Columbia College


Columbia College is located in Sonora, California. It was established as a community college in 1968. The college mirrors the architectural style of the Gold Rush era in California. It is popular for its fire academy, one of the best in the state of California. The college maintains a fire department on staff. As a two year institution it is granted eligibility for federal aid for students. Academic options include certificates which take less then one year to one year to complete, as well as Associate degrees.


Information Summary

Ranks 202nd in California and 2368th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 58.6
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $3,082
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 13 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 58% / 32%
Enrollment Total (all students) 2,496


Confined to the arts, sciences, and vocational education, Columbia takes pride in its anthropology education, art education, photography courses, and biological science education, as well as chemistry education.

Vocational students can receive training in automotive technology, business administration training, or economics educational courses. Students can also actively participate in a child development career through the child development vocational education courses.

Other options for vocational studies include computer science or drafting. For those interested in the medical field, There is also a unique Emergency Medical Services vocational education for students. Students who seek to start businesses on their own can participate in the Entrepreneurship vocational training.

Any students that want to work with fire can benefit from the fire technology vocational training. Given the location of the school, it offers another unique vocational education through Forestry, Natural Resources, and Natural Resources Technology training. There is also a Geographic Information Systems vocational education.

Other options available to students include degrees in Hospitality Management. There are also office technology courses available for students who wish to actively engage in an office setting career after their graduation.

Students are offered a great vocational education in search and rescue. Students attending this school or thinking about attending this school can also opt for a skills development education which can lead to many career paths once completed successfully. Lastly, students are offered vocational education courses in the travel and tourism industry as well as educational courses on welding technology, both of which have a wide range of career options after success completion of the courses.

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Financial Aid

The first phase of the financial aid process is to complete the FAFSA, which is available at There are a number of financial aid and government grant options at the college, which include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, low interest federal student loans, and a state program known as the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver.

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The ASCC is the official student group that dominates and overlooks the college activities and programs. These elected representatives are well trained to ensure student voices are catered to and to enhance job and leadership skills. These student electives also encourage campus clubs, which is a great way to meet and jumpstart your academic career. Some of the organizations on campus include the auto tech club, which is one of the longest running clubs. It was structured to group together students that are enthusiastic about automotive technology. Other clubs include the CEO club (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization), Christians club, dance club and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

  • The professional counseling staff at the college provides a great insight to new, returning and continuing students through helping them decide on the right career, abilities and interests, education planning and coping with personal dilemmas.
  • The library atemploys dedicated staff that is keen on fostering learning and skills to excel in the workplace.
  • Blackboard is the online interface that allows instructors to facilitate hybrid instruction. Most students at the college find this tool seamless to use, and all that is needed is basic computer skills and the internet.
  • The campus offers designated smoking areas that are well highlighted all through the property.

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