Columbia has a general population of 84,531 and an overall student population of 48,122. Approximately 15,556 of Columbia's students are enrolled in schools that offer criminal justice programs.
The largest criminal justice school in Columbia, by student population, is Columbia College. In 2010, Columbia College graduated approximately 353 students with credentials in criminal justice.
In 2010, 353 students graduated with a criminal justice degree in Columbia. In 2009 tuition at criminal justice schools in Columbia was $14,576 per year, on average.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $800 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a criminal justice program in Columbia. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $5,898 per year, on average, for room and board at Columbia-based criminal justice schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $23,200.
If you plan on staying in Columbia after graduating from criminal justice school, you should know that job prospects for criminal justice professionals in Columbia, which is the most popular criminal justice profession, are not very good. There were 17,990 criminal justice professionals working in Missouri and 560 working in the greater Columbia area in 2010. The government projects that the number of criminal justice professionals in Columbia will increase by 4% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for criminal justice professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a criminal justice professional in Columbia is $22,620 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for criminal justice professionals.