#9 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

Columbia College

Columbia, South Carolina

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Columbia College overview
Location Columbia, South Carolina
Online columbiasc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Columbia College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Columbia College, located in Columbia, South Carolina, is a private liberal arts women's college with a coeducational evening program. Established in 1854, the institution offers a picturesque campus noted for its historical buildings and a serene atmosphere, nestled just minutes away from the state capital and downtown Columbia. The college is characterized by its strong academic programs, notably in areas like communication, public affairs, business, and the arts. With a holistic application process, Columbia College maintains a moderately selective admissions policy. Students have access to on-campus housing options, providing a supportive residential environment. While Columbia College does not have a major focus on athletics, the institution provides a range of extracurricular activities and facilities for the overall development of its students.

In the most recent statistical year 2,176 prospective students applied, and 2,135 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 190 enrolled in the school.  957 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 557 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $21,250 plus fees of $800. Columbia College is ranked 913 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Columbia College is rated within the lower 33% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Columbia College overview
SAT 850/1140
ACT 14/18
GPA 3.56

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Columbia College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$800
Room and Board $8,400
Budget for Other Expenses$7,042
Total One Year Cost$38,732

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$34,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

50% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Columbia College students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 20%
Psychology 12%
Business 12%
Human Services 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217934 IPEDS survey data for Columbia College.

Current students may use the Columbia College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.