Our campus is currently preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our partnership with our host, Highland Community College. It is a partnership that has proven to be quite successful for both Columbia and Highland, but mostly it has been a successful for our students. Columbia College – Freeport was created as a way for working adults in Northwest Illinois to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees without needing to leave the area. We offer accessibility, affordability, and high-quality education with the convenience of courses offered online and virtually in-seat at the Highland campus in Freeport. Well over 80% of our transfer students have taken at least some of their college hours at Highland, and many have completed degrees at Highland.
I think it is important to look carefully at what Columbia College-Freeport offers to its students:
- Accessibility—Columbia College has what is called ‘open enrollment’, which means that all who complete the application process are accepted. Applicants enter our school with a fresh start, a new opportunity to succeed at college as they gain and reinvent their skills for our changing workforce. Additionally, our classes are offered in a variety of formats to meet the many learning and lifestyle needs of busy adult learners.
- Affordability – it is so important these days! We all worry about how to pay for college, and Columbia College – Freeport answers that worry by keeping tuition as low as possible, charging no additional fees and including textbooks in our tuition.
- Quality—All of our instructors bring experience in their field to the classroom and share this expertise with the students. Each has been educated to at least the master’s level if not higher, and each is rigorously reviewed by our faculty before being given the honor of teaching our students. Columbia College-Freeport is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities and has the stamp of approval of the Higher Learning Commission.
As we look to the future we look forward to serving our community for many years to come. To help us celebrate, drop by our office on the Highland Community College campus, to learn more about us and our commitment to the Freeport community!