduce you and your family to our traditions, our helpful students and staff and on-campus resources.
Spring orientation registration
Foundations is a course designed to help first-year students navigate college life. The 16-week seminar will prepare you for academic life, help you build relationship and show you how to access resources. You'll also learn how to make the most of your college experience. First-time freshmen are strongly encouraged to take this course to better understand collegiate expectations.
About the course
Columbia College’s New & Transfer Student Online Orientation is your one-stop shop to make sure you are prepared for the start of classes. It is a comprehensive look at getting started, preparing for classes, and getting and staying connected. The Online Orientation contains valuable information for new students and can be used as a resource throughout your entire first-year experience.
Involvement on campus
Be sure to become involved on campus. You will have opportunities through Orientation and Hey Day to find ways you can get involved on campus and in the community. Join a club or organization. Participate in a service project. Seek induction into an honor society. Hold a leadership position. Whatever your interest, we have something for you. Stay in-the-know by checking CougarLink, for up-to-date campus activity information.
Living on campus
We want Columbia College to be your home away from home. Our residential facilities provide students with great places to live, hang out and have fun. As a new student, we know you will have lots of questions about living on campus. Visit our Residential Life page and be sure to check out the frequently asked questions to learn more.
About residential life
Columbia College offers students two options for dining on campus. Dulany Hall is cafeteria-style dining, while Cougar Café is a café-style menu with sandwiches, drinks and coffee. Both dining facilities provide delicious food. Check out the meal plan options for students living on and off campus. It’s a great way to save money and get a fantastic meal.
Spirit & traditions
As a new student at Columbia College, you will have a lot to learn about campus. Our Spirit & Traditions page will introduce you to information about our campus culture, Cougar pride, and long-standing campus traditions. Get a glimpse of some of the Orientation traditions before you arrive to campus.
Spirit and traditions
Parenting a college student can be an adventure. At Columbia College, we provide parents with useful resources that can help you support your child. We understand this adventure is a joint effort between you and the institution. It is our hope that by working together, we will help your child succeed and persist to graduation.
Resources for parents
The Student Policies Library details the student handbook in a one-stop shop of important and useful information. It houses all of your rights and responsibilities as a student. As a student, you are responsible for reading and understanding the contents of the handbook.
In compliance with the Clery Act, the College discloses crime statistics for crimes committed on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, or on property owned/controlled by the College during the last three years. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report can be obtained in paper copy by contacting the Campus Safety Office and electronic versions can be obtained by visiting the following link: www.ccis.edu/Offices/CampusSafety/ReportsandStats.