Founded in 1936, Columbia College first offered high school completion programs to hundreds of students. In 1965 the College added university transfer courses to its offerings, and in the 1970s introduced an English as a Second Language Program to meet the needs of the increasing number of international students.

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In April 2013 Columbia College moved from its downtown location to a brand new 5-storey building just east of Vancouver’s downtown core on Terminal Avenue. The new building provides improved facilities to students and staff, including science laboratories (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics), library and student lounges. Tenants on the ground floor include Subway and Taco del Mar provide food services to students. Underground parking is available, and there is easy access to Skytrain at the nearby Main Street Station.

The College operates as a Non-profit Society, and currently has an enrollment of about 1,000 students drawn from around the world. Over the years many thousands of Canadian and international students have completed their qualifications at Columbia College and proceeded to university. The College will continue to provide excellent preparation for university entrance in the years to come.