Columbia College Reviews
Evening Campus - This school has gone to c***. In general the school has become a diploma mill. The instruction is pretty much non-existent between the change of in-seat courses being one night a week for 4 hours instead of the old 2 nights a week for 2.25 hours. The teachers just read previously written notes, or power points, and when you ask for help tend to hush you because they say it is the only way to cover all the material with the minimum amount of time. Furthermore, with the new setup homework seldom receives feedback before actually being tested on the material. The online campus is even worse. Instructors are glorified graders and seldom can offer any help to the assignments that are generated from a purchased program. The program provides syllabi in which instructors are not allowed to change, and in which do not change from course to course. The school knows there is problems with the learning systems, for example the proctored test that the majority of students score less then 80% on because the whole text is tested over, with no idea which parts are actually important.
I transferred from another college in 2017 and unfortunately in this area, there's not many choices for in-seat classes to obtain a bachelor degree. Columbia College is ridiculously expensive for the quality of education you receive. Since the beginning of my classes, I have seen a decline in the quality of instructors. I have literally been handed A's and been told by the instructor that they don't give a c***, it's just a paycheck. The cost of tuition now, with their "Truition" is around $400 a credit hour, which is WAY more than a university. These professors are adjunct instructors who have day jobs, come to class unprepared and just read PowerPoints off of a screen, and that's "teaching". Their online classes aren't any better. I'm supposed to just read some material and then participate in online discussions, get no real informative feedback from my instructor, and I'm supposed to learn something from this?? I'm beyond fed up and I may move just to transfer to a better quality college. My education is important and this is highway robbery.
I honestly cannot say anything good. They have screwed up my account on multiple occasions attempting to charge me an extra $1500 for no reason! I have had nothing but false information given to me from individuals that are working there and it has been an awful experience.
I attended the world campus of Columbia College of Missouri as an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard and obtained my BA in Criminal Justice Administration. While I was stationed in Key West, Florida, I was introduced to the school through the Education Service Officer (ESO) who was attending the school himself. The application process was extremely easy and they accepted almost all of my accredited military experience which helped to eliminate almost all of my lower level and core classes. This helped to save me a considerable sum of money by not having to take unnecessary classes. It also helped to speed up my ability to graduate within a reasonable amount of time. Tuition was reasonable and I was able to fit it into my budget. Through the years I was a student, there were several times that I was simultaneously deployed and taking classes. There were some times when I did not have internet connectivity and the professors were extremely accommodating when it came to turning in assignments. All the professors were willing to work with me within reason- and seemed to have my best interest in mind. Class work was challenging and you are expected to participate in discussions throughout the 8 week classes. Assignments, projects and papers were both topical and relevant to current events of the time. Discussions could at times become lively but were always respectful of differing opinions. Obtaining my degree helped me lay the foundation to start working on my Masters. This will help me to significantly increase my future earnings once I retire from the Coast Guard and transition to the civilian workforce.
Great school! I attended both Kansas City and Denver and both were terrific! The academic advisors at both were incredible and the professors are outstanding and always have a great deal of knowledge as they typically work in that field. Many intelligent students, great place for veterans and international students, or working adults. No complaints at all!
Going to the school really sucks, the teachers are really full of themselves because they been in the military or the police and they think they know it all. Going to the school is very stressful because the assignments are really hard and the reading material that they choose is not adequate enough. The readings are professors truths are more for somebody that has been teaching the class for 30 years and not for somebody that is entering into the course. The cost of attending the school is very high considering that you don't not get a lecture. The exams and tests in this school expect you to remember everything so that you can write a paragraph for every question on an exam with no multiple choice or true or false. If you want to go to the school you better be ready to remember the whole book and wish they give you a book that has a thousand pages. This is really a disappointing experience for me and I really do not recommend going to Columbia College online because honestly you may not even be able to get a job with this degree. And if you go to the school, you will have the teachers treat you like you are stupid.
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.