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Columbia College


#69

Online Undergraduate Program


#25

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
Online bachelor’s degree programs offered: 13

Tuition

Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $245
Tuition for in-state students (per credit): N/A
Tuition for out-of-state students (per credit): N/A

Students

Total online enrollment: 21,295
42% Male / 58% Female
Average student age: 33

Admission

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

Financial Aid Available

Both institutional and federal aid are available

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Summary


School Details

Institutional control: Private
About the online program: Affordable costs. Accelerated format. Ability to complete in several majors. All course work online. Quality instruction, quality course content. 24-7 flexibility in course engagement.
Average class size: 20
Maximum class size: 25

Academics

3 year graduation rate (2012-2013): 38%
New student retention rate (2013): 75%
Most popular majors: General Studies, Business Administration and Management, General, Psychology, General, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Accounting
Academic calendar: Other
Online courses offered:81
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

Academic Integrity

Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity: Utilize turnitin.com for paper submissions. Utilize proctor U for student authentication and academic integrity. Plagiarism tutorial and quiz to educate students on proper citation. Clear communication of academic integrity requirements in all syllabi.

Faculty

Average online teaching experience: 7 years
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0
Full-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 2
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 3
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 1
Part-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 34
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus: All
Instructor office hours (weekly): 0
Faculty who have at least 1 year online teaching experience: 95%
Faculty who have at least 2 years online teaching experience: 90%
Faculty who have at least 3 years online teaching experience: 84%

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)

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: 0

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: 9,021
Female: 12,274
American Indian: 1.0%
Asian: 1.4%
Black or African American: 24.1%
Hispanic: 7.1%
Two or more races: 1.8%
International: 0.8%
Pacific Islander: 0.4%
Unknown: 8.8%
White: 54.6%
Students 22 and younger: 9%
Students ages 23-39: 64%
Students 40 or older: 27%
New entrants who are first-time freshman: 6%
New entrants who are employed: N/A

Admission

Admissions requirements same as campus-based students' requirements: Yes
College uses SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for new applicants: No
ACT Composite Score: N/A
SAT Critical Reading average score: N/A
SAT Math average score: N/A
SAT Writing average score: N/A
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

Military-Friendly

Institution is Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) member: Yes
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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