Columbia College Is Among Fastest-Growing Colleges

4 years 6 months 1 day ago October 26, 2012 Oct 26, 2012 Friday, October 26 2012 Friday, October 26, 2012 10:04:00 AM CDT in News
By: Dan Molloy

COLUMBIA - Columbia College is one of the nation's fastest growing colleges, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Columbia ranked number 17 among private non-profit master's institutions with an enrollment growth of 113.4 percent from 2000 to 2010. Student enrollment increased from 7,948 to 16,962 during the decade. Much of the school's growth can be attributed to its 34 extended campuses and online program. Columbia College has 4,000 online-only students and has opened 10 new extended campus since 2000.

The 34 extended campuses include a presence on 18 military installations, according to Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Tery Donelson. Twenty-five percent of Columbia students are affiliated with the military.

"You have military travelling all over the world that are going to Columbia College," Donelson said. "You can go to Japan, you can go to Iraq, you can go to Europe and you'll see students wearing Columbia College t-shirts."

Donelson said the school's presence online also has been crucial in the school's growth.

"We got in at the very beginning of online, we had the leadership to research it right, and the finances to take that chance," he said. "It's worked out very well for us."

The enrollment increase at the flagship campus in Columbia has led to continuous expansion. A new $18 million science center will open for the Fall 2013 semester.

Columbia College is not done expanding. Donelson said the main campus has acquired numerous buildings in the downtown area to accommodate expansion, including Federal Hall on Sixth and Cherry streets.

With such expansive growth, the non-profit institution is able to put more money into its budget each year, and this year the athletic department debuted 5 new programs: men's and women's cross country and golf and women's soccer.

Donelson said as long as Columbia College continues to offer a broad array of options for its students, it will be able to expand even further.

"Providing a very good academic program at a very affordable price keeps those students coming, and they tell their friends."

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Every last Friday of each month Cafe Berlin will fundraise to contribute to organizations that have experienced discrimination,... More >>
1 hour ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:55:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Forty-eight Columbia churches will gather this weekend to participate in the third annual ForColumbia volunteer event, a city-wide... More >>
6 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:59:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department beat commanders hosted their first beat meeting with the northeast Columbia community for the... More >>
10 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:24:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit... More >>
13 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:48:03 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bond measure for a new music and dance conservatory at... More >>
13 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:43:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to embezzling $231,600 from her employer, Shelter Insurance... More >>
15 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:12:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Honduran man who entered the United States illegally three times has pleaded guilty to kidnapping... More >>
15 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:25:40 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Som e Missouri lawmakers want to shield lodging websites such as Airbnb from local ordinances that... More >>
15 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:16:31 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The four-campus Unive rsity of Missouri s ystem is proposing raising tuition and required fees of in-state... More >>
16 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:04:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri released new and revised policies relating to protests and free speech on campus, including... More >>
17 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:10:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A woman is accused in southw estern Missouri of drunkenly causing a fatal car crash in December.... More >>
17 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A police chase in Callaway County ended in a crash and a foot pursuit Thursday. It started... More >>
17 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:43:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County's iconic "Big Tree" is being damaged by vandals spray painting its base, according to its owner,... More >>
17 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:37:50 PM CDT in 8 Goes Green
COLUMBIA - Three suspects were in custody Thursday afternoon on suspicion of stealing, following a joint investigation by the Boone... More >>
17 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) kicked off its state music festival Thursday, drawing thousands of... More >>
18 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:21:00 PM CDT in News
OZARK (AP) — The last of three people accused in the 2014 shooting death of a sout hwest Missouri man... More >>
19 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:51:00 PM CDT in News
JACKSONVILLE, Mo. - Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers responded to a car driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes... More >>
19 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:47:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Senate sent a $27.8 billion operating budget back to the House Thursday after multiple... More >>
20 hours ago April 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:05:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
10am 56°
11am 57°
12pm 61°
1pm 62°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
First Dates
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Originals
8:00p
Reign
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld