The Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence touches every Columbia College student. We combine a liberal arts education with leadership skills and real-world experiences to build successful, fulfilling futures. Focusing on personal and career-oriented growth that’s anchored in service and leadership development, we connect students with unique preparation opportunities that will elevate them as future professionals.
The Institute delivers a comprehensive four-year program integrating high school-to-college and college-to-career advising and instruction. Students work one-on-one with professional career coaches and academic advisors, are mentored by successful and energetic alumnae and community leaders, participate in multiple internship experiences, and are trained in personal leadership.
Each student also builds an academic and career portfolio cataloging her growth and experiences while at Columbia College. Reflection and telling the story of one’s life is an important foundation for future success.