Columbia College

Online Undergraduate Program


Online Undergraduate Program - Veterans

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has a diverse student body and resides on 30 acres in the heart of Columbia, Missouri – about two hours from St. Louis or Kansas City. Priding itself on small classes, experienced faculty and quality programs, the college offers over 600 classes. Nationwide campuses also serve working adults, including military, through evening and over 20 online classes.

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Quick Facts

First year offering online program: 2000-2001
First year offering online program: 14


Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $260
In-state, out-of-district tuition for U.S. students (per credit): N/A
Out-of-state tuition for U.S. students (per credit): N/A


Total online enrollment: 14,350
43% Male / 57% Female
Average student age: 34


Application deadline (U.S. residents): N/A
100% accepted

Financial Aid Available

Both institutional and federal aid are available

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School Details

Institutional control: Private
About the online program: Affordable costs. Accelerated format. Ability to complete in several programs. All course work online. Quality instruction, quality course content. 24-7 access.
Average class size: 18
Maximum class size: 25


New student retention rate (2014): 81%
Most popular majors: General Studies, Business Administration and Management, General, Psychology, General, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Accounting
Academic calendar: Other
Online courses offered:315
Can earn degree entirely outside U.S.:Yes
Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: 12
Amount of courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students:Minority
Class participation graded:Yes
Number of times per week students must login to a typical course: 3
Expectation that instructors will respond to questions within specific timeframe: Yes
Instructor response expected within (hours): 48
Class Size:
Graduation Rate:

Academic Integrity

Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity: Columbia college requires authentication of student identities prior to course registration and taking exams. It utilizes Proctor U for identity verification. The online courses have both plagiarism tutorials and quizzes placed within their content area as well as that provides information on the students’ originality of work when they submit assignments.
Standardized copyright policy for course materials: Yes


Average online teaching experience: 7 years
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0
Full-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 24
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 24
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 27
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 1
Part-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 176
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus: All
Weekly office hours: 0

Online learning tools

Bulletin boardsY, Live streaming audio, Live streaming video, Online chatroomsY, Online labsY, Recorded audioY, Recorded videoY, Skype or other visual software, SimulationsY, Web conferencing (webinars)
ADA compliance:

Technology & Support

Recommended Internet connection: Cable
Required Internet connection: Cable
24-7 live tech support: Yes
Online course development: In-house
Courses designed by certified instructional designers: Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 13
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 1

Student Services

Academic advisingY, BookstoreY, Career placement assistanceY, Email addressY, Financial aid office/servicesY, Local area networkY, Access to live librarianY, Access to digitized library materialsY, Mentoring, Technical supportY, Live tutoringY, Writing workshops

Student Body

Region from which most U.S. students come: West North Central
Male: 6,159
Female: 8,191
International students:
Students 22 and younger: 9%
Students ages 23-39: 64%
Students 40 or older: 27%
New entrants who are first-time freshman: 10%
New entrants who are employed: N/A


Admissions requirements same as campus-based students' requirements: Yes
Continuing online instruction education required: No
Application essay required: No
Accept transfer students: Yes
High school completion requirements: Diploma or GED required
Minimum high school GPA required: N/A


Institution is GI Bill certified: Yes
Institution Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program: Yes
In-state tuition for all military veterans: N/A

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