We're here to make your transition to Columbia College seamless, and we recognize the hard work you've done to get to this point. You can transfer a total of 90 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university.
Are you a student coming from Midlands Technical College? If so, learn more about the transfer process from MTC to Columbia College.
When to Apply
We operate on a rolling admission basis. That means applying early increases your likelihood of being accepted because we make admission decisions as applications are completed.
Please contact us at 803.786.3871 with any questions about the enrollment timeline.
How Do I Apply as a Transfer Student?
1. Complete Your Application
You can use our institutional application, or you can use the Common Application. We treat all applicants the same. Creating an account is simple and straightforward. You can always take a break and come back to your online application.
2. Request Your Official Transcript
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.
You can have your transcript sent electronically to: email@example.com
You can also mail your transcripts to:
ATTN: Admissions Office
1301 Columbia College Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
3. Transfer your Credit Hours
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's Office for an official transfer evaluation that determines the number of transfer hours to which you are entitled. You can transfer a total of 90 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university.
What Happens Next?
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.
Advising and Registering for Courses
We will connect you with your Academic Advisor so you can register for the classes you need for the upcoming semester.
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 your financial aid options.
In order to graduate after transferring, you'll need to complete at least 30 credit hours at Columbia College. You'll also need to take at least 12 credit hours in your respective major. This does not include pass/fail classes.
For a minor, you will need to take at least 1/2 of the credit hours at Columbia College.
- Will my credits transfer?
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.
- What does “regional accreditation” mean and why is it important?
When a college or university is regionally accredited it means they adhere to standards established by regional agencies. Most regionally accredited schools only accept credits from other regionally accredited schools. Columbia College cannot accept transfer credit from nationally accredited institutions. Also, students who attend unaccredited colleges are not eligible for federal financial aid, and often they’re not eligible for licensure and other workforce requirements.
- 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. We are able to accept a total of 90 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university. 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.
- Is your school transfer friendly?
Yes, Columbia College is extremely transfer friendly. We give transfer students the same priority as incoming first year students. Students are able to transfer up to 90 credit hours to start their academic journey at the College. We were also named one of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Transfer Honor Roll recipients in 2020 and 2021.
- Will my financial aid and student loans transfer?
Eligibility for financial aid and federal student loans is based on the information submitted on your FAFSA form. If you are plan to use private loans or college savings plan to assist with the cost of attendance, our Office of Financial Aid will award it to your account.
- Are there grants or scholarships available to transfer students?
We offer a wide range of grants and scholarships to transfer students. Academic scholarships are awarded to eligible students based on their cumulative GPA, program specific scholarships are available, and athletic scholarships can be awarded to recruited athletes. Based on eligibility, transfer students can also receive the South Carolina Tuition Grant and Federal Pell Grant. We also offer a scholarship to members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
- What other benefits and support does Columbia College offer transfer students?
Transfer students have access to peer tutoring, communication lab for assistance writing papers, licensed counselor on campus, commuter lounge and much more!
- Can I chat with a transfer student?
If you’re interested in transferring or you have more questions about transferring, we encourage you to reach out to Aniysa Capers, who specializes in helping our transfer students. She can even connect you with one of our current transfer students, so you can hear about the Columbia College transfer experience firsthand.