- Consistent with the mission of the California Community Colleges and the Yosemite Community College District, Columbia College is committed to offering a comprehensive range of transfer, vocational, cultural, and community education, and to facilitating community and economic development. The College provides educational programs and support services to assist students and the broader community in gaining access to higher education and achieving success in their chosen endeavors.
Columbia College serves 2,616 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.
- Enrollment: 2,616 students
- In-state tuition: $1,150
- Out-state tuition: $6,406
- Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
- Minority enrollment: 31%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
The teacher population of 169 teachers has grown by 79% over five years.
(CA) Community College Avg.
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of Columbia College has grown by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
The Columbia College diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The public in-state tuition of $1,150 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,406 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators
- Located on 280 acres of forestland in California's historic Mother Lode, our college campus surrounds a peaceful 4½ acre lake and has been described as one of the state's most beautiful community colleges. The College actively promotes transformational learning through critical and creative thinking that is open to change and personal growth; civic, environmental, and global awareness and engagement; and individual and collective responsibility. At the heart of our mission is a desire to develop a zest for lifelong learning throughout the community, with the College serving as its educational and cultural center. Columbia College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Career Center, located within the Manzanita Building adjacent to the Counseling area, offers materials and services to assist students with career information. The Center maintains a variety of resources including occupational publications, newsletters, college catalogs, and Eureka, a computerized vocational/educational information system. The Columbia College professional counseling staff provide essential academic advising, career counseling and life planning activities to continuing, new and returning students in order to enhance each students educational experience at Columbia.
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