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October 11, 2021

Columbia College sees new student enrollment bump as it goes fully co-ed for first time

COLUMBIA — Columbia College leaders are celebrating a surge in first-year student enrollment numbers they say keeps the private liberal arts school on track for a strong future — and a sign that turning the 167-year-old institution into a fully co-educational facility is quickly paying dividends.

The college, located about five miles north of downtown Columbia, added 282 new undergraduates for its fall semester that began Aug. 12, up from 163 from the same time in 2020 and a 130 percent jump from 2019 figures.

Among private colleges in the state, Columbia College had the second-largest drop in enrollment from fall 2017 to 2018, according to statistics from the state Commission on Higher Education.


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