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Columbia International University

Columbia, SC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate48%

Columbia International University Admissions

Columbia International University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 48% of applicants get into Columbia International University each year. Out of 506 applications received in 2023, 244 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Columbia International University, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the application fee is $25.

Columbia International University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Columbia International University's admissions stats.

Columbia International University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 1035
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 42%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 28%
Waitlist No

Columbia International University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Columbia International University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1

Considering Applying Early to Columbia International University?

Columbia International University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Columbia International University Admissions

Transferring to Columbia International University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Columbia International University

Columbia International University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Columbia International University?

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

Admissions Factors at Columbia International University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Columbia International University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Columbia International University for more information on admission factors.

Columbia International University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Columbia International University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Columbia International University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Columbia International University?

Columbia International University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 74% submitted a class rank. At Columbia International University 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 39% were in the top 25% and 65% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Columbia International University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9.68%
3.75 and 3.99 16.13%
3.50 and 3.74 19.68%
3.25 and 3.49 27.89%
3.00 and 3.24 17.36%
2.50 and 2.9 6.86%
2.00 and 2.49 2.4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Columbia International University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Columbia International University does not have 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 2022, 42% of Columbia International University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Columbia International University?

To be competitive with other Columbia International University applicants, you should aim to earn between 990 and 1195 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Columbia International University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1195 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Columbia International University student is 1035.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Columbia International University students scored 575 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Columbia International University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at Columbia International University, you should strive to earn between 16 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Columbia International University'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 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Columbia International University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to Columbia International University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Columbia International University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Columbia International University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Columbia International University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Columbia International University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Columbia International University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Columbia International University accept transfer credits?

✅ Columbia International University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Columbia International University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Columbia International University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Columbia International University?

✅ Columbia International University is not test optional.

What is Columbia International University's acceptance rate?

✅ Columbia International University has an acceptance rate of 48%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Columbia International University?

❌ Columbia International University does not offer early decision.

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Columbia International University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Columbia International University? Columbia International University is a somewhat selective institution. The Columbia International University acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 48 out of every 100 applicants.


Columbia International University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Columbia International University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Columbia International University is Continuous processing.

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

Columbia International University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1195


Math SAT Range

490 - 575


Reading SAT Range

500 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1195 and Above


990 to 1195


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Columbia International University students is 1035. Applicants with SAT scores of 1195 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Columbia International University, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1195 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Columbia International University.

Columbia International University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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