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Columbia College named to 2023 Best for Vets list by Military Times

COLUMBIA, Mo. (November 8, 2023) – Military Times recently announced that Columbia College has been named to its 2023 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list. The publication provides a comprehensive annual ranking of higher education institutions in the United States for military service members and veterans.

Columbia College is the highest-ranked private institution in Missouri and the second-highest-ranked school in the state overall. The college ranks third in the country among schools that deliver education primarily online.

“Fifty years ago, Columbia College and the United States military forged a relationship that has developed into a nationwide network of locations and an Online Program offering quality education to those who have served this great nation,” says Columbia College President Dr. David Russell, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. “We are committed to supporting service members, veterans and their families as they advance their lives.”

Military Times analyzed Columbia College based on the effectiveness of its programs for veterans and metrics related to student success, military-specific resources and financial aid.

The college has adapted to the changing educational landscape by incorporating increased online and virtual options, making it possible for students to take classes from anywhere in the world. This flexibility is especially beneficial for military personnel and veterans who may have unique challenges related to their service commitments or geographical locations.

The Ousley Family Veterans Service Center helps veterans, service members and their dependents transition to Columbia College. The center’s dedicated staff is well-trained to assist veterans in navigating various aspects of their educational journey, including evaluating transfer credits, managing time to earn a degree, understanding affordability options and certifying veteran benefits.

The Grossnickle Career Services Center team works individually with veterans and military-affiliated students to help translate their military skills and experience into a civilian resume. Staff members additionally work to assist with internships, job opportunities and other employment activities.

Columbia College has more than 20,000 military-affiliated alumni around the world and maintains a presence on 14 military installations across its Columbia College Global footprint.

The institution was also named one of the most military-friendly and military-spouse-friendly colleges in 2023 by

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 170 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. Students can enroll in Day, Evening or Online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College has more than 97,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit


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