Welcome to Columbia, Missouri.

Call us CoMo ... Call us College Town, U.S.A. ...

Call us home.

Ranked (over and over again) as one of the best college towns in America, Columbia, Missouri, is home to 36,000+ college students and 118,000 residents. Columbia — conveniently located approximately 100 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis — has it all: big-time college sports, film, music and arts festivals, a high-energy arts community, amazing recreation and a great downtown with lots of places to eat, shop, snack and check out the latest bands. Our community offers outstanding health care options, as well as excellent educational opportunities for every level of student (including our own Children’s School).


The District (Downtown and Right Next Door)

Downtown Columbia is called The District. Here, you’ll find 20 square blocks of shopping, dining, dancing and people-watching. There’s something for every interest and lifestyle. And it’s all just steps from campus.



We hear it all of the time. Columbia, Missouri, is a great place to live. But you don’t have to tell us twice. We’ve been named:

And much more. From "Most Romantic" to "Least Stressed" to a "Best City for Working Women," the list goes on and on. See the complete list.


Life Outdoors

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

We’re known for our extensive system of parks and trails. Go for a hike at Rock Bridge State Park or on the award-winning MKT Trail, rent a kayak or canoe at Finger Lakes State Park, or toss a disc at Harmony Bends Disc Golf Course. Tennis courts, golf courses, lakes and pools give you lots of options for outdoor recreation.


Within city limits


Less than 20-minute drive


Less than 1.5-hour drive


Bringing a pet to campus?

Take the pup to one of Columbia's many dog parks! Twin Lakes Dog Park is a favorite.


Like to bike?

Biking is popular in Columbia. Take advantage of Bike Boulevard, which runs through Stephens’ campus and includes nearby Stephens Lake Park and downtown access at Tenth Street.

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Office of Student Development

Stamper Commons

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