Columbia Area Career Center
Columbia, MO 65203-7199


Type Less than 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Differs by program
Total enrollment 59
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 4:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Columbia Area Career Center is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 31 applications and 22 students were granted admission. Columbia Area Career Center is at the #27 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 96 Less than 2 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Columbia Area Career Center calculates tuition for each program it provides using clock hours or credit hours. In 2016-2017 academic year, the combined tuition and fees to attend a program that takes one year to complete was $12,723 (46% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical public vocational/career school)

Follow the link below to learn more about cost of the largest programs offered by the institution.

Average Net Price
National Average = $10,507
In State Tuition
National Average = $8,716
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $8,716
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 81% of Columbia Area Career Center's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 50% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $5,414 (which is 27.2% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Columbia Area Career Center in 2016-2017, was 10, which is 63% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,860 (which is 11.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,257
Federal Loan
National Average = $6,628
Financial aid
National Average = 80%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Columbia Area Career Center has enrolled a total of 59 students (36 students full-time and 23 on a part-time basis). The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 25% men and 75% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 81%

Black/African American: 17%

Hispanic: 2%

Two or more races: 0%

Non-resident alien: 0%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%

Asian: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 2 largest majors offered at Columbia Area Career Center.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 74% 111
Precision Production 15% 22

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 75%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Columbia Area Career Center full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,419

The typical median income of Columbia Area Career Center graduates 6 years after enrollment is $29,700. Last year, out of the total 75 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 75 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 79 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 79 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $29,700 $29,300
Employment Rate 100% 100%
Total Graduates 75 79

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby less than 2 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Columbia Area Career Center.

Waynesville Career Center
75.7 mile away
Clinton Technical School
85.8 mile away