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Columbia College: Narrative Description


1001 Rogers St.
Columbia, MO 65216-0002
Tel: (573)875-8700
Free: 800-231-2391
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees (offers continuing education program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1851. Setting: 29-acre small town campus. Endowment: $14.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6980 per student. Total enrollment: 1,108. Faculty: 94 (56 full-time, 38 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 760 applied, 63% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 68% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 742 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 211 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 27 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 23% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at local institutions. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: rank in upper 50% of high school class. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,006 includes full-time tuition ($11,995) and college room and board ($5011). College room only: $3152. Full-time tuition varies according to class time and course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $248 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 26 open to all. Most popular organizations: Students in Free Enterprise, Campus Community Government, Student Leaders Advocating Teaching Excellence, Spanish Club, Criminal Justice Association. Major annual events: Family Day, Paper in Particular (national juried art show), Career Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 305 students; 320 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Stafford Library with 62,265 books, 13,729 microform titles, 382 serials, 3,613 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $508,593. 137 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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