If it's accolades you are looking for, Columbia College is competitive with the highest ranking institutions anywhere.
In the 2004 and 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement, measuring the overall effectiveness of the college experience, Columbia College ranked among the top-performing institutions in the country. Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.
The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Columbia College students rank their experience particularly high in terms of individual attention and quality of learning. An exceptionally high percentage of Columbia College students responded that they actively participate in class discussions and are presented with unique and satisfying learning opportunities.
Columbia College is home to the 2010-11 Carnegie/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year as well as three National Honors Students of the Year since 2003. The Honors Program is among the most prestigious and nationally visible in the country. Honors students are invited to elite academic conferences annually. The College has been ranked as one of the top comprehensive undergraduate colleges in the South.
The College is also among those institutions recognized for a commitment to service and is a member of the national President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The College holds two prestigious Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificates of Excellence for “innovative faculty development enhancing undergraduate learning.”
The Leadership Institute at Columbia College has been recognized for excellence by both the Kellogg Foundation and the Women’s College Coalition.