Columbia College was recently ranked among the top 10 institutions in the country for military-affiliated students by The college earned the No. 3 rank for private, non-doctoral-degree institutions by the organization, which advocates on behalf of service members, veterans, and their families.

“We are proud to continue our strong relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces and are grateful for this prestigious honor,” said Dr. David Russell, president of Columbia College and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. “The college has served active and reserve service members, veterans, and military families for nearly 50 years. The opportunity to support those who sacrifice for our country is something about which we are extremely passionate.”

Columbia College was named a Purple Heart College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Society in 2019, and boasts the second-largest national chapter of the SALUTE honor society for veterans with 1,903 members. The college recently expanded its Ousley Family Veterans Service Center, moving to the newly refurbished Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee ’78 House. The veterans service center offers on-site and virtual services as well.

“It is wonderful to see Columbia College recognized for the hard work that our faculty and staff do on a daily basis to help our military-connected students succeed academically,” Senior Director of Military Recruiting & Veterans Services Keith Glindemann said. “Our goal is to have a positive impact on all of our students, and there is no greater honor than serving those who have served.”

Over 600 Columbia College employees have received Green Zone training and stand ready to assist military-connected students on their academic journey. More than 20,000 of the college’s 95,000 alumni around the world are military-affiliated.

Discover our Military-Affiliated Benefit

As part of Columbia College’s ongoing commitment to the military community, we’re excited to offer our Military-Affiliated Benefit. For more information, please visit