Columbia College

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1301 Columbia College Drive

Columbia, SC 29203

Phone: (803) 786-3012
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#46 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Columbia College is a private institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,088, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 53 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Columbia College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 46. Its tuition and fees are $26,800 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Columbia College is a private, liberal arts, women's college and a national leader in the field of leadership development for women. Among its most notable features are a nationally recognized honors program; an emphasis on character development, social justice, and engaged learning; a diverse campus community; and custom-designed opportunities for internships, practica, and travel-study experiences. Founded in 1854, the College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the College has a legacy of developing women leaders with the courage, commitment, confidence, and competence to build a better world. In addition to the Women's College, a coeducational undergraduate evening program is offered and there are three graduate programs: M.A. in Organizational Change and Leadership; M.Ed. in Higher Education; and M.Ed in Divergent Learning.

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the campus is within minutes of a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities in the capital city. Residents enjoy the moderate climate year-round, a vibrant metropolitan area, college and university sports, parks, rivers, Lake Murray, museums, a nationally renowned zoo, and performing arts.

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School type private, women's college
Year founded N/A
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $21,110,677


When applying to Columbia College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Columbia College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Columbia College is 12:1, and the school has 67.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Columbia College include: Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other; Psychology, General; Accounting; Business Administration and Management, General; and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 60 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 8%
Psychology, General 7%
Accounting 6%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 6%

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Student Life

Columbia College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,088, with a gender distribution of 3.1 percent male students and 96.9 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. Columbia College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,263
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Columbia College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Columbia College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Columbia College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Columbia College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Columbia College, 93.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,303.

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Tuition and fees $26,800 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,978 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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