Columbia College
Columbia, SC 29203


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,588
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 582 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Columbia College is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 526 applications and 458 students were granted admission. Columbia College is at the #85 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 81% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 54% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT840 to 1050
ACT18 to 24

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Columbia College's tuition was $28,900 for all students regardless of residency (7.9% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Columbia College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 49% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,507 (which is 2.4% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Columbia College in 2016-2017, was 129, which is 70% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,757 (which is 2.3% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Columbia College has enrolled a total of 1,588 students (1,167 students full-time and 421 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,588 students, 337 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 28% men and 72% women and 1,456 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 132 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 543 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 55%

Black/African American: 34%

Hispanic: 4%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Columbia College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 30% 255
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 8% 70
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 5% 44 0
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 5% 42
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 38
Psychology 4% 36
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 4% 34
Health Professions And Related Programs 4% 34
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 18
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 2% 14

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Columbia College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Columbia College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $26,500. Last year, out of the total 474 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 427 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 535 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 465 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $26,500 $33,500
Employment Rate 90% 87%
Total Graduates 474 535

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Columbia College.

W L Bonner College
0.3 mile away
Benedict College
2.4 mile away
Allen University
2.5 mile away
Newberry College
37.6 mile away
Claflin University
39.1 mile away
Morris College
39.8 mile away
Voorhees College
51.3 mile away
Presbyterian College
56.3 mile away
Coker College
59.5 mile away