How Do I Apply?

1. Submit Your Free Application

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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

Program-specific Requirements 

Criminal Justice, Disaster and Emergency Management, and RN to BSN applicants may also need to submit additional documentation detailed on each individual degree page.

Transfer Students 

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 transcripts. This includes official transcripts from all colleges previously attended as well as your high school transcript if you have not earned an associates or bachelors degree, or upon request by the Admissions Committee. This includes dual enrollment. Official transcripts should be sent directly from each school. 

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
Columbia College
1301 Columbia College
Columbia, SC 29203

What Happens Next? 

Admission Decision 

In most cases, we evaluate an application and respond with an admission decision within four weeks of receiving all the required documentsAdmitted students are notified by mail and will receive follow up information about next steps, like financial aid, housing, orientation, and registration.  

Financial Aid 

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. 

FAQs 

How fast can I get my degree?

How fast you can graduate depends on several factors, particularly how many credits you’ve received prior to attending Columbia College and your course load each semester/term. We are able to accept a total of 90 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university including up to 24 training credits for completion of an approved state of federally-certified program. That means you can transfer into Columbia College with senior class standing, saving you time and money. You are required to complete at least 30 credit hours at the College earning 12 credits in your specific major.

How long will a particular program take me? 

Reach Meda Gause on our admissions team for all Online program questions—she’ll be happy to help you understand your options and can connect you with one of our Faculty members to discuss the curriculum for the program.

Reach Aniysa Capers on our admissions team for all Evening College questions—she’ll be happy to help you understand your options and can connect you with one of our Faculty members to discuss the curriculum for the program.

When can I apply? 

Students can apply to Columbia College throughout the year. The Evening College has two start terms each academic year: Fall (August) and Spring (January). Our Online programs rotate on a seven week module schedule allowing two start dates for each semester. Students are able to begin classes in their intended start term if they complete all required steps prior to the start date.

How many credits can I transfer? 

You can transfer a total of 90 credit hours, including 24 training hours from approved organizations. We accept transfer credit in which you received a 2.0/C or higher, but we reserve the right to determine which courses meet the College’s current curriculum requirements. For example, we only accept transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities. A complete transfer evaluation will be sent after acceptance into the College.

Am I eligible for financial aid, scholarships, or grants?

We do not offer academic scholarships to Evening and Online students. However, you can apply to FAFSA for federal aid. If you are a SC resident and eligible for state aid, it will be applied to your award package.

Are Evening and Online students eligible for financial aid upon completing FAFSA?

Yes, Evening and Online students are able to complete FAFSA. Award amounts are determined based on the information inputted in the FAFSA form and can vary from student to student.

How often will I attend classes? 

Evening College classes are Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Individual class times and frequency of meetings will vary depending on your class schedule. Online classes are offered in an asynchronous format; this means there is not a set time students are required to attend classes. They are able to attend at their own pace.

What academic support and other benefits are available for online and evening students?

Both Evening and Online students have access to academic support. We offer online tutoring platforms as well as on-campus tutoring options. Students will receive e-books for each registered class to allow easy accessibility to required material. In addition, our Columbia College faculty members are experts within their respective fields and are more than willing to schedule times to meet with students to assist in anyway needed. Students will also remain with the same Academic Advisor for their duration at CC.

What computer and technical support is available for online students? 

Online students receive free e-books for each registered course and have access to our IT Department should they face a problem.

What’s the difference between Columbia College’s online and evening program?
 

Online

Evening

Delivery Method Get your undergraduate degree completely online

Attend undergraduate classes on campus in the evenings

When to Enroll A new class starts every seven weeks New classes start every Fall and Spring semester
Duration Finish in less than two years depending on number of credits transferred

Go at your own pace

Cost $395 per semester hour $395 per semester hour
Transfer Up to 90 credits including 24 training hours Up to 90 credits
Additional Benefits Free Textbooks In-person teaching sessions
Can I chat with an evening or online student? 

If you’re interested in enrolling or you have more questions about the process, we encourage you to reach out to Meda Gause, Online Admissions Coordinator, or Aniysa Capers, Transfer Admissions Coordinator. They specialize in helping prospective students and can even connect you with professors, so you can learn about the Columbia College curriculum.