EDUCATION IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
Columbia has a strong tradition of education and offers one of the finest
school systems in the nation. Our educational institutions, both public and
private, offer a variety of educational programs just right for your needs.
Columbia is very supportive of education of our students as evidenced by several
COLUMBIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Columbia Public Schools have earned the highest possible rating in Missouri
and consistently receive state and national honors for excellence in education.
Columbia Public School District is the seventh largest in the state and is one
of the fastest growing districts in the midwest. Enrollment is more than 15,570
students with 75-85% of the 760 high school graduates being college bound. The
school district also graduates one of the highest percentages of merit scholars
in the country. An average of $5,000 per student is spent during the school
year. The pupil-teacher ratio is 22 to 1 and 23 to 1 at elementary and secondary
For information on public school enrollment, parents should contact the
Columbia Public Schools, District Administration Building, 1818 West Worley,
Kindergartners and first-time first graders are required to present birth
certificates, social security cards, and immunizations records at the time of
enrollment as these records may be requested from the previous school. Contact
school community programs for information about Partners in Education program,
The school district also offers “Parents as Teachers,” a free educational
program for parents of young children. It provides home visits by parent
educators, information, guidance, checkups and meetings. Call 573-886-2204 for
In Columbia, “Collegetown U.S.A.,” higher education plays a major economic and social role.
Columbia College is a private coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, the institution was renamed Columbia College when it became coeducational in 1970. The main campus in Columbia is located on 30 acres in the heart of the city and offers a traditional day program and an evening campus for adult learners. The college also has 31 extended campuses across the nation for civilian and military students. For more information, call 1-800-231-2391, ext. 7230 or visit Columbia College.
Stephens College, founded in 1833 as Columbia’s first institution of higher education, is a premier national liberal arts college for women in the Midwest. As a private college, Stephens offers an undergraduate education for women in the liberal arts and provides solid preparation in the performing arts and in pre-professional fields. Continuing education and graduate programs are open to men and women. For more information call 1-800-876-7207 or visit Stephens College
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839. Controversy over where the University would be built began in the 1830’s. Six counties bid on the project; most of them were only able to raise a little over $1,000. Boone Couty was able to raise more than $118,000 in cash, land and buildings. The state did not appropriate funds for the University until 1867. When Academic Hall Burned down in 1892, there was talk of moving the University to another community. In order to keep it in Columbia, citizens raised $50,000 for the constructin of Jesse Hall. Today, the University of Missouri has a student population of more than 30,000 and is Columbia’s largest employer.