Greater Columbus is home to 12 universities, colleges, and technical colleges. Within a 60-mile driving radius of are Auburn University, Columbus State University, Mercer University’s School of Medicine, Columbus Technical College, Troy University at Phenix City and Fort Benning, LaGrange College, Georgia Military College (GMC) and Chattahoochee Valley Community College.
Attracting students from all around the globe, Columbus State University provides nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing and more to over 8,200 students seeking a creative, deeply personal, and relevant college experience. CSU’s main campus sits on 150-acres in Midtown Columbus and its River Park Campus sits on the Chattahoochee River in the heart of Downtown Columbus. Along with its two campuses in Columbus, CSU also offers classes in West Point, GA, at Fort Benning, and its own house in Oxford, England. Columbus State has an exceptionally strong connection with its community and uses its resources to the benefit of local residents. Examples include a revitalized downtown, strong public-private partnerships, great continuing education programs, and educational outreach centers such as CSU's Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Outreach Center, The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and The Bo Bartlett Center. Columbus State also is ranked one of the 100 Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report magazine in 2014.
Columbus Technical College is another excellent option for pursuing higher education. The college is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and now features six schools of study with over 100 programs. Along with its higher education courses, Columbus Technical College is also the number one provider of Adult Education services in our region with 19 locations and over 1,300 students. In 2016, Columbus Technical College, through its Economic Development Department, provided training assistance to 264 companies and 38,988 training hours.
Individuals on both sides of the Chattahoochee River attend Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) in search of the strong foundational skills needed to excel when transferring to a four-year school. For more than 35 years, students have trusted in CVCC to help them foster the skills required to achieve success in career fields such as health sciences, business, information technology, public safety and high-tech modeling and simulation. Job readiness training and GED programs are also offered free of charge.
Troy University at Phenix City stands tall overlooking the Chattahoochee River in a building that houses courses offered by the Sorrell College of Business and College of Health and Human Services as well as three new Centers for Excellence. The four-story, 40,000-square-foot building sits at the foot of the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, sparking revitalization and new development along Phenix City’s riverfront. Troy University’s Phenix City Campus offers night, weekend, and online courses 5 times a year.
The mission of Georgia Military College (GMC) is to produce educated citizens and contributing members of society in an environment conducive to the development of the intellect and character of its students, regardless of location or method of delivery. College students are offered a liberal arts-based, two-year undergraduate curriculum designed to support student attainment of an associate degree and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students with an associate of applied science degree are offered a curriculum designed to support student attainment of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.