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Overview
Founded in 1901, Columbia College of Nursing is in a large suburb with more than 250,000 residents. It is in the Milwaukee-Waukesha WI area.
Highlights
Undergraduate program with the highest reported starting salary ($61K): Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
Largest undergraduate program (58): Registered Nursing
Address
4425 N Port Washington Rd
Glendale, WI 53212
www.ccon.edu
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Institutional Control
Columbia College of Nursing is a private not-for-profit organization.
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
We cannot identify an accreditation record for Columbia College of Nursing. It is important for you to verify that this school is accredited before you attend.
Accreditation History
Higher Learning Commission (Accredited January 1, 1988 - June 30, 2020)
  • The acccreditation was ceased for the following reason: The institution voluntarily resigned affiliation with HLC, effective June 30, 2020, and will continue to be recognized as an additional location of Alverno College.
Undergraduate Students
Not all students attend their first college full time to completion. While some schools are focused on those that population, many schools focus on transfer and or part time students. What types of of student does this school support.
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Admissions
Context: Average High School GPA
Last year's entering freshman class at Columbia College of Nursing had an average GPA of 2.90. This is a lower GPA than reported by 40% of the context schools.
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Admissions Details
Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Columbia College of Nursing's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
The average high school GPA for these students was 2.9.
A high school diploma or GED is required.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Columbia College of Nursing has an undergraduate application fee of $50. We did not find Columbia College of Nursing on the Common Application site. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Transfer application information
Transfer application information
The application deadline for fall transfer admission is March 1. Fall transfer applicants are notified by April 15. Transfer students can begin studies in fall or spring.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Columbia College of Nursing accepts the following credits:
  • Transfer credits from accredited institutions
  • Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Programs
Columbia College of Nursing program offerings
What award level are you pursuing?
Bachelor's Degree
Registered Nursing
A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance
Note: The name and definition of this program are based on Department of Education CIP code descriptions, which ensures uniform reporting across schools in the US. Please check this school's website for detailed program information and their specific course descriptions._
Choose how to look at program completions
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By Race/Origin
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Completions in Registered Nursing by award level
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Bachelor's Degree
Recently College Scorecard released data on starting salaries and cumulative federal student debt for each school/program combination with sufficient graduates to allow for privacy concerns with data releases. Shown in the box plots below are data for all schools offering registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing (which may contain several related fields) by award level. If a value is reported for Columbia College of Nursing, then that is shown in blue.
Starting Salaries
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Cumulative Federal Student Loan Debt
$15,000$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000DoctorateProfessionalPost-master's CertMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
What can I do if I study Registered Nursing?
Below we list the careers that the US Department of Education suggests are best fits for people who studied registered nursing. You can get an idea of salary and the level of education you'll need, as well as whether this is a growing or shrinking career field. Sometimes this list of recommended careers doesn't match what people who earned this degree are really doing. Our registered nursing program page has much more information about the interplay between study in this field and possible careers. Select any table row to learn more about listed career.
Occupation
Follow these links to learn all about this career!
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Salary distribution for people with this Career
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Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment over the next 10 years
Costs
Undergraduate costs
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Columbia College of Nursing. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.
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$1,150
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Historic Annual Costs
See how this school's published costs have changed over the years, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.
Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Columbia College of Nursing to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Columbia College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Columbia College of Nursing has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Financial Aid
Student Financial Need
How likely are you to get a scholarship if you attend? This section covers the likelihood that students with or without need are receiving financial aid. You can see this data for the full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student population as a whole or for full-time freshmen only.
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Full-time undergraduates
Full-time freshmen
Context: Need met for full-time undergraduates
Columbia College of Nursing uses federal and institutional methodology to determine if a student needs aid. According to their benchmark, they believe that 40% of full-time degree-seeking undergraduate need has been met. In general, the funds that close the gap between the cost of attendance (COA) and the expected family contribution (EFC) is filled by student loans, but some schools distribute enough financial aid to make sure this is not necessary. Visit the financial aid website to explore what promises Columbia College of Nursingmakes.
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Overview of student need and resources used (Full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students)
The average annual financial aid package received by full-time degree-seeking undergraduates who were identified to have need totals $11,039, of which on average $5,646 is in the form of loans.
Student financial need
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Columbia College of Nursing's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.
  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Loan Programs

Federal Direct PLUS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford

State Loans

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

State scholarships/grants

Private scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

Athletic scholarships

Non-need-based Scholarships Available

Academic interest/achievement grants

Athletic scholarships

International Students
Columbia College of Nursing provides no financial aid to international students.
Undergraduate Outcomes
Graduation Rate
All undergraduate students were full-time with no them attending college for the first time. In the last reporting year, 80% of students, including those who were part-time or transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
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Time to complete
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Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion
We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.
Full-time first-time students
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Full-time transfer students
Years after enrolling.
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Context and trends: Repayment Rate
How much progress do you think you'll be able to make towards paying down your college loans seven years after leaving school? In our research, we discovered that a surprisingly large number of students don't default on their loans, but also aren't making progress in paying down their principal amount. The percentages here count alumni who have decreased their loan amounts by at least $1.
Years after leaving school.
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Chart explanation
Columbia College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Columbia College of Nursing who have successfully reduced their federal school loans by at least $1 by the date shown, which is 3 years after leaving the school.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the loan repayment rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?
The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.
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Chart explanation
Columbia College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Columbia College of Nursing who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Classroom Experience
Student attention at Columbia College of Nursing
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Quality and Quantity of Columbia College of Nursing faculty
Faculty are the heart of a school. Make sure the school you attend has highly-qualified faculty who are regularly in their offices and happy to meet with you.
Full-time faculty overview
The best bachelor’s and graduate programs are generally taught by long-term faculty with tenure, as these instructors typically hold the highest degree possible in their field of expertise. Their commitment to research, their students, and to the school itself should be outstanding. The more green in the chart, the more long-term faculty are available to offer you steady classroom quality.
Learn more about the bars in this chart

