GetEducated.com, GI Jobs, Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report honor college.
Columbia College regularly garners accolades from college rating and evaluations services — five in the last few months alone:
- GetEducated.com for affordability
- GI Jobs, for military friendliness. The publication specializes in helping current service members and vets transition to well-paying civilian careers.
- The Princeton Review, for academic excellence
- Ingram’s Magazine, for being in the top 10 in largest graduate school enrollment
- US News & World Report, for being a best Midwestern college and for ranking No. 2 in “Least Debt Load”
“These services rank Columbia College very highly every year,” said Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs. “And frankly I am not surprised. Our affordability, military friendliness and academic excellence are second to none.”
GetEducated.com: Affordability, best programs
GetEducated.com, a consumer group that publishes rankings and reviews of the top online colleges based on higher education costs and credibility, has hailed Columbia College’s online psychology program a ‘Best Buy” in their annual list of the best online colleges for affordable online psychology degrees or degrees in allied human service or social service fields.
The Get Educated.com online college affordability rankings are based on a survey of higher education costs at 48 regionally accredited universities that offer 92 distance degrees at the bachelor level.
Only one college on the GetEducated.com top 10 online colleges ranking list was a private school: Columbia College.
The average higher education costs for an affordable online bachelor’s degree in a human services career area came in at $44,174. Columbia College’s degree came in well under that figure. Some online bachelor degrees for human service professionals are estimated to cost more than $104,000.
GI Jobs: Military friendliness
For the third consecutive year, G.I. Jobs magazine named Columbia College a military friendly school and in the top 20 percent for educating military learners. The magazine ranked the college based on being a Department of Veterans Affairs approved institution for GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon benefits, military and veteran enrollments, generous transfer credit policies, flexible learning programs and a variety of tuition benefits, including a 20-percent military spouse tuition discount for in-seat courses.
Approximately 25 percent of Columbia College students are either service members, veterans or their dependents. Many of those affiliated with the military are enrolled throughout the Columbia College nationwide system of 35 campuses, 18 of which are located on military bases.
The Princeton Review: “Best in the Midwest”
Meanwhile, The Princeton Review named the college a 2012 “best in the Midwest" college for the fifth consecutive year. Columbia College is one of only 153 institutions in a giant 12-state region so honored.
The Princeton Review says it chose Columbia College for its “excellent academic programs... From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences . Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
The Princeton Review says that students are asked about everything from class size and accessibility of professors to quality of the campus food and campus life.
Ingram’s: Top 10 graduate school enrollmentAnd Ingram’s, Kansas City’s leading business magazine, ranked Columbia College No. 10 on its “Largest Private Colleges and Universities” list in July.
“The graduate program at Columbia College is thriving,” said Dr. Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for the Division of Graduate Studies. “As bachelor’s degrees become more common, companies are looking for candidates with specialization. And Columbia College currently offers four graduate-level degree programs with plans to expand.”
The ranking is based on a comparison between fall 2009 and fall 2010 graduate enrollment numbers. The college was previously ranked No. 15.
U.S. News & World Report: Best Regional University, Midwest
Columbia College was ranked No. 58 as one of America's “Best Regional Universities-Midwest" in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college’s ranking was published in the September 2011 issue. Columbia College also ranked No. 2 for “Least Debt Load”, a newer category listing schools whose class of 2010 graduated with the least amount of debt — an important consideration for new graduates in an iffy economy.
“U.S. News & World Report has consistently recognized Columbia College as a top notch school,” says Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. “This year we are particularly pleased to be listed second in the least debt load category, which speaks to our commitment to provide a high quality education at a reasonable price.”
The 2012 list of best colleges provides a thorough examination of how more than 1,300 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence, such as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.