Education In Columbia

Columbia is referred to as "College Town U.S.A." as it is the home to Missouri's largest public research university, two private colleges and an excellent public school system.

Elementary and Secondary Education

Columbia Public Schools have earned the highest possible rating in Missouri and continues to receive state and national honors of excellence in education. Enrollment is more than 17,000 students with approximately 80% of high school graduates college bound. The pupil-teacher ratio is 19 to 1 district-wide. For more information, please contact the Columbia Public Schools, District Administration Building located at 1818 West Worley, 65203 (573-214-3400)

Established in 1981, Christian Fellowship School (CFS) is a well-established Pre-School through 12th grade private school alternative for families in the Columbia area.  CFS provides an academically challenging curriculum with a Christian perspective, partnering with Christian parents from over 40 congregations to provide a nurturing, yet structured atmosphere for learning.  Our instructional goals are based upon knowledge, faith and character and are intended to develop the student’s mind, as well as their spiritual life and character. For more information, please call (573) 445-8565 or email

Columbia Independent School offers an independent education to boys and girls in grades pre-K through 12. It is a robust experience, full of challenges, learning and a setting that encourages the fullest potential of every student. Through small classes, dedicated faculty and a challenging curriculum our students acquire the basic knowledge and intellectual skills to be well prepared for higher education. For more information, visit the school at 1801 North Stadium Blvd, 65202 or email

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School is Columbia's first Catholic high school. The high school opened its doors to freshmen and sophomores in the fall of 2011, and will be growing into grades 9-12 over the next two years. Offering a faith-based education along with a rigorous academic curriculum and a competitive athletic program, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School welcomes students of all faiths. For more information, visit the school at 3351 E. Gans Road, 65201 (573-445-7700)

Higher Education

The University of Missouri
was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi. A land-grant institution emphasizing service to Missourians, MU is Missouri's flagship university and the state's major research institution. Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with more than 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and about 120 countries. For more information, contact the University of Missouri Visitor Relations at 104 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573-882-6333)

Columbia College proudly serves over 28,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, 34 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies Program. The school offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees through on-campus and online classes. Students may attend class on campus, online or both. Contact Columbia College at 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216 (573-875-7352)

Stephens College was founded in 1833 as Columbia's first higher learning institution. It is a private college and offers undergraduate education for women in the liberal arts and provides solid preparation in the performing arts and pre-professional fields. Historic Senior Hall and the Firestone Baars Chapel located on its campus are Columbia landmarks. For more information, contact Stephens College, 1200 East Broadway, Columbia, MO) 65215 (573-442-2211)

More Info about Columbia, MO

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    Columbia is referred to as "College Town U.S.A." as it is the home to the state university and two private colleges.

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    Columbia is a great place to live for many reasons. We have an excellent school system, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, entertainment opportunities galore, low cost of living, a clean environment and much, much more.

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