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Columbia-CollegeColumbia College began as a Christian college for women only in 1851 and was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by the state legislature. It remained a two year college for women only until 1970, when it expanded to a traditional, four-year and beyond coeducational college. It is a private, nonprofit liberal arts and sciences college that has maintained its covenant with the Christian Church since it began, but is nonetheless nonsectarian and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds.

While the main campus is located in Columbia, Missouri, there are also 36 satellite campuses located in 13 states and Cuba, as well as degree programs available online. Through all of these venues, Columbia College serves more than 29,000 students per year in degree programs ranging from two-year Associates degrees to Master’s degrees.

Columbia College Accreditation Details

Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an accreditation held continuously since 1918. Columbia is included within the North Central region of the six regions covered by the HLC. All of the degree programs offered within the college fall under this accreditation.

Columbia College Application Requirements

Applications for admission are completed online, regardless of student status. Freshman entering within two years of completing high school or a GED program should have their high school transcripts mailed directly to the office of the registrar and SAT or ACT scores forwarded as well. For students who have earned college credit while still in high school, transcripts from the respective colleges are also needed.

Transfer students seeking admission to Columbia College must also forward all relevant college transcripts and possibly high school records also, depending upon the length of time since high school graduation. In any case, all prospective students must also complete the identity authentication process by showing appropriate photo identification in person at the college campus or remotely through ProctorU, an affiliate website for the college. Whichever way the student chooses to complete this requirement, there is no charge for this particular service.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As a not-for-profit private institution of higher learning with campuses located nationwide, tuition rates are the same regardless of the student’s physical location. For undergraduate, on-campus courses, tuition is $240 per credit hour. Online coursework is slightly more at $275 per credit hour for undergraduate coursework. Additional fees can include audit fees at $90 per credit hour, graduation fees, parking fees, and institutional test-out fees, as applicable.

Graduate level coursework is charged at $350 per credit hour for on-campus attendance and $375 per credit hour for online attendance. Columbia College offers five programs at the master’s degree level, including an MBA, or Master of Business Administration. In addition, students have a $55 application fee at the graduate degree level and $120 graduation processing fee. Other fees for parking and audit fees are comparable to the undergraduate level coursework.

Standard financial aid options are available, including grants, scholarships, work programs, and student loans. To apply for financial aid, students should first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), specifying Columbia College for any awards received.

Student Experience

For students wishing to pursue a career in the marketing, administration, or management of sports programs, health and fitness programs, or recreational facilities, Columbia College offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration that can be applied toward sports management. For students wishing to go even further with their education, the college also offers the more general MBA degree. While this advanced degree is not necessarily geared toward any particular type of business, such as sports management, it can be applied across a wide range of fields in general.

Each of these degrees are available at a variety of campuses and online, with slight variations on requirements between campuses. For students studying at the main campus, the requirements include completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours for the four-year undergraduate degrees, of which 39 credit hours must be in 300- and 400-level coursework. These 120 credit hours include all general education requirements, a prescribed set of professional core courses, and specific requirements toward the sports management specification of the business management degree.

The professional core requirements for the undergraduate business degrees include courses in such subjects as introduction to business administration and general accounting, financial planning, business communications, and business law. In addition, the sports management specification requires nine credit hours in required coursework and nine credit hours in electives. Students will gain the nine required hours in the subjects of sports finance, social media marketing, and sports and events marketing. Electives should be chosen according to the student’s specific career goals, but can include such subjects as anatomy, physiology, human resource management, public relations, integrated fitness, and care and prevention of athletic injuries.

These degrees lead to a wide variety of opportunities within the sports management arena, whether the end goal is to work for a professional or semi-professional sports team or something more recreational. With so many locations and an online presence, students wishing to study with Columbia College don’t have to feel constrained to live in one particular area or city in order to pursue degree goals.

Students seeking the graduate degree in business administration will not find this advanced degree specifically for sports management, but can still gear their coursework toward subjects that are helpful across business situations, including the business end of handling of sports franchises. Particularly for students seeking to work for professional sporting teams, an emphasis on human resources and public relations is recommended.

With an average ratio of only 11 students to each teacher, students seeking an education from a smaller, private college will be hard-pressed to find a better value. Couple the relatively reasonable tuition rates with the availability of 36 nationwide campuses and an online presence, and Columbia College is a viable option for your higher education experience.