Deadlines to Apply 

We accept applications for all of our programs on a rolling basis. That means you can apply anytime, and, if accepted, we'll work to find a place for you as quickly as possible. 

What Are the Steps to Apply?

Take a look at the admissions overview based on your pathway of interest. Once you're ready to apply, be sure to review all of the application details and eligibility requirements.  

Women's College Students  

  • Submit your application
  • Request your transcript 
  • Submit recommendations (optional) 
  • Share your SAT/ACT test scores (optional) 

Women's College Application Details 

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Evening & Online Students

  • Submit your application
  • Verify eligibility qualifications or submit a personal statement 
  • Request your transcript 
  • Submit recommendations (optional) 
  • Share your SAT/ACT test scores (optional) 

Evening & Online Application Details

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Graduate Students 

  • Submit your application
  • Choose an application essay 
  • Request your transcript
  • Submit two recommendations 
  • Share eligibility documentation—GPA standard or teacher's certificate, MAT, or GRE scores

Graduate Application Details 

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Admissions Address 

Please use the following address for transcripts and recommendations: 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Columbia College
1301 Columbia College
Columbia, SC 29203

What Happens After I Apply? 

Admission Decision 

In most cases, we evaluate an application and respond with an admission decision within one week 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.  

Financial Aid 

A staggering 99% of our undergraduates don't pay full tuition. We recommend that both undergraduates and graduates explore all your financing options. Begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to start the financial aid process. Submissions are accepted beginning on October 1. Learn more about our low tuition rates as well as your financial aid and scholarship options.