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Columbia College
Columbia, MO
Columbia is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Founded in 1851 as a women's college, it adopted coeducation in 1970. Its 29-acre campus is located in Columbia.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 936
   Women 549 (58.7%)
   Men 387 (41.3%)
Graduate Students 157
Entrance Difficulty Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate 51% of 1,580 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.49
SAT Math 505 average
490-585 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 496 average
445-595 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 21 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities       X
Cost of Attendance $34,172
  Tuition and Fees $20,936
  Room and Board $6,440
Average Percent of Need Met 69%
Average Freshman Award $17,653
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 72
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 54% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
Columbia Population 115,276
Nearest Metropolitan Area St. Louis and Kansas City
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 81% of freshmen, 39% of all students
Athletic Conferences National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot Cougar
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
3.5% Black/African-American
2.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.2% White
4.0% Unknown
International Students 9.1% from 33 countries
First-Year Students Returning 73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 41.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 80%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported