The College of the Bahamas or COB is a national and public institution offering higher education services in the Bahamas. The college has various academic programs including seven schools and an institute. These are the School of Business, the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute, the Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Social and Educational Studies, and the International Languages and Cultures Institute.
This Bahamas local institution has served the people of the islands for over thirty-five years. The College of Bahamas is the result of the merging of four schools in 1974 which were The Sixth Form Programme of the Government High School, The C.R. Walker Technical College, The San Salvador Teacher’s College, and The Bahamas Teachers’ College. It was first established as a two-year institution before becoming a four-year degree college. Currently, the College of the Bahamasis working on attaining university status. The transition will pave the way towards offering more undergraduate and graduate programs with a more developed and enhance curriculum as well as research and other activities for the further development of the Bahamas.
In its quest to provide academic excellence to all Bahamians, this institution has several academic and research centers throughout the country and three academic campuses. The accessibility provided by the institution enables Bahamas locals to have high quality education within their reach. In fact, the Northern Campus which recently opened last 2011 is near Freeport Grand Bahama. The Northern Campus is part of the plan for the transition from college to university. The campus is 15 kilometers east of Freeport Grand Bahama and also 10 Kilometers east of Port Lucaya. The other academic campuses namely Grosvenor Close and Oakes Field are located in Nassau. Meanwhile, the satellite campuses are located in Exuma, Andros Bahamas, Abaco, and San Salvador Bahamas. The satellite campuses such as the one located in San Salvador Bahamas is the college’s way of reaching out and serving students throughout the islands of Bahamas.