Columbia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
Their financial aid department is completely incompetent. I was relying on my financial aid for living expenses, and it was significantly delayed owing to their error. They flagged my file for review, for no good reason, and did not process the review in a timely enough manner. I got my electricity turned off as a result. Columbia awful. Go someplace else.
Their financial aid department is the worst. My first year, I had no problems. My second year, they screwed everything up. I was denied my Pell grant because they flagged me for review. I submitted everything in a timely manner, but Columbia couldn't get it sorted out. After this nightmare, I am glad to be transferring to a different college!
The only positive thing I have to say about this program is that the cost per credit hour is cheap. The materials that the school uses are at least 10 years old. The things that you are learning about are also outdated. The courses are all disorganized and the website is a mess. You never know which set of standards you are being graded by or even what your assignments will be. Every class uses a different schedule for due dates although they are all basically the same structure of material and all are on the same 8 week program and it takes searching through all the different pages on the website to figure out what exactly is due. The assignments are often a complete waste of time discussion board questions. In these discussion board posts you are forced to answer a yes or no level question and then respond to multiple peer posts. These posts are normally just end up being the equivalent to random words used to reach word count. In summary - Pro: Cheap Con: Outdated Busy Work
It's a good school, very affordable and well organized. If you are an international student, it's a great place to, you won't be stressed about the cost of tuition, and you will get an opportunity to work and get some experience while studying. It's a good college, not well known yet but it's getting there. The teachers give excellent course, they master the subject, and guess what they are pretty much the same teachers you will find in other schools in the states. I met almost 3 of my previous schools. You can keep your job and get a degree in the same time, Columbia College will help you with that.
This college IT system sucks they are not well prepared for their student. Keeping strict ruled for paying tuition fees on time is not enough they need to think about their students as well. I will definitely would not recommend this college to anyone. This college really sucks.
I attended Columbia College & studied Human Services because I wanted to be in the Social Service field. I'm currently working for a non for profit housing organization & what I've learned has helped me tremendously. I would recommend this degree.
Great school with teachers that genuinely care! They are all about the students and are continually putting back into the programs. The voices of the students are heard, for example student government got free printing and laundry in the dorms. The classes really helped prepare me for work and the small class sizes hold you accountable for your learning. All of those things combined and not to mention GREAT scholarship opportunities make me proud to be a CC alumni.
Due to my line of work having rotating shifts and off days, I was able to complete my degree completely online through Columbia College. I liked the eight week classes, although they were fast paced. Online classes are not for everyone, as one needs a lot of self discipline. Just like the in seat courses some professors were better than other, I had difficulty with only two professors. I received my degree in American Studies, and minored in Human Resource Management and Management, earning a certificate in both. My degree from Columbia College has now made me eligible for advancement in my work place and field. I recommend Columbia College.
My experience at Columbia College was well-rounded and comprehensive. It was all I expected and wanted from an undergraduate experience, and more! The opportunities for intellectual development are facilitated by the twenty different libraries within a small radius that are open daily for students, all of which have a variety of electronic and paper resources for research and study. I had the great privilege to work with world-class faculty and a diverse group of motivated students. The core curriculum provides every student with a greater appreciation for literature, history, and science, irrespective of personal interests or major. There are an abundance of resources for personal growth and career advancement, in the form of career fairs, laboratory and internship work, study-abroad programs, and much more! Currently I'm studying computer science (I was previously studying biology) and I can personally testify and confirm the existence of "legendary" introductory classes, including Introductory Biology and Introduction to JAVA, which are a testament to the university's dedication to rigorous curricula and preparation of students for competitive and lucrative career positions.
I transferred to Columbia College after completing a few courses at my community college because Columbia College offered my degree 100% online while my community college didn't. Professors for online courses are all adjunct, and as such they have other jobs- 90% of the time this is obvious. While I didn't have to wait more than a week and the professors answers to students were often generic on message boards. I hated most of my professors and I do not feel the education I received prepared me for anything other than the ability to say I have an associate degree in something. It has not advanced my career or been of any real use. The only real change in my life of having my associate is my resume has additional education and I am $12,000 in debt. My community college education, 1/8th of the cost, was much more applicable to education I can and do actually use in my job field. I am seeking to return to college now and Columbia College is not one I am considering. All that negative, I will say there were 2 professors I do recall really enjoying (though sadly I can no longer recall their classes), and my academic advisers were responsive and helpful to the questions I asked.