*Editor’s Note: The new student total below has been updated since this article was published. The final totals were 299 new students, a 20-percent increase with 823 total day program students. 

Columbia College kicked off its 2022-23 academic year on Monday with many new faces attending class. The college welcomed 294 new students this week, an 18-percent increase vs. Fall 2021. This is the largest class of new students, which includes freshmen and transfers, that the college has had since 2018, and puts total enrollment at the main campus at 809 to begin the fall. That number equals last year’s enrollment count.

“We are pleased to welcome this outstanding group of new students to the college family as we kick off the new academic year,” said Dr. David Russell, president of Columbia College. “We are encouraged by the growth we are seeing here at our main campus, and we are committed to offering our students a first-class educational and co-curricular experience.”

Overall, the college serves nearly 9,600 students via its traditional Day Program on main campus, a network of 43 locations nationwide and a robust Online Program.

“The energy and excitement of having students back on campus is inspiring, and it has truly been a team effort by faculty and staff members across the institution to welcome this class to CC,” said Dixie Williams, the college’s vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “Our Admissions team, led by Jen Crump, continues to connect with prospective students around the country and has done a great job showcasing all that Columbia College has to offer for someone wanting to start or continue their educational journey.”

The college also rolled out eight new degree and certificate programs this fall to meet the ever-evolving needs of its students. The diverse array of programs includes offerings focused on homeland security, project management, digital marketing, cybersecurity, child development and database management. Columbia College’s physical footprint has also grown over the last nine months, with new locations at Whiteman Air Force Base here in Missouri, Grissom Air Reserve Base in Indiana, Fort Irwin in California, and U.S. Coast Guard Base San Pedro in California.