Columbia College recently earned a 10-year renewal of its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, with its next reaffirmation scheduled for 2032-33.

A team of HLC peer reviewers visited the college this past spring for a comprehensive evaluation that included private sessions with faculty, staff and community members. The commission is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

“The high marks given to Columbia College by our accrediting agency serve to affirm the quality of our academic programs and the excellent support services we provide to our students,” said Columbia College President Dr. David Russell.

The college met all five of HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation without concern. The criteria include: 1) Mission; 2) Integrity – Ethical and Responsible Conduct; 3) Teaching and Learning – Quality, Resources and Support; 4) Teaching and Learning – Evaluation and Improvement; and 5) Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning.

During the reaffirmation process, the college received high praise for its cohesive operations across main campus and nationwide venues. Other highlights included the college’s civic engagement, student support services and new academic programs.

“This positive news is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff in Columbia and across the country,” said Dr. Piyusha Singh, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.

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. Students can enroll in Day, Evening or Online classes. Columbia College has more than 97,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit