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
Online bachelor’s degree programs: 14


Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $275
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: 13,542
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: All courses are taught in small class sizes with guaranteed one-on-one communication with professors. Taught through a mix of text, video and email, students will get to know their professors as well as their classmates. Columbia College is dedicated to providing students with a hands-on experience and up-to-date information in each and every course. Our online degree program allows students an affordable degree from an accredited institution on their own time and at their own pace.
Average class size: 19
Maximum class size: 25


Total program graduates (2014-2015): 529
New student retention rate (2014): 75%
Most popular majors: General Studies, Office Management and Supervision, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting
Academic calendar: Other
Online courses offered:256
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

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.
Standardized copyright policy for course materials: Yes


Average online teaching experience: 8 years
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0
Full-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 21
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 21
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 29
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 1
Part-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 160
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: Central office reviews each course

Technology & Support

Recommended Internet connection: Broadband
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: 22
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
Gender distribution: 
International students:
Students 22 and younger: 9%
Students ages 23-39: 64%
Students 40 or older: 27%
New entrants who are first-time freshman: 5%
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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