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Columbia College was recently named to Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” list 

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These annual rankings were based on accreditation, graduation rates, veterans staff, transfer credit policies, academic support and participation in the Yellow Ribbon program. The "Best for Vets" ranking reflects our commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities and service to our veterans.



U.S.News & World Report names Columbia College online programs among nation’s best

Columbia College’s online bachelor’s degree programs, as well as the online criminal justice, education and MBA programs specifically, were recognized among the nation’s 2015 Top Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Recognition was based on teaching practices and student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology.


GetEducated.com names Columbia College a “Best Buy”

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GetEducated.com, a respected clearinghouse of accredited online programs, designated Columbia College as a "Best Buy" for several online degrees. The college's online bachelor's degrees in business, criminal justice, human services, psychology, sociology and master’s degrees in business and criminal justice all ranked in the top 10 best buys for their respective categories. They also designated the college as a “Best Online College” in affordability for undergraduate psychology students.


Columbia College recognized as a Top School for military and veteran education

Military Badge Military Advanced Education, a publication that focuses on educational services and opportunities for military students, awarded Columbia College the designation of a Top School in its 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities. The Guide evaluates schools on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services, and helps to arm students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform. Schools that attain the Top School designation are recognized for following best practices in military and veteran education.


Military Friendly Schools

Military Friendly Schools 2017 BadgeColumbia College was recently named to the 2017 Military Friendly Schools list. With this recognition, Columbia College is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges nationwide for being military friendly. The Military Friendly Schools list is based on a survey of more than 10,000 institutions across the country approved for VA tuition funding, and looks at criteria such as student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies and an institution's flexibility to the changing demands of service members.


Columbia College earns statewide and national safest campus awards

Safest School BadgeThe Safest Campus in Missouri award was granted to Columbia College by backgroundchecks.com. The organization gave Columbia College the top spot in its statewide 2016 ranking after comparing campus crime rates (based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents) and other information from the U.S. Department of Education’s annual reports.

Nationally, Columbia College was awarded fifth safest campus in America, according to College Choice’s 2016 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America ranking. The College was judged on Columbia city’s crime rates, as well as the campus and its crime rates, using information from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. News and World Report, and individual school websites. The College earned a superior safety score of 98.18 that factors in anti-discrimination, women's safety, the party scene, and fire safety grades.


Columbia College recognized as a “College of Distinction”

Columbia College is one of only 250 higher educational institutions in the U.S. and six in Missouri to be named a "College of Distinction" by Student Horizons, Inc., an organization that seeks to go beyond commercially driven rankings of admission selection standards to focus on the quality of education students receive.

Colleges are recognized for their commitment and performance of the “Four Distinctions:” engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The selection process also involves reviewing faculty/student ratios, average class size, the student first-year experience, general education curriculum, experiential elements in the curriculum, residential and extra-curricular activities and the school’s strategic plan.


OnlineU bestows Columbia College with “Most Affordable” awards

OnlineU is a comprehensive guide that enables students to compare all online colleges in the U.S. Through an independent study to find the most affordable tuitions for the 12 most popular degrees people earn online. Columbia College ranks #9 in Business, #7 in Education, #5 in Psychology, and #5 in Human Services.


Online U ranks Columbia College as the most popular online school in Missouri

According to the Guide to Online Schools, many students prefer to attend an online college close to where they live. Given that information, the Guide to Online Schools provides information about popularity of schools based on state. Columbia College ranks #1 in a list of the most popular online schools in Missouri.

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