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Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

Location: Atkins-Holman Student Center


Phone number: (573) 875-7420

Fax number: (573) 875-7235

The first-year experience

At Columbia College, your success is our mission. Use these resources to navigate your journey as you transition to your first year of college. Take advantage of activities, events and other opportunities to maximize your education and experience. 

Apply for admission

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The first step to joining our community is to submit an application. If you need more information about the process, visit our admissions page. 


New Student Registration Day

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New Student Registration Day is designed to help first-year students get ready for the start of the semester. During this event, you will register for classes, meet other new students and learn about our traditions and resources. 


Welcome Week activities

Welcome Weekend is an exciting time for new students whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer or international student! It is an opportunity to meet new people, prepare for classes and get connected to campus resources. The activities are planned with your success and safety in mind! 

New Student Welcome Weekend Schedule

Foundations Course

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Foundations is a course designed to help first-year students navigate college life. The 16-week seminar will prepare you for academic life, help you build relationship and show you how to access resources. You'll also learn how to make the most of your college experience. First-time freshmen are strongly encouraged to take this course to better understand collegiate expectations. 

About the course

Involvement on campus

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Be sure to become involved on campus. You will have opportunities through Orientation and Hey Day to find ways you can get involved on campus and in the community. Join a club or organization. Participate in a service project. Seek induction into an honor society. Hold a leadership position. Whatever your interest, we have something for you. Stay in-the-know by checking CougarLink, for up-to-date campus activity information.

Get involved

Living on campus

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We want Columbia College to be your home away from home. Our residential facilities provide students with great places to live, hang out and have fun. As a new student, we know you will have lots of questions about living on campus. Visit our Residential Life page and be sure to check out the frequently asked questions to learn more.

About residential life

Dining services

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Columbia College offers students two options for dining on campus. Dulany Hall is cafeteria-style dining, while Cougar Café is a café-style menu with sandwiches, drinks and coffee. Both dining facilities provide delicious food. Check out the meal plan options for students living on and off campus. It’s a great way to save money and get a fantastic meal.

Dining services

Spirit & traditions

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As a new student at Columbia College, you will have a lot to learn about campus. Our Spirit & Traditions page will introduce you to information about our campus culture, Cougar pride, and long-standing campus traditions. Get a glimpse of some of the Orientation traditions before you arrive to campus.

Spirit and traditions

Parent resources

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Parenting a college student can be an adventure. At Columbia College, we provide parents with useful resources that can help you support your child. We understand this adventure is a joint effort between you and the institution. It is our hope that by working together, we will help your child succeed and persist to graduation.

Resources for parents

Student handbook

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The Student Policies Library details the student handbook in a one-stop shop of important and useful information. It houses all of your rights and responsibilities as a student. As a student, you are responsible for reading and understanding the contents of the handbook.

Student policies

In compliance with the Clery Act, the College discloses crime statistics for crimes committed on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, or on property owned/controlled by the College during the last three years. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report can be obtained in paper copy by contacting the Campus Safety Office and electronic versions can be obtained by visiting the following link:


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