How do I apply?
Programs start nearly every eight weeks—now is a great time to start your application.
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1. Start Your Application
Use our application or the common application to get started. You can always take a break and come back to finish or check your status.
2. Submit Your Personal Statement
You must submit a personal statement unless you have transferable college credit with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Personal Statement Directions
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. Request Your Transcript
This includes official transcripts from all colleges previously attended as well as your high school transcript (if you have not earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree). This includes dual enrollment. Official transcripts should be sent directly from each school.
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.
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. Learn more about how to transfer to Columbia College.
4. Optional Steps
- Letters of Recommendation
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.
- SAT & ACT Scores
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.