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Want the scoop on Columbia College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Columbia College Missouri offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbia College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Columbia College was awarded 54 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Overall Quality

Columbia College Missouri is ranked #1,393 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Columbia College Missouri held the #1,410 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Columbia College Missouri also holds the #35 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Columbia College Missouri?

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Columbia College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

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Columbia College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Columbia College, this rate is 27 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia College is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Columbia College is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Columbia College Missouri this rate is 30%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Columbia College Missouri

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,754 undergraduates at Columbia College Missouri with 5,163 being full-time and 7,591 being part-time.

Columbia College Missouri Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 94.79 out of 100, Columbia College Missouri is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  94.79 out of 100
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How Much Does Columbia College Cost?

The overall average net price of Columbia College Missouri is $24,148. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Columbia College Missouri

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,162 $23,933 $22,778 $24,151 $22,174

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Columbia College Missouri, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Columbia College Missouri, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,362 a year. That adds up to $25,448 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia College Missouri is 12.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Columbia College Missouri Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Columbia College Missouri make about $38,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Columbia College make the most money.

Location of Columbia College

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Columbia makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Columbia College

Contact details for Columbia College Missouri are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216
Phone: 800-231-2391

Columbia College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 41 majors graduated from Columbia College. Of these students, 3,565 received undergraduate degrees and 277 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 444 $39,200
General Business/Commerce 339 $41,300
Business Administration & Management 199 $43,700
Human Services 199 $30,700
Human Resource Management 187 $40,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 167 $36,800
Accounting 125 $39,000
General Psychology 121 $30,400
Finance & Financial Management 69 $45,600
History 65 $32,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Columbia College Missouri

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 9,177 students took at least one online class at Columbia College. This is a decrease from the 9,727 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,177 7,023
2016-2017 9,727 7,463
2015-2016 12,062 9,308
2014-2015 9,870 8,483
2013-2014 10,926 9,340

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