Columbia College (Columbia - 29203)

1301 Columbia College Dr, Columbia, SC 29203
Tel: (803)786-3012
Private not-for-profit | 1,263 students
Columbia College, a women's college related to the United Methodist Church, educates students in the liberal arts tradition. The College provides educational opportunities that develop students' capacity for critical thought and expression, life-long learning, acceptance of personal responsibility, and commitment to service and social justice. In furtherance of its mission, the College is responsive to the needs of students, the communities to which it belongs, and the greater global society.

School Overview:

Columbia College (Columbia - 29203)
CountyRichland County, SC
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
89 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,263 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
979 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
284 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
1,088 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
175 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted65%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)460-560450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)460-560460-573
ACT English (25-75%)19-2619-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)19-2620-25

School Notes:

  • Columbia College encompasses the Women's College established in 1854 and the Evening College and Graduate School serving women and men. Columbia College is noted for faculty who foster academic excellence through collaborative teaching and learning; a vital learning community in which character, ethics, and values are cultivated; the study of leadership enhanced by opportunities for practical application; programs that capitalize on advances in technology; and learning environments that extend beyond the classroom.
  • On February 8, 1854, representatives of the South Carolina Methodist Conference voted to establish Columbia Female College in Columbia, S.C., whose mission would be "to educate young women for fruitful service to church, state and nation." Columbia College offers 41 majors, 22 minors and a premedical program, with extensive course offerings in each area. More than half of Columbia College alumnae enter graduate, law, or medical school. Student life includes an engaged, active student body with more than 60 clubs and organizations, 150-year old traditions and four NAIA athletic teams (soccer, tennis, volleyball and basketball).
  • Columbia College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its evening/weekend adult programs or graduate programs. Columbia College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,national origin, age, or disability in any of its educational programs, admission procedures, or employment practices.
  • Columbia College is located in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. The greater Columbia metropolitan area, known as the Midlands of the state, has a population of more than 600,000.
  • The College has been ranked for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top comprehensive undergraduate colleges in the South. The Leadership Institute at Columbia College has been recognized for excellence by both the Kellogg Foundation and the Women’s College Coalition. In the 2004 National Survey of Student Engagement, measuring the overall effectiveness of the college experience, Columbia College ranked among the top-performing institutions in the country.
  • Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone number:404.679.4501) to award bachelors and masters degrees. The following provide independent accreditation to:
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