Columbia College was recently ranked No. 4 among private, non-doctoral higher education institutions in the country for military spouses by, which advocates on behalf of service members, veterans and their families.

The college is celebrating 50 years of its partnership with the U.S. Armed Forces and has more than 20,000 military-affiliated alumni.

“We are proud to provide quality and affordable educational opportunities to students supporting their spouse in the military,” says Dr. Shadel Hamilton, vice president for Columbia College Global.

The college’s Military-Affiliated Benefit extends reduced military tuition rates and additional benefits to spouses and dependents of currently serving military members as well as to CC-affiliated military installation employees, their spouses and dependents.

“These families put many aspects of life on hold while prioritizing the best interests of our country,” says Dixie Williams, vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “We are committed to partnering with military spouses as they pursue their academic goals.”

Annual scholarships support students in the CC military community, including the Lee Terry Russell Military Spouse Scholarship, created by Columbia College President Dr. David Russell and First Lady Lee Russell.

“We must not forget those who quietly serve their country in support of our military,” Lee Russell says. “They, too, sacrifice much, and they are deserving of our support. It has been my honor and privilege to establish a scholarship for spouses who support our men and women in the Armed Services.”

Columbia College also ranks as a top-10 Military Friendly college nationally, earning the gold designation in the same category of private, non-doctoral schools for the second consecutive year. The college is recognized as a Purple Heart College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Society.