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Columbia College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Columbia College, Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to Columbia College?

Columbia College does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Columbia College?

Columbia College is aslightly difficult school to get into. Columbia College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Columbia College **accepted 45% of students, around 1,011 of the 2,245 students who applied.

Schools that are slightly difficult to get into, like Columbia College, MIN

Transfer student admissions is slightly difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Columbia College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Columbia College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Columbia College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Columbia College must submit the following items. Double check with Columbia College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Interview
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Columbia College?

Students admitted to Columbia College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 55% submitted a class rank. At Columbia College 26% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 49% were in the top 25% and 84% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Columbia College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 55%

Columbia College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 9% of Columbia College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 92% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Columbia College?

To be competitive with other Columbia College applicants, you should strive to earn between 925 and 1165 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Columbia College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1165 and 25% of scored lower than 925, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Columbia College students scored 605 or higher and 75% of students scored 435 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Columbia College students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 435 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Columbia College?

To be most competitive at Columbia College, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Columbia College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Columbia College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Columbia College

For transfer students, it is slightly difficult to get admitted to Columbia College.

Transfer students can enroll in Columbia College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Winter Term Summer Term

Columbia College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Columbia College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Columbia College.

Does Columbia College accept transfer credits?

Columbia College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Columbia College accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES Life Long Learning Credit ACE recommendations for credit Excelsior College Examinations

Does Columbia College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Columbia College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Columbia College?

No, Columbia College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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Columbia College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective

45%

How hard is it to get into Columbia College? Columbia College is a less selective institution. The Columbia College acceptance rate is 45%. This means that the institution accepts 45 out of every 100 applicants.

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Columbia College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Columbia College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Columbia College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

19 to 25

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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Columbia College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

925 - 1165

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Math SAT Range

495 - 605

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Reading SAT Range

435 - 580

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Columbia College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.56

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Columbia College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

990

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

45%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$23,840

Out-of-State

$23,840

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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