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Columbia College (South Carolina)

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Columbia, SC

This school is more affordable than other private schools

Affordability is calculated by subtracting average financial aid from total tuition and fees.

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$17,791

Avg tuition

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About Columbia College (South Carolina)

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: Christian, United Methodist  While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Columbia College (South Carolina) is a small private college located on an urban campus in Columbia, South Carolina. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 979, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 97%. The college offers 49 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 66%, and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Tuition and fees for students are $17,791.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

97% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

59% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

66% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school transcript Required

High school rank Required

Letter of recommendation Considered (not required)

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Not required or recommended

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Implied no

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 17-20

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 820-1050

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of fewer than 5,000 students.

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1k

Students enrolled

81%

Online student enrollment

12:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold

Demographics

White

39%

Black

39%

Unknown

12%

Hispanic

6%

Two or more races

3%

Asian

1%

Non-U.S. Citizen

0%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Information not available

Female student population

86%

Socio-economic diversity

67% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

10

Total Online Enrollment

988

Student Location Breakout

Percent of Programs Online

82% On-campus

18% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate Check Bold 100% online

Bachelor's Check Bold 12% online

Graduate Certificate X Bold Not offered

Master's Check Bold 50% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $17,791 $17,791
Graduate $10,671 $10,671

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,268
On-campus room and board $8,300
On-campus other expenses $5,100
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $5,696
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $8,144
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $5,090

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $32,459 $32,459
Off-campus without family $32,899 $32,899
Off-campus with family $24,149 $24,149

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

89%

State Grant Aid

75%

Institution Grant Aid

93%

Pell Grant

67%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,688
State Grant Aid $5,968
Institution Grant Aid $4,389
Pell Grant Aid $4,853

Financial Outlook

$22k

Average student debt after graduation

$29k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

Varsity Athletic Teams

NAIA Division I

of the overall student body is a member of an athletic team.

Participation

Men Women
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • All Track Combined

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees given for the 2020-2021 academic year.

1

Biological And Biomedical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

2

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services

BA

MA

DOC

3

Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs

BA

MA

DOC

4

Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services

BA

MA

DOC

5

Education

BA

MA

DOC

6

English Language And Literature/Letters

BA

MA

DOC

7

Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

8

Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics

BA

MA

DOC

9

Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

10

Health Professions And Related Programs

BA

MA

DOC

11

History

BA

MA

DOC

12

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services

BA

MA

DOC

13

Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities

BA

MA

DOC

14

Mathematics And Statistics

BA

MA

DOC