Columbia College officials announced today that students will return to in-seat learning on Monday, January 31. The institution started the spring semester in a partially virtual environment due to the COVID-19 case increase in Boone County and around the country.

The college will require all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear masks when indoors unless they are in their offices alone or in their dorm rooms starting January 29. Social distancing guidelines will also be observed. These increased mitigation efforts are in effect through at least Friday, February 11.


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“We are looking forward to welcoming all students back to in-seat classes as we work to provide a safe, high-quality learning experience,” said Dr. David Russell, president of Columbia College. “This decision comes after evaluating data and receiving feedback from constituencies across the college community. We know to expect case increases, and we’re prepared to manage them through our mitigation efforts.”

Residential students who have not already returned to campus will move in on Saturday, January 29. The college will only host student-focused events through the end of February; external events will be cancelled or postponed to a later date.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 170 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With nearly 40 locations across the country, including 20 on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College has more than 95,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit