Christian Female College was chartered on January 18, 1851, by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri. Many things have changed since that time including the school’s name, but the commitment to excellence in education and determination to serve an evolving student body has never waivered. In 1853 there were six young women in the first graduating class.
There are now more than 75,000 Columbia College alumni. Those first graduates would never have imagined the diversity within today’s alumni body. Columbia College graduates are men and women of all ages and backgrounds. They come to Columbia College at vastly different points in their lives. Traditional students can be found on the home campus in Columbia, Missouri, while non-traditional students learn at campuses across the nation. The quickly expanding online campus has broadened the reach of Columbia College even further. Under the extraordinary leadership of President Gerald T. Brouder, the possibilities seem endless. As President Brouder’s term draws to a close, it is a poignant time to reflect on the past, rejoice in the present, and prepare for the future of Columbia College.