Columbia College (Missouri) Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

Columbia, Missouri
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With open admissions, Columbia College is a generally accessible school for students who have successfully completed a college preparatory high school curriculum. Students have the opportunity to send in high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a completed application form. While a campus visit is not a required part of the application process, it is strongly encouraged. Students interested in Columbia College should check out the school's website, and they are welcome to contact the admissions office with any and all questions. Note that Columbia College is one of the many schools to adopt the free Cappex Application, so there is no financial barrier to applying.

Admissions Data (2016):

Columbia College Description:

Columbia College's main campus is located in Columbia, Missouri. The school has 36 extended campuses spread across 13 states and Cuba. The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College. In 1970, the College went from being a 2-year, all-female school to a 4-year coeducational institution.  Academically, Columbia College offers courses and degrees ranging from art to business to nursing; the majority of degrees offered are Bachelor's degrees. However, in 1996, Columbia began offering Master's degrees, with course available in the evening for students interested in an MA in Teaching, an MBA, and an MS in Criminal Justice. On the main campus, academics are supported by a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Columbia College Cougars compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the American Midwest Conference. The most popular sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, and softball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 16,413 (15,588 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 41% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $20,936
  • Books: $1,164 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,302
  • Other Expenses: $3,776
  • Total Cost: $32,178

Columbia College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,053
    • Loans: $6,052

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing Management, Criminal Justice, Psychology, History

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 57%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 30%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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