Why Columbia College Why Columbia College


  1. We offer the first two years of American higher education at lower tuition rates and in smaller classrooms than a four-year university. 
  2. Columbia College is one of the few community colleges in California that offer dorms on-campus.
  3. Columbia College has many employer connections and can connect students with employers in health, IT, STEM, business, education, natural resource, child development, and more! Career Services can help international students find work opportunities in their second year.
  4. Strong student services are available with individualized assistance in academic advising, career exploration, and transferring to a 4-year university. 
  5. We offer a flexible education system that prides itself on academic excellence.
  6. Our friendly community is dedicated to our students’ academic, professional, and personal success.  
  7. Columbia College coursework can transfer to top California universities including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, CSU Sacramento, and CSU Cal Poly.
  8. If you enjoy nature and the outdoors, Columbia will offer you an ideal destination for your personal and academic life as an international student. Columbia College is located between Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. 

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