Traditionally, the long-term faculty at a school are hired as Assistant Professors. After about six years, they then advance to the Associate Professor level after proving excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the institution, and significant contributions to their field of expertise. Assistant professors who are not promoted to the Associate level are usually required to leave the school. The rank of Professor is reserved for senior faculty who have demonstrated the highest standing in those three areas. The standards of excellence differ widely across institutions; nonetheless, the presence of a large proportion of faculty in the three professor ranks suggests you will be taught by faculty who are invested in their academic fields and in the school. Generally, instructors with any of the three professor titles will hold the highest possible (terminal) degree in their academic fields.

The instructor/lecturer positions are generally held by full-time faculty who are focused on teaching alone, often for lower-level classes. These positions usually require some advanced education or experience, but not the highest (terminal) degree in a given academic field. Those teaching with no academic rank may be hired to teach in mostly non-academic fields, giving skills- or vocation-based guidance.

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Faculty, not tenure-track: sub-annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: multi-year or indefinite
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Context: Percentage of full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and most likely to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Columbia College of Nursing performs better in this measure than 96% of the context schools.
Read more about why you want mostly full-time faculty teaching you
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Context: Full-time faculty with the best degrees
Students earning a bachelor's degree or higher should expect to receive the bulk of their education from experts in their field who have earned the highest possible degree.
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Faculty Diversity
Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.
An overview of faculty race and gender
Here the bars show faculty rank, with male faculty to the left and female faculty to the right. The race/origin of faculty are shown by color. The view with rank is important because many of our elite schools have a problem with diversity at the higher faculty ranks. Are women and minorities being promoted at Columbia College of Nursing?
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Housing
No Student Housing Available
This school does not report any housing for students.
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Activities and Services
Special academic opportunities
  • Cooperative program
  • Credit for advanced placement
  • Double-major allowed
  • Honors Program
  • Independent study courses
  • Off campus study: Milwaukee
  • Off campus study: Mount Mary College
  • Off campus study: WI
  • Orientation program
  • Part-time degree programs
  • Remediation available
  • Study abroad
  • Summer session
Undergraduate services offered
  • Health clinic
  • Personal/psychological counseling
  • Academic/career counseling services
Programs for Veterans
If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.
  • Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
  • Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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Research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research

We have no library data for Columbia College of Nursing in spite of the fact that about 100 of the degrees it awards are bachelor's or higher degrees. It is unusual for a school with this focus to not have library data. In fact, about 90% of the schools that graduate at least 10% of students at the bachelor's or higher level report library information.

In the age of digital resources, a library can offer incredible support even to distance education students. For students on campus, the library is the study and meeting hub for both residential and commuting students. Through the academic libraries, students can freely access resources not available on the internet.

It is difficult to imagine a meaningful bachelor's or graduate degree program that does not require independent research projects from its students. Without academic library resources, those projects could become quite expensive and also much more difficult, because academic librarians are indispensable for guiding students toward appropriate resources for a research project. The greater fear is that a lack of library means that minimal research and outside reading is expected of students. If you're interested in attending Columbia College of Nursing, you should ask about their library resources and research expectations, and make sure that you would be receiving the academic challenges and support that you and your future reputation deserve.

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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor
Any school that reports at least $150,000 in research and development expenditures in a given year should have submitted out the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey to the National Science Foundation (NSF). We did not find HERD data for $Columbia College of Nursing, so there would at most modest graduate-level academic scholarship campus-wide.
Student Body
Undergraduate Study Types
About 93% of undergraduate students are full-time. About 6% of undergraduate students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 17% take some courses online.
Undergraduate Full-time
93%
Undergraduate Online classes
23%
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Context: Student body size
Columbia College of Nursing enrolled 145 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is smaller than 95% of the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Columbia College of Nursing undergraduate students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
Gender
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Undergraduate student race/origin
Columbia College of Nursing reports that 17% of undergraduate students are minority, which is less than 79% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
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Pacific Islander
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Columbia College of Nursing.
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Context: Percentage of women
With 88% women undergraduate students, Columbia College of Nursing has a higher percentage of women than 96% of context schools.
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Context: Undergraduate student race/origin
Here is how Columbia College of Nursing compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Columbia College of Nursing has undergraduates from 3 states or territories.

Freshman residence
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Undergraduate student age distribution
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
Age range
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School Finances
Columbia College of Nursing: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Research spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
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Chart explanation
Columbia College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Columbia College of Nursing have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Columbia College of Nursing is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for Columbia College of Nursing into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
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Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
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Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Institutional support expenses
Research expenses
Other expenses
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The power of a large endowment
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Columbia College of Nursing's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
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Net Assets
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Columbia College of Nursing in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Context: 2019 net assets per student