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Columbia College

Columbia, SC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate98%
Acceptance Rate98%

About Columbia College

Columbia College Overview

Columbia College is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia College was founded in 1854 and enrolls around 1,376 students a year, including 1,065 undergraduates. Columbia College offers housing for up to 560 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 30% of students spend their weekends on campus.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Columbia College!

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Columbia College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Columbia College students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life?Columbia College has sororities, but doesn't have fraternities.

Planning to play sports? Columbia College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Columbia College on the Student Life page.

2022 Columbia College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 98%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 7%
Tuition $20,450
Percent of Need Met 73%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $18,944

Is Columbia College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better look at what Columbia College offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Columbia College

It is moderately difficult to get into Columbia College. Columbia College admitted 98% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 1,271 applications received in 2022, 1,250 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 54% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Columbia Collegecome back the next year. 54% of Columbia College undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Columbia College Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Columbia College by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 93% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with Columbia College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Columbia College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Columbia College's endowment was $26 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $7,559 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbia College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Columbia College meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Columbia College full-time are awarded $18,944 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,206 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbia College.

Based on this information, does Columbia College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Columbia College a good school for you?

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Where is Columbia College Located?

Columbia College is located in the suburban setting of Columbia, South Carolina.

If you are interested in seeing Columbia College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-20, I-26, I-77 to Columbia, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Columbia Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Columbia College and Columbia are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1301 Columbia College Drive Columbia, SC 29203-5998

Campus Setting: Suburban

Columbia College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer 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


ACT Range

15 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

22 and Above


15 to 22


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Columbia College is 18. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Columbia College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 15 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Columbia College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

890 - 1190


Math SAT Range

440 - 600


Reading SAT Range

440 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above


890 to 1190


890 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Columbia College students is 1027. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Columbia College, while applicants with SAT scores between 890 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 890 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Columbia College.

Columbia College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Columbia College is like? There are approximately 1,376 students enrolled at Columbia College, including 1,065 undergraduate students and 311 graduate students. 68% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from SC and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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