What's unique about our process?
You can apply anytime. We accept applications on a rolling basis. If you're accepted, we'll work to find a place for you as quickly as possible.
- Test-optional—Your ACT or SAT scores aren't required for admission.
- Free application—We waive the application fee for you.
- Affordable—Over 90% of our students receive financial aid. Plus, applying early can help you save.
How do I apply?
1. Start Your Free Online 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.
Keep in mind, you'll have to self-identify throughout the application. Here are a few instructions to help you:
- First-Year Student: I'm about to graduate high school or I haven't attended any college after high school graduation. (This includes students who completed AP and Dual Enrollment courses).
- Transfer Student: I've completed classes of any kind at a college or university AFTER completion of high school. Review our transfer process.
- Readmission Student: I've attended Columbia College within the last five years. If so, submit the readmissions form.
2. Request Your Transcript
Official transcripts should be sent directly from each school. Already have college credits? Check out our application steps for transfer students.
3. Optional Steps
- Submit Recommendations
Ask your high school guidance counselor to submit a letter of recommendation. We also ask that you submit a recommendation from a teacher who taught you in English, math, history, science, or a foreign language course during 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.
How do I know I'm eligible to apply?
To be eligible for admission as a freshman, you should be a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. We recommend 16 or more college preparatory academic courses should be earned in the following:
- English (2 courses)
- Laboratory Science (2 courses)
- Foreign Language (2 courses)
- Algebra I and II
- and U.S. History, World History, Social Sciences, Advanced Mathematics, or Natural Sciences.
Non-Degree Seeking Student
When applying as a non-degree-seeking student, please note the course you are applying for in your application. You must submit an application for each semester you are a student and you'll be required to pay your course fees before you register.
Second Degree Student
If you are applying for a second degree you'll be required to submit official transcripts from every institution you have attended since graduating high school. Once your application and documentation has been received you'll be asked to pay a $50.00 application fee.