How Do I Apply?
1. Submit Your Free Application
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Start the process today. As a first-time applicant, you'll be prompted to set up an account. You can always take a break and come back to your application. You can use the Common Application—we treat all applicants the same.
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Already started your application? Please use the following button to view your application, submit documents, check the status of your application, and see a checklist of any missing documents you might have.
2. Submit a Personal Statement
You must submit a personal statement unless you meet one of the following two categories:
- You have transferable college credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or
- You have an approved training academy certification (degree-specific).
If you opt to submit a personal statement, it should be a minimum of 500 words and address all of the following:
- Explain why you should be accepted for admissions.
- Explain why the program is important to you.
- Explain why would Columbia College is a good fit for your educational goals.
3. Provide Additional Documentation
You can transfer a total of 90 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university. Only classes in which you have received a 2.0 or higher will be accepted and we reserve the right to determine which courses meet the requirements and standards of the College. We only accept transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Once your admission file is complete, it will be sent to the registrar for an official transfer evaluation that determines the number of transfer hours to which you are entitled.
4. REQUEST YOUR UNOFFICIAL* OR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
*Official transcripts are required before you attend your classes.
Request an official copy of your transcript. Official transcripts should be sent directly from each high school you've attended. Already have college credits? Check out our application steps for transfer students.
5. Submit Recommendations (optional)
Ask your high school guidance counselor to fill out our guidance counselor form and submit it. We also ask that you submit a recommendation from a teacher who taught you English, math, history, science, or a foreign language in 11th or 12th grade.
6. Share Your SAT or ACT Scores (optional)
Your SAT or ACT score is required if you are applying for a scholarship, but it is not required to apply to Columbia College. Use our school code 5117 to share your SAT scores, and use school code 3850 to share your ACT scores.
Please use the following address for transcripts and recommendations:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1301 Columbia College
Columbia, SC 29203
What Happens Next?
In most cases, we evaluate an application and respond with an admission decision within four weeks of receiving all the required documents. Admitted students are notified by mail and will receive follow up information about next steps, like financial aid, housing, orientation, and registration.
We recommend that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to begin the financial aid process. Submissions are accepted beginning on October 1. Learn more about our low tuition rates and your financial aid options.