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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to Get Admitted To College in 6 Easy Steps

Applying to college can sometimes be an overwhelming task. There are lots of things that you need to do to prepare, and it’s a good idea to start early – junior year is the perfect time to start. But if you are just now thinking about college, don’t worry! Just follow the steps below and you’ll be right on track.

1.    Decide on the kind of school you’d like to attend, and what you’d like to study. 
There are lots of different types of schools – technical schools, liberal arts colleges, research universities, apprenticeship programs. What are you looking for in a school? Do you want to live in a dorm room and do research in a lab? Or do you want to spend the least amount of time you can in a classroom and get into the job market quickly? There are a lot of websites that can help you figure out what you want and where to find it – The College Board is one great place to start.
2.    Look at college websites and take campus tours. 
Now that you know what you want to study, start looking at websites and walking around campus to see if the school has everything you’re looking for. Most schools allow you to visit any day of the week. At Columbia College, you can set up a visit on our website .
3.    Take the ACT.
Scoring well on the ACT can get you into your dream school and also potentially qualify you for more scholarship money. The scores range from 1-36, and the average score is 21-22. To be automatically accepted into Columbia College, you’ll need a 21 on your ACT. Each school has their own requirements, so be sure to check with each one you’re applying to. It costs $35 to take the test, but if you qualify for free or reduced lunch or are in foster care you may be able to take it for free – just ask your guidance counselor! You can register online at the ACT website.

4.    Apply.
Most schools prefer that you apply online, and will ask you to pay a small application fee. The good news is that a lot of schools will waive this fee if you apply after taking a campus tour, or if you apply before a certain date. Make sure to ask your admissions counselor what their policy is! Columbia College waives the application fee if you apply before January 1 for the following fall semester.

5.    Have your high school mail your grades and test scores to the college. 
Your school has a designated person to send out all student transcripts. Usually this person is in the counseling office. Without your grades or ACT scores, colleges won’t be able to review you and let you know if you were accepted or not, so send those in ASAP! If you are taking any dual enrollment classes, be sure to have the college you are taking them at send those grades in too.

6.    Check your email often and be sure to contact your admissions counselor with any questions. 
After you’ve sent in your application, test scores, and transcripts, the next step is to wait for your admissions decision! Be on the look out for a letter in the mail, an email, or a phone call letting you know if you’ve been accepted.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Columbia College’s Admissions office at any time! Phone: 1 800 231 2391. Email:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Visit Columbia College

When you tour a lot of college campuses, sometimes it can be hard to see what truly sets one school apart from all of the others. That’s why Columbia College offers so many different ways to explore our campus! Check out all of the opportunities we have throughout the year:

Departmental Showcase

Take a class in something you’ve always wanted to study and experience life in the CC classroom! This is also a great chance to take a tour of campus and have your questions answered by professors and current students.

Featured majors:
Human Services
History and Political Science
Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Psychology and Sociology

October 14 (click text to RSVP!)
April 18 

Preview Day
Our most popular visit event gives you the full Columbia College experience, with the chance to explore campus, have face-to-face conversations with faculty and staff, and find out about majors, financial aid, and campus life.

November 9
March 8

Personalized Visit
You can also arrange a personalized visit any time of the year! Just choose any day Monday-Friday, 11 AM or 2 PM, and we’ll design a tour based on your interests and we’ll provide lunch and a meeting with a faculty member as well!

Schedule your tour here today:

Virtual Walking Tour
If you’re more than a car ride away, you can check out our virtual walking tour here:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We're Coming Your Way

So you’ve checked out some college websites, talked to your counselor, asked around to see where your friends are thinking about going to college. Maybe you’ve found everything you’re looking for and have applied to a few colleges. But maybe you still want more information – what can you do?

One of the best ways to get information about the colleges you’re interested in is to talk to an admissions counselor or representative when they visit your school. You’ll start seeing them soon setting up tables during lunch, handing you pens at a college fair, or hanging out in the library at school. Their job is to answer all of the questions you’ve had trouble finding the answer to, and to also let you know what life is like on campus and what the college has to offer. Sometimes having a conversation with a real live person can give you a better understanding of what the school can do for you.

Click the links below to find out when an admissions counselor from Columbia College will be at your school. If you’re not on the list, ask your counselor to set up a visit with us and we’d be glad to stop by!

Boone County
Eastern Missouri
Northwest Missouri
Northeast Missouri
Southern Missouri
St. Louis & Southern Illinois
Chicago & Northern Illinois

Friday, August 2, 2013

It’s Not Too Late To Apply

Are you interested in coming to Columbia College this fall semester? There’s some good news for you – it’s not too late to apply! Be sure to apply by August 15 and have copies of your transcripts mailed to our office. We’re even waiving the application fee, so there’s no reason to wait!

Q: How do I apply?
A: You can apply online here:

Q: What do I need to send in?
A: We will need a transcript from all of the colleges you’ve attended. If you have fewer than 24 college credit hours, we will also require a high school transcript, ACT or SAT score, or GED score.

Q: Who can I talk to about the status of my application?
A: It usually takes a few business days to process all of your documents and have one of our admissions counselors contact you. However, feel free to call our admissions office with any questions: 1-800-231-2391.

Q: How do I register for classes and get financial aid?
A: After we receive your application and transcripts, we will contact you to let you know if you were accepted. If you are, we will then set up an Individual Registration appointment for you to have everything taken care of in about one hour.

Q: What are your admissions requirements?
A: For students who just graduated high school:
  • A 2.5 or higher high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable GED score;
  • A 21 or higher on the ACT (or equivalent SAT score); or
  • Rank in the top half of your graduating class
    For students who have 24+ college credit hours:
  • 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (factoring in all colleges attended)

Q: Where do I send my transcripts?
A: You can fax them to this number: (573) 875-7506.
You can also mail them to this address:
Columbia College
Admissions Office
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65201

We’re excited to start this fall semester and welcome all of our new freshmen and transfer students to our campus. We’d love to have you join us too!
What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Columbia College-Lake County hosts event at Lifelong Learning Center

COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 31 Columbia College of Missouri recently hosted a classroom dedication event at the Naval Station Great Lakes’ new Lifelong Learning Center on Jan. 30. College administration and military personnel were on hand to celebrate the achievement. The classroom, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, provides instructors an opportunity to leverage the intellectual capacity of every student in the room.  
        Columbia College takes pride in offering students at the Naval Station Great Lakes the same amazing technology we have in our classrooms across the country,” said Lyndon Russell, director of Columbia College-Lake County.
After the ribbon cutting, students and leadership from the base enjoyed refreshments. A scholarship was also awarded to Petty officer, second class Juan Fernandez, a general studies major at Columbia College. Fernandez said he will use the scholarship to continue his education.
This is what Great Lakes sailors do. They seek out the toughest challenges and rise to the occasion. Most sailors have full time jobs, volunteer in the community, spend time with their families and still pursue higher education. It’s great that Columbia College is rewarding us with an excellent classroom,” said Fernandez.
Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in the state of Illinois, located in Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport, and offers a variety of in-seat and online degrees. In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes. Today, more than 38 years later, the Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of Illinois, the third largest college alumni population in the nation.
        Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military instillations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit