About Columbia College-Sonora

Founded in 1968, Columbia College-Sonora. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Rural. The campus is home to 2,420 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Columbia College-Sonora Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 50 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Columbia College-Sonora include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at CC are considered , with ,4% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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Columbia College-Sonora REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    10 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    9 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    11 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    11 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    11 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    11 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    11 Students rated local services 3.3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    11 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Columbia College-Sonora?

11 Students rated Columbia College-Sonora


Columbia is a small, yet amazing campus nestled in the woods. There is a hiking trail/exercise course a couple miles long that goes around the whole campus and there are places to explore such as"The Labyrinth", a natural maze covering acres, comprised predominantly of limestone and granite. Native species live in the pond at center of campus and the biology program often incorporates local flora and fauna into the curriculum. The teachers and staff are very open to new students and helping students obtain their two year degree or professional certification and/or prepare them for a four year university experience. The professors are varied in their teaching styles and you will probably find some you relate to and others you don't. The social scene is medium sized, if you have a particular "clique" you like to associate with, you will probably know 80% of the people in that group after the first couple semesters. The community is large enough though, that unless you are a complete social butterfly, you're going to meet someone new here and there. People are always coming and going and there are a lot of cultural events going on in the area for how small the mountain community is. Theater, dance, live music and political gatherings are somewhat limited but this is also a good place for someone with a dream who doesn't want to deal with too much competition and wants to spread their wings in a more relaxed environment. The area is predominately white and there are some instances of homophobia and racism, but it is shifting so you will see a small showing of ethnic diversity as well as LGBTQ community. Not as culturally enlightened as a more metropolitan area, but I never saw physical violence committed in the way of hate crime. I lived here as a child and then again in college. There is a lot of beautiful wilderness in this area and a lot of good hearted people at middle to low income. It is sort of a middle ground type place, with not a whole lot going for it in any one area, but also not a whole lot wrong with it, either. The school itself has a good fire program and the USFS fire program in the area is also well funded and respected. There are several theaters and the core science programs (physics, biology, chemistry) were well run when I was a student. I felt I received a solid basic education in a fantastic setting. Lots of people from different walks of life, athletes, hippies and party kids, serious students, nature lovers and cowboys and cowgirls. One nice thing about the area is that gang activity is very low, people who form or pretend to be in gangs are treated like a joke, which does a lot for dissuading otherwise impressionable young people from diving deeper into that world of violence and ego.


Its an overall good college, their is much to be done about the majors, since I feel they should add more they have all the classes for a pre-dental program if a student would like to transfer to university. With the small class sizes the teachers really get to know their students and a lot of them make a bond and understand their weakness and strengths.


The actual campus setting is nice, almost like taking classes adjacent to a national park. Class sizes are modest, with a better chance of connecting with the professors. However Columbia needs to work on hiring extra professors for certain subjects, and not hire only adjunct professors. The college also needs to look into student complaints, including maintenance requests: for example numerous students have complained for over a year about study spaces in the library that have non functioning power outlets, the problem has yet to be fixed. Communication between departments and special programs could be better also. Overall, Columbia College is a nice enough campus, but has quite a few issues that probably won't be fixed by the time I graduate in the next year.


I love it! It gives so many oppertunities to students. I was able to start their at 15, while still being able to do high school at the same time. It has opened so many doors for me and my future. I wasn't serious about colleges until I started taking classes here, and talking to professionals at the school.

Columbia College-Sonora FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Columbia College-Sonora?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Columbia College-Sonora is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    First, I would tell myself that I need to make sure that I do well my senior year because I won't get financial aid unless I have good grades. Second, despite me getting really homesick, it's still a good idea to go to a college away from home because it's a good experience. You get used to being away after a while because you make new friends and you adapt well to the college. Also, you need to make time for everything because your assigned a lot of work. Especially if you're taking a 5 unit class. The last thing I would tell myself would be to have fun with it, you will hit a bump on the road every once in a while, but just hold on and you'll survive college.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    I think the campus is beautiful. It's located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. There are pine trees and winding hills all over campus.

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  4. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I tell my friends about my school, I always brag about the wildlife here and the foresty look. I also love to brag about the labyrinth that's around here because it's really nice and I have never been to one.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are all really nice and make me feel welcome here because I'm not from around here.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    A quality, basic eduation

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I knew to start earlier. The experience I have had so far has been such an eye opener and a fun journey.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any kind of person with dreams and hopes should attend this school. And you must really like close contact with nature here. It is a peaceful and beautiful school.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

70% of students attending Columbia College-Sonora receive some sort of financial aid. 49% were awarded federal grants. While N/A received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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